Create Your First Blog Post in EverWeb 2.0!

November 30th, 2016

Probably one of the first things you’ll want to do once you have downloaded the new EverWeb version 2.0 is to try out the new blogging feature. Here’s a primer to get you started…

 

Creating Your First Blog

Start your first blog either by opening an existing website project or creating a new one from the Projects Window.

If you opened an existing project, select ‘Add Page’ from the Toolbar at the top of the EverWeb UI in version 2.0.

If you created a new project file, EverWeb will automatically the adding new page process for you.

In both instances you should now see the Theme Template Chooser. Select the ‘Blank’ Template Theme at the top of the left hand column.

 

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EverWeb 2.0’s Theme Template Chooser. Use the Blank theme on the left, then select the ‘blog’ page style on the right.

 

On the right hand column, select the ‘blog’ page theme and click on the ‘Select’ button to finish.

TIP!: If you want the Theme Template Chooser to display the pages in a row as shown above, you can resize the window. Click and drag the bottom right hand corner of the Theme Template Chooser window until the template pages display how you want them to.

You’ve now created a blog in EverWeb!

 

 

The Blog Structure

In the Web Page List you will see the blog as a folder icon. The ‘blog’ directory is always displayed open by default when you create a new blog. For those new to blogging, the blog has a specific structure.

The ‘blog’ directory page is like an ‘index’ page of your most recent blog posts. The first post in the list is the most recent followed by the remainder in reverse date order.

The blog directory contains two pages: ‘posts’ and ‘archive’. ‘Posts’ is a special page in that it contains all of the blog posts you create. It’s the heart of EverWeb’s blogging experience!  The ‘archive’ page is lists older blog posts that you no longer want listed on the ‘blog’ index page.

 

Creating Your First Blog Post

To create your first blog post, click on the ‘posts’ page in the Web Page List. The Blog Posts Editor Window is displayed in the Editor Window in the center of the screen. This is where you will create, import, edit and delete blog posts.

EverWeb automatically creates the first post as ‘New Blog Post’. Rename the post title by double clicking on ‘New Blog Post’ in the Blog Post List in the top part of the window. Enter the title you want and press enter. All blog posts that you create will be listed in the Blog Posts List Window.

A red or green button to the left of the blog post title indicates if a blog post has been changed since last published (red) or not (green).

To select the blog post you want just click on its title.

 

EverWeb 2.0's blog posts window

EverWeb 2.0’s blogging interface. In the center column, at the top is the blog posts list, in the middle the blog posts editor window and in the bottom section is the blog posts preview window.

 

Below the Blog Posts List, the words ‘This is a sample blog post’ are displayed in the Blog Posts Editor Window. Select the words and type over them with your own, or paste text in from the clipboard.

 

Editing Your Blog Posts

The Editor Window is where you enter your blog post text and apply formatting. For example, highlight the text you want and use the Editor Toolbar options to style your text how you would like it. Alternatively, use the Color Picker and Fonts Panel from the Toolbar.

You can also insert images, video and hyperlinks in to the Editor Window. These media apply only to the blog post itself.

TIP: Use the Blog Post Preview Window to see how the blog post will look when published. The final published post may look different than what you see in the Editor Window due to the settings you use in the Blog Post Preview Window.

A splitter bar between the each section of the Blog Posts Editor Window can be clicked and dragged up and down to display more of less content of each section.

TIP: There’s also a vertical splitter between Blog Post and Blog Date in the Blog Posts List.

 

The Blog Posts Preview Window

The Preview Window in the bottom part of the screen is where you see the formatted results of your work. The text from the Editor Window displays in a widget that you can position where you want in the Preview Window. Adjust the width of the widget using the selection handles. The widget height is set automatically.

The Preview Window works in a similar way to Master Pages so you can add objects such as a company logo to the Preview Window which will then display the logo in all of your blog posts.

