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Introducing EverWeb 3.0: Contact Forms Enhanced, Asset Management and much, much MORE!

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

We’re thrilled to announce the availability of EverWeb 3.0 which introduces  the all new Contact Forms Enhanced Addon, the new Asset Management organization feature, incredible new Contact Form Advanced widget features taking contact form customization to a new level, improved and enhanced widgets to make responsive website building even easier as well as many other great features and improvements and lots of product stability and performance improvements.

For a complete list of what’s new, improved and fixed, as well as how to upgrade to the new version, please see below!

Which Version of EverWeb is For You?

EverWeb is available in the following versions:

  • If you are running OS X/macOS 10.10 and higher (64-Bit): Yosemite, El Capitan,  Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina*, EverWeb version 3.0 is available for you.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 or 10.9 (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks) EverWeb 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 EverWeb 3.0, the update process will automatically download the correct version of EverWeb for your macOS.

* EverWeb 3.0 supports MacOS Catalina. Please note that this should be considered ‘beta’ as the MacOS Catalina is still in beta and not officially released to the public at this time. 

EverWeb 3.0 Includes…

[NEW] The all new Contact Forms Enhanced Addon is now available for the Contact Form Advanced widget bringing online Contact Form management and reporting features to EverWeb.

[NEW] Assets List Organizer. You can now organize assets in the project file  in to folders and subfolders.

[NEW] Contact Form Advanced widget now includes a Styled Button option.

[NEW] Contact Form Advanced widget now includes ReCaptcha support for spam protection.

[NEW] Contact Form Advanced widget now includes a ‘Placeholder’ text option.

[NEW] Contact Form Advanced widget now includes a file upload Form Control type for use with the Contact Forms Enhanced Addon.

[NEW] Contact Form Advanced widget now includes a Selection List Form Control type so you can select one or more of the listed options.

[NEW] Contact Form Advanced widget now includes an Import Text File… option so you can quickly import large lists in to your Form Controls.

[NEW] Fully customizable Blog Pagination for posts on the blog main and archive pages.

[NEW] Cover Image option for blog main and archive pages to give your post a Hero image look.

[NEW] Theme Template Downloader. You can preview and choose which new Theme Templates you want to download to EverWeb.

[NEW] Significant speed optimizations, especially for responsive websites with many full width widgets.

[NEW] Publishing is faster and the overall speed of EverWeb has been optimized.

[NEW] Large window button for all widgets that use the Styled Text Editor.

[NEW] Fonts Panel works with the Styled Text Editor.

[NEW] Remove formatting option added to all widgets that use the Styled Text Editor.

[NEW] FlexBox, Text Section and Responsive Image Gallery widgets now include a Maximum Content Width field.

[NEW] All widgets can use the Fill Options in the Shape Options tab to add a background color or image to the widget.

[NEW] FlexBox widget now includes Top and Bottom margin settings

[NEW] PayPal widget now includes a styled, customizable Pay Button.

[NEW] ‘Check for new templates…’ option redesigned so you can select and preview new theme templates that you want downloaded in to EverWeb.

[NEW] You can now check for new Theme Templates directly from the Theme Template Chooser.

[NEW] The Styled Text Editor can be expanded in to a larger editor window.

[NEW] The Styled Text Editor now includes a ‘Remove Formatting’ button to remove formatting from the selected text.

[IMPROVED] Assets List performance has been optimized and is faster and more responsive especially when using a large number of assets in a project file.

[IMPROVED] New Website Save process reduces the chance of data loss.

[IMPROVED] Page resizing and general UI updating should be significantly faster.

[IMPROVED] Styled Text Editor background has been changed to a light grey so that white and light colored text is easier to see.

[FIX] Not being able to add images to the Editor Window from the Free Stock Photos library.

[FIX] Using the scroll bar in the Inspector Window would sometimes get stuck.

[FIX] Tooltips show correctly when resizing or drag and dropping an object.

[FIX] Width/Height indicator for image masking appears again.

[FIX] Exporting text from a TextBox which has a style change (such as a background color, italic text etc…) at the beginning of the paragraph would cause the entire paragraph to use that styling.

[FIX] Google Maps height on Responsive pages would be a few pixels off.

[FIX] Gradient Fill for Page Background on Responsive pages works correctly.

[FIX] Directly adding or deleting images in the Image Gallery Widget would not update its Assets List.

[FIX] Gradient Fill at 90 degrees in Master Pages now works correctly.

[FIX] Fixed issues with some WordPress blogs exports not importing in too EverWeb.

[FIX] Background images for Browser Background on mobile are not zoomed in anymore.

[FIX] Long Blog Archive list no longer disappears within EverWeb when scrolling.

[FIX] Object Hyperlink indicator shows properly when an object is hyperlinked and the option is enabled in EverWeb-> Preferences.

[FIX] Styled Text Editor shows the proper text size for selected text.

