Build Mobile Websites In Just 3 Steps with EverWeb

October 9th, 2015

Mobile technology gives us immediate access to information at our finger tips, wherever we are, whenever we want. For website developers, though, this translates into the creating websites that cater for both mobile and desktop environments – and anything in-between. Using EverWeb you can easily do this in just three easy steps…


1. Create Your Desktop and Mobile Pages

When starting a mobile website project, first determine how many web pages you will need to build for use on mobile devices. If there will only be a few ‘mobile’ pages, you can include them in the EverWeb Project file that contains your website’s desktop pages. If you envisage having a large number of mobile pages you may find it easier to use two separate Project files, one for desktop pages and one for mobile pages, to make management of the website and its content easier. Project files containing a large number of pages can become unwieldy to use so breaking it up in to smaller pieces may be advantageous to your workflow.

If you are using two Project files, remember that you can have both of them open at the same time making content management between  desktop and mobile pages relatively easy.

In this example, we are going to use EverWeb’s built in ‘Restaurant’ theme templates to create desktop and mobile pages. The restaurant website only has a few pages, so the desktop and mobile pages will be built in one Project file.

To begin with, create a new website Project file if you have not done so already. The first page to add will be the restaurant’s desktop ‘Home’ page. To do this, click on the ‘Add Page’ button in theToolbar. Select the ‘Home’ page style of the ‘Restaurant’ theme.

Once you have created the desktop ‘Home’ page, next create the mobile page counterpart. Again, use the ‘Add Page’ button, this time selecting the ‘Mobile’ page style ‘Restaurant’ theme.

With the mobile and desktop ‘Home’ template pages added, let’s take a moment to compare the two page styles. The desktop page is horizontal in layout with a page Content Width of 800, whilst the mobile page Content Width is 480. Therefore, each page style matches the environment it is intended for. The desktop layout is used for desktop computers, laptops and tablets, the mobile layout for mobile phones.



The desktop style page has a horizontal layout and allows for more content than its mobile counterpart.



The mobile page format is a one column vertical layout with plenty of space on each side for scrolling up and down the page .


The desktop page has much more content than its mobile counterpart. The mobile page has been stripped down to just the essentials. Non essential text and graphics seen on the desktop site have been removed. This helps the mobile page load faster and avoids cluttering up the smaller screen display. The mobile page also space on each side of the page specifically to accommodate easier scrolling up and down the page.

Furthermore, the ‘message’ of the desktop page, ’Eat to Bite’, is located where the visitor’s eye is usually drawn to – the upper left hand corner of the screen. The ‘message’ of the mobile home page is also clear – ‘Eat to Bite’, but this time is front and centre, taking advantage of the mobile form factor. The photos highly visible as well to try to tempt you to make a reservation.

The ‘Make A Reservation’ button itself is prominent on the mobile page, with the button text large and the font easy to read. The three graphic elements below the Contact Form have potential to be used as large buttons linking to other pages as they are easy to use in a touch centric environment. The Contact Form itself only a few fields to fill on the mobile page and so will take less time for any visitor to complete. The use of the Contact Form saves visitors from clicking to another page. This is advantageous when your visitor is in a poor reception area.

The Image Gallery is used to show some of the restaurant dishes in preference to text descriptions that could be used on the desktop page. When using photos be careful about their file sizes as large photo files will slow page download speeds

One more thing to note about the mobile page is that it has no navigation menu, whereas the desktop page does. Navigation menus on mobile devices can frustrate users as they can be difficult to use. For mobile devices, go for large hyperlinked buttons, graphics or images that are easier to ‘click’ on with your finger.

The above mobile page strategies outlined above will help keep your visitor on one page. The design helps encourage the visitor to scroll up and down the page, rather than having to load other pages, so keeping your visitor focused!


2 Linking Desktop and Mobile Pages…

In our restaurant example, we want to link the desktop ‘Home’ page with the mobile ‘Home’ page so that when published you automatically see the desktop page on a desktop device and the mobile page on a mobile device. To set up the linking first select the mobile page. In the Page Settings Tab of the Inspector Window, scroll down to the ‘Mobile Settings’ section. On the left of the section, click on the arrow to expand the section contents. Make sure ‘This page is for mobile devices’ is checked. If it is not, check the box.


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The mobile settings the Inspector Window checked to show that the page is for use on mobile devices.

Next select the desktop ‘Home’ page. Again go to the ‘Mobile Settings’ in the Page Settings Tab. This time set ‘Mobile Page’ to ‘One of My Pages’. In the box beneath it, set the ‘Page’ to the name you have given to your mobile ‘Home’ page. See the screenshot below.


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The mobile settings for the desktop page. Here the settings shows that the page is linked to another page in this example, the mobile home page.

The ‘One of My Pages’ drop down box can alternatively be used to select an external page using a URL link, or to ‘None’. If you are using two Project files, one for desktop and one for mobile, for your website, use the URL link to connect the mobile page to the desktop page.


3. Publish!

Repeat the linking steps for any other pages that require it. When complete, publish your website. Use different devices to see how your pages look on mobile and desktop devices and how EverWeb switches automatically page type as needed!


Bonus Tips…

1. When you build mobile pages remember to include Search Engine Optimisation which is increasingly important in the mobile arena.

2. Remember to make a ‘404 Error Page’ for your mobile website. It’s not only desktop pages that need it!







EverWeb Highlights: September 2015

October 2nd, 2015

September is usually the month where many people return to work after the holidays. Schools also restart and you’ll see EverWeb’s presence there too! Check out the section ‘EverWeb in Education’ below or our FaceBook page…

Also in the news, MacWorld has chosen EverWeb as the ‘Top Choice for Everyone’ in it’s Website builder review. This, and more, to enjoy in this month’s Highlights post below…


In the News

EverWeb garnered great reviews from MacWorld this month, gaining the accolade “Top Choice for Everyone”. Checkout the review at

or take a look over on our FaceBook page.


