Using EverWeb’s New Fill: Slideshow Feature

January 20th, 2022

Our first EverWeb update of 2022 comes with the recent release of EverWeb 3.6. Two major features headline this version, new security features for EverWeb Site Shield Addon and a new Fill Slide Show feature for the Shape Options tab. There are lots of other minor feature additions and under the hood performance improvements to enjoy in this release.

In this post, we are going to look at EverWeb 3.6’s new Slideshow feature that has been added to the Fill options in the Shape Options tab.

The new feature allows you to add a slideshow to a rectangular shape, to an image or to a Responsive Row widget.

What Is Fill Slide Show?

The new Fill Slide Show feature lets you add a slide show to a TextBox, image, rectangle (or default) shape or to the Responsive Row widget. The feature is a simple, easy and quick way to add slide show features to EverWeb objects when it is not possible to use the Image Slideshow widget. The Fill Slide Show feature can also be used as a way to provide some animation features in addition to the Shape Options tab’s existing Animation features.

How Fill: Slide Show Works

There are a number of different scenarios within which you can use the Fill Slide Show feature:

Fill: Slide Show and TextBoxes

This option is great for when you want to text to be displayed on top of a background slide show. You can also add a slide show to the TextBox even if it does not contain any text. To use Fill: Slide Show with a TextBox:

  1. Start by adding a TextBox to the page if you have not done so already.
  2. Replace the default text with your own and style the TextBox as desired.
  3. If you already have a TextBox on the page that you want to add a background slide show to, select it.
  4. Next, go to the Shape Options tab and select ‘Slide Show’ from the Fill dropdown menu.
  5. Use the ‘Choose…’ button to select the images that you want to use for the background slide show of the text.
  6. Select the Transition and Navigation Options as desired.

Fill: Slide Show Customization Options

After adding images to the slide show, you may notice that the slide show object is displayed in the Editor Window with Previous and Next navigation arrows. Click on these arrows to to see the previous or next slide.

The Previous and Next navigation arrows are only available in the Editor Window when the ‘Show Arrows’ option is set to ‘Always’ or ‘Mouse Over’. If you want to display the slide show without arrows, it is recommended that you keep the arrows visible in the Edit Window until you have completed your slide show. Once complete, set the ‘Show Arrows’ option to ‘Never’ to hide the arrows.

Fill: Slide Show with a Rectangle, or Default, Shape

Use this option when you want a simple slideshow without a text overlay. The slide show background can only be used with a rectangle or default shape. If you select the ‘Slide Show’ option with another shape type (including the rounded rectangle shape), the shape will revert to the rectangle shape.

Once you have selected the rectangle shape, you can add the images you want to the shape in the same way as you would for the slide show for a TextBox.

Fill: Slide Show with an Image

This option works in the same way as it does if you add a slide show to a shape. Select the image that you want to become a slide show then add the images that you want as the background slide show in the same way as described above. Note that when you select the ‘Slide Show’ option you will need to add the original image back in to the slide show list.

Fill: Slide Show with a Responsive Row Widget

If you have a Responsive Row widget on your page, you can add a background slide show to the Responsive Row itself. As a Responsive Row can include TextBoxes, Images and Rectangle shapes, you have the ability to add a slide show on top of a background slideshow making this a very powerful feature.

To add a background slide show to a Responsive Row widget:

  1. First add a Responsive Row widget to the page, or select one that is already on your page. 
  2. Add the objects that you want to include in to the Responsive Row if you have not done so already.
  3. To add a background slideshow to the Responsive Row, make sure that the Responsive Row is selected. 
  4. Next, go to the Shape Options tab and select the ‘Slide Show’ option from the Fill dropdown menu.
  5. Add the images you want to use for the background slides and adjust the Transition and Navigation Options as desired.

Adding Objects to the Responsive Row Slide Show

You can add objects to any slide in the Responsive Row. 

  1. Use the navigation arrows in the slide show to select the slide that you want to add an object to.
  2. Once the background slide that you want is visible, click on the Responsive Row to select it.
  3. Add the objects that you want to the currently visible Responsive Row slide e.g. TextBoxes, images, shapes, other widgets and so on.
  4. If you have added an object to the wrong Responsive Row background slide, you can easily move the object to another background slide. First select the object you want to move then secondary click.
  5. Select the submenu option ‘Embed In’ then choose the slide in the Responsive Row that you want to move the object in to.

EverWeb’s new Fill: Slide Show feature is both simple and powerful to use, giving you new design options for your website!

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Introducing EverWeb 3.6: NEW Fill Slide Show, Site Shield Addon Security Features and More!

January 13th, 2022

We are incredibly excited to announce the release of EverWeb 3.6! Two big new features are the highlights of this release! Fill: Slide Show gives you the ability to add a slide show to a TextBox, rectangle shape, image and the Responsive Row widget! It’s an incredibly powerful new feature!

Our second new feature also brings ups the power of EverWeb, in this case with enhanced security features added to EverWeb Site Shield Addon! Your website’s security can be taken to a new level with EverWeb’s easy to implement settings! Click and go for the most secure website you can get!

These features and more are available now! Check out the full feature list below and let us know if you have any questions, issues or wishes!

Which Version of EverWeb is For You?

EverWeb is available in the following versions:

  • If you are running an Intel Mac running OS X 10.10, macOS Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur or Monterey EverWeb version 3.6 is available for you.
  • If you are running an Apple Silicon Mac running macOS Monterey or Big Sur, EverWeb version 3.6 is available for you as a Universal Binary. EverWeb will run natively without the need to use Rosetta 2.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 – 10.9 (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks) EverWeb version 2.9.1 is available for you.
  • If you are running OS X 10.6 EverWeb version 2.5.2 is available for you.