[FIX] Text Object now works properly when using Command+arrows keys.

[FIX] Image Gallery widget no longer has ‘#’ as the default link which would prevent the SlideShow from appearing.

[FIX] Mouse hover link settings are applied properly to blog archive.

How To Update To EverWeb 3.0

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.

Video Walkthrough

Find out more about the new release of EverWeb in our ‘Introducing EverWeb 3.0‘ video.

More Information About EverWeb

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

  • The updated 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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EverWeb’s Text Section or FlexBox Widget: Which Should I Use?

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

The introduction of responsive design to EverWeb in version 2.8 resulted in the creation of four new widgets to take full advantage of the new scaleable page layout. Many of EverWeb’s existing widgets and features were also updated at the same time to make building responsive pages easy and simple.

The introduction of the FlexBox, Responsive Row, Responsive Image Gallery and Text Section widgets was specifically designed to help you create great looking responsive pages without having to have an in-depth knowledge of responsive design itself.

At first glance, the FlexBox and Text Section widgets may appear to be quite similar to each other. Both widgets allow you to add images, both include the Styled Text Editor for text entry, both allow you to add a button. Beyond these basic functions, the two widgets diverge in to quite specific uses. When building a page, the choice of widget to use will come down to which one best meets your needs. Here is a guide as to which widget is best to use under which circumstances…

 

When Best To Use the Text Section Widget

The Text Section widget is perfect for when you want to focus on a idea using a single Cover image to do so. This is easy to do. Add the image you want in to the widget. In the ‘Image Fill & Size Settings section, tick the box to activate ‘Use Custom Image Dimensions’ then for maximum impact set the ‘Width’ of the image to 100% and the ‘Height’ to ‘auto. In this way the image will keep its proportions and will automatically scale to fit all device sizes. Add the text that you want in to the Styled Text Editor and you are good to go!

The Text Section widget is also great for creating a ‘Call To Action’ (CTA). A CTA can be a hyperlink or a button and this is where the widget excels. You can create multiple buttons and style them with the just the fonts and colors that you want. If you have more than one button, you can stack them vertically instead of horizontally.

Having the ability to create styled buttons of your choosing also means that the widget can be used even as a form of navigation to different pages in your website as well as being used as a Call To Action.

The Text Section widget allows you to select whichever combination of image, text and buttons that you want.


When Best To Use The FlexBox Widget

If the Text Section widget is the perfect for focusing on one image or idea, then the FlexBox widget is perfect for replicating an idea as many times as you need to by duplicating the Embedded Objects that you create. An embedded object is based either on text, image or video which the Text Section does not include.

In contrast to the Text Section widget, the FlexBox widget allows you to add a hyperlink to an image and set options for what your visitor sees when they hover over the image e.g. you can overlay styled text using one of the five available overlay options.you to add video in the widget.

FlexBox only allows you to add one button for each embedded object that you create whilst the Text Section allows you to create as many buttons as you want. In respect of the FlexBox widget this usually is fine as the purpose of the widget is to allow for replication of an idea or theme.

FlexBox is perfect e.g. if you you want to create short bios of personnel in your company. Create an embedded object with an Object Type of image. For the image you would use a picture of the person whose bio you are creating. Next, add some text about the person and finally add a button to link to a page with more info about the person. Once you have created and styled the Embedded Object, hit the ‘Duplicate’ button and just change the photo and text for the next person’s bio. Finally change the link if needed. Duplicating the Embedded Object helps you save time and effort as you do not need to alter the formatting of the Embedded Object at all, just its contents!

Once you have set up your Embedded Objects you can use the FlexBox’s Wrap options and Control Alignment options to finish off your design. The choice of options open to you really make the FlexBox widget be a true ‘jack of all trades’.

The Choice Is Yours!

Generally if you want to showcase one image or idea the Text Section widget is the one to use. The same is true if you want to use or include more than one button. If you need to replicate a particular format or need to incorporate video, then the FlexBox widget is the one to try first. Ultimately the choice of widget to use is yours and you may still find that you have to try each before settling on the widget that fits your need perfectly. If you are undecided, it is usually best to try the FlexBox widget first.

New Widget Enhancements Coming in EverWeb 3.0!

The new EverWeb 3.0 that is soon to be released will include a maximum content width field for both widgets. The Styled Text Editor has also been updated with a new Remove Text Formatting option and the ability to make the editor window larger for easier text entry. Additionally, the FlexBox widget will include a top and bottom margin fields to the widget.

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Responsive Web Design in EverWeb: Make Your Pages Fit All Devices

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Responsive Web Design is a great way to build a website in EverWeb that is consistent across all devices. You only need to design one page which will adapt to all device types. You no longer need to develop and maintain separate mobile pages in your website. The trade off, though, is that you have to put more care and attention in to your page design than you might have done before.

