Getting The Most From EverWeb’s Backup and Restore Feature

March 17th, 2022

Backing up important files on your computer used to be an arduous task, but now there are more options available than ever before, and most of them are easy to use and hassle free. External SSD drives offer a great low cost option for backups (such as when used with software such as Apple’s Time Machine) and the availability of automatically backed up Cloud storage makes the possibility of losing our work less than ever.

The tools that we use such as word processors, spreadsheets and the like, also reduce the risk of losing anything more than a few characters or number entries though the use of Auto-Save features. So how does backing up, restoring and auto-saving work in respect to EverWeb? Let’s find out by first looking at the EverWeb Project file itself…

About EverWeb’s Project Files

When you create your website in EverWeb, its contents are stored in a ‘project’ file. When you create a new project, it is named as ‘New Website’ by default which you can easily change by using the File-> Rename Website menu option or by double clicking on the name ‘New Website’ in the Web Page List and entering a new name.

The name that you give to your project file in EverWeb is, in fact, an alias. Behind the scenes, the actual file name is made up of a unique, randomly generated, combination of letters and numbers, followed by a .everweb file extension.

You can see the actual filename of your project and where it is stored using the EverWeb’s Projects Window. To the right of your project name in the Recent Projects list, you will see an up/down arrow symbol. Click on this symbol, then select ‘Show on Disk’ from the dropdown menu. You will see your Project file name highlighted in the Library-> Application Support-> EverWeb folder of your Mac.

If you have your own backup software, you can backup this folder as part of your computer’s backup schedule.

Auto Save and Scheduled Backups

When you first purchase EverWeb, one of the first things we recommend you do is to set up a backup schedule within EverWeb in addition to any computer backup that you may already have set up. You can set up your own backup schedule using the EverWeb-> Preferences menu option then click on the Backup tab. Backups only take place when the project file has been opened, so be aware that this style of backup probably works in a different way to how your computer backup may work. This reason for this is that EverWeb takes a snapshot of your project file when it is open (i.e. before you quit EverWeb or close the project file) so if you need to restore, you can quickly open the most recent version of the file, or whichever copy you want. It is also probably easier and quicker to restore your Project file through EverWeb than have to search out the computer backup of the Project. We do though, still recommend backing up to the computer as well as within EverWeb so that you have a copy stored on a different device, in case, for example, your local hard disk goes down, then you still have a disaster recovery option.

The other option you will find in the Backup tab is Auto Save which is also invaluable. If you computer crashes you will likely only loose the last couple of keystroke or actions that you did in your Project file at most, so again, it is recommended that you keep Auto save enabled at all times.

‘On The Fly’ Backups

The other useful EverWeb backup option is to use the ‘On The Fly’ backup. This is ideal when you want to preserve your project at a particular point in its development, or if you are going to make wholesale changes to your site and want to keep a copy of the original project file in case you need to roll back your changes later. Again, just go to the Projects Window and click on the up/down arrows next to your project file name, then select ‘Make Backup…’ and follow the instructions. Quick and easy!

Restoring a Project File

Restoring a project file is as easy as making a backup. Just click on the up/down arrows of the project which you want to restore and choose which backup you want to restore from the list.

Note that this option only works when the project file is stored locally in EverWeb’s default project file location. If your project file is located elsewhere read on…

Project Files in Non-Default Locations

Many EverWeb users elect to move their project files to a Cloud drive, such as Apple iCloud, Microsoft One Drive or Google Drive. As well as making the project file available on any machine you may be working on, the other big advantage is that the project file will get backed up by the Cloud service you are using. As mentioned earlier, use the Show on Disk option to locate the project file you want to move to the Cloud then move it to its new location. You may want to put the file in a folder named after your project. Alternatively you can rename the Project file’s unique file name to your project file name if you want, just make sure to leave the .everweb file extension in place.

When using a Project file stored in a non-default location, you will notice that your Project file is no longer listed in the Projects Window when you launch EverWeb and that you will need to use the File-> Open (or File-> Open Recent…) menu option to open the Project.

If you want to restore your project file from your Cloud service, follow your Cloud service provider’s file restore guidelines.

If you are wanting to restore from a local backup, e.g. from Apple’s Time Machine, you will need to find where the Project file is located. Again, click on the up/down arrows to the right of your Project file in the Projects Window then choose the Show on Disk menu option. With the Project file highlighted, press Command+Spacebar and enter ‘Time Machine’. Double click on the Time Machine app, which will then locate all of the backup copies of your Project file from which you can choose to restore.