EverWeb in Education

Still on EverWeb’s Facebook page, you can see how EverWeb is being used by educational institutes.

“EverWeb is being taught in middle schools, high schools, and universities all over the globe! This includes educational institutions such as Butler, and Carson-Newman Universities, as well as Lyceum of Finance and Law in Kiev who sent in this very nice ‘Thank You’ photo.” which you can see at…

And don’t forget that if you are interested in teaching EverWeb in your school, please get in touch with us and we will let you know how to obtain a free license for educational institutions.


Product News

EverWeb 1.9 beta testing continued in September. Thanks for your feedback on the beta test version, which as always, is invaluable in helping us make the best product we can!


RAGE Support and Admin Site Updated

At the end of the month, RAGE Software’s site was updated with a new look and feel that should make account and domain hosting administration easier and simpler than ever. The Discussion Forums have also been updated with the same look and feel.


Blogs You May Have Missed

You can catch up with our Blog’s that contain useful information, how to’s and advanced tutorials at

EverWeb highlights:  August 2015

All You Need to Know About EverWeb Master Pages

EverWeb’s Navigation Menu Widget Part I: Adding a Menu

EverWeb’s Navigation Menu Widget Part II: Styling Options


EverWeb Tutorials

Checkout our YouTube channel for many great video tutorials that explain how to get the best our of EverWeb’s new and existing features. There are also tutorials in the Resources section of the EverWeb website to explore.


EverWeb on Clipboard and Google+

Our Flipboard magazine has been updated to include all the latest news and blogs on EverWeb… and don’t forget we are also on Google+ so remember to add RAGE Software to your Google+ Circles to keep up to date.


More to Explore…

There’s a lot of information on EverWeb on the Internet. To keep up with the latest news, features, tutorials, blogs and developments find us on





Or leave a comment below if you have any questions or want to know more…


EverWeb’s Navigation Menu Widget Part II: Styling Options

September 24th, 2015

Part I of ‘EverWeb’s Navigation Widget’ Blog looked at planning and creating a navigation menu using EverWeb’s built in Navigation Menu widget. In this concluding Blog entry, we turn our attention to styling the navigation menu.

When you first place the Navigation Menu widget on the web page it is initially displayed with its own default styling that overrides any ‘Default Styles’ you may have set up for hyperlinking. In our astronomy example, the navigation menu initially looks like this…

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The Navigation Menu Widget when first placed on the Editor Window, showing the default blue text and hypertext underline.

The text is blue and underlined indicating that it is hyperlinked. The default text style is Helvetica Regular 12 point.


Styling Your Navigation Menu Fonts

There are many different ways to style a Navigation Menu. To change multiple style elements at the same time, the best place to start is by using the Fonts Panel. In addition to your OS X system fonts, the Font Panel will allow you to use any Google Fonts that you have installed

The Fonts Panel (shown below) allows you to change font type (e.g. Arial, Times Roman, Courier etc.), font style (e.g.bold, italic, underline), font size and font color. The Fonts Panel is accessed from the Toolbar at the bottom of the EverWeb User Interface, the Format -> Fonts -> Show Fonts menu, or by the keyboard shortcut Cmd-T.


Font Panel

The Fonts Panel


Choose a font type for your navigation menu that is easy to read. Sans Serif fonts such as Helvetica are generally considered easier on the eye than Serif fonts such as Times Roman. The font size should be large enough to be easily read across a range of device sizes. Your font size should in general be 16 point or higher.

To change the styling elements of your navigation menu select the box outline. Although the navigation menu looks like a Text Box it is in fact a CSS code generated widget. Therefore, the hyperlinked text it contains is not directly selectable and changes in styling will affect the whole navigation menu.

When making changes to the navigation menu you may find that your menu options flow onto two lines. If this happens just use the grab handles to resize and reposition the menu.


Styling the Navigation Menu’s Hyperlinks

The default navigation menu underlines the text indicating that each menu item is a hyperlink. To remove the underline use the Hyperlinks tab in the Inspector Window. With the Navigation Widget selected click on the underlined ‘U’ symbols as required. The navigation menu automatically updates as you make changes. You can also change the text color of the navigation menu for ‘Normal’, ‘Rollover, and ‘Visited’ mouse states.


Text Color and Alignment

The text color of your navigation menu can be also be changed using the Text Inspector. Use the color box in the ‘Color & Alignment’ section to change of font color. In addition you can also change the text alignment of the menu itemsto left justified, centered or right justified.

All other Text Inspector options are not available for use with the navigation menu, including ‘Background Fill’, which is changed using the ‘Shape Options’ below.


Styling the Navigation Menu Background

The ‘Fill’ option of the ‘Shape Options’ tab can be used to set the background color of the text of the navigation menu. As the fill colors the text background, gaps between the menu options will remain. To reduce or remove the ‘gap’ between menu items, use the ‘Spacing’ and ‘Minimum Width’ options in the Widget Settings Tab as described below.

The ‘Fill’ options let you choose between a solid color, gradient fill, advanced gradient fill and image fill. A solid fill is recommended over the gradient fill options and the image fill option should not be used at all for a navigation menu. In addition, you can change the fill state for ‘Normal’, ‘Mouse Over’ and ‘Mouse Down’ with the Shape Options. Again use these options with caution and remember that your navigation menu should provide a great user experience in look and ease of use.


The Widget Settings Tab

The Widget Settings Tab lists all of the options specific to the navigation menu. After the Fonts Panel, this is probably the place you will use the most to customize your navigation menu. The ‘Alignment’ drop down menu lets you left, centre or right align the menu itself within the width of the navigation menu’s selection box (as opposed to the hyperlinks whose alignment properties are altered using the Text Inspector.)

The ‘Padding’ option adds space around the menu whilst the ‘Spacing’ option sets the amount of space between each menu item. Setting this option to zero will make the menu background look continuous.

If you want to have the background color of the menu items of equal width, use ‘Minimum Width’ to achieve the effect. Increase the value until the the spacing between all menu items is equal.


