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EverWeb, macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

For Apple, 2020 was the year that the company broke with chip provider Intel with the introduction of Apple Silicon and the new M1 microprocessor chip in the 13″ MacBook Air, 13″MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini.

What impact does the move to Apple Silicon, and the introduction of macOS Big Sur, have on EverWeb? Find out below…

It’s Not The First Time…

This is not the first time that Apple has changed microchip providers for its hardware. It is actually the third time that Apple has changed the Central Processing Unit (CPU) architecture of its hardware. In 2005, Apple announced it was transitioning its hardware from PowerPC to Intel and before that, in 1996, it transitioned from the Motorola 68000 platform to the PowerPC platform.

Any change in the microprocessor architecture means that the Operating System software, and the applications that the OS runs, will also need to be reconfigured in order to be compatible with the new, underlying, hardware.

Why the Need for Change?

For Apple the reasons for transitioning to the new Apple Silicon architecture are clear. Its laptop, desktop and server offerings can leverage from the the same basic architecture that is found in iPhones and iPads. This makes integration and synergy between iOS an macOS a lot easier and seamless. The second reason is that Apple now has more end to end control, making both hardware and software more efficient in the process. We can already see this in the computational and speed improvements in the new M1 chip which takes CPU architecture to the next level of development. There is also the benefit of cost savings for Apple due to economies of scale as now its hardware uses the same basic CPUs in all its products. Lastly, the delay of new processors from Intel over the last few years has caused product delays for Apple, and Intel now lags behind its more agile competitors in the market.

Intel, Apple Silicon and macOS Big Sur

Apple has set itself the goal for the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon to be within two years. This is the same time frame as the switch from PowerPC to Intel. It is reassuring to know that this transition is achievable and should be relatively painless given Apple’s past experience of doing this.

The stage for the hardware transition has already been set with the introduction three Apple Silicon computers and the introduction of macOS Big Sur which runs on both Intel and on Apple Silicon architectures. In addition, macOS Big Sur now starts to take design cues from iOS and iPadOS again, helping Apple to further integrate their product ecosystem.

The two year product transition gives Apple time to update all its hardware to use Apple Silicon and gives software vendors time to repurpose their apps to be Apple Silicon compatible.

EverWeb 3.4 is fully compatible with macOS Big Sur on Intel machines. So what about compatibility with Apple Silicon? To understand how EverWeb works under Apple Silicon, let’s start with a bit of transition history…

Enter Rosetta and Rosetta 2

When Apple transitioned from PowerPC to Intel chips, it introduced a program called Rosetta. This program acted as a ‘Compatibility Box’ enabling apps designed for the old PowerPC architecture to run on the new Intel architecture.

Rosetta was very much a success for Apple, so it has leveraged this success and experience for the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon with the introduction of Rosetta 2. If you use EverWeb on an Apple Silicon computer, it will work through Rosetta 2 which will automatically ‘translate’ EverWeb from Intel to Apple Silicon. You probably will not even notice any difference using EverWeb under Apple Silicon as Apple years of experience in optimizing Rosetta make it work smoothly for most apps that need translating.

After installing EverWeb on your Apple Silicon based computer, when you first run the app, you may be asked to install Rosetta in order for EverWeb to run. If you have previously installed Rosetta on your computer, you will not see this message and EverWeb should launch as usual.

EverWeb as a Universal App

In summary:

  • EverWeb 3.4 and higher is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite thru to macOS 11 Big Sur.
  • EverWeb 3.4 and higher will run on Apple Silicon computers through Rosetta 2* running on macOS 11 Big Sur.
  • EverWeb 3.1 is available if you are running Mac OS X 10.7 – 10.9.
  • EverWeb 2.5.2 is available if you are running Mac OS X 10.6.

* In the future we will be releasing EverWeb as a Universal app. This means that EverWeb will support both Apple Silicon and Intel processors, using Apple Silicon as the default. As such, EverWeb will then run natively on Apple Silicon without the need to use Rosetta.

We will, of course, keep the EverWeb community reprised as to our progress in making EverWeb a Universal App.

If you have any questions about this article, please let us know in the Comments Section below. We’re here to help!

Parallax Scrolling and Image Overlays in EverWeb

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

EverWeb 3.4 introduced the exciting new Parallax Scrolling effect. When you apply parallax scrolling as you scroll the page up and down, the foreground object moves and background image also moves, but at a slower speed. This gives the visual impression of motion and is a great effect to use in your website!

Prerequisites For Use Parallax Scrolling

To use Parallax Scrolling in your website you will need EverWeb 3.4 or higher. The effect can be used in any page layout type – Centered, Left Aligned or Responsive. The only other thing you will need is an appropriate image to use as a full width background image.

Choosing a Great Background Image

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when using Parallax Scrolling is the image itself. There are no specific rules in this respect but there are some useful hints that are good to remember:

  1. A simple page design will bring out the best in the Parallax Scrolling effect as the visual will be front and center and so more attention grabbing for anyone visiting the page.
  2. Use the most visually interesting images towards the top of the page if possible. This is a good way to hook visitors so that they continue to scroll down the page.
  3. Any ‘Call to Actions’, such as buttons on the page, should also be more towards the top of the page if possible.
  4. An image is a great way to tell a story so make sure that you use images that effectively do this. Using Parallax Scrolling at various points in your page is a perfect way to tell stories. Check out any news websites to see how they use this technique for in-depth stories on people or events.
  5. Check how the effect looks on different devices as Parallax Scrolling will look different on a mobile phone than on a desktop screen!