The other interesting point here is that if you have set up a backup schedule in EverWeb, a project stored in the Cloud will still be backed up by EverWeb on the local computer that EverWeb is installed upon. You can see this by going to the EverWeb-> Preferences-> Backup tab and clicking on the ‘Manage Cache Files’ button. You can use this dialog box to delete the backup if you want. If you want to restore the backup you will need to go to the You can see the actual filename of your project file and where it is stored using the Projects Window. To the right of your project name in the Recent Projects list, you will see an up/down arrow symbol. Click on this then select ‘Show on Disk’ from the dropdown menu. You will see your project file name highlighted in the Library-> Application Support-> EverWeb-> Backups folder of your Mac. Once you have located your project’s unique file name folder, double click on the .backup file within the folder to restore it. Note that doing so will restore the project to the local computer again.

Backing up and restoring EverWeb’s Project files gives you many different options to make sure that you never lose any of your work!

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Choosing the Right Blog Commenting Engine in EverWeb

March 3rd, 2022

When setting up your blog in EverWeb, you might want to include a comments section so that your visitors can comment on, or discuss, your posts in a public forum. A comments section is a great way to engage more directly with your website visitors and customers, helping you garner feedback on your current products and services. You blog can also help you poll visitors about ideas that you may have for future products or services, in an easy, cost effective way. If you are not running a business, the comments section in your blog may just be a place for active, lively debate and discussion!

Choosing Your Comment Engine

EverWeb offers you two Comment Engine choices: Disqus (www.disqus.com) or Facebook Comments (www.developers.facebook.com). Both of these Comment ‘Engines’ offer similar features to each other although there are some important differentiators that may persuade you to choose one comment engine over the other. Typically the comment engine that you choose will be determined mainly by the audience that you want to target with your blog.

Note that you will first need to create your user identity in the comment engine of your choice before being able to use this. In Disqus, this is known as a ‘Shortname’ whilst in FaceBook Comments this is known as an ‘App ID’.

You can find a step by step guide on setting up your Disqus or FaceBook Comments comments engine in the EverWeb User Manual, which you can find from the Help-> EverWeb PDF Manual menu option.

Below is a summary of the main features or each Comment Engine and its perceived advantages and disadvantages to help you decide which is best for you to implement.

Disqus

Disqus was founded in 2007 and has more than 35 million users worldwide. Disqus’ main features include…

  1. Real Time Discussions
  2. You can login using Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and others
  3. Threaded Comments
  4. Comments can be imported and exported
  5. Comments are easy to edit
  6. Discovery feature to find further website content
  7. Comment Moderation can be done using Email

The advantages for using Disqus are..

  1. Real time commenting and alerts
  2. Easy to use interface

FaceBook Comments

The FaceBook Comments engine leverages off of FaceBook itself to link comments to users public FaceBook profile. Facebook Comments features include…

  1. If you are logged in to Facebook you can comment immediately
  2. You can login via Facebook, Yahoo! or Microsoft
  3. Threaded Comments
  4. Like and Reply options are included
  5. Analytics are free
  6. Comments ordered by the number of Likes
  7. It includes a good Anti-Spam tool

The advantages of using FaceBook Comments are…

  1. Visitors publishing comments on their public Facebook Profile
  2. Where you have a large number of website visitors using Facebook

Making Your Choice…

Facebook Comments will probably be your choice of Comment Engine if you have a large number of website visitors using Facebook and for visitors who want their comments published in their public Facebook profile.

if you are looking for ease of use, realtime commenting,longer term engagement and SEO features, Disqus will likely be your preferred Comment Engine.

Adding Your Comment Engine to Your EverWeb Blog

Once you have chosen your Comment Engine and have either your App ID or your Shortname, you can activate your Comments Section in your EverWeb made blog.

Simply go to the Posts page in your EverWeb project file, then scroll down to the bottom of the Widget Settings pane. The last section is ‘Comment Options’. Select either Disqus or FaceBook Comments from the dropdown menu then enter in either your ‘Shortname’ or ‘App ID’.

More About Blogging in EverWeb

You can find more information about blogging in EverWeb in the EverWeb User Manual via the Help-> EverWeb PDF Manual menu option. There are also a number of videos relating to blogging on our YouTube channel.