When developing your website, it may be easier to think of designing pages for use on desktop computers rather than designing pages for mobile devices. This makes sense, as it may be easier to take objects out of your design as you shrink the page down towards mobile device sizes, rather than adding objects in to the page as you upscale from a mobile page towards a desktop page size.

This design approach is generally fine, but can cause some problems when viewing your page on a mobile device. You may find that the page scrolls horizontally beyond the right hand margin of the mobile device creating a gap to the right of the page.

What Causes The Page to Drift Horizontally?

Ideally, the page should fit the horizontal dimensions of all devices it is displayed upon. The basic problem is that on a mobile device, a desktop page width is being used so the page does not behave in a responsive manner. There are a couple of easy ways to solve this problem which we will come to later, but first, it is important to discuss how the problem is caused in the first place.

Factoring In Minimum Device Width

One important factor to be aware of when designing responsive pages is the width of the smallest device that you are designing for. Typically the smallest device type that your website will be displayed upon will be an iPhone SE. The iPhone SE has a horizontal display width of 320 pixels so when designing your pages consider this value as it will help make your pages fit perfectly on the vast majority of devices, both mobile and desktop.

You usually do not need to consider maximum page width, unless you have objects that are too widely spaced out on the page. Our blog, ‘Using Content Maximum Width‘ delves in to this in more detail as does our video, Content Maximum Width, on YouTube.

When adding full width objects to the page, you do not need to consider minimum device width as such objects automatically scale to the available screen width. However, in some instances, you may need to check that the ‘Full Width’ checkbox is still checked in the Metrics Inspector. The ‘Full Width’ checkbox can become unchecked when using the Responsive Row widget. For example, when adding a full width widget inside the Responsive Row widget (e.g. a Text Section, FlexBox or Navigation Menu widget), be careful to make sure that the ‘Full width’ checkbox is still checked if you still want the object to be full width.

Usually, you do not need to add full width objects in to a Responsive Row widget, but there may be specific instances where you may want to do this.

If the object inside the Responsive Row widget is not at full width, it will actually be a fixed width object instead. So, for example, if you have a FlexBox widget that is 1000 pixels wide, on an iPhone SE you will be able to scroll 1000 pixels horizontally across the page.

To solve this issue, either check the Full Width checkbox in the Metrics Inspector to make the object full width or reduce the width of the FlexBox widget down to 320 pixels or less.

Minimum Design Width For Different Device Types

You may be thinking that objects on your page are now limited to a 320 pixel maximum width. Actually, this is not the case as some widgets will automatically scale content according to the device the page is being viewed upon.

The FlexBox and Text Section widgets are good examples of automatic scaling. For example, in the Widget Settings of the FlexBox widget, set Minimum Width, Default Width and Maximum Width values to ‘100%’ for images. This will scale the image properly on all device types. That is all you need to do!

Using Show On Device For Different Device Types

If you are not using widgets such as those mentioned above, you may need an alternative method to make sure that objects appear at the right size on all device types. This is where ‘Show On Device’ in the Metrics Inspector is very useful. For example, you have an image inside a Responsive Row widget that you want to display properly on all device types. Select the image and make it 300 pixels wide in the Metrics Inspector and check ‘Show on Mobile’ in the ‘Responsive’ section. Uncheck the other three Show on Device options. The image will probably disappear as it is only visible on mobile devices. You can see the image outline by using the Window-> Show Hidden Objects menu. Also, if you reduce the width of the Editor window enough the image will appear.

Add the same image from the Assets List into the Responsive Row widget. This time make it 600 pixels wide. In the ‘Responsive’ section of the Metrics Inspector check ‘Show on Tablet’ and uncheck the other three options. Again the image may disappear but you will see its outline displayed if you have the ‘Show Hidden Objects’ menu option set on.

Finally, add the same image a third time and make it e.g. 775 pixels wide. Check ‘Show on Desktop’ and ‘Show on Wide Desktop’. Uncheck the other two options.

When you preview the page, you will notice that as you shrink the size of the browser window, the image in the Responsive Row will be fit properly for all device sizes, i.e. 300 pixels wide on a mobile device, 600 pixels wide on a Tablet and 775 pixels wide on desktop and wide desktop devices.

Testing Your Responsive Pages

When finished, it is recommended that you preview the page in Safari’s Responsive Design Mode. Safari has possibly the best responsive design browser feature. To enable it in Safari, go to the Safari-> Preferences menu. Click on the Advanced button then check the ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’ box. Close the Preferences dialog box. You will now see the ‘Develop’ menu in Safari’s menu bar. Use the Develop-> Enter Responsive Design Mode menu option to test your website’s pages against different device types.

Responsive Design can be challenging, but with a bit of thought and creativity, problems such as horizontal page drift can be easily resolved.

If you have a comment or question about this blog post, please let us know in the Comments Section below!

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EverWeb News Roundup!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

It’s been a busy first half of 2019 as there is always a lot going on with EverWeb. We thought we would bring you a round up of the latest EverWeb news all in one place!

