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New preview options for mobile devices

 March 21, 2017
by Flavio Mester

In addition to the green Preview website button – which loads the current page into a separate tab on your computer, including unpublished changes – and the blue button that loads the live website, we now have two additional buttons for websites created with our latest framework – one for tablets, the other for mobile – that will popup the current page into a lightbox window.

Preview buttons

The tablet button will simulate the width of an iPad in a portrait/vertical position, whereas the mobile will do the same for a regular sized iPhone. This way it’ll be easier for clients to check how their content looks on different devices.

NOTE: this change in the YWD back-end may require you to clear your browser’s cache in order to get the toolbar to appear properly. Contact us if you need help with that.

Tablet preview

Tablet preview example

 


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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Display a full YouTube channel on a page of your website

 March 19, 2017
by Flavio Mester

YouTube channel embedded into a page

www.yourwebdepartment.com/Videos

It’s now very easy to embed not just individual movies but your whole Youtube channel into any page of your website – no coding required. Select YouTube channel in the Content dropdown of a YouTube Video content block, and instead of using the URL of specific video, copy the URL of the YouTube channel i.e. https://www.youtube.com/channel/etc... and paste into the field.

YWD will automatically insert the full channel into the page. Clicking any video will open it in a lightbox. The plugin is fully interactive and responsive, so it will auto-adjust on mobile.

 


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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More accurate automatic generation of permalinks for blog posts and pages

 March 17, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Whenever you create a page or a blog post, you have the ability to enter what is called a permalink (also known as a “slug”) which will be used as the permanent static hyperlink to the page instead of the “unfriendly” one with a long list of arguments.

For instance, if your website is www.mywebsite.com and you have a page called About Us you may want to set up its permalink to about-us so that the page URL will be www.mywebsite.com/about-us.

Because a permalink becomes part of the page URL, special characters like spaces cannot be used, so the system replaces them with hyphens. Previously YWD would replace all special characters with hyphens. However, certain characters – collons, semi-collons, commas, exclamation marks, and others – work best if simply removed from the permalink altogether.

For instance, let’s say a blog post has the following Title:

blog post title

When pasted into the Permalink field in the Categories & SEO tab of the blog post, YWD will automatically convert it to the following:

permalink

The same logic will now be applied to permalinks assigned to page names.


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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Sticky sidebars, no coding required

 March 3, 2017
by Flavio Mester

We now offer the option to have the left, right or both sidebars “stick” in place as you scroll down the page. That setting is managed in Design > Advanced layout options > Sticky sidebars. You can see it in action on this website as well as our own public website.

Notice that all elements in the sidebar – the vertical navigation (if your website uses it) as well as any content blocks placed there – will remain in place as the main column moves down as you scroll.

A sticky sidebar


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn

 

  

Better legibility on mobile

 March 1, 2017
by Flavio Mester

If you’re applying background images to your headers, it can become hard to read on mobile. That’s because the aspect ratio can change dramatically, causing text that sits nicely on a flat area when the website is viewed on a computer, to be on top a busy part of the image.

We now offer an option to automatically display a semi-transparent box behind text placed on header blocks on mobile. It can be found on Design > Text > Mobile-specific overrides and allows designers to specify a semi-transparent black (or white, if your header text is dark) background “box” behind the text, to increase the legibility of text placed there.

Note: this option is available only for websites built with our latest desiplay framework.

Mobile screenshot


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn

 

  

 

 
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