If you have any questions about blogging, or anything else, in EverWeb, please let us know in the Comments Section below!

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EverWeb Site Shield Adds Awesome New Security Features!

February 16th, 2022

We introduced EverWeb Site Shield Addon in 2017 giving EverWeb+Hosting customers the ability to end to end data encrypt their websites in just a couple of mouse clicks. In our latest update, EverWeb version 3.6, we’ve added a slew of enhanced new features to Site Shield Addon, to make your website as secure as it possibly can be!

EverWeb Site Shield Addon uses HTTPS to bring end to end data encryption between the EverWeb Sever hosting your site and your visitor’s browser window. Using EverWeb Site Shield Addon can even help improve your SEO rankings as Google (and other search engines) give data encrypted websites a rankings boost over non-secure websites.

Make Your Website’s Security Easy To Implement

Understanding how to secure your website properly can be a long, difficult task. Using EverWeb Site Shield Addon simplifies these tasks making it extremely easy for you to implement advanced security options for your website. All the enhanced features options are clearly explained, making it easy for you to choose the best options for your site’s security.

If you are using Everweb 3.6, or higher, when you publish your website, click on the ‘Advanced…’ button next the ‘Use HTTPS Secure URLs’ checkbox in the Site Publishing Settings screen to see all of the available enhanced website security options. If the ‘Advanced’ button is not highlighted, you will first need check the ‘Use HTTPS Secure URLs’ checkbox. The ‘Advanced’ options are grouped in to two sections. The first section contains options that are non-website specific so are safe to apply without causing permanent changes to your site. The second set of options can result in permanent changes to your site. Below is an explanation of all of the options…

General Enhanced Website Security Options

When you tick the ‘Enable Enhanced Website Security’ checkbox, all of Site Shield Addon’s Advanced options become available. By default, the first three options are already checked as this is our recommended minimum security implementation advice. The first four options are:

  1. Prevent 3rd Party Sites From Embedding Your Website: The first option prevents any other site from trying to embed your website in theirs which is trick which can lead your visitors having their personal information stolen. By using this option, you can make sure that malicious sites cannot try to impersonate your site, steal your search engine rankings and/or mislead your potential visitors.
  2. Prevent Content Type Interpretations: The second option will not allow browsers to interpret the type of content they are accessing from your website. For example, should someone upload a malicious script to your site, using this Site Shield Addon option can help make sure the code is not executed.
  3. Enable XSS Protection: The third option protects visitors to your site who are using older web browsers from ‘cross site scripting’ (XSS) hacks which can be used to steal their data.
  4. Secure Referrer Policy: The last option is not enabled by default because it may block data that you may want to see in your website stats software, however, it is an important security enhancement. By using this option, you will block the re-refering url from being sent to the following website if the protocol switches from secure HTTPS urls to insecure HTTP urls which can help protect your visitor data. 

Powerful Website Security Options: Use With Caution…

The second section contains two options. These are more powerful security tools but can cause website loading issues. For this reason, we have included a Test mode and Production mode for the Content Security Policy option.

  1. The Content Security Policy: This option will block access to resources that your visitors do not need access to. While in test mode, any issues will simply be reported in the error console of your web browser. That way you can see if any content is not loading that should load. We recommend that you use test mode first and watch the error console. This will only be an issue if you are using third party widgets that are using non-secure content. If you need help, please contact EverWeb customer support.
  2. HTTPS Strict Transport Security: This is an option that makes it so that your website will never work if the HTTPS certificate is removed or if you happen to have a non secure url on your website. It tells your visitor that their web browser should not be able to access any resource that is not over HTTPS. Once you enable this option you will not be able to turn off HTTPS urls which you would probably not want to do anyways.

Our Recommendation…

We recommend that all of the Enhanced Security options are enabled as this offers the most secure website and doing so may also give you a boost to your websites’s search engine rankings. However, you should also consider the possible impact of your choosing all options, especially the last two options, on your sites, your website stats or the possibility of downgrading your website from HTTPS to HTTP in future.

EverWeb Site Shield Addon: Available Now!

You can easily purchase EverWeb Site Shield Addon immediately if you have not done so already. Just go to the Site Publishing screen in your EverWeb project file then check the ‘Use HTTPS Secure URLs’ checkbox. You will then be guided through the purchase steps. After your purchase has been confirmed, publish your site using the File-> Publish Entire Site menu option to secure your website!