Setting Up Parallax Scrolling

Once you have found your image(s), you can drag and drop them in to the Assets List of your EverWeb project file. Alternatively, you can add these files in to your project when creating the Parallax Scrolling effect.

You can apply a Parallax Scrolling effect to any full width object has a background image. Begin by selecting the full width object that you want to add a background image to. This could be e.g. a full width TextBox, Shape or widget such as a Responsive Row widget.

After selecting the object that you want, go to the Shape Options tab in the Inspector Window. In the Fill section, click on the dropdown menu below the word ‘Fill’. By default, this dropdown menu is set to ‘None’. Change the option to ‘Image Fill’.

Use the Fill ‘Type’ dropdown menu to select the type of fill that you want. For Parallax Scrolling to be available, you must use either the ‘Scale to Fill’, ‘Stretch’ or ‘Tile’ option. When you select one of these options, the Parallax Scrolling section becomes available. By default, Parallax Scrolling is enabled.

Note that when you have Parallax Scrolling selected, you will not see the effect. To see the effect in action, Preview or Publish your site.

Image Overlays

The introduction of Parallax Scrolling to EverWeb, was accompanied by the introduction of a second feature useful image manipulation feature: image overlays. An image overlay is a color that is placed on top of the image. The opacity of the overlaid color can be altered to achieve the effect that you want.

This effect is often used when the background image needs ‘toning down’ so that the objects in the foreground become more visible. Previously in EverWeb you would have had to have covered the image with a rectangle shape and change the shape’s opacity to achieve the same effect.

EverWeb’s new Parallax Scrolling and Image Overlay features give you two new ways to create an even better website effortlessly!

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Introducing EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon

Thursday, December 24th, 2020

EverWeb SEO Power Up is our exciting new Addon that adds more SEO features to EverWeb’s existing built in SEO capabilities. The new addon gives you more control and flexibility it can be used specifically on the pages in your website that you want to prioritize and optimize for SEO. As you would expect from EverWeb, SEO Power Up is simple and easy to use.

Who Can Use EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon?

Anyone can use SEO Power Up, whether you host with EverWeb or use your own hosting provider. The only other requirement is that you are using EverWeb version 3.4 or higher.

Purchasing EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon

It is very easy to purchase EverWeb SEO Power Up. Simply go to your Site Publishing Settings in your EverWeb Project file by either clicking on your project file name in the Web Page List, or by using the File -> Edit Publishing Settings screen. Tick the checkbox for ‘Optimize & Submit for Search Engines’. If you have not already purchased the addon, you will see a dialog box which will take you though the process.

If you have not checked this box but still use the features of EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon (described below), you will occasionally be prompted by popup messages reminding you that to use these features you need to purchase the addon.

Do I need to Install EverWeb SEO Power Up On Purchase?

There is no installation required for EverWeb SEO Power Up as all its features and functionality are directly built in to EverWeb. Just make sure that the ‘Optimize & Submit for Search Engines’ checkbox is checked in the your project file’s Site Publishing Settings. To get to this screen, either click on your project file name in the Web Page List or use the File-> Edit Publishing Settings menu option.

Setting Up Site Pages with Advanced SEO Features

You can apply SEO Power Up Addon’s features to any page in your project file but it is recommended that you do so only on the pages that are most SEO important to you. This will help web crawlers focus on what is important in your site. The Home page of any site will undoubtedly a page you will want to apply SEO to so we will look at this as an example of how to use the SEO Power Up’s Addon’s features.

Start by going to the Page Settings tab in the Inspector Window. Scroll down and open the Search Engine Optimization section if it is not already open.

The ‘Include page in search engines’ check box should also be checked so that SEO Power Up Addon’s features are enabled. If the box is not checked, you will only be able to use the Web Page Description field which has moved in to the Search Engine Optimization Section in EverWeb 3.4.

Adding Keywords To Your Page

Add the specific SEO keywords, or terms, that you want to use on the page using the Keywords section. The keywords will usually be the primary and secondary keywords, or terms, that you have already found through your SEO keyword research.

In my example my website sells specialist golfing equipment so I could add the following primary and secondary keywords to my page: ‘Left Handed Golf Clubs’ and ‘Left Handed Putters’.

You can edit a keyword entry by double clicking on it, editing the field, then pressing Enter to finish. If you want to remove an entry, just highlight it then press the delete key on your keyboard.

EverWeb SEO Power Up and The XML Sitemap file 

EverWeb SEO Power Up creates an XML Sitemap file for your site when the site is published. This file informs Google, and other search engines, about the pages and files that you consider important in your site. The file also includes other useful SEO information for search engines about the files or pages you are targeting for SEO. 

Such information includes for example, when the page was last updated, how often the page is changed, and any alternate language versions of a page.