When updating to the latest version of EverWeb, the update process will automatically download the correct version of EverWeb for your operating system.

EverWeb 3.6 Includes…

[NEW] New Security Features for EverWeb Site Shield Addon.

[NEW] The Shape Options Tab gains a new Fill: Side Show feature.

[NEW] Blog Post Cover Image includes Alt Text.

[IMPROVED] Improved speed in the Editor Window.

[IMPROVED] Speed improvements for pages with lots of widgets on them.

[IMPROVED} English (British) and Dutch localization improvements

[IMPROVED] Adjustments made to the Site Publishing Settings screen 

[FIX] Improved stability of Blog Post Editor.

[FIX] Blog posts in some instances were not updating properly.

[FIX] Fixed adjusting popup window dimensions for links in blog posts.

[FIX] Improved error checking for FTP publishing.

[FIX] Borders on full width object when exporting websites.

[FIX] Issue with selecting a file for a link in the Inspector’s Styled Text Editor.

[FIX] Fixed possible layout issue with Text Section widget.

[FIX] Facebook Like Widget improvements.

[FIX] Images get properly exported as transparent PNGs when using rotation.

[FIX] Vertical alignment of text in shapes with borders (now align middle and bottom properly.)

[FIX] Some CSS issues with blog posts and blog post images when the images are very large.

[FIX] Image Slider widget did not fade properly.

[FIX]The RSS Feed widget Hyperlink Widget Settings for Rollover and Visited did not work.

[FIX] When used together, the Image Gallery Widget and Blog Main widget would create issues when previewed or published.

[FIX] Fixed issues with full width shapes on fixed width layouts that use margins.

[FIX] Fixed alignment of vertical text in shapes with borders which now align to middle and bottom properly.

[FIX] Fixed transparency, shadows and flip settings for shapes.

[FIX] Fixed reflection of rotated shapes.

[FIX] Inspector not being able to scroll properly when you scroll with one shape then select another shape.

[FIX] Changing blog post settings in Inspector will update it properly.

[FIX] A potential crash when dropping an image on a shape set to image fill.

[FIX] Fixed an issue with RSS feeds exporting blog post content.

[FIX] Fixed an issue with RSS feeds not having the correct path to post image.

[FIX] Fixed previewing of very large blog posts.

[FIX] Fixed issues with blogs that had an image file and were full width being set to fixed width when publishing.

[FIX] Popup window links in blog posts.

[FIX] Full width navigation bars in FlexBox will work when using Parallax Scrolling.

[FIX] Facebook Like Widget fixes.

[FIX] Alignment of search button in search widget when using borders.

How To Update To EverWeb 3.6

You can easily update EverWeb by either:

  1. Launching EverWeb then 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.

After downloading EverWeb, double click on the EVERWEB.DMG file. A window will open. Drag the EverWeb icon on to the Applications folder icon. Once the file has been copied, you can close the installation window, delete the .DMG file and eject the EverWeb disk on the desktop by dragging it to the Trashcan.

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

The update 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 update period from EverWeb’s Preferences window or from your client area.

If you have passed your one year of free EverWeb updates, 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 updates 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.

More Information About EverWeb

For more information about the new version of EverWeb, please check out the following resources:

  • The EverWeb website which has up to the moment information in it’s new blogging section
  • New EverWeb videos on YouTube
  • The EverWeb User Manual in EverWeb’s Help-> User Manual menu
  • The EverWeb Discussion Forum

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.

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Using QR Codes in Your EverWeb Website

January 6th, 2022

The humble QR Code was invented in 1994 by Japanese automotive company Denso Wave. QR stands for ‘Quick Response’ and is a two dimensional barcode. Whilst a barcode holds information horizontally, the QR code holds information both horizontally and vertically, so it can hold hundreds of times more information than the traditional barcode as well as being faster to read.

Today the use of QR Codes extends far beyond the automobile industry, although until fairly recently, has been limited mainly in use to print media. The use of QR Codes has traditionally been to direct people from printed media to digital media. So why would you want to use QR Codes on your website? Are there any advantages in doing so?

Using QR Codes in your website can be advantageous, but often their usage comes down to the type of business that you are running, such as event management, but other reasons to use QR codes also exist as we explore below.

Using QR Codes in Print Media

First of all, remember that QR Codes are primarily used in print media so you may want to add a QR code to any printed media you may have to link your customers quickly and directly to the pages in your website. The QR is a great marketing tool for your business.

Using QR Codes in Your Website

Additionally, you can also embed QR Codes directly within your site. Here are some reasons as to why you might want to…

  1. Social Sharing: The main advantage of using a QR Code in your site is that it can facilitate social sharing. This is particularly relevant and useful mobile device users. Adding a QR code in a blog post, or to a particular page in your site, can help make the social sharing of the post or page that much easier. For example, you could be with a friend and want to share an post with them. Just offer up the QR code to them to quickly and easily share the post.
  2. Cross Platform Sharing: QR Codes are a quick way to bookmark pages and/or posts which is extremely useful if, for example, you need to quickly store a page from your desktop browser on to your phone. QR codes can provide a simple, time saving way of transferring information from one device type to another.
  3. Sharing with Others: Sending a QR Code of your website page to a predefined list of users, or friends, is also super easy. It is also easy to retrieve later on if you need it
  4. App Downloading: Your website may also have links to one or more apps. You can use an app such as App Download QR Code to add a QR code link to your website making it easy for your visitors to download the associated app. When scanned, the QR code will open up the relevant App Store for your visitor, making the associated app available for download.
  5. Coupons and Offers: A QR Code in your site can also provide a way in which your visitors or customers can redeem coupons or take advantage of offers. Apps such as Coupon QR Code can be used to add such features to your website. Scanning the QR Code will then take your customer to the online store with the coupon code already applied.
  6. Entry and Access Usage: A QR Code on your site may help grant access to e.g. events that your company is hosting, to special access limited features on your site, or to external websites that may. be of interest to your visitors. .

