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Directing members to a landing page upon login

 May 15, 2013
by Flavio Mester

The Members Area tool

If your website package includes the Members Area tool (which lets you create password-protected areas of your website) you now have the option of redirecting a group of users to a specific page after they login. The option can be found in Tools / Members Area / Group and allows you to select any page of the website for that particular group of members.


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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Auto-centre option for content sliders

 May 13, 2013
by Flavio Mester

An example of a content slider

YWD's Content Slider tool allows you to create simple "presentations" containing multiple Word Processor "slides" displayed within the same area of the page. You create and manage slides and presentations in Tools / Content Slider and then add the presentation as a content block to a page.

Content slider optionsIn the past, in order to centre the slides within the content slider, you had to put the content of each slide into a table and centre it. But there's now an "Auto-centre" option available for you in the content block that will centre the slides.

The new option will be set to 'Yes' by default for all new content slider blocks, and applies only to the "Regular" display style. Please keep in mind that in order for the automatic centering to happen, you must specify a width for the slides (another option at the content block level).

For more information on the Content Slider tool, please refer to this Help section.


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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Fixed: page properties on slow connections

 May 9, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Page properties dialog form

Editing the page properties might not work properly in some circumstances if the YWD back-end was being accessed from a slow Internet connection. This issue has now been fixed. If your connection is slow, you may now see an animated spinner for a brief moment until the page properties form is completely loaded.


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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Responsive design behaviour for form fields

 May 7, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Mobile website formAlthough you can choose whether you’d like to position the labels to the left or above the input fields of forms when they’re viewed on computers -- in Design / Tools / Forms manager / Layout -- Your Web Department will now automatically place the labels above the fields when the form is viewed on mobile phones.

This way the small mobile viewport real estate is preserved, without the need to create a separate form just for smartphones.

For more information on how to create the mobile version of your website, please check out this Help section.


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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Accessing computer-only pages from a mobile

 May 3, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Mobile website sampleAs you know, Your Web Department offers the most flexible mobile website option out there. Whether you build your mobile website yourself or we do it for you, you can define pages and even content blocks that will only be displayed on computers or mobile.

However, there are cases where you’ll want to allow a “computer-only” page to be displayed on mobile. For instance, you may launch an email campaign with a link to a page that is a sub-page of another that has been defined as "computer-only".

Or the page itself maybe "computer-only"  and a person shared a link to it on Facebook, and someone else then tapped on it while checking out Facebook from their mobile.

YWD will now display that page even on people’s mobile phones, while still preventing it from appearing on the website’s navigation (which it does because the page itself or its parent has been defined as "computer-only").

And if you have enabled the mobile-optimized version of your website, YWD will automatically switch to a mobile-friendly layout when the page is viewed on phones.


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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3 ways to add a Twitter feed to your website

 May 3, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Twitter logo

Your Web Department now provides 3 easy methods for you to display your Twitter feed on any page of your website.

1. Using the Twitter Feed tool, “Plain list” display style

Twitter - plain list feedAny YWD website comes with the Twitter Feed tool. You simply add it to a page, enter your Twitter account/username and specify the number of tweets that should be included. The new default display style is called “Plain list” and will show your most recent tweets as a plain vanilla list. The text and links colours will inherit your website’s by default, but you can override them if you want.

Also, the text will expand to the maximum width of its container (e.g. the Main column of your page) but you can limit it to a width. And you can also apply an autoformat to the content block if you’d like to have a border or padding around it, for instance.

This style is great if you’d like your Twitter feed to integrate seamlessly with the rest of your website.

2. Using the Twitter Feed tool, “Stylized box” display style

Twitter feed - stylized boxThis style will place your tweets inside a scrollable box, with a thumbnail of your profile photo, links to your Twitter page and more. You have a few options in terms of customizing its look and feel, like the shell background colour, the tweets area background colour, the shell text. You can also choose whether you’d like the box width to auto-expand or not.

This style is indicated if you’d like to show your Twitter feed very prominently, especially if your YWD website package doesn’t include the Embed Code tool.

3. Embedding Twitter’s own widgets

Twitter offers you the ability to create you own widgets. You go to https://twitter.com/settings/widgets and create them there.

Twitter feed widgetIf your YWD website package includes the Embed Code tool then it's just a matter of grabbing the code Twitter generates and pasting it into an Embed Code content block.

For more information on Your Web Department’s Twitter Tool, visit this Help page.


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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Overriding the text colour of an auto format

 April 29, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Overriding the text colour in YWD Designer

Auto formats are styles that you can create in YWD Designer / Layout / Auto formats. You can apply an auto format globally (e.g. to all Word Processor content blocks) or specifically to a content block (by editing the content block and assigning the auto format to it).

YWD now lets you override the text colour “inside” the auto format. For instance, let’s say the text in my website is set to black by default against my page’s white background, but I’ve created a content block and assigned a dark background image to it (see this post). In this case, I’d like to have that text appearing in a light colour there, otherwise it would be really hard to read it.

So in YWD Designer I defined one of my auto formats as having a light yellow text override. And I’ve set that content block to use that auto format. Now my text shows in yellow inside that auto format “box”, as well as any other content blocks for which I’ve assigned the same auto format.


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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Laying text over an image

 April 29, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Overlaid text

You can now apply a background image to any content block without the need to write any code. To do that, while adding or editing the content block, click Advanced options and in the “Box” style (optional) section, select the background image (which must have been previously uploaded to YWD's Assets Manager). When the page is previewed, the image will appear behind the block’s content.


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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Fixed: "Please wait" popup on Chrome

 April 25, 2013
by Flavio Mester

"Publishing page" icon

There was an issue with recent version of Chrome that caused the “Publishing page... please wait” popup (which YWD displays whenever you publish a page) to be displayed incorrectly on Chrome. This has been fixed.


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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Usability tweak: Embed Code tool

 April 24, 2013
by Flavio Mester

An Embed Code content block

Previously, if you added code to an Embed Code content block containing a very long string of characters without spaces (like the code for a PayPal button, for instance) YWD’s back-end interface would “stretch” beyond the width of the browser window. In order to avoid this issue, Embed Code content blocks now fit within fixed-width “boxes”, with scrollbars appearing automatically to indicate that the code is long.

This change has no effect over the front-end display of the website.


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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