Your website’s XML Sitemap will be submitted to Google, Yahoo, Bing and Alexa notifying them of your updated site each time you publish something new.

Priority and Frequency

The Search Engine Optimization section of the Page Settings tab is also where you can assign ‘priority’ and ‘frequency’ to the important pages in your site, according to sitemap protocols.

To use these features, the ‘Include in XML Sitemap’ checkbox should be checked as this will make the ‘Priority’ and ‘Change Frequency’ fields available to you. 

If you have not purchased EverWeb SEO Power Up, you will be reminded of this occasionally when using the Priority and Change Frequency fields.

The Priority field has a can have a value between zero and one. Zero means that the page has no important, 0.5 represents a neutral importance and 1.0 is very important.

The following lists examples of the Priority values that should be assigned to your pages:

  • Priority value from 0.8-1.0: for pages such as your Home page and product information, major features and major category pages.
  • Priority value from 0.4-0.7: is often used for articles, blog entries, minor category pages and FAQs.
  • Priority value from 0.0-0.3: are used for old news pages and for those pages where the information is no longer relevant.

The Change Frequency field tells search engines approximately how often each page is updated. An update refers to actual changes to the HTML code or text of the page. Select the Change Frequency that is appropriate to the page. For example:

  • NEVER: Is used for pages that contain out of date news stories, old press releases etc.
  • YEARLY is used for Contact, “About Us”, login, registration pages
  • MONTHLY for FAQs, instructions and infrequently updated articles
  • WEEKLY: should be used for pages such as Product information page and website directories
  • DAILY: Is used for page types that include Blog entry index pages, classified advertisements and small message board
  • HOURLY: This category is used for major news update sites, weather information and forums
  • ALWAYS for pages relating to items such as stock market data and social bookmarking categories

The Priority and Change Frequency fields should only be used on the pages of your site that are SEO important. Pages that are not important e.g. an About Us type page, do not need any SEO settings applied to them.

For more information about other ways of improving your SEO, check out the  SEO for EverWeb Video course.

Publishing Your Site

Prior to publishing your website, go to the project file’s Site Publishing Settings using either the File, Edit Publishing Settings menu option, or by clicking once on the name of your site in the Web Page List.

Check the box ‘Optimize & Submit Website to Search Engines’ if it is not already checked. If you have not already purchased SEO Power Up and check the box, a dialog box will appear with options to purchase or remind me later.

If you have an EverWeb+Hosting 10GB or higher account, EverWeb SEO Power Up is free for you.

The robots.txt File

In addition to the Sitemap XML File, one additional file gets published when you publish your site – the robots.txt file. This file tells search engine crawlers which pages, or files, the crawler can or can’t request from your site. Crawlers can ignore the file if they want, but it is still useful to have this file created.

Exclusive to EverWeb+Hosting Customers: Gzip Compression

GZip Compression is a built-in exclusive feature for EverWeb+Hosting customers. Compression is enabled on EverWeb’s servers so that your websites load faster. GZip compresses and decompresses files intelligently between server and browser, so reducing the size of your website’s HTML, CSS and JavaScript files. The end result is reduced bandwidth usage and faster website loading!

EverWeb’s SEO Power Up Addon has some great features to give you additional SEO tools all within EverWeb. Stay tuned as we hope to add more features to this exciting addon in the future!

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Adding Apple Podcasts To Your Website in EverWeb

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

When using Apple’s Podcast’s app on iPhone, iPad or on your Mac (or via iTunes depending on your macOS version) you can search, listen and download thousands of podcasts. If you want you can add these such podcasts from the Apple Podcast app in to your own website!

Finding The Podcast You Want

The resource to use to find the podcast you want to use is Apple’s Marketing Tools website. This website contains a number of different marketing resources for a variety of Apple’s services such as News, Apple TV, the App Store and so on.

Click on Apple Podcast Toolbox to access the Podcast Marketing Tools Portal.

To start, enter the name of the podcast that you want to embed in your website. This could be, for example, a specific podcast name or just the name of the podcaster.

In this example, I want to embed a podcast about the iPhone 12 that I recently listened to from the Apple Insider website. In this case, I just enter Apple Insider in the search box and press Enter.

In the results I can see Podcasts and Podcast Episodes. ‘Podcasts’ are like categories. Apple Insider has three categories. Each category will, therefore, contain Podcast Episodes. I can filter the search results by Type of Podcast and by country if I want to but in my example it is not necessary to do so.

As I want to find a podcast episode about Apple’s iPhone 12 I start by clicking on Apple Insider’s general Podcast category. On the next screen is a list of Podcast Episodes. Once I have located the podcast episode that I want, I just double click on its title. If you do not see the podcast you want, expand the section by clicking on ‘Show More Episodes’.

Podcast Embedding Options

You will now be on the Podcast Episode page which contains a number of different sections. For our purposes, we are interested in three sections: Content Link, Podcast Player and Short Link. We will look at each of these options and how to add each of them in to your EverWeb made website project.

Content Link

A Content Link is the hyperlink to the podcast episode you have elected. The link is the full URL All you need to do in the instance is to copy the Content Link to the Clipboard using the ‘Copy Link’ button.