Use the Widget Settings tab to set defaults for all the blog posts. At the bottom of the screen is where you add in your Comment Engine, either from Disqus or Facebook. For more information on using Comment Engines please look at the EverWeb User Manual via the Help-> EverWeb Manual menu.

 

Blog Post Formatting Tips

The Widget Settings also allow you to set the font style and sizing of the blog post title, add and define date format and styling, add Navigation Links and add an image for the post.

In addition, use the Page Settings Tab in the Inspector Window to set the page background color, page dimensions etc. as you would any other page that you create in EverWeb.

You can also use a Master Page for blog posts if you prefer or a combination of Master Page and Preview Window objects depending on what effect you want to achieve.

Once you have finished, preview or publish your results.

 

 

More About Blogging in EverWeb 2.0…

There’s lots more to explore with blogging in EverWeb version 2.0. Here are some suggested resources to help:

 

If you can’t find what you need, or have any other questions, comments or feedback please let us know. We’re happy to help.

You can also find EverWeb on the following social media platforms:

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EverWeb Raises $2500 for Charity this Black Friday

November 27th, 2016

We wanted to extend a big Thank You to everyone who purchased or renewed EverWeb this Black Friday!

Because of you, we raised $2500 that has been donated to WE.org.

We hope to continue to use our reach to raise money and resources for those who don’t have the same opportunities that we have.

We believe it is everyone’s personal choice to decide how they want to help and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for helping us raise money for a great cause and also for being our customers.

So once again, a HUGE Thank You to all of our users!

Sincerely,

The EverWeb Team

Let’s Do Something Special This Black Friday; EverWeb Promo

November 24th, 2016

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In a handful of countries, today is Thanksgiving. A day originally used for celebrating and giving thanks for the benefits of the preceding year.

On Black Friday, consumers are used doplenty of discounts off their favorite products.

This year, we have decided to do something special.

We know EverWeb users are the generous type and this year we want to use our reach to give opportunities to those who really need it.

Today, we want to say Thanks for Giving!

Starting now, until 11:59PM EST Friday, 40% of every EverWeb purchase and renewal, will be given to children around the world who need it the most with the help of WE.org (Formally Free the Children).

Purchase & Give: Get EverWeb & Help the Children

We chose WE.org because they are an organization we have known for a very long time, were established in the same city (Thornhill, Canada) that we are from, and we believe they have a great reputation for doing amazing things to help children around the world.

On Saturday, November 26, we will donate the proceeds raised by you, to WE.org.

Plus, share our facebook post to help bring awareness and we will extend your EverWeb account by 3 months.

NEW! iWeb to EverWeb Website Conversion Service Launched!

November 23rd, 2016

We’re thrilled to announce the introduction of our new iWeb to EverWeb website conversion service!

With the all new blogging feature we introduced last week, we have gotten a lot of requests for help in upgrading an iWeb website to EverWeb.

When iWeb was discontinued almost five years ago, EverWeb was created to provide a similar, yet more powerful,  website builder to iWeb users. Now with the new blogging engine, you can do everything in EverWeb, plus a lot more.

We’ve just introduced a service to help you convert your iWeb site to an EverWeb site. We can deliver you the exact same iWeb site, built with EverWeb in under 7 days so you can start taking advantage of EverWeb’s modern features including:

  1. Optimized mobile pages
  2. Built in Search Engine Optimization features
  3. Drop down menus
  4. Advanced contact forms
  5. Rollover mouse effects
  6. Master Pages
  7. Popup windows
  8. 24/7 customer support
  9. Support for the latest version of macOS
  10. And so much more…

Fill out our online form and we’ll get a quote to convert your iWeb site to EverWeb as soon as possible!

 

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Introducing EverWeb version 2.0: Blogging comes to EverWeb!

November 14th, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that EverWeb version 2.0 is now available! The new version of EverWeb introduces a brand new blogging engine as it’s marquee feature.

Please read the information in the ‘How to Update to EverWeb 2.0’ section below for updating instructions.