The Latest News On EverWeb 3.0

The most current version of EverWeb is 2.9.1 was released back in February. Development of EverWeb version 3.0 is well underway and we hope to have a public beta available within the next few weeks, followed by the official EverWeb 3.0 release soon after if all goes to plan with the beta. Why so long between releases? Well, EverWeb 3.0 packs an amazing amount of new and improved features, such as Contact Form Enhanced add-on, improved asset management, reCaptcha in Contact Forms, blog pagination, lots of improvements to widgets as well as the usual maintenance and bug fixes. We hope to preview more new EverWeb 3.0 features soon, so stay up to date by checking the Announcement Section of the EverWeb Discussion Forum!

EverWeb & macOS Catalina

Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference took place in June 2019 with the usual news of the upcoming features for all of Apple’s software platforms. In respect to macOS, the new 10.15 version, Catalina, was announced. This release is now in its developer and public beta testing phase with a scheduled release this fall. One important feature of the upcoming release is that it adds more security to the OS which means that these changes have to be integrated in to apps such as EverWeb. If you are trialling the beta version of MacOS Catalina, the current version of EverWeb, 2.9.1, will not run. The same will also probably be true of EverWeb 3.0 when it released in the next few weeks. [UPDATED] However, when released, EverWeb 3.0 will support MacOS Catalina when the new operating system debuts.

EverWeb Third Party Website Resources

There are some new EverWeb related third party websites live for you to enjoy. The first is everwebgalleries.com which focuses on the needs of photographers. The website is currently offering two new, free widgets which are currently in beta test. The first is the Categories Image Gallery widget which lets you group photos in to categories e.g. you could have gallery containing black and white photos in one category, color photos in another category and and ‘All’ category that contains both black and white and color photos. The second widget is an Image Carousel, which is just that, a carousel of photos that you define. You can add change the speed of the carousel and the number of images you want to scroll at each turn of the carousel. If you have any feedback on these widgets, just use the Contact form in the About menu of the website.

EverWeb PowerUp is a site that focuses on Theme Templates offering a number of free, and for purchase, theme templates. There are also widgets available including a dropdown menu widget, a cookie consent widget and an image compare widget like those you sometimes see on news websites.

For more theme templates, Everything EverWeb has a variety of contemporary themes available to purchase. There’s also a quick guide to blogging in EverWeb which is available through the Apple Book Store.

And last, but not least, Roddy at EverWeb Widgets continues to be the foremost and prolific provider of third party widgets for EverWeb. Roddy’s just released a Toolbar widget to help solve the problem of converting your fixed width website to a responsive layout then wondering what to do with the icons for email, phone and social media links?

Updated YouTube Videos and Udemy Course

We are currently updating some of our older YouTube videos replacing those featuring EverWeb’s user interface from before EverWeb 1.7 with the UI of the current EverWeb release. This also gives us the opportunity of expanding the videos to include EverWeb’s newer or improved features at the same time.

If you have a Udemy account, you can also access our EverWeb Website Builder course absolutely free. The 33 video course is also being updated at the moment to replace older content with contemporary content and improved descriptions. We hope to be adding new courses in the future!

You may have also noticed that our video’s Video Poster Images (i.e. the title card) have either a black or blue background. A black background is used for videos about responsive website design features and tutorials whilst the blue background is used for all other subjects in EverWeb.

We’re really looking forward to bringing you EverWeb 3.0 in the near future and lots of new and exciting features in the second half of the year. If there is anything you would like to see in EverWeb, or if you have any comments, please feel free to let us know in the Comments Section below!

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EverWeb’s Assets List Preview Eye

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

EverWeb’s Assets List is where your website project file’s image and external files such as audio, video and PDF files are stored and organized. The upcoming EverWeb 3.0 release will give the Assets List even more flexibility as it will introduce folder organisation so you can manage assets just as you want. There will also be faster file importing, saving you time and effort. Whilst we wait for the new EverWeb release to debut in the next couple of months, it is still worth taking a look at the capabilities of an existing Assets List feature: The Preview Eye.

As you may already know, you can quickly preview any image file in the Assets List by dragging it a little bit out of place in the list. This technique will show you a thumbnail of the image. If you do not want to use the image file on your page just let it drop back in to the Assets List, otherwise drag and drop it on your page. When you use the image file on your page, it is still listed in the Assets List so that you can reuse it elsewhere in your project file. This saves you a lot of time and effort as well as keeping the project file itself smaller in file size.

Another way to preview an image file is to click on the Preview Eye icon to the right of the image file name. When you click on the Eye, a Preview window of the image opens. You can resize this window as you want to show a larger or smaller preview. The Preview window has two buttons above the image at the top of the Preview window. An ‘Open with Preview’ button and a ‘Share Sheet’ icon button.