To Use QR Codes or Not? That Is The Question…

It is likely that there will not be too many websites that will adopt the use of QR codes. QR Codes in websites is a big plus, though, when there is a specific case usage for them e.g. the granting access to events, where concessions are being offered online or where there is a specific marketing need to do so. QR Codes are also advantageous in social sharing situations where the quick and easy sharing or a post or page is needed.

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EverWeb Add Ons and Professional Services Round Up!

December 23rd, 2021

As always every year is a busy year for EverWeb and 2021 was no exception! We added many new features not only to EverWeb but also to our add-on products as well… Here’s a rundown of all of EverWeb’s add-ons and Professional Services…

EverWeb Site Shield Addon

EverWeb Site Shield Addon helps protect your website and improves its ranking on Search Engine Results Pages (SERP), which is good news for your SEO. When you add Site Shield Addon to your website, I will become secure with a secure padlock symbol in the web browser’s path bar. The HTTP prefix also changes to become HTTPS meaning that your website:

  • All data is ‘End to End’ is encrypted from your visitors computer to your website
  • Your website is safer for your visitors
  • Your website’s credibility is improved with a “secure lock” notice
  • Google and other search engines place HTTPS websites higher in their rankings than HTTP websites

Usually, changing your website from HTTP to HTTPS is a difficult process. However, EverWeb Site Shield Addon makes this change very easy – just tick one checkbox to change your website from HTTP to an HTTPS secure website!

Your HTTPS website will be highly optimized for search engines and helps better protect your website visitors at the same time.

In the upcoming EverWeb 3.6, you can further enhance your site’s security by using EverWeb Site Shield Addon’s Enhanced Security Settings. These extra features make the time consuming, complex task of securing your website with advanced protection features, a simple one with just a few mouse clicks! EverWeb’s Enhanced Security features include:

  • Preventing 3rd party sites from embedding your website. 
  • Preventing content type interpretations.
  • Enabling XSS Protection. 
  • Enabling Secure referrer policy.

Purchasing EverWeb Site Shield Addon

EverWeb Site Shield Addon is:

  • Exclusive to EverWeb + Hosting accounts. 
  • Free if you have an EverWeb + Hosting 10GB or higher plan. 
  • Available for just $39.95 USD / Year if you have an EverWeb + Hosting 2GB plan.

If you have EverWeb Site Shield Addon prior to the release of EverWeb 3.6, your existing pricing remains the same and you get the extra new features absolutely free!

To add EverWeb Site Shield Addon follow these steps or click this direct link;

  1. Login to your Client Area
  2. Select ‘Services’ from the menu and click on ‘View Available Addons’ from the navigation bar
  3. You will see the available ‘Add Ons’ on the next page in the ‘Product Addons’ section of ‘Categories’.
  4. Select the ‘Addon’ and follow the purchasing steps.

Contact Forms Enhanced Addon

EverWeb’s Contact Forms Enhanced is an addon for the Contact Form Advanced widget. Contact Forms Enhanced has the following features:

  • A login area to review all form submissions
  • Search and manage all form submissions online
  • Select the data you want to use quickly and easily
  • Export form submission data in CSV file format
  • Website visitors can upload files in Contact Forms to a safe, secure area in your Client Area
  • Download files that your visitors have sent you from your Contact Forms 

You can use the Contact Forms Enhanced Addon to collect form submissions that can be used for creating email address lists for electronic newsletters, track responses to your events, promotions and surveys, keep your existing client base regularly updated with your current business activities and keep track of potential new customers. 

The Contact Forms Enhanced Addon can help you retain existing customers while growing your business with potential new customers.

The Contact Forms Enhanced Addon makes it easy for you to download the data from your form submissions. In addition, you can also receive file uploads from your website visitors that you can then download from your EverWeb Client Area, safely and securely.

Purchasing Contact Forms Enhanced Addon

You can purchase the Contact Forms Enhanced Addon safely and securely from our Secure Online Store.

You can always upgrade/downgrade between packages if you need more, or less, form submissions or file upload space.

Contact Forms Enhanced is available in two configurations:

  • 1,000 Form Submissions + 1GB File Upload Space starting at only $29.95 USD /Year and
  • 10,000 Form Submissions + 10GB File Upload Space starting at $49.95 USD / Year

EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon

EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon automatically optimizes your website for search engines and submits it Google, Yahoo, Bing and Alexa search engines. 

EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon:

  • Optimizes your website for search engines
  • Enables GZip Compression on the server, for EverWeb+Hosting customers, so that you get faster loading websites
  • Automatically creates the XML Sitemap file
  • Allows you to assign priority and frequency to your website’s pages according to the sitemap protocol
  • Automatically creates the robots.txt file
  • Submits your site to Google, Yahoo, Bing and Alexa notifying them of the updated site each time you publish something new.

Purchasing EverWeb SEO Power Up

EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon is:

  • Available to all EverWeb customers, whether you host with us or with your own hosting provider
  • EverWeb SEO Power Up is FREE if you have an EverWeb + Hosting 10GB or higher plan
  • Available for just $29.95 USD / Year if you have an EverWeb + Hosting 2GB plan

You can purchase EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon safely and securely from our Secure Online Store.