EverWeb 2.0 Features

EverWeb version 2.0 introduces a new, fully integrated blogging  engine (see the ‘EverWeb 2.0 Blogging Features’ list below), relocated Toolbar which is now at the top of the UI, a new Contact Form Advanced widget to fully customize your contact form experience and much more!

The main features of EverWeb version 2.0 are :

  1. All New, fully integrated, feature rich blogging environment
  2. New RSS Subscribe button
  3. Redesigned User Interface with the Toolbar now located at the top of the UI
  4. Character Spacing setting in the Text Inspector (OS X 10.7 and later only)
  5. New Contact Form Advanced widget for highly customizable contact form creation
  6. Publishing optimizations and speed improvements
  7. Updated and expanded EverWeb User Manual includes a chapter on blogging
  8. The EverWeb User Manual is now available from the Projects Window
  9. EverWeb 2.0 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7+ including macOS Sierra
  10. Stability and performance enhancements

 

EverWeb 2.0 Blogging Features

Everweb 2.0’s blogging environment is rich with easy to use features such as:

  1. Automatic numbered & bullet lists
  2. Image wrapping
  3. Justified text
  4. Comments using Disqus or Facebook Comments
  5. Importing of iWeb & WordPress blog posts
  6. Embedded media including video
  7. Automatic Google Fonts
  8. Automatic RSS feed creation
  9. And much more!

 

How To Update To EverWeb 2.0

You can easily update to EverWeb 2.0  by

  1. Launching EverWeb and going to the EverWeb menu at the top of the screen and selecting ‘Check for Update’ or by
  2. Downloading EverWeb from the EverWeb website.

Remember, you won’t lose any previous data when updating since your website project files are stored elsewhere on your computer.

EverWeb 2.0 is free for EverWeb + Hosting users and EverWeb Standalone users who are within their 1 year of free upgrades and support period.

You can easily check your EverWeb Standalone free upgrade period from EverWeb’s Preferences window or your client area.

If you are passed your one year of free EverWeb upgrades, you can purchase 1 more year of upgrades and support from your client area.

You can easily re-download earlier versions of EverWeb from your client area if you are not ready to purchase an additional year of upgrades and support.

Login to your client area and go to the ‘Manage Product’ page. On the left of this page, select ‘Downloads’ and choose the version of Everweb that you need, either the OS X 10.6 version,or OS X 10.7 and later, version.

 

More Information About EverWeb 2.0

If you need more information about EverWeb version 2.0

 

If you can’t find what you need, or have any other questions, comments or feedback please let us know. We’re happy to help.

You can also find EverWeb on the following social media platforms:

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EverWeb 2.0 Preview: Easy Blog Post Editing!

October 30th, 2016

The new, upcoming, EverWeb 2.0 will include a rich blogging environment as it’s marquee feature. The Blog Posts Editor will have all of the features that bloggers expect. For ease of use, the most commonly used features can be found on the Editor Window Toolbar.

 

EverWeb 2.0's Blog Editor Toolbar

EverWeb’s Blog Post Toolbar lets you format text in a number of different ways.

 

Hover your mouse over any of the buttons in the Toolbar for a description of the button and any keyboard shortcut that it may have. The first button on the Toolbar is for Paragraph Formatting. You can choose one of four levels of paragraph heading, ‘code’ and ‘normal’ paragraph styles. the next buttons are the standard bold, italic and underline buttons which use the standard Cmd+B, I or U shortcut keys if you prefer.

The ‘A’ button lets you quickly select one of six predefined web safe fonts or the Fonts Panel if you need to use a font style that is not listed. Use the ‘T!’ button to specify the font size you want to use. The drop down lists font sizes from 8 point to 96 point. If you need other sizes you can use the Fonts Panel. Next to the ‘T!’ button is the ‘Droplet’ button where you can easily change the text color and text background using a palette of color swatches.

