Three EverWeb Productivity Tips for iWeb Users

August 6th, 2014

We get some questions from iWeb users wondering why they should use EverWeb when iWeb may still be working for them. Instead of going through all the new features an EverWeb site can have over an iWeb site, I wanted to discuss three tips that make actually designing and maintaining your site so much easier.

 

EverWeb’s Master Pages

So you’ve built your site with Apple’s iWeb and probably found it very easy to use. But, what happens when you want to make a change to your website’s design? In iWeb, you have to go through every single page to do this.

In EverWeb, you just have to use the super simple Master Pages features. Master Pages let you design your site once and use that design on every single page of your site. Furthermore, you can create an unlimited number of Master Pages if some pages need different designs than others.

Simply go to the File menu and select ‘New Master Page…’. It works just like creating a regular page.

Once your Master Page is created, select the pages on your site that you want to use this Master Page and go to the Inspector and select the ‘Page Settings’ tab(first tab). Right at the top you can assign the Master Page.

Now, you only have to update the design of your Master Page and any page that uses this Master Page gets updated too. Super simple, and extremely time saving!

 

Object Grouping

Have you ever had a group of shapes, images text or design elements that you always want to keep together?

EverWeb has a grouping feature which treats multiple shapes as just one shape meaning they stick together exactly as you have designed them. When you move them around, they all move around as one object.

It’s a great way to better manage your website design.

To use grouping, select the objects you want to group together and go to the File menu and select ‘Group’. You can always ungroup objects in the same manner.

 

Object Locking

Isn’t it annoying when you’ve placed an image or text exactly where you want it but then when moving another object you accidentally move it?

With EverWeb’s object locking you can lock any object in place so it can’t be manipulated until you actually go back and unlock it.

This feature is great to avoid unwanted web page design changes and greatly reduces the amount of mistakes you can make while designing your website.

To lock an object, select it and then go to the Format menu and select Lock. You can unlock a locked object by following these same instructions.

 

There you have it, three great ways to make website design and management much simpler and easier. If you have any productivity tips you’d like to share, please do so in the comments below.

iWeb Yosemite | Is iWeb Compatible With OS X 10.10 Yosemite

July 28th, 2014

With the recent announcement of OS X 10.10 – Yosemite – many iWeb users are wondering whether or not iWeb will still work on the latest release. Apple has opened up the Yosemite beta to the public, which means that many every day users will be downloading the new operating system a few months ahead of schedule.

So the bottom line is does iWeb work with Yosemite? We have tested iWeb on systems running Yosemite and iWeb does appear to still work with some limitations. Users may come across a few bugs here and there. For example, we came across this small bug when adding a blog to our site. The ‘Add Entry’ and ‘Delete Entry’ buttons that appear when on the blog page now appear when on any page on the website. Other issues we encountered were missing images for some widgets and incompatible widgets (such as Google maps & the MobileMe gallery).

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Though most iWeb features do still work with Yosemite, there are a few things that iWeb users should keep in mind. iWeb has not seen a major update since 2009. One day, iWeb 09 will stop working on a future update of OS X, just as iWeb 08 no longer works on OS X 10.9 or later. In addition, no future updates to iWeb will be released.

EverWeb, our iWeb replacement is compatible with OS X 10.6 through OS X 10.10, Yosemite. In addition, we have continued to update it with new features such as drop down menus, mobile websites, mouse over effects, master pages and much more. Our goal with EverWeb is to provide a modern replacement for Apple’s discontinued iWeb. Plus, we’ve made it really easy to transition your iWeb site to an EverWeb site.

EverWeb is currently being used by thousands of ex-iWeb users and they are very happy with it. Check out what EverWeb customers have to say about EverWeb. Still not convinced? Read the third party EverWeb reviews.

If you are thinking about switching from iWeb to another website builder, we encourage you to give EverWeb a try. You can download it free of charge. You can try EverWeb for an unlimited period of time. We guarantee that you will love it (so much that we have a 60 day money back guarantee when you decide to place your order).