Using Apple’s Preview App

If you click on the ‘Open with Preview’ button, this will launch Apple’s own Preview app. The app opens in its own window and allows you to quickly edit the image file. There are a number of markup tools available so that you can annotate the image, add a signature to the image, draw on the image or even add a sketch.

When you make any changes to the image in Preview, a copy of the file is created so you do not affect the original file so if crop the image Preview will ask tell you that it will make a duplicate for you to work on. In this case you may also want to consider masking the image in EverWeb instead once you have placed it on to the Editor Window.

The Preview App also allows you to change the colors of the image, the size of the image and to rotate the image. You can even duplicate the image file, save it as a different filename or change the file type from one to another if you want e.g. from JPG format to PNG format.

If you have a standard resolution image and want to upscale it to a retina ready image, Apple’s Preview is perfect. Find our more about how to do this in our Retina Ready Images video.

When you make any change to an image file, you will probably want to use your edited document in your EverWeb Project file. To do this, save the edited image file in Preview to e.g. the desktop then drag and drop it in to the Assets List so you can use it later. Alternatively, if you want to replace the original image on the page, drag and drop the edited version of the image file directly on top of the selected, original, image in the Editor Window. When you do this, you will then have both the original file and the edited file in the Assets List.

When you have finished editing the image, close the Apple Preview app.

The Preview Eye and External Files

The other great feature of the Preview Eye is that it allows you to also preview videos and audio files that you may have in your External Files list. When used with a video file, the ‘Open with Preview’ button is replaced with an ‘Open with Quicktime’ button. If you select this option, you will be able to perform some basic editing tasks such as trimming the video, but it is probably best for major edits to use a video editing app such as iMovie or ScreenFlow. For audio, the ‘Open with Preview’ button is replaced with an ‘Open in iTunes’ button so that the file can be added to your iTunes library if required.

Using the Share Sheet Feature

The other key feature of EverWeb’s Preview Eye is that it includes a Share Sheet button. This means that you can share the image file with other apps, such as Mail, Messages, AirDrop and Notes. You can also add the file to the Apple Photos app and other apps that support the Share Sheet functionality. Clicking on the ‘More…’ option allows you to select which apps you want to use in the Share Sheet menu.

The Assets List Preview Eye gives you access to a wider range of features and tools that enables you to perform image editing tasks quickly without having to open fully fledged graphics editing apps in addition to additional video and audio options that make make your workflow just that bit easier!

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Using Content Maximum Width in the Responsive Row Widget

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Creating a responsive website can be challenging to first time website creators but EverWeb does most of the lifting leaving you free to create the website design you want. EverWeb has may different tools to help you craft your responsive website including the ‘Maximum Width’ option.

About Maximum Width

EverWeb’s Maximum Width option allows you to limit how far objects are to be spread out across the page. You can be find the option in a number of different places within EverWeb, for example in widgets such as the FlexBox, Text Section and Responsive Image Gallery widgets. You will also find Maximum Width as an option in the Metrics Inspector, allowing you to control TextBox, Shapes and full width image widths. And finally, the option is also available in the Responsive Row Widget where it is known as ‘Content Maximum Width’.

Content Maximum Width in the Responsive Row Widget

Using the Maximum width options in EverWeb. can help finesse your website’s that it is perfect on whichever hardware it is viewed upon. The option is especially valuable when using the Responsive Row widget where it is called ‘Content Maximum Width’. As you may already know, the Responsive Row widget is used when you have fixed width objects, such as the PayPal widget, that you want to display properly within a responsive environment.

The Responsive Row widget has a number of different options such as ‘Insert Margin’ to add space between each fixed width object within the Responsive Row widget, top and bottom ‘Padding’ and Vertical and Horizontal ‘Alignment’ options. The Horizontal Alignment option is where we can see how useful the Content Maximum Width option can be. The alignment option allows you to display objects within the Responsive Row widget as either Left, Center, Right, Justify or Center-Justify. In the following example, the Justify-Center option will be used.

Using Content Maximum Width

For this example:

  1. Start by adding a Responsive Row widget to the page.
  2. Next drag and drop three Text Section widgets into the Responsive Row widget. When dropping the Text Section widget in to the Responsive Row widget, the Responsive Row widget border should become blue indicating that the Text Section is being embedded into the Responsive Row widget.
  3. Style the Text Section widgets with an image and some text.
  4. When adding an image to the Text Section widget, set the Width value to 180 pixels wide and set the Height to ‘auto’ so that the image retains its proportions.
  5. For each Text Section widget set the width of the widget itself in the Metrics Inspector to 200 pixels wide.
  6. Next select the Responsive Row widget by clicking in an empty area of the widget. Click on the Widget Settings button if these are not already displayed in the Inspector Window.
  7. Add some space between the Text Section widgets by setting the ‘Insert Margin’ value to 30.
  8. Finally set the Horizontal Width value in the Alignment section to ‘Justify-Center’.