Once you have copied the link, go to the place in your EverWeb Website where you want to add the link. For example, you could attach the link to a piece of text, an image, or a button. In this example, I am going to attach the link to a piece of text in my page. 

Highlight the Text that you want to use, then go to the Hyperlinks Inspector.  Click on the box to the left of text ‘Enable as hyperlink’ to enable the settings. Next, click in the ‘Link To’ field and select ‘An External Page’. If you would like the podcast to open in a new page when your visitor clicks on the link text, select ‘Open in new window’ as the Behavior. The last step is to click in the ‘URL’ field and paste in the link to podcast from the Clipboard.

You can customize the link formatting using the Hyperlink Formatting section. Once you have finished your customizations, use Preview from the Toolbar to test the link.

Short Link

To use a podcast episode Short Link in your website, start by clicking on the ‘Generate Link’ button in the Short Link section of the Podcast Episode page. When the link has been generated, you will see it displayed on screen. Use the ‘Copy Link’ button to copy the Short Link to the Clipboard. 

Next, follow the instructions from the Content Link section above to add the Short Link in to your EverWeb made website project, then test the link using Preview.

Short Link is sometimes used if it is not possible to paste long links in to your site. This is not a limitation in EverWeb so you can use either option. There may in fact be valid situations where you may want to use a Short Link to mask the full address. 

The advantage of using Content Link over Short Link is that the Content Link generally tells you the name of the podcast episode whereas the Short Link is only a randomly generated link name.

Podcast Player

The last option for embedding podcast episodes in to your website is by using the Podcast Player option. Use this option when you want to embed Apple’s Podcast player in to your website. The Podcast Player can be customized to have a light or dark background, and the player can be specifically sized if required. Additionally, the player has a ‘See more’ option so that visitors can explore more podcast episodes from the podcaster.

To use the Podcast Player, simply click on the ‘Copy Embed’ button to copy the embed code to the Clipboard. Next, go to the page in your EverWeb project file where. you want the player to be embedded. 

In this instance you will need to use EverWebs HTML Snippet widget, so go to the Widgets tab and drag and drop the widget on to the page.

Click inside the HTML Code Box and paste in the Embed Code from the Clipboard. Click ‘Apply’ to finish. If you do not click on Apply, the code will not be saved in the Code Box.

You will not see any change in the Editor Window once the code has been applied, so use Preview to test that the embed code works correctly before publishing your site. Using Preview in this instance is also useful as you can see if the Podcast Player is positioned correctly on your page.

Adding podcasts from Apple’s Podcast repository is easy and has the flexibility for you to add them to your website in exactly the way in which you want them displayed. For a video walkthrough of this EverWeb feature, just click on the image at the top of this page!

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EverWeb’s Hyperlink to Current Page Feature

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

EverWeb’s Hyperlink to Current Page feature gives you an easy way to add a ‘Go to Top’ of page function to your Master Page and you can also it with Scroll Position in your Master Pages!

Many websites use a long form page format style. This style of page is particularly useful on mobile devices where it is often preferable to scroll up and down a long page rather than clicking back and forth to different pages. This page style, therefore, makes a ‘Go to Top’ of page feature a good idea to implement. Your visitors can quickly jump back to the top of the page. 

You can add a Go To Top of page feature on a page by page basis which is what you have to do if you are using any version of EverWeb up to version 3.3. EverWeb version 3,4 adds the new Hyperlink to Current page feature which means that you can now add a Go to Top feature within your Master Pages which will save you lots of time and effort.

Adding a Go To Top of Page Feature

  1. First go to your Master Page and add your ‘Go to Top’ of page icon, image or TextBox. In this example, the Master Page has a responsive page layout. It is, therefore, a good idea to place the Go to Top TextBox in a Responsive Row widget within the Footer area. If you are using a Centered Page Layout, add the TextBox button directly in to the Footer area.
  2. Once you have added your own Go to Top object, keep it selected and go to the Hyperlinks Inspector. Click on the checkbox to ‘Enable as Hyperlink’. This will make all of the Hyperlink options available to the object.
  3. Set ‘Link to’ as ‘One of my pages’, set ‘Behaviour’ to ‘Default’ and set the ‘Page’ field to ‘Current’.
  4. You have now finished the set up of the Go to Top featue.

Attach the Master Page to a regular page, if you have not done so already, then preview or publish your site to test. Any page that uses the Master Page will now include the Go to Top of page button.

Using Scroll Position with Hyperlink to Current Page

As mentioned above, you can also use Hyperlink to Current Page with Scroll Position in a Master Page.