Remember, EverWeb also comes with our free SEO for EverWeb video course to help you get more visitors to your website.

And of course, as always, if you have any questions about EverWeb join the thousands of EverWeb users on the EverWeb discussion forums.

EverWeb 1.5 Released; Image Gallery Improvements & more…

July 24th, 2014

EverWeb 1.5, our powerful drag and drop iWeb replacement is now available for download. EverWeb 1.5 focuses on improving the Image Gallery and improving the overall stability of the software.

This new version of EverWeb includes Publishing improvements for slightly faster publishing and to remove files from your local published website folder.

It also focuses on fixing some issues with certain widgets and iOS devices, importing images, and the contact form.

About EverWeb
EverWeb is a fully featured yet extremely easy to use web site builder of OS X. Without writing any code, users can create beautiful and professional websites. EverWeb includes modern features like drop down menus, mobile websites, mouse over effects, built in search engine optimization features and much more.

EverWeb can be downloaded and tested free of charge.

Let us know what you think of this release, or come over to the discussion forum and meet other EverWeb users.

Full Release Notes

[NEW] Image Gallery setting to set the size of images (small, medium, large or no change)
[NEW] Publish Entire Site will now remove all unused pages, assets and directories for a fresh upload. (note: this will not remove any files from the server, it just won\’t publish unused items anymore)
[NEW] Optimized creating new websites and adding new pages so the templates window is more responsive
[NEW] Inspector is automatically hidden when in publishing settings
[NEW] Optimizations for publishing sites with large image galleries
[CHG] Previewing goes back to using online version of jQuery instead of using local version to help improve publishing speeds
[FIX] Pages no longer marked as changed just by clicking in the design area
[FIX] Fixed an issue with converting curly quotes
[FIX] Fixed a rare issue where images would not publish properly if project file was in a directory containg a \’ or \”
[FIX] Image dragging widget now works when there is no pagination
[FIX] Contact form will now work no matter what your publish settings are set to
[FIX] RSS Widget links now work on iOS devices
[FIX] Duplicate and Delete page commands in menu bar now work properly with Master Pages
[FIX] Changing the name of a directory properly publishes the child pages
[FIX] Deleting all passwords from a directory will properly remove password protection
[FIX] Fixed an issue with mobile websites not loading properly if they weren\’t explicitly set to a page on your site
[FIX] Fixed some crashes with the undo function
[FIX] Fixed a crash when right clicking on the site name
[FIX] Fixed issues with drag and dropping assets onto EverWeb
[FIX] Internal CSS files are only published if their content has actually changed
[FIX] Fixed issue with re-opening a website that was in fullscreen mode when quitting
[FIX] Fixed issues with exporting the image gallery. Sometimes they wouldn\’t export with the correct number of columns
[FIX] Fixed an issue where images copied and pasted or dropped from another source may appear darker in EverWeb

EverWeb 1.4 Released; Captions for Image Galleries

June 10th, 2014

EverWeb 1.4 is here with one of the most requested features, Image Gallery Captions. The Image Gallery got a lot of attention with this release adding the ability to limit the number of images per page, remove the social media buttons, center the image gallery and much more.

We focused our attention on making a very powerful, feature rich Image Gallery for this release. From photographers, to artists to just showing off family fun, EverWeb now includes one of the most powerful and highly customizable image galleries. In addition to the new settings and features, users still have the option of adding cool image frames (from under the Shape Settings tab in the Inspector) to add some extra flair to their photo collections.

For users looking to add a Gallery of Image Galleries, we have a cool and unique video to show you how you can easily set up your Photo Album Galleries in EverWeb.

EverWeb 1.4 also includes improvements to the navigation menu, HTML Snippets widget, Image Slider and so much more!

TIP: You can change the font styling and alignment for your image captions using the ‘Fonts’ button in the Toolbar.