Now that the Responsive Row has been set up, Preview the page and increase and decrease the width of the browser window to see the effect. What you should see is that the space between each Text Section widget gets larger as you increase the width of the browser window. This will create a lot of white space between the Text Section widgets which does not look good on a laptop or desktop. Your Text Section widgets may also appear to be ungrouped which you might not want either.

To resolve this problem, we will need to set a value for Content Maximum Width in the Responsive Row widget, so first go back to your EverWeb Project file. in the ‘Content Maximum Width’ field, the default value is set at 0 which means the whole width of the Responsive Row widget. Change this value to 800 and Preview again. This time you will notice that the three Text Section widgets remain grouped together. As you increase the browser width, the space between each widget does increase but only by an acceptable amount. You may want to experiment with setting the ‘Content Maximum Width’ value to e.g. 1000 or 1200 to see the effect.

Calculating Content Maximum Width

The value that you use for Content Maximum Width will depend on the width of the objects within the Responsive Row widget plus the Insert Margin value between each of the objects and any left and right margin that you may have set in the Metrics Inspector. So, in this example we have 200+30+200+30+200+30=690. If you set the value of Content Maximum Width at 691 all widgets will display in a row. At 690 you will have two widgets on the top and one below. A value between 800-1000 pixels, therefore, gives a nice spacing at all times.

Conclusion

Content Maximum Width is a very handy tool to use if you find that objects in the Responsive Row widget are spaced too widely apart when viewed on desktop and laptop computers.

Video Walkthrough

You can also follow the above steps in our Content Maximum Width video on YouTube!

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Widget Organization in EverWeb

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

If you are an EverWeb user who has invested in third party widgets, you can get to the point where the number of widgets in the Widgets tab starts to become a frustrating experience of scrolling to find exactly the right widget that you want.

Whilst EverWeb 2.8’s headline feature was the introduction of Responsive Web Design to the product, widget organization also debuted at the same time. The days of scrolling are over as you can organize your third party widgets easily. Widget organization is designed to be used only when you have, or want to install and manage, third party widgets.

Widget Category Settings

When you click on the Widget tab, you will see the Widget Category Settings directly below the tab. The Widget Category List is on the left hand side and by default is set to display ‘All’ of the widgets you have installed. To the right is the Remove Category button, the Widget Category Settings Cog and the Add Category button. These features allow you to organize and manage your widgets. 

The Widget Category List contains two predefined categories that cannot be deleted and any categories you have created yourself. The predefined ‘All’ category displays all of the widgets installed on your computer. You cannot remove EverWeb’s built in default widgets but you can add, delete and categorize any of your third party widgets. The other predefined category, ‘Default’, lists EverWeb’s own preinstalled widgets. This category cannot be changed in any way. If you do not have any third party widgets installed, their categories will have the same widgets as each other.

Adding Third Party Widget To the Widgets Tab 

Adding third party widgets in to the Widgets tab is easy, just drag and drop your downloaded third party widgets on to the widgets list. You can also add widgets to an existing user created category. First select the category you want from the Widget Category List, then drag and drop the widget into the category’s widget list. 

When you add any third party widgets to the Widgets tab, they will also be added automatically added to the ‘All’ category.

Creating a New Widget Category

To create a new widget category:

  1. Click on the ‘+’ button in the Widget Category Settings to add a new category.
  2. A dropdown will appear asking you to enter in the name of the widget category you want to create.
  3. Enter the name you want then click the ‘OK’ button to finish.

Adding Widgets to Your Widget Category

The newly created category will become the currently selected category. If you have newly downloaded widgets you want to add to the category, add them in the same way as described above.

If you have already added third party widgets to the Widgets tab, you can add them in to your new category as well.

  1. First, select the ‘All’ from the category list dropdown.
  2. Locate the widget that you want to add to your new category and secondary click on it.
  3. A submenu appears. Select the widget category that you want the widget added to..
  4. The widget will be added to your selected category, but will also still appear in the ‘All’ category.

Adding a Folder of Widgets

Many third party widgets come in packs, so ideally you want to be able to install all of the widgets in the pack at one time. everWeb makes this easy to do. Just drag and drop the widget pack folder on to the widget list. EverWeb will create a new category with the same name as the folder, which will contain all of the widgets within the folder. The category is named after the folder.

Renaming a Widget Category

To rename a user created widget category:

  1. Select the category you want to rename from the Widget Category List
  2. Next, click on the Category Settings button.
  3. A drop down will appear where you can edit name of the Widget category. 
  4. Click the ‘OK’ button to finished. 

Deleting Widgets

As you have already seen when adding a widget to a user created widget category, secondary clicking on a widget opens a submenu. This submenu is also where you can ‘Delete’ the currently selected widget. If you delete a widget, you will be asked to confirm your action. When deleted, the widget is placed in your computer’s Trashcan. If you have deleted a widget by mistake, open the Trashcan and drag and drop the widget back on to the widgets list.

