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Applying a darkening effect to a background image without coding or Photoshop

 November 27, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Our system now allows you to automatically apply a darkening effect to any content block’s background image. This can be very helpful to increase the legibility of text placed on top of a background image in page headers for instance, and eliminates the need to either write custom CSS code or go through a trial and error process with a program like Photoshop to achieve the same result.

For instance, here’s a header without the darkening effect applied to the background image:

Background image
Background image with no darkening effect (default)

After applying a 50% darkening effect, here’s how the same header looks like. Notice that only the background image is darkened; the overlay text remains unchanged:

Background image darkening effect
50% darken effect applied

To apply the effect, select it in the Advanced options of the content block. You can fine tune it as much as you wish – the setting ranges from No darkening (the default) to 90%.

Darken effect dropdown

 


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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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New Content Slider app option: a link for an entire slide

 November 27, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Websites using our latest design framework now allow clients to set up a link for an entire slide. This way, when visitors move their mouse over any portion of the slide, they can click on it and be taken to the specified URL. Please note that this option is used only by content slider blocks set to the either the ‘Regular’ or the ‘Callouts’ styles.

Slide link

Setting up a link for the entire slide

 


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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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New advanced option: Element ID

 November 24, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Element ID
The new Element ID option

If you’re an advanced user of our system and is familiar with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) then you can now benefit from the ability to specify an Element ID for any content block, so you can then add CSS code in the Designer settings to target it.


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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Making a whole content block clickable

 November 24, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Sometimes it can be useful to make a whole content block – and not just a link or a button inside it – clickable, to make it easier for your visitors to get to where you want them to be. Our system now allows you to do that, without any coding. For instance the big header in our public website now uses this feature. When you move the mouse anywhere over the Home page header, it will subtly brighten up, and when clicked will take you to another page:

Linking a block
Clicking anywhere on that block takes you to a different URL

How to do that

The Advanced options panel of every content block now includes an Entire block link option. Paste the URL you want there and YWD will take of the rest.

Notes:

  • If linking to a page of your website make sure you use the live URL of the page i.e. from your actual domain name, and NOT the URL of the page from the back-end preview i.e http://admin.yourwebdepartment.com/ etc.
  • Use the full URL, including the prefix e.g. https://.
  • Currently, the page will open in the same browser window, not in a separate tab.

Entire block link
The Entire block link option

 


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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It's now easier to edit text with our Word Processor

 November 17, 2017
by Flavio Mester

The editor window

The editor window

Previously our Word Processor editor would automatically display heading formats in bold. However, that could be confusing if you wanted to explicitly set the heading text (or parts of it) in bold. Also, the headings’ font sizes were too similar to the normal body copy.

We have now changed the editor so headings are displayed with a normal font weight – unless you manually set the text to bold – and much bigger than the normal copy. Also, while normal text is dark grey, headings appear in black.


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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Introducing the latest version of our Image Gallery app

 November 17, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Our Image Gallery app has been updated, as part of our latest user interface revision rollout.

Galleries list

Galleries list

 

Individual gallery view

Individual gallery view

 

Editing a gallery

Editing a gallery

 


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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An easier, simpler Forms Manager app

 November 17, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Our Forms Manager app has been redesigned with an interface that’s much simpler to use and now fully consistent with our new CMS’s look & feel.

Among other changes:

  • No need to specify the form status anymore – they’re always “Active”.
  • No need to explicitly tell the system to save them to the database – they always will be.
  • No need to enter a “Reply-to address” for the notifications – our own email address is used.
  • No need to choose “Individual email notifications” – submissions are always sent. If no email is specified, they’ll be sent to the website’s mail email address.
  • Anti-spam protection: no need to specify a low-level filter; either Google ReCaptcha is used or no spam protection (in which case the system will display a warning)
  • Clear indication of unpublished forms and fields.

Forms list

Forms list

 

Forms Manager

Form Properties – viewing

 

Form properties

Form properties – editing

 

Email responses

Viewing/downloading form responses


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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Animating link underlines

 November 13, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Our system now allows designers to create an interesting visual effect: when people hover linked text, the link’s underline is revealed by animating it out from the center. You can try it in the example below:

www.yourwebdepartment.com

To do that, go to Design > Text > Links and set the Normal state underline option to No, and the Rollover state underline option to Animated. After that, all links within Word Processor blocks and blog posts will animate like the link above.


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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New header effect option: fade in

 October 18, 2017
by Flavio Mester

You can now apply a fade in animation effect to the header text in all pages. The option can be found in Design > Layout > Header & footer > Header area.

Header animation styles
Header animation effects

 


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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Creating a centred navigation menu

 October 18, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Centred navigation menu
A centred navigation menu

Our latest website building framework now allow you to have the logo/branding and the navigation menus appear centred. The option is available in Design > Main navigation layout.


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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