Custom Designed, Professional Websites

If you are having trouble designing your website, or want a custom, professionally designed website for you, we can help! Using our custom website design service, you have the ability to update and change your design whenever you need.

There are three levels of design service to fit all budgets:

  1. Converting your existing website design to EverWeb
    This option is a low cost solution which converts an existing design from other products, such as iWeb or Freeway, and turns it into an EverWeb website that you can then update and modify yourself.
  2. Creating a completely unique, custom design that fits your needs
    This option is great if you need a low cost, professionally designed website that you can edit and modify in EverWeb and already know what style you want.
  3. Providing a minimum of 10 unique website designs that you can choose from
    This option is great if you are not sure what you are currently looking for in your website design and want at least 10 unique designs to choose from. Once you choose a design we have created for you, we turn it into an EverWeb project that you can then modify and enhance to your needs.

Every package above comes with a professionally created EverWeb project file that you can modify yourself.

For more details and pricing for these designs, please visit our custom design website or contact customer support for more details.

EverWeb Professional Coaching Services

EverWeb is designed to be easy to learn and use, but if you ever want some coaching to learn more or tackle a problem you have with your design, we are here for you! There are two levels of EverWeb Coaching available:

  • Our standard service offers 1 on 1 live EverWeb coaching with our experts for 45 minutes. You can order one or more sessions at any time. We will share your computer screen and assist with EverWeb issues, email set-up, and EverWeb usage questions.
  • Our Advanced Coaching option offers enhanced 1 on 1 help including website design assistance and Search Engine Optimization questions with a live, screen sharing session.

For more details and pricing for EverWeb Coaching, please visit our Customer Support Options page or contact customer support directly.

If you have any questions about any of our add-on or web design or coaching options, please let us know in the Comments Section below!

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Viewing Your EverWeb Blog on Mobile Devices

December 9th, 2021

For many website developers, a blog is a key aspect in a website’s development process. A blog is a great way to give your website visitors and customers more in-depth news, features or information that you cannot easily add to your website’s landing page. EverWeb makes it easy for you to create and manage your blog and you can even use it for discussions by adding either Disqus or FaceBook Comments as Comment Engines in your blog.

Fixed Width Blogs and Mobile Devices

Whilst adding a blog is a great idea, you may also find that it can create a problem. If you have created a fixed width website using a centered, or left aligned, page layout, or are using a Fixed Width Theme Template blog page, you may have noticed that the blog is designed only for use on desktop and tablet sized devices. So, how do you make it so that you have a blog that will work properly on all device types: desktop, tablet and mobile?

When you create a Fixed Width website in EverWeb, you will typically be using a Centered Page Layout. As ‘Fixed Width’ means that the width of your page is constant, your page width will always be the value set in the Minimum Page Width setting in the Page Settings tab of the Inspector Window. By default this value is 1000 pixels, so if you are using a mobile phone for example, the page will probably be about twice the width of the display of your phone.

Desktop and Mobile Pages…

The usual solution to this issue is to create a corresponding mobile page with a width of approximately 480 pixels, so you have one, for example, Home page of 1000 pixels for desktop and tablet devices and a corresponding Home page of 480 pixels for mobile devices. In EverWeb you link these two pages together in the Mobile Settings section of the Page Settings tab. For the Desktop page you set the ‘Mobile Page’ setting as ‘One of My Pages’ and choose the mobile page you want using the ‘Page’ dropdown menu. You would then go to the page you selected in the ‘Page’ dropdown and set the ‘Mobile Page’ setting for this page as ‘None’ and check the box for the ‘This page is for mobile devices’. When you publish your site, EverWeb will automatically add the code that’s needed to make sure that when the Home page is accessed on a desktop or tablet device you will see the desktop ‘Home’ page and when you access the ‘Home’ page on a mobile device you will see the mobile ‘Home’ page.

So far so good, but when you have a blog, you cannot use this type of linking.

Blogs on Mobile Devices

The solution to the problem is to use a Responsive blog instead of a Fixed Width blog in your website. If your website design is Responsive your blog main, posts and archive pages will automatically scale to any device that they are displayed upon, so you have nothing to do.

If your website uses either a Centered Page Layout, you may not have created a blog yet, you may have created a blog in Centered Page Layout or you may have created a blog in a Responsive Page Layout. Let’s look at how you would tackle each scenario…

Before You Start…

As you will be using two distinctly different types of Page Layout in your website, it is important that you familiarise yourself with Responsive page design in EverWeb if this is your first time working with responsive pages. Responsive pages work in a different way to fixed Width page design and may take some time to get familiar with.

Please check out the chapter on Responsive Websites in EverWeb in the EverWeb User Manual, our blogs and our YouTube videos on responsive web design in EverWeb before continuing if this will be your first time working with responsive pages in EverWeb…

If You Have Not Created a Blog Yet…

If you have not yet created a blog but want to add one to your site, then the solution is to simply add a Responsive Blog to your website.

Adding a Responsive blog to your site is straightforward:

  1. First create a new page in your site using the Add Page button, or the File-> New Page… button.
  2. Click on the ‘Blank Responsive’ Theme on the left hand side of the Theme Template Chooser.
  3. On the right hand side of the dialog box click on the ‘blog’ page then click on the ‘Select’ button.
  4. You can now style the blog page, the posts page and blog archive page to match the look of your site.