  1. If you have not done so already, create a Master Page. In this example, the Master Page will have a Responsive Page Layout.
  2. Remove any unwanted objects from the Master Page. In my example, my Theme Template contains a Full Width Navigation which I will keep and place at the top of the page.
  3. Next, add a Responsive Row widget to the page, below the Navigation Menu widget.
  4. With the Responsive Row widget still selected, add a TextBox button to the Responsive Row. In my example I have added the text ‘Contact’ to the button. When the ‘Contact’ button is pressed, the page will scroll down to the Contact section of the page.
  5. Add a Contact Section to the Footer area of the page containing information that is to appear on all of the pages of my site.
  6. The page structure is now complete. The Contact button in its responsive row and the full width Navigation Menu widget form the ‘header’ of the Master Page.
  7. There is nothing below the ‘header’ until the Footer area. This area will be where content is inserted when the Master Page is attached to a regular page.
  8. Set the Minimum Content Height of the Master Page to 500 pixels.
  9. The ‘header’ and Footer area sections are now adjacent to each other. This is not a problem because when you add content to your regular page (with the Master Page attached), a gap will open up between these sections to allow for content to be added. Remember that the Content Height setting is a minimum setting and expands as you add content as needed.
  10. To create a hyperlink to my Contact section of the Master Page, go to the Contact section of the page. This is where we are going to create a Scroll Position.
  11. Click in the Contact section to select it, then click on Scroll Position in the Toolbar and choose the ‘Set Shape As Scroll Position’ option. Name the Scroll Position ‘Contact’ then click OK to finish.
  12. Now go to the Contact button at the top of the page to attach the hyperlink. Double click on the word ‘Contact’ to select the text.
  13. Go to the Hyperlinks Inspector and click on the checkbox to ‘Enable as Hyperlink’. In this example, set ‘Link To’ as ‘One of My Pages’, the ‘Page’ field to ‘Current’ and set ‘Position’ to ‘Contact’. The Position field is used for Scroll Position names on the page.
  14. The set up is now complete.

Now create a blank page, or use an already existing page, and attach the Master Page to it.

In this example, the page appears to have no content in it. If you drop a Responsive Row widget on to the page, for example, the widget will be placed between the ‘header’ section (i.e. the Navigation Menu widget and the button responsive row) and the Footer area.

One the content that you want has been added, preview the page to test the Contact button.

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EverWeb Celebrates Its 7th Anniversary!

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

The last 12 months since EverWeb’s 6th anniversary have been incredibly busy as usual! We’ve packed a lot in to four point releases this year giving EverWeb even more great features, great enhancements to existing features, lots of optimizations and even a new product addon!

As we celebrated our sixth anniversary last November, EverWeb 3.0 had just been released. We celebrate our seventh anniversary with the recently released EverWeb 3.4!

Here are just some of the highlights from the world of EverWeb this past year…

Welcome Dark Mode!

One of the most dramatic additions to EverWeb over the last year was the introduction of Dark Mode which came to the product last December. This feature is available to any macOS version that supports dark mode and we think EverWeb looks absolutely gorgeous in the dark!

Parallax Scrolling and Color Overlays

One of the most visually stunning features to come to EverWeb in recent months is the new Parallax Scrolling feature which gives you a great sense of motion when used on full width images in your site. There is no set up needed, you just add your full width image then apply the Parallax Scrolling feature to it from the Shape Options tab!

There’s also a new color overlay option so that you can add a filter to your image. This is a great feature when you want to bring objects in the foreground to the front but need to subdue the background image a bit to do so!

Set Shape As Scroll Position

Scroll Position is a great way to add anchors to your pages in EverWeb. The feature was introduced before we added the Responsive Page Layout to the product, so Scroll Position would not work very well in a responsive website. Not anymore though, as we added a new Set Shape as Scroll Position feature to Scroll Position. Now it is super easy to add an anchor directly to almost any object, in any page layout type, Fixed or Responsive!

SEO Power Up Addon: Talking Your SEO To The Next Level!

EverWeb’s new SEO Power Up Addon takes your SEO to the next level. EverWeb SEO Power Up replaces our old Sitemap Automator product with new and updated features built directly in to EverWeb.

You can now add your own SEO Keywords directly into any page you want. You can also set the importance of your pages using the Priority field and the Change Frequency field tells crawlers how often you expect your pages to be updated. These tools let web crawlers know more about the pages of your site that are important to you.

EverWeb SEO Power Up also creates your website’s XML Sitemap file when you publish your site, and its robots.txt file which helps web crawlers know which pages they can, and cannot, crawl.

The addon is available to all EverWeb customers. If you host with us, you get the extra bonus of built in GZip compression which will make your pages load faster in your client’s browser window. If you have an EverWeb+Hosting 10GB or higher account, EverWeb SEO Power Up is totally free of charge!

To purchase EverWeb SEO Power Up just click on the ‘Optimize & Submit Website to Search Engines checkbox in your website’s Site Publishing Settings. A dialog box will appear to guide you through the purchasing process.

New Additions to Contact Form Advanced Widget

As always the Contact Form Advanced widget gets special attention and this last year was no exception. We added customizable Form Validation so that you can enter your own message if your visitor fails to enter required information in to the form.

In addition, you can now also forward your visitor to a specific page after they have submitted their contact form to you. There is also a new Transparency style available for your contact form,

New Additions for Contact Forms Enhanced Addon!

EverWeb’s popular Contact Forms Enhanced Addon debuted in EverWeb 3.0 creating a super easy way for you to retain contact form data when visitors to your site use its contact forms.

We had a lot of great feedback about this addon and this helped us to make the feature even better than ever. We added totally customizable confirmation emails, the ability to remove branding from submitted emails and most recently in EverWeb 3.4 new Calendar and Set Time Controls to give you more control, and style, over your contact forms.

More Ways to Find Things in Your Project File!