If you have an EverWeb+Hosting Plan of 10GB, or higher, EverWeb Site Shield Addon is free. For other EverWeb+Hosting plans, Site Shield Addon is available at $39.95 USD/Year. If you have purchased Site Shield Addon prior to the release of EverWeb 3.6 your yearly renewal price remains at $29.95 USD/Year.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact EverWeb Customer Support.

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Adding and Managing Email Addresses

February 3rd, 2022

One of the benefits of an EverWeb+Hosting account is that it is very easy to set up and administer email through EverWeb itself.

Adding a New Email Account

When you set up a new email address in EverWeb, it will be associated with your domain name. A domain name is your website name, i.e. the name by which internet users can access your website, for example, everwebapp.com is a domain name. You can, therefore, set up email addresses for a function such as the sales department (which could use an email address such as sales@everwebapp.com, every employee(e.g. Jane Smith’s email could be janesmith@everwebapp.com and so on…

To setup an email address to be associated with your domain name:

  1. If you have not already logged in to EverWeb, do so and open your project file.
  2. Click on your EverWeb project file name at the top of the Web Page List on the left hand side of the application to access EverWeb’s Site Publishing Settings screen which contains the settings for Email Addresses.
  3. If you prefer, you can use access the Site Publishing Settings screen using the File-> Edit Publishing Settings menu option.
  4. At the top of the Site Publishing Settings screen you will see the ‘Publishing’ section. The ‘Publish To’ field should be set to ‘EverWeb’ if you have an EverWeb+Hosting account.
  5. If the ‘Publish To’ field is set to ‘Folder’ you will need to change it back to ‘EverWeb’ to be able to administer your Email Addresses.
  6. If the ‘Publish To’ field is set to ‘FTP Server’ then you have your own hosting for EverWeb. To set up your email in this instance, you will need to use your own cPanel to administer your email addresses, or contact your hosting provider for assistance.
  7. Once you have verified the ‘Publish To’ field as ‘EverWeb’, scroll down the Site Publishing Settings screen until you come to the Email Addresses section. If this is the first time that you are adding an email address, you will notice that the Email/Login box is empty.
  8. If you have already added one or more email addresses to your domain, you will see them listed in the Email/Login box. Note that if you have more than one domain name in your EverWeb Client account, you will see all email addresses from all domains listed here.
  9. To add a new email address, click on the ‘Add’ button under the Email/Login box. 
  10. In the popup window, type in your desired email name. Note that you can only enter valid characters. If you try to enter non-valid characters, such as an asterisk, EverWeb will ignore the input. 
  11. If you have more than one domain, select the one you want from the dropdown menu on the right. If you only have one domain, it will already be filled in after the ‘@’ symbol.
  12. Now enter your desired password in the ‘Password field, then re-type it in the ‘Confirm Password’ field. The password must be between eight and 20 characters. EverWeb will check your password to make sure that it is strong and secure enough. It is recommend that you use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols to create a strong, secure password.
  13. Click on the ‘Create’ button when you have finished.
  14. Your new email address will be added to the ‘Email/Login’ list.

Managing Email Accounts in EverWeb

Configuring Your Email Account for Use in Other Email Applications

Once you have set up your email account, you will naturally want to set up the email address in the email client of your computer, such as Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook etc.

Click on the link ‘How to configure email addresses in Apple Mail’ and follow the instructions. 

Configuring Your Email Account for Use on a Mobile Device

To configure your email address for use on a mobile phone such as iPhone, or on an iPad, click on the link ‘How to configure email addresses in a mobile phone’  and follow the instructions.

How To Change Your Email Address Password

If you want to change the password of your email address, click on the link ‘How to update or change email account passwords’ and follow the instructions. 

Deleting an Email Address

You can also use the Email Addresses section to delete email addresses. Click on the email address in the Email/Login list that you want to delete then press the ‘Delete’ button. 

You will now see a dialog box which warns you that deleting the selected email address will also delete any email associated with that email address. To continue with the deletion, check the ‘I Understand’ checkbox before clicking on the ‘Yes; button.

It is strongly advised that you backup or archive emails from the address that you want to delete before you delete the email address. Once you have deleted an email address, any emails for that email address will aso be deleted.