If You Have Already Created a Center Aligned Blog…

In this scenario, you will need to convert your blog from a Centered Page Layout in to a Responsive Page Layout:

  1. Before starting this action, it is recommended that you make sure that you backup your website. In this way if you find that you do not want a Responsive blog, you can undo the changes you have made using the backup copy of your website.
  2. To start, select the ‘blog’ page in the Web Page List of the Web Page List of your Project file.
  3. In the Page Settings tab, go to the Page Layout section.
  4. Change the Page Layout type from Centered Layout to Responsive.
  5. When you change the Page Layout type, you will be warned that such a change will change the design of your page. If you are happy to continue, then click on ‘Yes’ to change the page layout.
  6. When you change page styles in EverWeb, The objects on the page will probably have moved around the page so the page may need to be redesigned to fit responsive page design rules.
  7. Once you have completed the ‘blog’ page, repeat the process for the ‘posts’ and ‘blog archive’ pages.

If You Have Already Created a Responsive Blog…

If you have already created a Responsive Blog for your website, there is nothing you need to do at all as you already have a blog that will display correctly on any device it is displayed upon.

Final Words…

Creating a Blog with a Responsive Page Layout is the easiest way to have a blog that will display properly across all types of device from Desktop down to mobile phone. Your existing fixed width website does not need to change either so you get the best of both worlds!

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EverWeb’s RSS Feed Widget Explained!

November 26th, 2021
https://youtu.be/ewB9ILTXCpE

When EverWeb debuted eight years ago, it came with a number of preinstalled widgets that mirrored those found in Apple’s defunct iWeb product. One of those widgets was the RSS Feed widget.

The acronym RSS has never had one fixed meaning so you may find it referred to as either Rich Site Summary, Really Simple Syndication or Really Straightforward Syndication. What RSS does, though, is clear – it enables you to easily access updates to website contents and display these updates in an uncomplicated way. RSS, therefore, is ideal for frequently updates blogs or news headlines or media that may get frequently updated such as podcasts, audio and video content.

Adoption of RSS in websites grew in the early 2000’s and there are many apps, such as Feedly and FeeddlerRSS, that you can use to subscribe to the RSS Feeds of your choice. These content aggregators make managing multiple RSS Feeds that much easier.

Why Use EverWeb’s RSS Feed Widget?

Using an RSS Feed app to view the latest content from your favourite feeds is a great way to consume content, but you can also add RSS Feeds directly in to your website using the RSS feed widget. This is useful if you want to, for example, let your visitors know that there is a new blog post available on your site. It is also a good way to link to content from other sites that may also be of interest to your visitors.

Adding The RSS Feed Widget To Your Page

EverWeb’s RSS Feed widget is a fixed width widget, so if you are using a Responsive Page Layout in your site, the widget will need to placed inside of a Responsive Row widget. If you need to add a Responsive Row widget to your page, first drag and drop the Responsive Row widget on to the page from the Widgets tab. Once the widget is on the page, you can name the Responsive Row, e.g. “RSS Feed Row” before drag and dropping the RSS Feed Widget on top of the “RSS Feed Row”.

If you are using a Centered or Left Aligned Page Layout, just drag and drop the RSS feed widget directly on to the page.

Finding the Feed URL

Once the widget is in place on the page, the next step is to add the Feed URL you want to the URL field in the Widget Settings. Some external websites publicise their RSS Feed link which makes it easier for you to add it in to your own site. If you cannot find the Feed URL link of the site you want, try one of the following URL formats:

  • https://website.com/feed/
  • https://website.com/category/feed/
  • https://website.com/tag/feed/
  • https://website.com/blog/rss.xml

It may take some time to figure out the Feed URL by intelligent guessing. If you have the technical ability you can also look at the target site’s source code to see if you can find the Feed URL, or you could simply ask the Website Owner instead which may be the easiest option!

If you are using your EverWeb blog as the Feed URL, the URL will follow the structure of your website so if the blog is on the top level of the website the Feed URL would be

https://www.website.com/blog/rss.xml

If you are an EverWeb+Hosting customer who has purchased EverWeb Site Shield Addon, you would use HTTPS, otherwise use HTTP at the start of the URL. Also note that the name of the blog is the default name in EverWeb. If you have changed the blog page name, you will need to use your replacement name instead of “blog” in the URL.

Styling The RSS Feed Widget

Once you have entered a valid URL in to the Feed URL field, the widget will update. This may take a few moments. By default five entries will be displayed. Each entry consists of a Title and the first 150 characters of the entry’s text. You can change these values in the Widget Settings as desired.

Styling the contents of the RSS Feed Widget is easy. In fact, styling the widget is done in the same way as you would for the Blog widget in your EverWeb blog’s index and archive pages. Let’s start with the Titles of the entries. By default, the Titles are in a blue color and underlined. This is because the Titles are in fact Hyperlinks to the entries themselves. So to style the Titles, first click on the first title in the Widget. All the Titles will become highlighted. Now go to the Hyperlinks Inspector and change the color and underlines as you want. If you want to change the Title text font and size, click on the Fonts button in the Toolbar, or use the Command+T shortcut key.

To style the text content or the Date (if you have checked the Show Date checkbox in the Widget Settings), click on the text content or one of the dates in the Widget. As with the Titles, all of the text or date entries will become highlighted. Use the Fonts Panel to change the color, font and font size of the selection.

Use the other Widget Settings to select the Style of the Widget itself. You may also want to adjust the refresh rate of the widget. This will depend on how often the RSS Feed content is updated. If the content is frequently updated, use a smaller value in this field. If the content is not updated often use a larger value.

In summary, EverWeb’s RSS Feed widget is a versatile and very handy widget to keep your visitors up to date with the content of your site.

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EverWeb’s 8th Anniversary Review! Apple Silicon, Website Search, SEO Power Up and Much More!