Changing the Drop Down Menu colors

The Widget Settings also include options to change the background and mouse over colors of the drop down menus if you have used these in your navigation menu. There is also an option to include a separator line between each drop down menu option and color it as you require.

Finally, you can use the bold (Cmd+B), italic (Cmd+i) and underline (Cmd+U)Keyboard shortcuts to change the font style of the menu. However, underline is not recommended as this is usually used to indicate that the text is hyperlinked. Keyboard commands can be used individually or in any combination.


Additional Options

there are additional options that are worth looking at  when using the Navigation Menu Widget. The first is the Full Width option (from the Arrange-> Full Width menu or in the Metrics Tab). If you use this feature, the navigation menu will dynamically resize horizontally across the page as you resize your web browser window.

Also in the Metrics Tab is the option ‘Fixed position’ which can be used to lock the menu in place along the x-axis. For more information about these two options, have a look at the blog ‘How to Make Fixed Headers in EverWeb


Finished Menu

The finished Navigation Menu with a shape added behind the menu in blue. The drop down menu is coloured blue with a red mouse over color.


Styling the navigation menu is something that can be achieved in many different ways in EverWeb. The best way to get the most out of the styling options is to try them out and use Preview to see if the results are what you require before publishing your website.

EverWeb’s Navigation Menu Widget Part I: Adding a Menu

September 22nd, 2015

Almost any website you build will include a way for visitors to navigate from one page to another. The most common way of doing this is by using a menu that is available at all times, on all pages, of your website. Menu structures give your visitors an easy way to find what they want quickly and easily. That’s important because you want to keep your visitor focused so they don’t get distracted, confused, frustrated or bored. If they do they will leave your website and go elsewhere!


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Therefore, any navigation menu should have a simple structure, such as a list of web page names that take you from one page to another page. It may also be a drop down list giving you choices that are organised in structured way. Menu structures that have additional menus hanging off the drop down list also exist. However, this type of ‘nested menu’ is less commonly used and is generally avoided. Nested menu structures with more than two ‘layers’ soon become unwieldy and frustrating to visitors. Think of such menu structures as the equivalent of ringing an automated call centre and having to go from one menu to the next to the next to the next. It just becomes frustrating very quickly.

There are times, however, where you may have a specific need for an extra level of menu structure. In these circumstances,  the 3rd Party Products & Announcements section of the EverWeb Discussion Forums may have widgets that are suitable for your needs available for purchse.

EverWeb comes with the Navigation Menu widget built in as standard which is suitable for most menu structure design needs. The widget is feature rich and highly customisable so this Blog will start by taking you through setting up the Navigation Menu widget. The following Blog will specifically deal with Styling and Customisation of your navigation menu and there will also be a special Blog soon to cover Mobile device needs in the near future. So, to begin setting up your navigation menu will take a few steps…


Setting Up Your Menu Structure

When you create a new website project file, you add web pages to it. You will also usually create a Master Page to act as a template that can apply default style and settings to any, or all, of the web pages you create. Master Pages are also where you tend to add in objects such as company logo, social media buttons, copyright notices and your navigation menu. When you first create a Master Page, leave some space to accommodate your navigation menu. You will add the navigation menu later, once you have created some regular pages and structured your Web Page List to reflect how you want to see your menu on screen. A navigation menu is generally placed in the header area of the Master Page, but it’s not mandatory to do so.

With the Master Page ready, create your web pages attaching the Master Page as required. As you create each web page consider whether it is to be included in your menu. If it is, tick the checkbox ‘include page in navigation menu’ on the Page Inspector tab.

Underneath the ‘include page in navigation menu’ checkbox is the field ‘Navigation Menu Display Name’. This is used when you want to display a different name to the default ‘File Name’ as the menu title. For example, you may have a page with a ‘File Name’ of ‘Astronomy Web Shop’. Use the ‘Navigation Menu Display Name’ to display a shorter name instead, such as ‘Astro Shop’, to space on the menu.

As your menu contains many links, try to be creative in your display names, as this will help with site’s Search Engine Optimisation. However, remember not to sacrifice your visitors experience of your website just for the sake of SEO.


Creating a Simple or Drop Down Navigation Menu

Before you start to work on your website project in EverWeb, you should have sketched out the look of your website, outlined the contents of each page and decided how you want your menu structure to look and which menu items will go where on it.

EverWeb’s Navigation Menu Widget allows you two different style of menu. The first is a simple menu structure that is a list of page names. Your visitor chooses one option from the list and is taken directly to their chosen page. For example, if you were creating a website about our Solar System, you may have individual pages created for each planet.  e.g.

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

Using the Navigation Widget and including all of the above pages it would look like this…


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Simple Style of Navigation Menu


That’s fine, but it’s a bit of a long menu. With a simple navigation menu structure you could show the menu vertically instead as you can see below.


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Simple Style Navigation Menu placed vertically.


However, I may want to add more items in to the menu at a later date, e.g. dwarf planets Vesta, Ceres and Pluto. The resulting lengthy menu is not user friendly and it will clutter your page up too. To make the navigation menu more compact, organised and manageble use a drop down menu structure instead.

The drop down style of navigation menu adds a top menu option with choices dropping down from it. In our example the planets are now grouped together as ‘Inner Planets’ and ‘Outer Planets’ as seen below.

Inner Planets                     Outer Planets

Mercury                              Jupiter

Venus                                  Saturn

Earth                                   Uranus

Mars                                    Neptune

This drop down style of menu can only be used horizontally with EverWeb’s Navigation Menu Widget. Whilst a simple navigation menu structure allows you to use a vertical structure, it will not work with a drop down menu style. The menu items will run in to each other. If you need a ‘slide out’ navigation structure, again, the 3rd Party Products & Announcements section of the EverWeb Discussion Forums for Widgets should be of help.