Accessing Your Email Remotely

EverWeb includes a remote email access feature so that you can access your email from anywhere, even if you do not have access to your phone or own computer. Using Webmail is a great way to access email on the go. Click on the ‘Check Email Online’ button to access Webmail. On the Webmail login screen enter in your email address and password then click on the ‘Login’ button.

If you need to access Webmail, you may want to bookmark the page, or make a note of the URL address so that you can access your email anywhere and at any time.

EverWeb makes it easy to set up, administer and access your email anywhere! If you have any questions about email in EverWeb, or about anything in EverWeb, please let us know in the Comments Section below!

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Using EverWeb’s New Fill: Slideshow Feature

January 20th, 2022

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

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

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

What Is Fill Slide Show?

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

How Fill: Slide Show Works

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

Fill: Slide Show and TextBoxes

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

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

Fill: Slide Show Customization Options

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

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

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

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

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

Fill: Slide Show with an Image

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

Fill: Slide Show with a Responsive Row Widget

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

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

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

Adding Objects to the Responsive Row Slide Show

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

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

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

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

January 13th, 2022

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

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

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

Which Version of EverWeb is For You?

EverWeb is available in the following versions:

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

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

EverWeb 3.6 Includes…

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

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

[NEW] Blog Post Cover Image includes Alt Text.

[IMPROVED] Improved speed in the Editor Window.

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

[IMPROVED} English (British) and Dutch localization improvements

[IMPROVED] Adjustments made to the Site Publishing Settings screen 

[FIX] Improved stability of Blog Post Editor.

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

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

[FIX] Improved error checking for FTP publishing.

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

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

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

[FIX] Facebook Like Widget improvements.

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

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

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

[FIX] Image Slider widget did not fade properly.

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

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

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

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

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

[FIX] Fixed reflection of rotated shapes.

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

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

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

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

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

[FIX] Fixed previewing of very large blog posts.

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

[FIX] Popup window links in blog posts.

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

[FIX] Facebook Like Widget fixes.

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

How To Update To EverWeb 3.6

You can easily update EverWeb by either:

  1. Launching EverWeb then going to the EverWeb menu at the top of the screen and selecting ‘Check for Update’ or by
  2. Downloading EverWeb from the EverWeb website.

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

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

The update is free for EverWeb + Hosting users and EverWeb Standalone users who are within their 1 year of free upgrades and support period.

You can easily check your EverWeb Standalone free update period from EverWeb’s Preferences window or from your client area.

If you have passed your one year of free EverWeb updates, you can purchase 1 more year of upgrades and support from your client area.

You can easily re-download earlier versions of EverWeb from your client area if you are not ready to purchase an additional year of updates and support.

Login to your client area and go to the ‘Manage Product’ page. On the left of this page, select ‘Downloads’ and choose the version of EverWeb that you need.

More Information About EverWeb

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

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

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Using QR Codes in Your EverWeb Website

January 6th, 2022

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

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

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

Using QR Codes in Print Media

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

Using QR Codes in Your Website

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

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

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

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

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EverWeb Add Ons and Professional Services Round Up!

December 23rd, 2021

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

EverWeb Site Shield Addon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Purchasing EverWeb Site Shield Addon

EverWeb Site Shield Addon is:

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

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

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

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

Contact Forms Enhanced Addon

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

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

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

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

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

Purchasing Contact Forms Enhanced Addon

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

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

Contact Forms Enhanced is available in two configurations:

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

EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon

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

EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon:

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

Purchasing EverWeb SEO Power Up

EverWeb SEO Power Up Addon is:

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

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

Custom Designed, Professional Websites

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

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

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

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

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

EverWeb Professional Coaching Services

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

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

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

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

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Viewing Your EverWeb Blog on Mobile Devices

December 9th, 2021

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

Fixed Width Blogs and Mobile Devices

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

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

Desktop and Mobile Pages…

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

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

Blogs on Mobile Devices

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

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

Before You Start…

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

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

If You Have Not Created a Blog Yet…

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

Adding a Responsive blog to your site is straightforward:

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

If You Have Already Created a Center Aligned Blog…

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

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

If You Have Already Created a Responsive Blog…

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

Final Words…

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

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EverWeb’s RSS Feed Widget Explained!

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

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

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

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

Why Use EverWeb’s RSS Feed Widget?

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

Adding The RSS Feed Widget To Your Page

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

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

Finding the Feed URL

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

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

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

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

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

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

Styling The RSS Feed Widget

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

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

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

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

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

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