November 11th, 2021

Looking back at November 2013, it seems like it was only yesterday that we released EverWeb 1.0 for the Mac upon the world! With each year since then, we take a look back over the last twelve months and are always surprised at how much we have achieved In the past year, we focused on delivering more features that our customers have been asking for and this is what we delivered…

New EverWeb Product Releases

During the last year we released two major releases, EverWeb 3.4 in October 2020 and EverWeb 3.5 in July 2021, together with three point releases. The last point release EverWeb 3.5.1 was actually a fairly major release, introducing some great new features that we will review below.

As well as our usual product releases, the last year also saw the introduction of EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon. See below for more details!

EverWeb on New Platforms!

One of the biggest events for EverWeb in the the last year was that it became a Universal Binary app with the release of EverWeb 3.4. This means that you can now run EverWeb natively on Apple Macs that use Apple Silicon as well as those using Intel processors.

If you are running a version of EverWeb prior to version 3.4, you can still run the app on an Apple Silicon machine through the Rosetta 2 app.

As well as running on Apple Silicon and Intel chips, we also asked the question of our community… Would you be infestered in a Window version of EverWeb? Now, this may sound like a strange question for a Mac based community, but many people actually run dual Mac and Windows environments. If a Windows version of EverWeb would be of interest to you, let us know in the Comments Section below!

Let’s also not forget the Mac’s operating systems as EverWeb is, as you would expect, fully compatible with macOS Big Sur and the recently released macOS Monterey operating systems.

Website Search

Adding website search capability to EverWeb was one of the highlights of the last year. We added two new widgets to EverWeb 3.5, the Search Field and Search Results widgets. the Search Field widget is the powerhouse of search and also lets you customize how your search results display as either a pop up window, dropdown menu, or using the Search Results widget displaying results on their own dedicated page.

The new website search is fully customizable in that you can add your own key search words, customize the search bar and the results set display.

Parallax Scrolling

One of the most requested feature requests has been for the addition of Parallax Scrolling in EverWeb. Parallax Scrolling lets you add a background image to an object, such as a Responsive Row widget. The ‘background’ image scrolls at a slower rate than the content that sits above it, creating a 3D like motion effect. You can find this feature in the Shape Options tab together with the new Overlay Color feature. Use this feature when you want to add a color tint to an image. You can select the color and degree of tint that you require, so you no longer need to add a colored semi-transparent shape on top of an image to get a tinted image!

EverWeb SEO Power Up

As you may know already, EverWeb’s Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is baked in to the product, saving you time and effort. With the release of EverWeb 3.4 we expanded the scope of SEO customization with the introduction of EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon.

SEO Power Up lets you your own SEO Keywords on a page by page basis. You can also set the priority of your pages and the frequency with which you want web crawlers to crawl your pages. In addition, the latest version of EverWeb also adds these features to your blog posts as well. Customizing your pages for SEO is a great way to focus and target your pages more precisely than ever! Find out more in our video all about EverWeb SEO Power Up.

In addition to SEO Power Up, we also added more SEO oriented features to EverWeb with the inclusion of Short Summaries to blog posts and Open Graph tags.

Workflow Improvements

One of the core goals of EverWeb is to make technically complex features as simple to use and implement as possible.We are always looking for ways to give you time back by making things such as your workflow simpler and easier.

Over the last twelve months, we have added the ability to update multiple widgets of the same type simultaneously. For example, if you wanted to add a custom button to all of the PayPal widgets on a page in your site, you can now update them all at the same time.

In addition, you can now also update multiple asset list items within a single widget all at the same time as well e.g. if you are using the FlexBox widget, you may have multiple Embedded Objects with a maximum with of 250 pixels. If you want to change this value to 280 pixels for all of the Embedded Objects, this is now a one step operation!

More About Assets…

There was even more good news about assets in your EverWeb Project File over the last year as we Quick Look returned! Just select an asset in EverWeb’s Assets List, then press spacebar to get a Quick Look preview of the image asset. Use the up and down arrows to view the previous and next image assets. In addition to the return of this feature, we have also expanded it to widgets as well, so for example, you can now use the same technique in the Image Gallery and Responsive Image Gallery widgets.

These are just some of the highlights of the last twelve months. There are many, many, other feature adds and improvements to enjoy as well as additional features to many of EverWeb’s default widgets. We have a lot more planned for this coming year and are already working hard on EverWeb 3.6!

What would you like to see coming to EverWeb over the next year? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

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6 EverWeb Shortcuts You Need to Know About!

October 28th, 2021

Time is a precious commodity and even more so in this day and age where we all seemingly have to work harder and faster! Working smarter, though, will help claw some of that precious time back for you and EverWeb has a few great shortcuts that will save you both time and effort.

Widget Asset List Selection

One of the major highlights of the recently released EverWeb 3.5.1 is the inclusion of the ability to change the settings of multiple items in a Widget’s Assets List at the same time. This is an incredible boon for when you suddenly realise, for example, that you need to change all of the Minimum Width values of your Embedded Objects in the FlexBox widget. Prior to EverWeb 3.5.1, you would have to select each Embedded Object, change the value, in my case Minimum Width, then move on to the next Embedded Object until you were finished. Now all you need to do is to highlight all of the objects in the Embedded Objects list, then change the value just once. All the selected Embedded Objects will be updated immediately.

You can select whichever objects you want to update all at the same time. For example, if you have five objects in the list and want to select all of them, you would select the first object in the list, then Shift+Click the on last object in the list. If you wanted to select only the first, third and fifth objects, you would again click on the first object then hold down the Command key and click on the third and fifth objects. In the second example, you can click on the first, third and fifth objects in any order you like, as long as you keep the Command key down whilst doing so.

