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New social media meta tags for Facebook and Twitter now available for YWD websites for enhanced social media traffic

 June 12, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Facebook share

When people bookmark your pages, Your Web Department passes meta information about them to those services, which enhances their visibility and drives your social media traffic up. While we already had the ability to pass certain meta tags to Facebook, we have now implemented additional ones, as well as meta tags for Twitter (also known as “Twitter Cards”).

And no, this has nothing to do with the meta data NSA affair...

These meta tags are passed automatically. In typical YWD fashion, you don’t need to program anything. Here they are:

 

Facebook meta tags (Open Graph protocol)

 

Facebook

og:image

You can specify which image Facebook will display when people share your page, instead of having Facebook picking any image from your page almost randomly. You can set up a website-wide default image in Your Web Department in Designer / Social media & widgets / Forums, Facebook page, etc. Or you can pick the image for a specific page in the “Special” tab of the page properties. And you can also select which image to use for a blog post.

og:url
We’re now using what’s called the “canonical” URL for Facebook and Twitter sharing. This way, all your shares will go towards the same page. The URL is automatically generated by YWD.

og:title
The title of the page, also automatically generated by YWD, which will either use the name of the page in the navigation or, if you’ve entered a page title in the “SEO” tab of the page properties, will pass it to Facebook so it can use it.

og:description
If you’ve entered a description for the page in the “SEO” tab of the page properties, Facebook will use it.

fb:admins
If you have a page for your business on Facebook and want to get more data in Facebook Insights, then this enables you to connect your YWD website to your Facebook business page. In order to do that, inform your Facebook Numeric ID to YWD, by entering it in Design / Social media & widgets / Forums, Facebook page, etc. Your Facebook Numeric ID is a long string of numbers. If you don't know the Numeric ID of your Facebook business page – assuming you have one, of course – you can find it out in http://findmyfacebookid.com

 

Twitter meta tags (Twitter Cards)

 

Twitter

These are analogous to Facebook’s. The same image that you specify for a YWD website as a whole, a page or a blog post will be utilized by Twitter. And the other tags are generated automatically by YWD.

The meta tags for Twitter are:

  • twitter:image
  • twitter:url
  • twitter:title
  • twitter:description

Enjoy! And if you have any questions aboutany of  this let us know.


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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Limiting social bookmarking buttons to blog pages

 June 10, 2013
by Flavio Mester

New blog option in YWD Designer

By default, YWD will display social bookmarking buttons for the networks that you choose in all pages. However, there are websites in which the preference may be towards having social bookmarking buttons appearing only on blogs, but not on any other/regular page of the website.

Although you can hide the social bookmarking buttons from specific pages by editing the page properties, you can do that now globally in Design / Social media & widgets / Social bookmarking.

A new option lets you choose whether you’d like the buttons to appear on all pages (the default) or only on pages that contain a blog.


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 option for blog summaries

 June 10, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Blog summary options

If you’re displaying a summary of your posts on a page, a “Read more” link will automatically on for longer posts. By default, when that link is clicked YWD will reveal the rest of the post's text by expanding it in place and “pushing down” any subsequent posts beneath it.

However, sometimes you may prefer to display the full post in its own separate page, for interface design reasons. In that case, at the bottom of the full post a "Show all posts" will be displayed so people can go back to the summary list.

YWD now lets you choose which way you’d like your blog summaries’ “Read more” to behave in Design / Tools / Blog / Dividers, special images, etc.


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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System Maintenance Notice

 June 7, 2013
by Flavio Mester

We will be performing software updates on our Administration server on:

Sunday, June 9 between 8pm and 11pm EST.

During that period, clients will not be able to access the website's back-end in order make content updates.

*** We do not anticipate any impact on live websites ***


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

 

  

Longer titles for blog posts

 June 7, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Blog post title

The number of characters available for blog posts has been increased.

For more information on YWD's Blog tool please refer to the Blog Manager section of the Help.


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

 

  

New Catalog / E-commerce System tool mode

 June 7, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Catalog tool, global settings

If you’re simply listing your products but don’t need to display additional or more detailed information about them, YWD now offers you the “Brochure, list only” mode.

It’s similar to the “Brochure” mode, but without the individual/detailed view of the products. Clicking the product titles or images will have no effect, and no "View details" buttons will be displayed.

The new option can be selected in the Global settings of the Catalog / E-commerce System tool.


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 option to customize the “on” state of the top navigation

 June 7, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Top navigation links

The top navigation links are used for global/shortcuts to specific pages. In bilingual websites, it also includes the language toggle button.

Although YWD already allowed the colours for the “Normal” and “Over” states of the top navigation to be specified – as well as the font size and more – you can now customize the “On” state as well. The “On” state for a top navigation label occurs when it either refers to the current page or to any of its sub-pages.

The colour for the top navigation buttons and the text labels are defined in Design / Navigation / Top nav. / Buttons and in Design / Navigation / Top nav. / Text labels respectively.


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

 

  

Real Estate tool: assigning properties to a category

 June 5, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Real Estate toolThis change is similar to what we recently did for our Catalog/E-commerce tool. If your Real Estate tool uses a Reference Code / MLS field, assigning properties to a category has become much easier. The Reference Codes / MLS are now displayed and are used to sort the "Available Properties" box of the "Assign Property to Category" interface.

Check out http://realestate.yourwebdepartment.com to see a sample of our Real Estate tool in action.


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

 

  

Catalog/E-commerce tool: assigning products to a category

 June 3, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Assigning products to category

If your catalog uses a Reference Code field, assigning products to a category has become much easier. The Reference Codes are now displayed and are used to sort the "Available Products" box of the "Assign Products to Category" interface.


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

 

  

New "Stationary, full browser window width bar" navigation meu style

 June 3, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Stationary menu style

We have added a new horizontal menu style that can be applied to any Your Web Department website. In this style, the horizontal navigation extends the full width of the browser window and stays in place even if you scroll the page down, with the page content sliding beneath it. Typically, you'll have a small logo on the left (your banner image) and just a few top navigation links to the right.

It's a very modern and convenient interface for users, as it keeps the logo and the main navigation in place at all times.

The new style can be selected in Design / Navigation / Main horizontal nav. / Menu style & position. You can specify the text and button states as usual. The bar height is adjusted automatically depending on the height of your banner image i.e. the company logo, as in the screenshot fo an actual website that you see above. And you can tweak the positioning of the links, shifting them down from the top of the navigation bar by entering a value into the Top field in Navigation / Main horizontal nav. / Navigation bar, advanced. That section is also where you can specify the content distance from the top, so the regular page content starts only where the navigation bar ends, sliding beneath it only if the page is scrolled.

Additional design options for this menu style will follow in the near future.

You can already see an example of this new menu style in action on this YWD website: www.cartoon-me.com


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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