It’s always best to back up any third party widgets you may have in case you need to restore them at a later date.

Deleting a Widget Category

If you want to delete one of your user created widget categories:

  1. First select the category you want to delete from the Category List dropdown menu.
  2. Click on the Remove Category button.
  3. A dropdown will appear asking you to confirm your actions. You can either:
    1. Select ‘Delete Widgets’ to delete the category and the widgets it contains or
    2. Select ‘Keep Widgets’ which will delete the category and move the widgets it contains back in to the ‘All’ category. 

Using the Widgets Tab Organizer is a quick and easy way to keep all of your third party widgets properly organized so that they are always quick and easy to hand.


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32 Bit Apps Such as iWeb Not Supported in Apple’s Next Generation macOS!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

During the month of May, there is always press speculation about what the future holds for Apple’s major operating systems: iOS, watchOS, tvOS and, of course, macOS. This year is no exception, but one thing is sure… support for 32 bit applications in Apple’s macOS operating system will end with the release of Apple’s new 2019 software for desktop and laptop computers.

The end of 32 bit support has been flagged since June 2018. Last year’s Apple World Wide Developer Conference announced that with macOS Mojave (10.14) there would be warnings when launching 32 bit apps they should be converted to 64-Bit ASAP as they would not be supported in Apple’s 2019 macOS release.

One year later and we’re almost at the next WWDC and the next macOS will then be only a few months away.

If you are still using iWeb, this should give you pause for thought especially if you plan to buy a new Mac with a new OS on it in the near future! Now may be the time to switch from iWeb but will it be easy to do so? With EverWeb, we think it’s really easy! Here’s why…

Why Go From iWeb to EverWeb?

  • Both iWeb and EverWeb are drag and drop website builders for the Mac.
  • iWeb and EverWeb have similar User Interfaces making the learning curve a lot quicker when moving from one to the other. You’ll get up to speed in EverWeb in next to no time.
  • Both products support blogging. You can easily import your iWeb blog in to EverWeb with just a few mouse clicks.
  • You can host with your own provider or with EverWeb which gives you extra benefits built directly in to the product such as password protection, 404 page not found, 301 page redirects and regular product updates throughout the year
  • EverWeb fulfils the promise of iWeb with responsive web design, template pages, 100’s of free themes, in product SEO for better Search Page Results Rankings, animation effects, PayPal e-commerce built in, in product website project backups, fast, one-click publishing and much, much more.
  • EverWeb always keeps up to date with technology, so there is always something new to enjoy with every product update which usually happens every couple of months.
  • You will no longer have problems with iWeb crashing or other associated issues that hinder you working. EverWeb has been a 64 bit product for over a year and our regular product releases throughout the year always include stability and maintenance fixes.
  • EverWeb comes with 7×24 support 365 days a year if you have a valid user licence. There’s also the EverWeb community where you can ask questions, suggest features that you would like added to the product, try out the latest beta test versions of EverWeb and see what’s available from EverWeb’s third party providers.
  • Check out EverWeb’s blog (yes you’re here!) and also our YouTube channel that’s packed width videos about every aspect of EverWeb.
  • EverWeb is not a subscription service so you alway keep the product that you initially purchased if you do not want to renew after the first year. You keep the product and any website you have built.
  • And last but not least, EverWeb is now in its sixth year and we continue to grow and innovate! We’re committed to delivering the best we can offer to our community.

EverWeb Addon Products

EverWeb can be purchased as a standalone product if you have your own hosting provider, or with EverWeb+Hosting Lite and Hosting Pro options to suit all needs. There are also additional products that you can add to your purchase such as Site Shield Addon for HTTPS Secure websites.

Third party widgets and theme template add-ons are also available if you cannot find exactly what you need out of the box!

Making The Switch Even Easier

EverWeb Professional Services are also available so that if you do not want to recreate your iWeb website yourself in EverWeb, we can do it for you! If you want us to design a brand new website for you we can do that as well with a number of flexible options available.

You can find out more about EverWeb directly from the EverWeb website. Why not download EverWeb today? The download is the full product with the only restriction being that you cannot publish your website either locally or to the Internet unless you purchase the product.

If you have any questions relating to iWeb and EverWeb, please let us know in the Comments Section below.

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8 Tips On Using EverWeb’s FlexBox Widget

Thursday, May 9th, 2019
EverWeb's FlexBox Widget

One of the new widgets to come with the advent of Responsive web page design in EverWeb is the FlexBox widget. Debuting in EverWeb version 2.8, the FlexBox widget allows you to combine text, images, video and buttons in almost countless ways to give your site a completely customized look.