You be aware that widget Asset Lists often go by a variety of different names, depending on their function in the widget. As you can see above, the FlexBox widget has an Embedded Objects list, the Contact Form Advanced widget uses a Form Controls list and so on…

Updating Multiple Widgets of the Same Type

EverWeb also allows you to update multiple widgets of the same type, all at one time, if they are on the same page. This is especially useful if, for example, you are using the PayPal widget and want to change the default Buy Now button to a button image of your own. You used to have to update each widget one by one, but since EverWeb 3.4 you can now do this all at one time. Just select all of the PayPal widgets on the page, then click on the Widget Settings button in the Inspector Window. Now check the the ‘Use Custom PayPal Button Image’ Checkbox and select your Custom Image file. All of the selected PayPal widgets will be automatically updated!

One thing to note when using this feature is that once you have finished updating all of your PayPal widgets, de-select the widgets immediately. This will stop you inadvertently updating all the selected widgets when you may just want to update one.

Replace Asset

Replace Asset is another boon for those of you who need to have placeholder images in your page. For example, you want to have an image on your home page that is also used on other pages of your site. You may want to change the image every month e.g. if you are in retail and need to update your website for seasonality. Since EverWeb 3.4, you can now easily do with a one click operation. Start by going to the Assets Tab and then secondary click on the image you want to replace (e.g. last month’s cover) with an updated image (this month’s cover). From the Submenu, select Replace Asset… and choose the updated image. That’s all you need to do! The new image will replace the old wherever it is used in your site!

Swapping Master and Regular Pages

When developing your site, you may find that you make a page that would be perfect as a Master Page. You can easily copy your page without having to create a new Master Page from scratch, just drag and drop your page in to the Master Page area! It’s that simple. And the great thing is that it works the other way round too, so if you accidentally create a regular page in the Master Page area, just drag and drop it in to the regular page section.

Moving Page Content Quickly and Easily

If you have ever wanted to open up a gap in the middle of your page this tip is for you! You can use a keyboard short cut to move objects either up or down the page without disrupting your page layout. This is really useful when you want to, for example, insert a widget between two TextBox paragraphs. e.g. you may want to insert an Image Slider or YouTube Video widget in to the middle of your page.

to start, go to the place on the page where you want to insert your object. Choose an object in this area of the page that you want to move down the page. Select the object, but hold down the Cmd+Shift keys down at the same time. Keep the keys pressed down and drag the object down the page. You will see that the selected object and everything under it move down the page! When you have the gap you want, release the mouse and keyboard keys.

Note that it’s the selected object and those below it that get moved down. If you have other objects on the same (horizontal) level as the selected object, they will not move down.

Use Secondary (Right) Click

Using a two finger tap on your mouse or trackpad is a great way to access some commonly used EverWeb feature without having to go up to EverWeb’s menu bar. The list of options has also expanded over time which makes this feature even more useful, especially when using the Responsive Row widget which recently added a ‘Remove from Responsive Row’ option so you can easily divorce objects from the Responsive Row so that the object becomes a full width object in the Editor Window. We are also hoping to add some more functionality in EverWeb 3.6 to this submenu, so stay tuned!

All of the above features can be found in EverWeb 3.5.1 and above. If you are using an earlier version of EverWeb you may need to update your copy to be able to access all of these features.

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Using ALT Text in EverWeb

October 14th, 2021

You may have noticed when using EverWeb, that there are quite a few places where you see the words ‘Alt Text’ displayed in the Inspector Window. You may also see that some widgets also include ‘Alt Text’ in their options. But what is Alt Text, what does it do, should you be using it in your site and if so, how can you get the best out of using it? Let’s find out…

What Is Alt Text?

Alt Text stands for Alternative Text. It is the ‘alternative’ to using an image. Alt Text replaces an image when the image itself cannot be loaded and viewed on screen. In addition, the other original intention of Alt Text was for it to be used to help visually impaired people who used special equipment that would read the contents of the screen back to them.

Alt Text and SEO

Adding Alt Text to an image in your EverWeb Project can also benefit to your site’s SEO as Alt Text allows search engines to better crawl and rank your website. All in all, adding Alt Text to the images in your website will make for a positive experience for your potential and existing visitors.

Adding Alt Text To An Image

There are a few places in EverWeb where you add Alt Text to your images. If you have standalone images anywhere on your page, just select the image you want then go to the Shape Options tab. In the ‘Fill’ section you will see there is an Alt Text field. Just enter in the text that you want to use. It’s that simple. If you use an image more than once in your site from the Assets List in the Assets Tab, you will need to add Alt Text to the image each time you use it. If you copy the image whilst it is on the Editor Window, using Copy and Paste, the Alt Text attribute will be preserved.

Remember that when adding Alt Text that it should be a brief description of what the image is, in less than 125 characters. A brief description is important because of the points made earlier in this post about the Alt Text being used for the visually impaired and also its role in replacing the image if it cannot be loaded in to the browser.

Many of EverWeb’s widgets also contain Alt Text fields e.g. the FlexBox and Text Section widgets. For the Image Gallery widgets, you can use a Caption to inform the visitor of what the image is if it cannot be displayed on screen.

Using Alt Text To Its Best Advantage

When you add a Alt Text description to an image, remember two things: First, be descriptive and do not use just a collection of keywords as your description, and second, bring out the detail and specifics of the image wherever you can e.g. if you have an image of a boat you might want to say, ‘The new 30 meter yacht, Princeton, launching from Dover Harbour, England.’ A third point is to remember the context of the photo in your site. In the example just sited, the context is easy as there is reference to both an event and a place. If your image is a generic one, for example, from a stock photo site, you should add Alt Text for the image that applies context to it within the page. As an example, I may want to use a stock photo with the word ‘SEO’ in it on my page. For the image’s Alt Text I could add some context relevant to my site by using this description: ‘EverWeb’s SEO Video Course is available on YouTube.’