Download EverWeb 1.4 now, or use the ‘Check for Update’ feature from under the EverWeb menu and get started with it today.

Let us know what you like about this update, and what you want to see for future updates. Join the discussion on the EverWeb Discussion Forums.

EverWeb 1.3.1 Released With Lots of Fixes & Enhancements

April 1st, 2014

We’ve posted an updated to EverWeb, our easy to use drag and drop website builder.

Version 1.3.1 focuses on improved stability and bug fixes. It fixes problems with the new Paypal eCommerce widget, adds improved font handling and fixes publishing problems where entire sites would always be published. Full release notes are posted at the bottom of this post.

You can use the ‘Check for Update’ feature within EverWeb (under the EverWeb menu) or download from the EverWeb website.

Let us know what you think of this update.

[NEW] You can now select a text object and just start typing. It will replace whatever text is in the field
[FIX] Fixed publishing where all files would always be published even when using publish changes
[FIX] Paypal widget now accepts prices with decimals
[FIX] Paypal widget item id can use letters now
[FIX] Deleting projects with delete key works again
[FIX] Fixed possible crash when right clicking within projects window
[FIX] Double clicking the site folder to rename it won’t collapse it
[FIX] Windows are saying document # on them instead of the rigtht name for them
[FIX] Contact form now properly sends emails again after sending the first email
[FIX] Widgets now check to make sure they are compatible with the version of EverWeb they are used in
[NEW] Support for additional font styles (light, heavy, condensed etc…)
[FIX] Fixed an issue with using 404 page not founds and 301 redirects causing Internal Server Errors
[FIX] 301 redirects now work even without publishing your entire site
[FIX] Fixed problems with widgets previewing properly within EverWeb
[CHANGE] Automatically inserts http:// in website URL field when publishing to FTP
[FIX] Password protection now works for addon domains
[FIX] Password protection now works for directories within directories
[FIX] Italic and bold styles now work correctly when at the beginning of a paragraph

Password Protection In EverWeb: How To Password Protect Your Website

March 25th, 2014

EverWeb now allows users to password protect their website, or different parts of their website. This allows EverWeb users to create members only sections of their website, or keep their entire site private so only those who have a username and password can access it. Multiple usernames and passwords can be created.

This feature can only be used when publishing to an EverWeb + Hosting account. If you are using the EverWeb Standalone version and would like to upgrade to the EverWeb + Hosting version, please send us an email to let us know.

The video tutorial below will show you how to easily add password protection to your entire site, or to certain sections of your website.

As the video will demonstrate, password protection must be added to a web page that is a Directory and not just a normal page.

EverWeb Adds 301 Redirects Feature

March 20th, 2014

In EverWeb’s latest release (1.3), one of the main features added was the ability to include 301 redirects. In case you are unfamiliar with 301 redirects, here is a quick explanation, along with a reason as to why they can be important.

A 301 redirect allows you to essentially change one URL to another. So for example, let’s say before using EverWeb, you had an iWeb site and the URL for the main page was www.jeremysgolfshop.com/Sites/Welcome.html. Now that you are using EverWeb, you have published the EverWeb version of your website, which is located at www.jeremysgolfshop.com. The problem is that the URL www.jeremysgolfshop.com/Sites/Welcome.html still exists, and users are finding it in search engines and visiting your old site. The 301 redirects feature allows you to automatically redirect the user from www.jeremysgolfshop.com/Sites/Welcome.html to www.jeremysgolfshop.com.

This works just beyond your main page on your site. You can set this up for every single page on your website. It also tells search engines that you have permanently changed the URL from the old one to the new one. This should help you to maintain your current search engine rankings.

To learn how to use this feature, please refer to the video tutorial below. Please keep in mind that this feature is specific to the EverWeb hosting plan. Any user who is currently using the EverWeb Standalone version is welcome to upgrade their plans at any time. Just send us an email and let us know you wish to upgrade.