In the last twelve months EverWeb has added more ways for you to find almost anything in your EverWeb Project File. You can now use search to find the web page you want in your project, the asset you want to locate, the widget you want to use and the theme template you want to add. Just use the built in dedicated search boxes!

More Speed, More Optimizations!

As always we have spent a lot of time and effort to make working with EverWeb as fast and easy as possible, even if you have large website projects. We have optimized the performance of our built in widgets dramatically over the last few months as well as making the UI performance slicker than ever!

Publishing added a new ‘auto continue publishing’ feature so that if your website’s publish stalls, the process will automatically try again after a few minutes.

As always we are always optimizing the code that EverWeb generates to create your site so that it is the most efficient as it can be!

These are just some of the highlights of the last year for EverWeb. As usual, your input is always appreciated to help make EverWeb even better. So please tell us what you would like us to add to EverWeb, or improve upon, in the coming twelve months in the Comments Section below!

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New in EverWeb 3.4: SEO Power Up Addon, Parallax Scrolling, Image Overlays and Much More!

Monday, October 26th, 2020

We’re excited to introduce EverWeb 3.4 which brings a new parallax scrolling feature, image overlays, a new replace asset feature, calendar and time controls for the Contact Forms Enhanced Addon and the all new EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon which takes SEO Optimization to the Next Level!

You can also check out EverWeb’s new features in ourWhat’s New in EverWeb 3.4‘ video.

Which Version of EverWeb is For You?

EverWeb is available in the following versions:

  • If you are running OS X 10.10 or macOS Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave or Catalina, EverWeb version 3.4 is available for you.
  • If you are running OS X 10.7 – 10.9 (Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks) EverWeb version 3.1 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 3.4 Includes…

[NEW] A new Replace Assets feature. Right click on the assets to replace them and they will maintain the same name. You can do it for multiple assets and a new window will open up. If you try to replace the assets with a file from the Finder with the same name in that window, it will automatically match the existing asset with the new file

[NEW] New Fill options for shapes and responsive rows. You can scale images set to tile and original size. You can put an overlay color with a specified transparency.

[NEW] Parallax scrolling for image fill options set to tile or Scale to Fill

[NEW] You can drag and drop colors from the color selector control or right click to copy and paste colors in between controls

[NEW] You can now Hyperlink to the current page

[NEW] New Calendar and Select Time picker controls for the Contact Form Advanced widget

[NEW] Search Engine Optimization section in Page Settings tab of the Inspector Window.

[NEW] A new File-> Open Recent… menu option has been added so you can quickly access recently used project files.

[NEW] You can now access recently opened project files from the EverWeb icon in your macOS Dock.

[NEW] You can now access recently opened project files directly from the EverWeb icon in your macOS Dock.

[IMPROVED] You can now drag and drop images directly on to the Responsive Image Gallery widget in the Editor Window.

[IMPROVED] The Web Page Description field and Social Media Icon setting are now located in the Search Engine Optimization section of the Page Settings tab.

[IMPROVED] The default font size for text when creating a new project is now 16 point.

[IMPROVED] When selecting a default font using Format-> Default Styles… The Fonts Panel is now used to select the font, font size and font style.

[FIX] FlexBox video width bug fixed

[FIX] Fixes an issue with the Responsive Image Gallery Widget which could cause a crash.

[FIX] Fixes with the Font Panel

[FIX] Fixes with some widgets removing the focus from the design canvas after you select them

[FIX] Fixes with copying and pasting options between responsive rows

FIX] Contact Form Advanced form fields can be more easily re-arranged

[FIX] Non english characters in the MENU label for responsive navigation menus can now be used

[FIX] Pages that will never be added to a navigation bar won’t mark all pages as need to publish if they are modified

[FIX] Fixed issues with copying and pasting objects from in Responsive Row to another

[FIX] Fixed styling issue with PayPal styled Buy Now buttons in mobile devices

[FIX] Animation slider will update the preview as you adjust the settings

[FIX] Font Panel size field is updated properly

[FIX] Editing some widgets would remove the focus from the design canvas

[FIX] Fixed an issue with video sizes in FlexBox widgets

[FIX] Improved error reporting for FTP publishing

[FIX] Using the mousewheel scroll in the Inspector no longer freezes while the mouse is over a text entry field 

[FIX] Fixes issues with full width shapes that have borders

[FIX] Fixes issues for shapes that have different fill colors

How To Update To EverWeb 3.4

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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Stylish Navigation Menu Widgets from EverWeb Garden

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

As you may know already, EverWeb Garden is a new third party provider of EverWeb widgets. To launch their site, EverWeb Garden offered EverWeb users their initial batch of over 60 widgets for free. This offer has now been extended for a limited time! If you missed out the first time round, you now have another chance to get an assortment of dynamic, professionally designed third party widgets absolutely free.

One type of widget that is always in demand is website navigation widgets, so in this post we will be reviewing six EverWeb Garden navigation widgets. All the widgets reviewed below can be used on either fixed width (centered or left aligned) page layouts or in a responsive page layout unless otherwise stated.