To achieve the drop down menu effect in EverWeb you will need to create two additional pages, in our example, ‘Inner Planets’ and ‘Outer Planets’. Once you have created these pages convert them in to a Directory page. The Directory page acts like a folder in which you place the pages that you want as the drop down menu items. To create a Directory page, highlight the page, e.g. ‘Inner Planets’. Secondary click on the page name in the Web Page List. From the pop up menu select ‘Convert to Directory’. The icon to the left of the name ‘Inner Planets’ now changes from a page icon to a folder icon.

The Directory Page that you have created can itself include content or can be used just as a menu title from which other pages drop down from – essentially a ‘placeholder’ page only. If you want this option tick the option ‘Redirect to first child page’ in the Page Inspector tab. When you do this, the Editor Window will change to show the message “Press the ‘Add Page’ button to add new pages to your directory.” You will not be able to edit the page as you have made it just a menu title. You can uncheck the tick box if you need to have content on your Directory Page at any time.

With the Directory Page set up, you can add the pages you want to it. Here the pages for planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars can be added under the ‘Inner Planets’ page. To do this, click on the page you want to add in the Web Page List e.g. Mercury. Drag the page to just under and to the right of the Directory Page ‘Inner Planets’. When you drop the page in place you will see it displayed as seen in the screenshot below.


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The Web Page List structure, showing Directory Pages that contain pages to create the drop down Navigation Menu structure.


Continue to add the other pages under the Directory as required. In the example above, a second Directory Page has been created for the ‘Outer Planets’ and Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune have been moved underneath it in the Web Page List.

You can move your pages in and out of directories, just drag and drop the page you want to move to the new location. Remember that where you place the web page in the Web Page List is reflected directly in the order in which your menu items appear in the navigation menu! You may have noticed that there is a mistake in the menu structure in the first two screenshots above. Mars is in the wrong place as it should be after Earth and before Jupiter.  All you need to do is to drag and drop the page to where you want it in the Web Page List to be after Earth in the list. You can move pages that are contained in the Directory Page structure and you can also move the Directory Page to a new location just like any other page. Be careful, however, if you delete the Directory Page as it will delete all the pages that it contains! If you need to delete a Directory Page, move all the pages it contains to other locations first. The Web Page List is an easy way to manage and reorder your menu items as you wish.


Adding Your Nav Menu to your Master Page

Once you have completed your Web Page List structure,add the Navigation Menu to your Master Page. Click on the Master Page you want in the  blue area in the top left hand corner of EverWeb. Drag and drop the ‘Navigation Menu’ widget from the Widget tab on to the page.

Once the Widget is on the page, you will see that it has all of the Navigation Menu Display Names included. You will notice that the menu is in blue and that all of the words are underlined. This is because the menu items are all Hyperlinks. The nature of the Navigation Widget means that it has it’s own default styling, and not those you may have set up in ‘Default Styles’. Part II of this Blog will explain all about changing the style options of the Navigation Menu widget.

Move the Navigation Menu to where you want it. If the Navigation Menu widget is in the body of the page and you want to move it into the Header, remember  to hold down the Cmd key when you move it from the body into the header. Once you have placed the Navigation Menu, you can now style it to suit your website.



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The finished drop down Navigation Menu.


In Part II will look at all the styling options that you need to know about formatting and styling your Navigation Menu…

All You Need to Know About EverWeb Master Pages

September 10th, 2015

Master Pages were introduced in EverWeb version 1.2 and remain one of the product’s key features. That’s because they save time and effort as well as giving your website a consistent look and feel that’s vital for your own, or your company’s, image on the Internet. The Q&A below tells you all you need to know about Master Pages…


What is a Master Page?

A Master Page is a template, or pattern, you create that can be applied to some, or all, of your web pages in EverWeb.

A Master Page usually contains objects such as company logos, social media buttons etc., that you use either on all your web pages, or on specific groups of pages.


Why Use a Master Page?

Master Pages are extremely useful as they give you a simple, easy way to create a uniform look for your website. For example, you may want to put your company logo in the same position on all of your webpages. Why place the logo page by page when with a Master Page you only need to do it once to get the same result? Master Pages allow you to design your web page layout once and apply it to as many pages as you want. With everything in the same place on each page, your website is immediately more professional and consistent in it’s look. Master Pages also minimise the risk of making mistakes that duplicating objects page by page may incur.

If you need to change your Master Page design, it’s simple and easy. For example, if your logo needs updating all you have to do is update the Master Page and the changes will ripple through all the web pages using that Master Page.


When To Use a Master Page?

You will soon discover if you need to use Master Pages when you start designing your website. As you sketch out ideas and think of things to include in your website you will undoubtedly find that many of your web pages will have common elements or themes. If this is the case then using Master Pages will be of benefit e.g. if you have a website about Television, you may want to create Master Pages for specific genres such as Comedy, Drama, Reality TV, Kids, Non-Fiction etc.


What Content should be on a Master Page?

Usually you will add objects that you would typically place in the page header and footer such as

  • Company Logo
  • Company Name
  • Navigation Menu
  • Social Media Buttons such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc.
  • Copyright symbol, year ad your company name
  • Site Maps


You may also want to place design elements that reflect your website’s color scheme in the Master Page. This may result in adding shapes to the Master Page that are coloured and placed appropriately to provide create an appropriate page background. When placing such objects on your Master Page, EverWeb features such as ‘Always On Top’, ‘Fixed Position’ and ‘Full Width’ may be useful in your design. Check out the blog ‘Creating Fixed Headers in EverWeb’ for more on these features.


What Settings can be applied to a Master Page?

The Master Page is a great place to set page defaults. Again, this helps create a consistent design. Remember to look to set the following in your Master Page:

  • Top Margin
  • Content Width
  • Content Height
  • Header Height
  • Footer Height


In addition, don’t forget to set the Page and Browser Background colors in your Master Page.


What should be excluded from a Master Page?

Do not use any objects that are page specific. This usually means body text, audio, video and page specific images. As a rule of thumb any content that you would typically use in the body of a page.