Images in Your Project File

When using images in your Project file, it is always a good idea to name the image file descriptively before you grand and drop the file in to your EverWeb Project. This method is the best way for website crawlers to discover your image and use it when ranking your site. If you have already imported your image with a non-descriptive file name, you can still rename it in EverWeb. Just double click on the image in the Assets List and rename the file. In terms of SEO, this is OK, but is second best to renaming the file before importing it into EverWeb.

Alt Text is a great way to add accessibility to your site, it creates a more positive experience for your visitors and it can help boost your SEO. Use it only on the images that are important to your site. As with everything SEO, you do not need to add Alt Text to images that do not need it. Focus on what is important in terms of your site’s SEO.

More information on EverWeb and SEO can be found on the EverWeb website.

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What’s New in EverWeb 3.5.1?

September 28th, 2021
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We are happy to announce the immediate availability of EverWeb version 3.5.1. This is a maintenance and stability release for the recently released EverWeb 3.5 which introduced Website Search to EverWeb. In addition to the usual fixes, the new version of EverWeb includes some additional new and enhanced features detailed below and in our E erWeb 3.5.1 release video.

Please let us know in the Comments Section below if you have any questions.

EverWeb 3.5.1 Includes…

  • NEW For widgets that have an Assets List, you can now select multiple rows and the adjust settings for all of the selected Assets rather than having to go through each Asset individually to adjust its settings.
  • NEW: Quick Look works for Assets Lists in widgets.
  • NEW: You can now secondary (right) click on an object in a Responsive Row widget and remove it from the Responsive Row.
  • NEW: Double clicking an object that is from a Master Page will show a warning that you have to edit it from the Master Page.
  • NEW: If a crash report cannot be sent because EverWeb has to Force Quit, the next time EverWeb is launched you will see the crash report.
  • NEW: The FlexBox widget now includes Button border styles.
  • NEW: The FlexBox widget now includes a ‘max width’ property option for the button.
  • NEW: The FlexBox widget now includes a transparency option for the mouse hover color.
  • NEW: You can now paste a list of keywords separated by a comma in one row of the Keywords list in the SEO Section of the Page Settings tab and in the Keywords section of a Blog Post. EverWeb will automatically parse the list into individual rows.
  • NEW: Added the video for the Search Bar to the Help ‘?” in the Site Search section of the Page Settings tab.
  • NEW: TheSearch video has been added to Site Search widget.
  • NEW: Site Search now uses Page Names if there is no title in the Web Page Description field in the Page Settings tab.
  • NEW: Site Publishing Settings has a new ‘Add Domain’ button to easily register a new domain or to add a domain as an add-on.
  • NEW: New Font Size variable for widgets.
  • NEW: When using Disqus as the Comment Engine in Blog Posts, if you change a blog post title, you can now have Disqus use the new post title in place of the old title.
  • IMPROVED: Copy and pasting text in to the Blog Post Editor.
  • IMPROVED: The FTP Timeout window now shows the error along with the automatic reconnection/republish feature.
  • IMPROVED: Changing the Navigation Menu Display Name for a page not in the Navigation Menu widget will not mark the pages with a Navigation Menu widget to be re-published.
  • IMPROVED: Some settings in a widget’s Assets List that do not affect the EverWeb UI will not cause the widget to update itself.
  • IMPROVED: Better error checking when an image cannot be published.
  • IMPROVED: Removed the ‘Show Title’ checkbox in the YouTube widget as the setting is no longer valid.
  • IMPROVED: Better error checking enhanced popup menu.
  • IMPROVED: Error checking when replacing an image asset with a non-image file.
  • IMPROVED: Responsive Rows with just one object in them cannot be moved around and dragged out of the Responsive Row.
  • IMPROVED: Improved language localizations, especially Dutch.
  • FIXED: Fix for shapes with ‘No Fill’ and a border not being published properly.
  • FIXED: Spelling corrections in the Search Results widget.
  • FIXED: Fixed blog updating issues on macOS 10.16.
  • FIXED: Fixed blog cover image not appearing on macOS 10.16.
  • FIXED: When using Quick View to Preview an asset in the Assets List, the down arrow now works correctly by previewing the next asset in the Assets List.
  • FIXED: Better error checking/messaging when trying to preview a site without any pages.
  • FIXED: Some buttons did not properly auto resize when using different languages if the text in that language did not fit the button.
  • FIXED: Fixes to how EverWeb gets the preview for certain widgets within the Editor Window.
  • FIXED: Min value for widget text fields could be set to a negative value.
  • FIXED: Fixes for the Image Gallery widget when pressing the Pagination Buttons within the Editor Window.
  • FIXED: File links work again in widgets using the Styled Text Editor.
  • FIXED: Insert Date features works for non English systems.
  • FIXED: Spelling mistake in Search Results widget Inspector fixed.
  • FIXED: Fixed potential crash when using very large images with the scaling features for object backgrounds.
  • FIXED: Fixed widget previews when replacing an image asset that the Widget is using.
  • FIXED: Replacing an image asset with a different file extension will adjust the file extension in the Assets List.
  • FIXED: Fix for FTP publishing for servers that require TLS for data and control connections.
  • FIX: Widgets will properly preview when adjusting settings quickly, such as background color using the color window sliders.
  • FIX: Widgets will now respect default hyperlink styles set under the Default Styles Window.
  • FIXED: Fixes to full width shapes placed in Responsive Rows.
  • FIXED: Fixed some labels in message boxes that were cut off.
  • FIXED: Filenames that used non-English characters are no longer converted into their English equivalent.

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