EverWeb, is our all new, easy to use website builder for OS X. With EverWeb, anyone can quickly and easy create professional websites without writing any code or having any technical background. You can learn more on the EverWeb website.

Come see EverWeb & RAGE Software at Macworld 2014

March 19th, 2014

We’re very excited once again to be exhibiting at Macworld 2014.

This year we have a lot to demo including EverWeb, our all new website builder for OS X. We’ll be showing off some new features and discussing what we’ll be working on over the next few months.

We’ll be set up in the Appalooza section under EverWeb. If you will be attending, we’d love to hear from you.

Macworld takes place in the Moscone Center in San Francisco from March 27th – 29th.

Looking forward to another great Macworld show!

EverWeb 1.3 Released With FTP Publishing; Our Biggest Update Yet

March 6th, 2014

We’re very excited about the latest update to EverWeb, our easy to use website builder.

EverWeb 1.3 is our biggest update yet with a lot of new, and exciting features. Here are some of the highlights;

Direct FTP Publishing
One of our most requested features was direct FTP Publishing and we’ve added that to the latest release. You no longer need to publish to a folder and use a third party FTP client. EverWeb can publish directly to most FTP servers right from within the software.

This helps reduce publishing issues and makes publishing your site much faster and much more convenient.

E-commerce Widget
We’ve added a very powerful new e-commerce widget that lets you add Paypal ‘Buy Now’ buttons or add a fully featured Shopping Cart.

Now you can easily start selling your products or services on your EverWeb website.

Password Protection
Although iWeb provided password protection you could only password protect your entire website with one username/password. EverWeb lets you create an unlimited number of usernames/passwords and it lets you password protect certain sections of your website only.

This means part of your website can be public and used by anyone, while another part can only be accessed by entering a username and password.

This is a great feature for creating a members only or private section on your website. This feature requires EverWeb One-Click Publishing.

404 Not Found Page and 301 Redirects
This new feature may sound advanced but it is extremely easy to use and very powerful.

404 Not Found pages let you assign a page that should appear if a user tries to visit a non existing page on your website. For example, they could be following an outdated link or they could have mistyped your page in their browser. With this feature you can make sure they see an actual page and not a cryptic error message.

This feature requires EverWeb One-Click Publishing and can be accessed from the Site Publishing Settings screen.

301 redirects lets you completely migrate an old website to EverWeb while keeping your current search engine rankings. Lets say you had an old iWeb site and you wanted to transfer it over to EverWeb. The page URL may be different so this feature lets you forward a specific iWeb page to a specific EverWeb page.

Simply copy and paste your old iWeb URL (visit it in your browser and copy the URL from your browser) into the Redirect field (at the bottom of Inspector->Page Options) and EverWeb takes care of the rest. Now whenever someone goes to visit your old iWeb page, they will be redirected to your EverWeb page.

Other features include integrated Video tutorials, lots of bug fixes and improvements and faster website publishing.

Download EverWeb today

If you are a current EverWeb user, you can replace your existing version without losing any data.

Sitemap Automator 2.7 Adds XML Sitemap Support for EverWeb Website

February 18th, 2014

We’re please to announce a new update for Sitemap Automator which adds the ability to create and publish XML Sitemap files for EverWeb hosted websites.

Sitemap Automator creates specially formatted files called XML Sitemaps that list all your web pages along with details on how important each page is, how often each page is updated and the last time a page was updated. This file then gets submitted to all major search engines to help them properly find and index your entire website.

Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask search engines rely on these XML Sitemap files to determine how to prioritize and properly organize all pages on your website.

EverWeb is our all new, drag and drop website builder for OS X. It works very similar to Apple’s discontinued iWeb software. With this update, Sitemap Automator automatically recognizes your EverWeb built websites and publishes them directly to your EverWeb account.

This new update also improves support for OS X Mavericks and updates the user interface. In addition it fixes a few issues with scanning certain websites.