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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.


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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 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.


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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 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.


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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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Bilingual meta tags for Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

 May 22, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Bilingual meta tags

If you have a bilingual website, Your Web Department now lets you enter Title and Description meta tags in both languages for any page. Simply edit the page properties and select the SEO tab.

And by the way, you can set the website’s primary and secondary languages for accessibility and SEO purposes in Design / Tools / Advanced / Accessibility & SEO.


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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How to create a navigation bar with a variable width and irregular “tips”

 May 21, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Menu "tip" options

Your Web Department has always allowed designers to create horizontal navigation bars using either flat colour or a background image.

However, in the past if you didn't want the navigation bar to extend the full width of the page and at the same time have it to “grow” automatically depending on the number of top level links – like in the example above – then you were out of luck.

But not anymore. You can now specify images to be used for the left and/or right “tips” of the navigation bar in Design / Navigation / Main horizontal nav. / Navigation bar. The left "tip" image will be inserted before the first navigation link, and the right "tip" image after the last.

These new options are available for the “Plain (no dropdowns)” as well as the “Fixed 2-tiered with rollovers” horizontal menu styles.

In order to create the example above, only the left "tip" image (with a curved edge) was used, along with the background image for the navigation bar, which was aligned to the right. The right "tip" image was not entered in this case, because we wanted the right tip of the bar to remain straight.


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 image galleries

 May 20, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Auto-centered image gallery

Image galleries are an effective method to display multiple images. You create and manage image galleries in Your Web Department in the Tools section of your website, and then add them to any page as a content block.

YWD offers many different display styles for galleries, and you can now choose whether you’d like to centre the images or not (the default is to have them centered).

These display styles now include the Auto-centre images option:

  • Lightbox, launched by initial image
  • Lightbox, launched by initial image, with autoplay
  • Lightbox, launched by thumbnails
  • Lightbox, launched by thumbnails, with autoplay
  • Slideshow in place
  • Slideshow in place with captions
  • Slideshow, fancy transitions
  • Slideshow, fancy transitions, no navigation
  • Carousel, top thumbnails
  • Carousel, top thumbnails
  • Carousel, bottom thumbnails

For more information on the Image Gallery 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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Overriding the default social bookmarking settings for pages with blogs

 May 16, 2013
by Flavio Mester

If you choose to display horizontal social bookmarking buttons at the bottom of your pages, by default YWD will hide them from any pages that contain a blog. That's because blog posts can include their own social bookmarking buttons, and YWD automatically prevents that redundancy.

However, there may be specific instances where you'd like to override that. For example, the Home page of this YWD website includes summaries in its right column, but the client still wanted to include the social bookmarking buttons – which are present throughout the rest of the website – on the Home page as well. And for design reasons, they should be displayed in the main column, not beneath the blog in the right column (where YWD would place them).

A new option that allows you to do that has been added to Design / Tools / Blog / Comments & social media. By switching the Page bookmarking buttons on page with blog settings to "Yes", we were able to achieve that.


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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