How do you Create and Use a Master Page?

mpage layout

Master Pages that you create are shown in the blue box (highlighted in red) and attached to regular we pages, such as the ‘Home Page’, using the Master Template drop down in the Page Inspector. If you cannot see the ‘New Master Page’ button, just drag the Splitter line down further.


1. First click on the New Master Page button in the blue section of the Web Page List, as highlighted in the red box in the above screenshot. If you don’t see the button, grab and drag the splitter down until it appears. Alternatively, use the menu File-> New Master Page, or the short cut key Cmd+Ctrl+Shift+N.

2. Select a theme for your Master Page, or use the blank theme to create your own Master Page from scratch.

3. Once created, the new Master Page appears in the blue Master Page area. To change its default name just double click on the name, enter the name you want and then press Enter to finish.

4. Now you can edit your Master Page in just the same way as you would for a normal web page.

5. Once you have finished your Master Page you will want to attach it to one or more of your regular web pages. To do this, click on the page you want the Master Page attached to in the Web Page List.

6. The first option on the Page Inspector of the Inspector Window is ‘Master Template’. This is highlighted by the yellow box in the above screenshot. If a Master Page Template is not already attached you will see ‘No Selection’ in the drop down box. If a  Master Page is already attached you will see its name in the drop down. Click on the drop down box’s up/down arrow and select the Master Page you want to attach.


How do you Edit a Master Pages?

The beauty about Master Pages is that they can be edited in exactly the same way as your normal web pages. There is no extra learning to do! You will find that some features of the Master Page in the Inspector Window may be greyed out as these features only apply to your ordinary web pages.

When you attach the Master Page to your ordinary web page, you may also find some features in the Inspector of your ordinary page are greyed out as they are only set in the Master Page (e.g. top margin, header height, content width etc.)


What’s the Black Page Symbol on My Page?

When you attach a Master Page to an ordinary web page, you will be able to identify the objects that belong to the Master Page as they have a black Page symbol in the top right hand corner of the object (see screenshot below). You can only edit these objects by editing the Master Page itself.

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Example Home Page layout with a Master Page attached. You can see the Master Template name in the Inspector. Master Page objects on the page are indicated by the black Page symbol in the top right hand corner of the object.


Can you Convert an Ordinary Page in to a Master Page?

Yes, you can. Just drag and drop the web page you have made into the Master Page area. This will create a Master Page ‘copy’ of the web page. If the web page you have copied already has a Master Page attached, this is stripped out when it is copied.


Master Pages are an essential tool that every EverWebber should be using. To find out more check out the video tutorial  ‘Master Templates in EverWeb‘ on YouTube, or if you have any questions let us know in the Comments section below or on the EverWeb Discussion Forums.


Master Pages

EverWeb Highlights: August 2015

September 7th, 2015

August may be vacation month for many, but for team EverWeb it’s still a busy month! Here’s what you may have missed…


In the News…

Macworld recently reviewed the latest version of EverWeb…

‘With a deep feature set and a well-thought-out interface, EverWeb is one of the best options for new or casual web designers.’ 4/5

You can find the full review at


Product News

EverWeb 1.8.2 was officially released at the end of July, containing bug fixes and performance enhancements to version 1.8. If you don’t have the latest version, you can update it from the EverWeb-> Check for Update menu in EverWeb.

August also saw EverWeb 1.9 entering beta with a host of new features and under the hood improvements. If you would like to find out what’s coming in this version, or to test drive the beta version, check out the link ‘EverWeb Beta 1.9


Blogs You May Have Missed

…and speaking of beta test products, don’t forget to check out our blog on the subject

Getting the Best Out of a Beta Test and Backing up Your EverWeb Projects

as well as the other new blogs from last month…

New E-Commerce Features in EverWeb 1.8’s PayPal Widget

How To Use EverWeb’s SEO Features

Asset Management in EverWeb 1.8

Update Your Website with EverWeb’s Updated Image Slider


New EverWeb Tutorials!

There are also new EverWeb tutorials to enjoy on YouTube as we added in…

Social Media Image in EverWeb – Facebook Preview Image

How to add a Favicon to your Website in EverWeb


EverWeb on Flipboard

If you use Flipboard on your iPhone, iPad or on the desktop, there is now a dedicated EverWeb magazine available! Just search for ‘EverWeb’  in Flipboard to find our magazine. We are continually adding content to the magazine including video tutorials, news, blogs etc.


Find out more…

There’s a lot to discover about EverWeb. To keep up with the latest news, features, tutorials, blogs and developments find us on






Or leave a comment below if you have any questions or want to know more, we would love to hear from you!


Getting the Best Out of a Beta Test and Backing up Your EverWeb Projects

August 27th, 2015

It’s always tempting to try out beta test software. The new features, the bug fix you’ve been waiting for or just the fun of trying out new software before everyone else… The availability of beta test software is more prolific than ever as it helps software vendors widen the scope of testing new features, UI changes and software bugs before an official release to the public.

Since its launch in November 2013, EverWeb has had eight major point releases adding an incredible host of new features and capabilities to the product. As such, beta test versions of EverWeb are often available to speed up the process of getting new, stable and tested product out the public. You can find EverWeb beta test software in the Announcement section of the Support Forums.

The current officially release version of EverWeb is 1.8.2. The latest beta test version of EverWeb is 1.9. If you want to try out the beta test software we recommend that you read the following recommendations before downloading…




1. Backup your files and data. This is the first thing you should do. Backing up your EverWeb Project files should be done on a regular basis. It’s also good practice to restore a backup occasionally to make sure the back up mechanism itself is working properly.

If you have installed EverWeb version 1.8 you can use it’s new backup and restore feature which provides an easy, one step backup solution.



To backup your Project files on a regular basis, go to the Backup tab of the EverWeb-> Preferences menu. Here you can select when you want to backup, how many backup copies you want to keep and where to store the backuped files.

If you want to backup a single Project ‘on the fly’ you can do so from the Projects Window. Click the up/down arrow to the right of the Project file you want to backup. Select ‘Backup’ from the menu. Use the same menu to ‘Restore’ from any backup Project file.