Aligning your text is as easy as you would expect with the ‘Align’ button. Choose either left aligned (default), centered, right aligned and even justified text!

 

The EverWeb 2.0 Blog Posts Editor Toolbar

Use the Blog Posts Editor Toolbar to quickly add ordered and unordered lists, change fonts, colors, text alignment and more!

 

The Quote Levels button lets you quickly indent or outdent quotes with vertical quote bars indicating the level of quotes as you would expect.

Finally, you can add video content to your blog at the touch of a button directly from the video’s source.

In the screenshot above, we formatted the blog post text just using the Toolbar. We then added an image to the post which was then set ‘inline’ and right aligned so that the ordered list to the left of it flowed properly.

The Toolbar and the Editor Window in the above screen shot are where you add text and images to your blog post. Below the line is the Blog Editor Preview Window which shows how the post will look when published. The Preview Window acts like a Master Page so, for example, if you add a background color or social media button in the Preview Window, it will appear on all of your blog posts.

The Toolbar is just one quick and easy way to add format your blog posts. There’s a lot more to the Blog Posts Editor, so stay tuned as we will have more information soon!

To see blogging in action have a look at our ‘Create your first blog with EverWeb‘ video.

 

EverWeb 2.0 is currently in beta testing so some features may be subject to change. Check back here, or on the Announcements section of our Discussion Forum, for more news and updates about the release!

If you want to see blogging in action, check out our completely redesigned website!

… and we’ve also released a series of EverWeb 2.0 Preview videos. Check out our YouTube channel and subscribe to keep up to date with the latest videos.

If you have a question about anything EverWeb, please let us know in the Comments section below.

 

You can also find EverWeb on the following social media platforms:

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EverWeb 2.0 Preview – Importing Your iWeb Blog Entries

October 16th, 2016

We’re currently beta testing EverWeb version 2.0, but in the meantime we’re so excited about it that we wanted to share some things about the upcoming release with you! As you may know, blogging is coming in EverWeb 2.0! This headline feature will be available to EverWeb+Hosting users and for those of you who have your own Hosting provider. There’s also great support for iWeb and WordPress users included. For now, we’d like to tell you some of what iWeb users can expect…

 

iWeb blog posts can be easily imported in to EverWeb version 2.0

The new blogging environment in EverWeb version 2,0! In this screenshot, an iWeb blog entry has been imported and the original image drag and dropped in to the blog post. The recreated blog post took only a few minutes to do!

 

Import Your iWeb Blogs in to EverWeb!

EverWeb version 2.0 will easily import iWeb blog entries into EverWeb’s blogging feature. EverWeb 2.0 will make it simple and straightforward to transfer your blog titles and text over with just a couple of mouse clicks.

The screenshot below shows a sample iWeb blog entry imported in to EverWeb version 2.0. The blog title, date, time and main body text are quickly added in to your EverWeb Project file’s blog. We spent only a couple of minutes formatting the EverWeb version to match up with the original just to give you an idea of what’s coming soon.

 

The original blog entry from iWeb can be easily recreated in the new version of EverWeb

The original blog post from iWeb which has been recreated in the next screenshot with the forthcoming EverWeb 2.0 release.

 

In EverWeb 2.0, you will be able to quickly format all blog posts at once by adding Master Page like features directly in the Blog Post Preview Window. You will also be able to easily edit blog posts using a great in-line editor which includes features such bullet lists,  numbered lists, quote levels, paragraph styles and more. There’s also a choice of Disqus and Facebook Comments for your comments engine, so your visitors can join the conversation!

 

The recreated iWeb blog post in the soon to be released EverWeb version 2.0.

The recreated blog post in EverWeb version 2.0 uses Master Page style features to save you time and effort. There are lots of new and updated features for all iWeb blog developers to enjoy.

 

In our example screenshot above, once the text was imported from iWeb in to EverWeb version 2.0, the page and background colors, as well as the page dimensions, were changed using the Page Settings tab in the Inspector Widow.