Using The FlexBox Widget

You can take advantage of the FlexBox widget in a number of different ways. Here some tips on how you can get the best out of the widget:

  1. The FlexBox widget is ideal for use on a Responsive Page Layout, however it can also be used on a Fixed Width Page Layout as well. Although not officially supported as you cannot take full advantage of the widget’s capabilities, you can still create great web page designs.
  2. If you use the FlexBox widget as a full width object on a Responsive Page Layout, you do not have to embed it in a Responsive Row widget.
  3. If you are using the  FlexBox widget as a Fixed Width object, then you will need to embed it in a Responsive Row Widget. If using the widget in a Fixed Width Page Layout you do not have to do this.
  4. If you want to add a filled background to the widget, such as a color or image fill, you will need to embed the FlexBox widget in a Responsive Row widget first. With the Responsive Row widget selected, use the Fill Options in the Shape Options tab to change the background to a different color or image. In EverWeb 3.0 this will become simpler as you will be able to add background fills directly to the FlexBox widget itself without the need to use a Responsive Row widget to achieve the effect.
  5. When used as a Full Width object, you can apply left and right Margin Settings to the widget using the Metrics Inspector.
  6. Save time and effort by duplicating Embedded Objects. The FlexBox is ideal for creating a series of embedded objects in a row that all have the same styling and formatting. Create the first Embedded Object by clicking the ‘Add’ button under the Embedded Objects list box. Add an image or video, text content and a button as you require. Next format and style the Embedded Object as required. When you have finished, click on the ‘Duplicate’ button to replicate the Embedded Object. You now only need to change the second Embedded Object’s image or video, text content and button text and links. You do not need to adjust the formatting and styling as it is already set up.
  7. If you cannot add an image to an Embedded Object, first select the Embedded Object in the list. Next click on the Object Type dropdown menu and make sure that you select image. The ‘Choose…’ button in the Image Settings section will now become available. The same applies if you cannot add a video URL, but in this instance select ‘Video’ from the Object Type dropdown menu to make the ‘Video URL’ input box available.  

FlexBox Widget Videos on YouTube

The 8th and final tip is to check out our FlexBox widget videos on YouTube! The first video is called ‘The FlexBox Widget‘ and the second is called ‘Using the FlexBox Widget’s Reverse Wrap Feature‘.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Use EverWeb’s Master Pages

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

If you are not yet using EverWeb’s Master Pages in your website, you could be missing out in many ways…

Master pages are perfect for setting standard page layout defaults for your website’s pages such as content and footer height and page and browser background colors. Any settings and objects you add to a Master Page will be inherited by any regular page it is attached to. You can also include objects that you want to see on every page of your site such as company logos, navigation menus and copyright text.

If your website is not using EverWeb’s Master Pages, there are many reasons why you’re missing out…

  1. Easy to Add: Master Pages are quick and easy to add, just click on the New Master Page button. If you cannot see the button, drag the splitter bar down to reveal the blue area. You can also add a Master Page by using the ‘+’ button in the Page Settings tab or use the File, New Master Page menu option. Adding a Master Page works in the same way as adding a regular page to your site except that the Master Page is added to the blue Master Page area. When adding a Master Page to your site, you can base it on any Theme Template you want or create your own Master Page using the Blank, or Blank Responsive, Theme Template.
  2. Easy to Use: You work on a Master Page in the Editor Window in the same as you do when working with a regular page. Adjust settings and add, edit and delete objects in exactly the same way.
  3. Easier to Correct Mistakes and Errors: When you add a Master Page to a regular page, the master page objects can only be edited by editing the Master Page itself. Master Page objects are displayed on regular pages with a black page symbol in their top right hand corner. If a Master Page object needs to be moved on the page for example, just edit the Master Page and the change will automatically appear on any regular pages that the Master Page is attached to.
  4. Saves Time: As a Master Page acts like a template, it makes setting up and customizing regular pages a lot quicker. Attaching a Master Page to a regular page saves you having to set up the page again and again. You will also save time maintaining and updating your site in the future. For example, if I want to change the page background color of my site at a later date, I just change the page background color in the Master Page and any regular page using the Master Page will automatically be updated with the change.
  5. Better Website Design Consistency: You may have noticed some websites where objects that should be in the same place on each page seem to move slightly when you change pages That’s because the objects have not been added to the exact same place on each page. Using a Master Page eliminates this problem as you only need to add such objects once to the Master page. These objects will then appear exactly in the same place on each regular page. Having a consistent website design looks great and adds to your site’s credibility and professionalism.
  6. Master Pages can be used in multiple scenarios: You can create Master Pages for different scenarios and purposes such as creating Master Pages for different groups of pages e.g. one Master Page for each department in a business. You can also use Master Pages in different page layouts e.g. in fixed width page layouts you could use one Master Page for desktop devices and one for mobile devices. You can even create a Master Page to give your blog a unique identity! The possibilities are almost endless!

Master Pages are a valuable tool for anyone building their own website, even if it is a relatively small site. Save time and effort both now and in the future maintenance of your site!

If you have any comments about this post, please let us know in the Comments Section below. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Video Walkthrough…

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