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Also remember to include your EverWeb Project files in any backup of your computer. You may also want to consider backing up to the ‘Cloud’ for additional safe keeping.

2. Always use test data and test Project files. Never use live data or your ‘production’ EverWeb Project files. Beta test software may be generally safe to use, but there is still potential for data loss and corruption. Always err on the side of caution!

3. Consider a naming scheme for your test Project files to easily differentiate them from your live Project files. Use a naming scheme that groups your test files together in the Recent Projects list of the Projects Window e.g. ‘19beta My Project’, ‘19beta Project2’ etc.

4. The EverWeb Application. Keep the production and beta test versions of EverWeb separate to avoid accidentally using the beta test software on live Project files.

When you download the beta test software, unzip it on the desktop (do not do this in the Applications folder as you will overwrite the ‘live’ EverWeb application!) Rename the unzipped application from ‘EverWeb’ to a name that indicates it is a beta test version e,g, ‘EverWeb 19beta’. When you have renamed the file, move it to the Applications folder.

With the application now in the Applications folder, double click on it to launch it. The application’s icon will appear in the Dock. Press ‘Ctrl+Click’ on the icon and select Options-> Keep In Dock to always have the beta test application available in the Dock. If you have the ‘live’ version of EverWeb in the Dock, move the beta test version away from it so you have to make a conscious effort to get to the beta test version icon!

5. Use and Report. The whole idea of using beta test software is to give the EverWeb developers feedback on any problems or issues that you find. When using a beta test product you may find small glitches or something that causes the program to crash on you… whatever the case it’s always worth reporting any problems though the discussion forums. Remember to always mention the product version, build number and the steps that led to the problem, whether you can reproduce them later or not. Also include your OS X version number.

If you experience any crashes, do send the crash report to the EverWeb developers as they provide valuable information to help track down, and plug, any software bugs.

Using beta test software can be very rewarding and is a great way to try new features as well as provide your feedback to get features and fixes that you need. Since EverWeb is made for you, the end user, we want to hear your feedback so we can make EverWeb better. That is why we believe in public beta testing, so we can get the features implemented correctly.

The EverWeb 1.9 beta has some great new features, but always make sure you use it in the safest way possible. If you are ever in doubt, stay with the officially released version!

New E-Commerce Features in EverWeb 1.8’s PayPal Widget

August 21st, 2015

E-Commerce is big business with Business to Business, Business to Consumer and Consumer to Consumer transactions growing to over $1.2US trillion in 2013. EverWeb 1.8 comes with new and updated e-commerce features within it’s PayPal Widget so your websites can keep pace with the continued growth in e-commerce and the needs of businesses and consumers alike.

The improvements to the PayPal Widget give you more design flexibility and more product options to choose from. To illustrate the new features, we downloaded and customised the Shop page of EverWeb 1.8’s new Beecroft template to use for a fictitious company selling antique style goods (see screenshot below).

The 'Shop' page including 'Add to Cart' buttons from the PayPal Widget.

The ‘Shop’ page including ‘Add to Cart’ buttons from the PayPal Widget.

Before starting to use the PayPal Widget, it is advisable to have already set up your account with PayPal if you have not done so already.

For our example, we are going to add Product Options and Prices for some of our products such as the antique style ‘Classic Scales’ which comes in different colours, finishes and prices. To set this up, first drag and drop the PayPal Widget on to the page from the Widgets Inspector.

Next, move and size the placeholder box to where you want it. Next, we will work our way down the options in the Widgets Settings Inspector in the Inspector Window to fill out all the e-commerce details needed for the product.

To begin with, you need to enter the email address associated with your PayPal account in the ‘Email Address’ box. This is important as it provides the link to your PayPal account.

Secondly, decide which ‘Button Type’ you want to use. There are three options: ‘Add to Shopping Cart’, ‘Buy Now’ or ‘View Cart’. In our example, ‘Add to Shopping Cart’ was used together with the ‘Use Custom Image Button’ option replacing the default PayPal button style. The option to use your own button image can be found in the ‘Custom Button’ section further down the Widget Settings.

Complete the other fields of the Widget Settings as required. If you have used the PayPal Widget prior to EverWeb version 1.8, you may notice some new options listed. For example, you can now ask if shipping is required using the ‘Shipping Req.’ drop down menu. With this option you can ’Prompt for an address, but do not require one’, ‘Do not prompt for an address’ or ‘Prompt for an address, and require one’.

The Widget Settings includes a new ‘Show quantity field’. If you tick this checkbox, the ‘Quantity Label’ field becomes available for you to customize and the Widget dynamically updates on the page to show the level and a box for your visitors to add in the quantity of product they want.

To align the contents of the Widget contents either to the left, centre or right within the placeholder use the ‘Form Alignment’ drop down menu.

The next section of the Widget Settings is where you add the ‘Product Options/Prices’ for the ‘Classic Scales’ product. To start, customize the ‘Option Label’ if desired.

To add in ‘Product Options/Prices’ options click the ‘Add’ button underneath the list box. A new option is created in the list box e.g. ‘New Option 1’. The text will be highlighted so just type over it e.g. ‘Classic Black’ in our example. If you need to edit the label in future, just double click on it and edit in the same way as you would do in a text box.

Click in the field to the right of the label and enter the price. You can also include currency symbols such as $, €, ¥, £ etc. Make sure that if you do, the currency symbol is to the left of the number value. You can also use whole numbers in this field if you do not want to include anything after the decimal point e.g. ‘$79’ instead ‘$79.00’. Some countries use a decimal comma instead of a decimal point so, for example,  enter ‘€79,00’ in the field.

If you need to delete an option from the list box, click on it so that the Product Option/Price is highlighted. Next press the backspace key to delete it. To reorder the list, again highlight the Product Option/Price then drag and drop it to where you want it on the list.

Once you have completed your ‘Product Options/Prices’ list, use Preview to make sure that you have set up everything correctly on your page before publishing.