The blog post Widget Settings were used to change the blog post’s fonts to look like how they were in iWeb. The Navigation Links to the previous post, next post and blog index were also changed and a Comments Engine added (not shown) so visitors can comment on the blog post.

A Navigation Menu Widget from EverWeb’s Widgets tab was added at the top of the page to give the blog post the same navigation as it had in iWeb.

Finally, the blog entry’s image file from iWeb was drag and dropped from it’s original location on the hard disk on to the Blog Post Editor Window, centered and given a background frame using a shape.

 

Recreating blog posts from iWeb is easy and our example only took a few minutes to make. Remember that there will be some differences between the iWeb and EverWeb but it’s a great opportunity to update the look of your blog with EverWeb version 2.0 features that keep your website fresh, up to date, easy to change and easy to mange in the future.

 

We’ll have another update soon on the upcoming EverWeb 2.0 release!

 

We’re happy to help if you have any questions, comments or feedback for us!

 

…and don’t forget that you can also find EverWeb on the following social media platforms:

 

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Shape Play with EverWeb!

September 30th, 2016

EverWeb includes 13 built in shapes that can be used and customized in a number of different ways to add features and flair to your website. Here are a few tips on getting the best from shapes…

 

Mouse Over and Mouse Down Effects

Using Color Fill

A good way to draw a visitor’s attention to a particular part of your web page is by changing a shape’s color depending on user behavior. For example, you can change a button shape’s color when it’s ‘moused over’ or ‘moused down’. To create this effect, select the shape you want then go to the ‘Fill’ section of the Shape Options tab. Click on ‘Normal’ and change the setting to either ‘Mouse Over’ or ‘Mouse Down’. Next, change the Fill type from ‘None’ to ‘Color Fill’ and select the color you want. When the user mouses over or mouses down, the button will change color.

 

Using Image Fill

You can use ‘Image Fill’ as a Fill type to create special mouse over effects. For example, if a visitor mouses over an image, you can use the mouse over effect to highlight certain parts of the image (see the screenshot below). To do this, use an image editor to create an image that contains your text caption. Once you have done this, add an image to your page in EverWeb. Next, add a rectangle shape to your image in EverWeb where you want the text caption to be located. In the Shape Options tab, make the rectangle’s Fill for the Normal state ‘None’. This will make the rectangle invisible. Now change the Fill for the ‘Mouse Over’ state to ‘Image Fill’. Choose your text caption image. Preview or publish the page and mouse over the area where the shape is. The text magically appears!

 

Mouseover shape fill

The top image uses a rectangle shape but cannot be seen as the ‘Fill’ for Normal behavior is set to None. In the bottom image, the ‘Fill’ for Mouse Over for the same shape is set to Image Fill. The image used is a piece of text about the building. When the visitor mouses over the rectangle area, the text appears!

 

Adding Text to Shapes

Remember that you can add text to shapes. This is useful when you want to create a button with a label on it or when using the speech bubble shape! Just double click on the shape and start typing. Use the Fonts Panel to apply font choices and the alignment options in the Text Inspector to center the text vertically and horizontally. Set Before Paragraph, After Paragraph and Insert Margin settings to zero. If using the speech bubble and it’s stem is not in the corner you want it in, use the Flip option in the Rotation section of the Metrics Inspector. This stops your text  rotating when rotating the stem.

 

Creating Special Effects

Create a Pill Shaped Button

Start by adding a rounded rectangle shape to your page. Set the Corner Radius to about 25 in the Widget Settings. Add the text you want and style it using the Fonts Panel. Use the Text Inspector to center and align the text inside the button horizontally and vertically. Set Before Paragraph, After Paragraph and Insert Margin to zero. Use the Line options in the Stroke section of the Shape Options to add a border to the button if desired.