Fading Navigation Bar Widget

The Fading Navigation Bar widget is a simple widget that can change its colors as you scroll down the page. This adds an interesting way to keep the navigation menu prominent when your visitor scrolls the page. The effect can be applied to both simple and hamburger style navigation menus. When using the Hamburger menu option, the dropdown menu items are displayed in the center of the page with an ‘X’ to close the navigation in the top right hand corner. It is a nice, clean look for your navigation.

In addition, you can add your own logo to the navigation as well as a button which has the option to change its own color as you scroll the page. The button can be used in both simple and hamburger style navigation menus. A button can be useful as a ‘Call To Action’ highlighting e.g. special offers or limited time online sales etc. to your site’s visitors.

Fading Navigation Bar Pro Widget

The second widget in this review is the ‘Pro’ version of the Fading Navigation Bar widget. As with the regular version of the widget, simply add the pages that you want to the navigation using the ‘Add’ button. In the Pro version of the widget you can add dropdown menu items to the navigation. You can add any page in your site to any dropdown menu. The Dropdown menu feature also has its own styling options so that you can create exactly the look that you want to match with your website’s design.

Slide Out Navigation Widget

The Slide Out Navigation widget is a popular style of navigation seen in many websites as it offers a clear and simple menu style that slides out only when activated. This feature helps keeps your page design clean and simple in appearance.

The widget works in a simple way. Just drag and drop it on to the page and you will see a ‘Hamburger’ icon displayed. You can change the color of the hamburger itself, its background and the font size and style that the navigation uses. The width of the navigation can also be adjusted as desired.

You can add your own logo to the top of the slide out menu and adjust its sizes required. The navigation can slide out from either the left or right side of the screen and the navigation’s text can be left, right or center aligned. The smooth fly out animation effect adds a nice quality element to the widget.

In addition to the above mentioned options, you can add a button to the bottom of the slide out menu. This is great for when you want to highlight, for example, links to ‘terms and conditions’ pages, sales pages and so on. As you would expect, the button itself is fully customizable so you can match it up perfectly to your site’s own design style.

Mobile Menu Widget

The Mobile Menu widget is a variation on the Slide Out Navigation widget, however, this widget allows you to link to pages within your project file, to external pages and even to file types such as PDF files. The Hamburger icon can be customized including its size which can be adjusted just by dragging the icon’s grab handles or by using the Metrics Inspector.

This Mobile Menu Widget has many options available to it such as how you want the navigation to be displayed: as a dropdown, slide overlay, slide push or as a popup. You can even add a search field to you navigation menu!

Navigation Bar with Icons Widget

The Navigation Bar with Icons widget give you a really nice way to create menus that look like, for example, EverWeb’s Toolbar. The widget includes eight built in icons or you can use icons from Font Awesome which has plenty of free to use icons to choose from! You can customize the widget’s text fonts, set top and bottom margins and even the maximum width of the navigation. The Navigation Bar with Icons Widget is a simple, but really effective navigation combining text and icons!

Hidden Navigation Bar Widget

The final widget in this review is the Hidden Navigation Bar Widget. This is a fixed widget that hides itself once you scroll down to a predefined location on the page. As with some of the aforementioned widgets, you can also add a button to the navigation menu and there is full customization available for the navigation as you would expect.

EverWeb Garden’s navigation menu widgets provide a great way to add modern styles and variety to your website’s navigation. The full range of third party EverWeb Garden widgets is still available for free for a limited time only on their website. If you have any questions about these, or any other widget provided by EverWeb Garden, please contact them directly via their website.

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EverWeb’s Image Gallery Widget Pagination Feature

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

The Image Gallery Widget is one of the EverWeb’s original set of widgets included in the product when it debuted back in November 2013. The widget is designed to show off your images in an organised manner and at first it only included four basic options. Seven years later, the addition of many new and enhanced features, the widget gives you an easy yet flexible way to display your images to their best effect.

The Image Gallery Widget 2020

The Image Gallery Widget has come along way for sure, but one of its enduring features is that you can still drag and drop your images on to the widget in the Editor Window. Images can be drag and dropped from either the Assets List or from another source such as the desktop or from a Finder Window. Reordering images within the widget also remains the same, just drag and drop the image you want to move from its original location to its new location within the widget. All wonderfully easy!

What the current version of the widget has over the original version is an Assets List in the Widget Settings tab so that you can easily see the file names of your images. The Assets List also provides an alternative method of adding, moving and deleting images from the widget.

Moving the Image Gallery Widget

Whilst dragging and dropping images on to the Image Gallery widget is consentient, moving the widget itself around the page could in the past cause some issues. In EverWeb 1.0, you had to make sure that you grabbed the widget in exactly the right spot to be able to move it around the page, otherwise you could be grabbing one of the images within it instead! Later versions of EverWeb added a small ‘+’ symbol in the widget’s top right hand corner which you could click and drag to move the widget around the page. In the latest version of EverWeb you get a more prominent coloured directional indicator in the top right hand corner of the widget to make moving it around super easy.

An Improved Appearance

The original widget only allowed you to change the size of the image thumbnail and the spacing between images, whilst the most recent version of the widget gives you a wide range of options to control the appearance of your image gallery. You can now have up to six columns in the gallery and you can set how many images per page you want. The Image Gallery can display its images in Portrait, Landscape, Fill, Fit or Default gallery sizes. There is also an option to caption your images as well.