If you are selling items where you have options such as size, or color, choices that do not need price details included, use the ‘Product Options’ list box instead of the ‘Product Options/Prices’ list box. This list box works in the same way as the ‘Product Options/Prices’ box. For example, the ‘Classic Radio’ listed on our Shop page comes in different colors e.g. ‘Black’ ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’. Enter these as options as required. To change the title of the field label itself  change the ‘Option Label’ above the list box. In our example the label displays as ‘Colors’.

The ‘Product Options/Prices’ and ‘Product Options’ can be used together e.g. the Classic Truck in our example is available in Standard at $59.00, Large at $69.00 or XL size at $89.00 as well as being available in ‘Green’, ‘White’ and ‘Pink’ colors (see screenshots below).

The PayPal Widget features one more new section, ‘Additional Options’, at the bottom of the Widget Settings. This is where you can attach pages that you have created to thank your visitors for their order or to capture information if your visitor cancels an order e.g. through a ‘Contact Form’ on a  ‘Cancelled’ Page. Attach your ‘Thank You’ and ‘Cancelled’ pages as appropriate using the drop down list of pages.


The Shop Page, showing completed settings in the Widget Settings.

The completed Shopping Page is shown below with the updated PayPal Widget features illustrating the many options and flexibility that are now available to you.

The completed 'Shop' Page showing and example of the option for Standard, Large and XL 'Classic Truck' size.

The completed ‘Shop’ Page showing and example of the Product Option/Pricing for Standard, Large and XL ‘Classic Truck’ sizes.



How To Use EverWeb’s SEO Features

August 21st, 2015

One of the most important features of EverWeb is its Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) capabilities. However, you won’t find ‘SEO’ on any menu or listed in any dialog box. So why is SEO so important for your website and where do you find and effectively use EverWeb’s SEO features?

To answer such questions we need to first explore the nature of SEO. Much has been written about SEO as the ‘Holy Grail’ that every website developer must find. In reality, it boils down to the following things that you should know:

1. SEO is the term used to describe the way in which you make your website as visible as possible to Internet search engines such as Google, Bing, Safari etc.

2. SEO is important. With over 1 billion websites out there, SEO is the best way to get your website as high up in search engine results as possible.

3. SEO uses ‘Keywords’ to help search engines find your website pages through specific pieces of software called ‘Spiders’ .

4. Using the right type of Keywords is important so that search engines find your website more easily. If you use generic words for your Keywords e.g. ‘computer’, your website will never be found. The Keyword in this example is too general. A quick Google search finds 2,250,000,000 results!

5. SEO does not guarantee anything. However, it can be a great help in improving your website’s visibility if used properly.

6. SEO should be used on any pages that you want to draw attention to. Again focus on what is unique to your website. ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ pages will be too generic to be of much use for SEO.

7. SEO should be used on both your ‘mobile’ and ‘desktop’ web pages. Mobile is a priority for Google and it should be for you too!

8. There is no magic to SEO, you just need to know how it works so that you can get the best possible search result listing.


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The use of good Keywords is, therefore, important in optimising your website for search engines. The question is, where do I put my keywords and what words should I use? let’s start with the Where…

The first thing to note is that you may want to use SEO on different pages of your website as different pages have different purposes. You will want your Keywords to be tailored to what the purpose of the page is.

In EverWeb you can enter Keywords in to the following fields in the Page Inspector (see screenshot below):

1. File Name: You can use the file name of your page to act as a Keyword.

2. Navigation Menu Display Name: This field is good to use for SEO as it provides links to other pages. This is something that search engines look for

3. Web Page Title: This is the text that you see at the top of the browser window. It’s great if you can add in some Keywords in to the Title, but remember that you should not sacrifice your visitor’s experience just for the sake of SEO.

4. Web Page Description: The page description is not a field used in SEO but you can use keywords in the description. Again remember your visitor experience when writing your description.

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You should also use SEO with any Image files you are using. Search engines look at image file names as well as text Keywords. Therefore, it’s important that your image files have an appropriately descriptive name. If not then rename the image files before importing them into EverWeb. If you have already imported your image files in to EverWeb, rename them via the Assets tab.

In addition to using descriptive file names for your images, your SEO may be helped by adding Alt Text to your image files in EverWeb. Use the ‘Alt Text’ field in the Shape Options tab to add in a sort description of your image (see screenshot below).

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Which Keywords Should You Use?

This is where you need to have a Keyword strategy and do your research before using adding in Keywords. As discussed above, if you used ‘computer’ as a keyword you would have no chance of standing out from the crowd. Instead think of Keywords that are specific and focused on what your clients are going to be looking for. As an example, if you are a company selling shoes, think about any specialist type, or brands, of shoe that you sell, for instance, clogs. The word ‘clog’ is a more specific and better Keyword than using the word ‘shoe’. The more specific and focused your Keywords, so much the better!

Use just a few Keywords in the fields mentioned above. Remember that having too many Keywords may lessen the focus of your SEO, and may also undermine your visitor experience. Having a website just littered with Keywords without meaningful text is not very appealing.

The good news is that help is available for finding the Keywords that are best for you to use. Google provides the ‘Google Keyword Planner’ just for this very purpose as part of Google Analytics. See for more information.

In answering the original question posed at the start, SEO is baked in to EverWeb in many different places. It underpins EverWeb, so be sure to remember to fill in the appropriate fields with a few well chosen Keywords when you are building your web pages. Having an appropriate, sensible SEO strategy that balances visitor experience against your search engine ranking will help you get more hits on your web site, and hopefully more online business!


What Next?

We have only been able to give you an overview of SEO in this Blog. There is much more to discover so why not begin by exploring the ‘SEO for EverWeb Video Course’.

Asset Management in EverWeb 1.8

August 13th, 2015

EverWeb manages the files you use in your website Project through the Assets tab in the Inspector Window. Image files are listed in the ‘Images’ section whilst other file types, such as audio and video, are listed in the ‘External Files’ section of the Assets List. Files are automatically added to the Assets List when you drag and drop them on to your web page from any source outside of EverWeb. Alternatively, files can be drag and dropped directly on to the Assets List itself. This is useful if you want to add assets for later use  e.g. adding a collection of images to use later when creating a slideshow for a web page.