 

Create Picture Frame Buttons

To create a picture frame effect button, choose the shape you want e.g.  a circle. Make the height and width equal and then check ‘Constrain Proportions’ in the Metrics Inspector. Next, go to the Shape Options tab and change Stroke from ‘None’ to ‘Picture Frame’ e.g. in the example screenshot below we used the fourth frame on the first row of picture frames. This produces a circle with a square border. You now have a button which you can use e.g. as a hyperlink to another page.

 

Picture frame buttons

Combine shapes with picture frames to create button effects easily.

 

Combine Shapes for Different Effects

Combining shapes can easily create different effects. For example, create a crescent moon effect by adding an oval shape to a black  background. In the Metrics Inspector check that the oval shape height and width are equal, then click ‘Constrain Proportions’ to keep the shape as a circle. Fill the circle with a white, or yellow, color using the Color Fill option in the Shape Options tab. Next, duplicate the shape. Change the color fill to black to match the background. Move the duplicate as required so that it overlaps the original circle. This will create the crescent moon effect. Finally select both shapes and group them so you can easily move the crescent moon around the page whilst keeping the effect.

 

crescent-moon

The presence moon is created using two overlapping circles shapes as shown. The background circle is white, the overlapping shape black, on a black background.

 

Shape Widget Settings

Some shapes have Widget Settings available to them e.g. the Speech Bubble has an option to change the edges to make the bubble more round or square looking. These following shapes have Widget Settings:

Rounded Rectangle

Single Arrowhead

Double Arrowhead

Star

Polygon

Jagged Box

Speech Bubble

 

Some shapes also have a ‘blue dot’ available when you use them. As you move the dot the shape changes in character e.g. the rounded rectangle can become a circle or even a square edged rectangle. The shapes that have feature a blue dot are:

Star

Jagged Box

Rounded Rectangle

Single Arrowhead

Double Arrowhead

 

If you ever select the wrong shape, you can easily change it to the shape you want. In the Shape Options tab go to the Shape section. Click on the drop down menu and select the shape you want. The shape changes but retains any settings you may have applied already.

 

With some thought and imagination, shapes can be extremely useful in your web design. Enjoy!

 

You can also find EverWeb on Social Media at

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If you have any comments, questions or feedback please let us know. We’re happy to help.

Introducing EverWeb version 1.9.7 with macOS Sierra Support

September 23rd, 2016

We are pleased to announce that EverWeb version 1.9.7 is now available for download for anyone with an active license and macOS Sierra (10.12) installed. Please read the information in the ‘How to Update to EverWeb  version 1.9.7’ section below before updating.

This version of EverWeb focuses on compatibility with the new macOS Sierra operating system. A big update is coming soon with EverWeb version 2.0 which will add a host of new, exciting features to the product. We will have more news soon!

 

EverWeb 1.9.7 Features

  • Supports Apple macOS Sierra operating system
  • Fixes issues when previewing websites in EverWeb on macOS Sierra

 

How To Update To EverWeb version 1.9.7

EverWeb version 1.9.7 is available only with macOS Sierra installed. The update is not available if you are using OS X El Capitan or earlier.

If you have installed macOS Sierra you can easily update to EverWeb 1.9.7  by launching EverWeb and going to the EverWeb menu at the top of the screen and selecting ‘Check for Update’.

EverWeb will check to see if you are running macOS Sierra. If you are, the Software Update window will appear where you can update EverWeb to version 1.9.7.

If you are running an older Operating System version, you will not see the Software Update window and will remain on your current version of EverWeb.

Remember that you won’t lose any previous data when updating since your website project files are stored elsewhere on your computer.

If you purchased EverWeb as a standalone product the upgrade will not be free if your license has expired. You can check your license expiry date at any time using the EverWeb-> Preferences… menu. The ‘Next Due Date’ in the ‘Account’ tab shows the date your license is due for renewal.