An Improved Slideshow

The Slideshow feature of the widget in version 1.0 was again very basic as you could only change the slideshow time and whether to autoplay the slideshow or not. Things have come a long way as you can now control the image size (Larger images and slower download times, or smaller images and faster download times). There are also options within the slideshow to show Social Media buttons, a Zoom button, Full Screen button and Download button. All these options have also recently debuted in a new slick, updated, responsive slideshow bringing the feature nicely in to 2020!

Improved Image Gallery Pagination

The most recent update to the Image Gallery Widget added a new Pagination feature to the widget. If you are familiar with Blog Post Pagination you will notice the similarity. Pagination helps your visitors easily move between gallery pages when you have more than one page of images to display. Whilst there has been pagination in the Image Gallery Widget for a long time, the feature was not easy to stylize until EverWeb version 3.2. Now you can have pagination buttons at the top, bottom or top and bottom of the gallery. The pagination buttons can be customized to include the background, mouse over, selected and deselected background colors that you want for your site. You also have control over the corner radius of your buttons and how far the buttons are spaced apart.

If you want to change the font and size of the pagination numbers, just click inside the pagination area, then press Command+T to call up the Fonts Panel. Select the Font and Font Size that you want from there! If you want to change the color of the pagination numbers, go to the Hyperlinks Inspector. Remember that the pagination buttons are links! Set the colors and underlines of these links using the Normal Rollover and Visited options.

EverWeb’s Image Gallery has come a long way since its debut. If you want a quick, easy and flexible way to display images in your website, check it out!

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Creating a Blog Post Template in EverWeb

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Creating the design theme for your website is one of the most important decisions you will make when building your EverWeb created website. Your website’s theme defines who, and what, you are on the Internet so taking the time to get it right first time is important. But what of your blog? Should you adopt the theme of your website or should you do something a little different? Many website designers and bloggers choose the latter option, creating their different theme to that used for the main site.

There are good reasons for creating a distinct look for your blog. The first is exactly that – it is distinct – telling your visitors that they are in a part of your site that is different to the rest of it. A blog is where you create more in-depth content, or content that is more immediate to communicate, or where opinions and discussions are invited and so forth. As such, it is often a good idea to give the blog its own design identity. Something similar, but different, to the main site design is usually the best approach. In this way you maintain the site’s aesthetic whilst signalling visitors that they are in a specifically different area of the site.

When designing the theme to your blog, bear in mind that you will probably want to create one design for the blog main/archive pages and one for the blog posts page. Here we look specifically at the blog posts page as there are design options only available to this page type.

Creating a Blog Post Theme Template

There are three ways in which you can create a blog post theme template:

EverWeb’s Master Pages Feature

The Master Page feature can be used on any page in your website, and the blog main/archive pages and the blog posts page are no exception. Click on the posts page in the Web Page List, then go to the Page Settings tab of the Inspector Window to the right of the Editor Window. The first section of the Page Settings tab is where you attach your Master Page. Use the dropdown to select the Master Page that you want to apply to the blog posts page. When you have selected the Master Page, it will be applied to all of the blog posts.

The Live Blog Post Preview Window

In the Blog Posts page, you have the Blog Posts Editor Window where you add your post’s text and images. The window below the Blog Posts Editor Window is the Blog Posts Preview Window. This is where you see a live, real time preview of how the post will look when it is published. This is typical for blogging, where the editor window is used just to input text and images, whilst the preview window deals with the formatting tasks.

If you add objects in to the Blog Posts Preview Window, they will appear on all of your blog posts. This sometimes catches people out so be aware of it when you start adding objects!

To set up the fonts of the blog post’s Title and Date fields, go to the Widget Settings and use the ‘Title Style’, ‘Date Format’ and ‘Date Style’ fields. The font of the post itself is controlled in the Blog Post Editor Window so that you can have different fonts for different blog post entries if you want.

Most of the other features in the Blog Post Preview Window are also controlled using the Widget Settings e.g. Navigation Links and Blog Post Cover Image settings. Other general page settings work in the same way as for regular pages in EverWeb, for example, Page and Browser Background colors and page dimensions are set from the Page Settings tab.

Combining a Master Page with the Blog Post Preview Window

The third option available to you is to combine the above two options. This is useful when you want to keep some elements of your blog post page design fixed and some elements flexible. For example, you may want to keep the header and footer areas of your post fixed. In this case you may want to place such objects in a blog post Master Page. In the Blog Post Preview Window you would see these objects with the black page symbol displayed in their top right hand cornets indicating that they can only be edited by editing the Master Page itself.

For objects that may change over time (e.g. you may have a special offer banner that is time limited) you could use the live Blog Posts Preview Window for these types of object. In this way you retain the overall blog post design whilst having the flexibility you need when you want it!

Which Approach Is Best For Your Blog Posts?

The approach that you choose is really dependent on the requirement of your website. Knowing the ways in which you can create template pages for blog posts is the key as to the method that you will use when it comes to creating your own blog post theme template.

If you have a comment about this blog post, please do let us know in the Comments Section below. We’re happy to help!

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