Files in the Asset List are only those that have been used in the Project you are working on. You can rename any file in the Assets List by double clicking on the name, editing it, then pressing the enter key. Whist you can change the name of the file in EverWeb, t’s important to remember that EverWeb makes a copy of the file when you import it. Therefore, if you need to keep the original file and the copied file in sync with each other, rename the file before you bring it in to EverWeb. To delete a file from the Assets List, just highlight it and press backspace. This will only delete the file in the Project, it will not delete the original source file.

An asset can be used on more page in your Project. Just drag and drop the asset from the Assets List to your pages as required. Using this method saves you having to import the asset multiple times, and saves you from having multiple copies of the same file in your Assets List.

Over time, you may find that your Project file has a large number of assets that you want to have organised. You may also want to quickly find and delete assets that have been unnecessarily duplicated or are no longer used in your Project. This can happen when you add an asset, such as an image, to a page, then remove it later. Although the image is removed from the web page, the associated file is not removed from the Assets List. This is so that the asset remains available for use within the Project without the need to reimport it, or where the asset is already in use on another page in your project.

Furthermore, if you have any slow loading web pages you may want to troubleshoot the assets used on that page in case you have accidentally included a large sized asset file that is causing the problem.

EverWeb version 1.8 provides you with new and enhanced tools to help you manage these types of situation. We start by searching for particular assets you may want to find.

Click on the ‘Assets’ tab to see all the assets included in your Project. You can immediately search for an asset by typing its name in the search box. Alternatively, click on any asset in the list so that it is highlighted and start typing the name you are searching for. EverWeb uses a ‘predictive search’ so that as you continue typing, the list of search candidates narrows down based on your input.

Searching for assets can also be achieved by sorting the Assets List in a number of different ways. The sort options are located on the drop down menu that is accessed by clicking on the up/down arrows on the right hand side of the dialog box.

The first option, ‘Custom Sort Order’, displays assets based on how you have constructed your Asset List. One of the features of the Assets List is that you can list assets as you like just by dragging and dropping them to where you want them in the list. Use ‘Custom Sort Order’ to restore your self made ordering if you have been previously using other sort options.

‘Sort By Name’ sorts assets in descending order (0-9 then a-z), ‘Sort By File Size’ and ‘Sort By Date Added’ also list your asset files in descending order with the largest file size, or most recent date added, listed at the top of the sorted list respectively.

In addition to sorting assets in the order you want, the ‘Show File Info’, when ticked, displays file size, date added, image dimensions (width by height in pixels) and resolution in dots per inch (dpi) information. Using ‘Show File Info’ in conjunction with ‘Sort By File Size’ can quickly and easily help troubleshoot where large files may be slowing page load times.

The last option on the drop down menu is ‘Find Unused Assets’. As you develop and maintain your website, you add images, and/or other file types, to your pages then delete them later as your needs and requirements change. As mentioned earlier, deleting such objects from the web page does not remove them from the Asset List. Use the ‘Find Unused Assets’ option to search for, and highlight, assets that are not being used in your Project. Once the search is complete, EverWeb asks if you want to delete the non-used assets. If you select ‘Yes’ the unused assets are removed. This action cannot be undone unless you restore a backup that you took immediately before removing the unused assets.

If you select ‘No’, the unused assets remain highlighted in the Assets List. You can now review the unused assets to see what you want to delete and what you want to keep. Use Cmd+Click to deselect any highlighted file you want to keep. Once you have finished your review, press backspace to delete the remaining highlighted unused assets.

Removing unused assets from the Assets List helps reduce your Project file size. It also has the benefit of helping you reduce organisational clutter so that finding the assets you do want to use is easier.

There may be times when you want to know on which pages a particular asset can be found. To locate all pages that use one particular asset, click on the asset in the Assets List so that it is highlighted. If you just hover the mouse cursor over the asset then secondary click, you will only see an option to ‘Delete’ the asset.

Next perform a secondary click (or right click if using a mouse). You will see a list of available options. The first option, ‘Copy File Path’ copies the physical path location of the asset file to the clipboard. The second option, ‘Copy Relative File Path’ is used to copy the relative file path of the asset to the clipboard. Both these options are useful to developers coding in languages such as HTML with EverWeb.

The third option is ‘Find Pages Using Asset’. When you select this option, EverWeb searches your Project based on the asset you highlighted. When EverWeb finds pages that contain the searched for asset, they are highlighted in yellow in the Web Page List on the left of the EverWeb Interface. Master Pages and/or regular pages may be highlighted. To remove the highlight, secondary click on the highlighted web page name and select “Remove ‘Unused Assets’ Indicator”. You need to do this separately for normal web pages and for Master Pages.

The ‘Find Pages Using Asset’ feature is great for finding instances where you may have duplicated the use of an asset. In the screenshot below, you can see that the asset selected appears in both Master Pages and regular pages. Inspecting the regular pages may reveal in this case that the asset has been unnecessarily duplicated and so can be removed, helping to improve the page load time when published.


In the above screenshot, the asset ‘black.png’ has been searched for using ‘Find Pages Using Asset’. The highlighted pages in yellow show that the file is in use on both master pages and normal pages, so may be duplicated.

EverWeb also allows you to have a quick look at the image file itself using the Eye symbol to the right of the asset. This feature generates a ‘Quick Look’ view of the asset, which you can then view fully in OS X’s Preview program. Alternatively, to quickly preview an asset start to drag it out of the Assets List and onto the page. You will see a thumbnail appear as you do so. Drag the mouse back on to the asset again to finish this quick preview.

In summary, EverWeb’s Assets features provide quick and easy ways to search for your Project file’s assets, manage and maintain your website project, improve your workflow and have a website that remains lean with fast page loading times.