The EverWeb Standalone license entitles you to EverWeb plus one year of upgrades and support. You can always use your purchased version of EverWeb without ever paying again. If your EverWeb license has expired and you want to renew it to receive another year of updates and support, click on the ‘Manage Account’ button. This will take you to the EverWeb Client Area.  Select the Services-> My Services menu. On the ‘My Products & Services’ page, double click on the EverWeb product that has expired. The ‘Manage Product’ page is where you renew your license. Once you have renewed your license, you can update your product to the latest version.

 

Cookie Consent and EverWeb

August 27th, 2016

in May 20111 the European Union enacted a directive giving EU citizens the right to refuse to use cookies that could reduce their online privacy. The directive requires websites to gain consent from visitors if the website stores or retrieves any information about the visitor on any type of computing device.

 

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small packets of data that a website asks a web browser to store so that the data can be used in the future. The data stored typically helps identify visitors, visitor preferences or visitor actions. Cookies can be either be valid for the browser session or persistent i.e. permanent.

 

What Does This Mean For My Website?

EverWeb itself does not create or use cookies, so for most website developers cookie consent is probably not required. However, there may be instances where you do use cookies e.g. if using Google Analytics in your website, if you have added custom scripts that use cookies or if you are using third party tools and add-ons in your website that use cookies as part of their functionality. If  you use cookies you should include cookie consent to your website.

Even if your website is targeted towards a market or audience outside of the EU, cookie consent is probably good to include anyway in case visitors from the EU find your website.

The Cookie Consent directive has also been designed for flexibility of use. This is advantageous as it means that website developers may only have to achieve minimum compliance to the directive. If you need to have a cookie consent, there are a couple of simple ways to add it to your website which we have outlined below. Silk tide is a free tool that adds some Javascript to your website whilst Roddy McKay’s EverWeb CodeBox offers a Cookie Bar Widget as part of the Touch Widget set that’s available to purchase from the EverWeb Codex website.

 

Silktide cookie consent bar wizard

Silktide’s Wizard quickly guides you through setting up and customizing your Cookie Consent bar.

 

Using Silktide for Cookie Consent

Silktide offers a free to use Cookie Consent bar using Javascript that’s injected in to your website. The website uses a wizard (see above screenshot) that guide you through the Cookie Consent setup process, first by selecting and customising the theme you want to use, linking to a cookie policy page if you have one, then copy the code that is produced to the clipboard.

The code that you have copied to the clipboard should be added to your Site Publishing Settings. To access the Site Publishing Settings, click on your website name in the Web Page List of your project, or use the File-> Edit Publishing Settings menu.

In the Head/Footer Code section, paste the copied code in to the Head section. Publish your website and test to see the results. If you use Preview, you may not see the Cookie Consent bar.

 

 

EverWeb Codebox Cookie Consent Bar

The EverWeb Codebox Touch Cookie Bar lets you customize many features of the Cookie Consent Bar to match your website’s design.

 

Using The EverWeb Codebox Widget

The EverWebCodeBox from EverWeb super user Roddy, includes a Touch Cookie Bar Widget that is available for purchase as part of the Touch Widgets collection. Once purchased and installed, drag and drop the Touch Cookie Bar Widget on to your web page. It is best to do this on the home page on your website as this is typically the first page visitors will access on your website. you can add the Widget to all of your website pages, but this may be irritating for your visitors!

Once the Widget has been placed on your page, go to the Metrics Inspector and tick ‘Full Width’ and ‘Always On Top’. The remaining settings for the Widget can be found in the Widget Settings tab. The Cookie Bar is placed at the top of the browser window by default but can be placed at the bottom of the screen by ticking the ‘Fix To Bottom’ checkbox.

The Touch Cookie Bar Widget is fully featured so you can include ‘Decline’ and ‘Cookie Policy’ buttons if desired (see screenshot above). Color, spacing and text options can be applied to give the Cookie Bar the look that matches your website’s design.

 

Further information about the EU Cookie Consent Directive can be found in the European Commission’s ‘EU Internet Handbook‘.