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Introducing the Invisible reCAPTCHA!

 May 3, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Since Google introduced reCAPTCHA, millions of internet users have been able to attest they are human with just a single click. Your Web Department clients have been benefitting from its ease of use and convenience to generate more conversions.

Now reCAPTCHA has been a step further and made invisible. And YWD clients can set any form to use it with a single click:

reCAPTCHA

You can see it in action in our own public website: the “Need a Great Website?” form is using it now. Human users will be let through without seeing the "I'm not a robot" checkbox, while suspicious ones and bots still have to solve the challenges.

Visit our website and fill out the form to see it in action.

http://www.yourwebdepartment.com/

www.yourwebdepartment.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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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to the green Preview website button – which loads the current page into a separate tab on your computer, including unpublished changes – and the blue button that loads the live website, we now have two additional buttons for websites created with our latest framework – one for tablets,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.
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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.
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Fixed: blog posts image selector

 February 2, 2017
by Flavio Mester

There was an issue that prevented the Select Asset / Cancel buttons from showing up at the bottom of the Asset Browser popup window while editing blog posts, requiring clients to manually “stretch” the window down to reveal them. The issue has been resolved, and other minor interface tweaks applied to the blog post form.

Blog image selector

The blog image selector


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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Automatically adding vertical padding to slides in the Header without coding

 February 2, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Our system now allows designers to automatically apply vertical padding to text placed in content sliders in the Header area of the page. An option in Design > Layout > Header area lets you decide whether you would like to apply the padding defined for Word Processor header blocks to slides in Content Sliders.

Designer setting

This way it’s very easy to create slides like the one below, where space is automatically being added above and below the text within the slide (which has a background photo) without the need to manually insert line breaks, CSS code or other gimmicks, which can also cause the slide to become too “tall” on mobile.

Slideshow

Notice that you can specify different values for the Home page hero (typically “taller” than others) and also for mobile (“shorter”).

 


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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Lightbox image gallery: launching it from the first image

 February 2, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Websites built on the latest YWD framework have a new image gallery in which only the initial image (rather than all thumbnails) is displayed inititally. Clicking/tapping it then launches the gallery in a lightbox. The system will automatically insert the gallery name beneath the image. The gallery is responsive in all devices and allows for swiping gestures on mobile.

The example below includes two galleries. When people click on the initial image of a gallery...

Gallery - initial state

... it is launched in a lightbox:

Lightbox image gallery

You can see a live example on this page of our 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.
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Mobile websites: automatically displaying buttons for sub-pages

 January 29, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Mobile buttons

Automatically-inserted buttons

A common navigation style used these days is one in which a mouse over a top level page reveals its sub-pages in a cascading menu, while the top level page itself isn't clickable.

That works fine on computers, but becomes an issue on mobile because since there is no rollover on the phone people must tap on the top level page first – which doesn’t have any content of its own – and then realize they need to tap on the menu again to get to any of its sub-pages.

Websites created with the latest Your Web Department framework where the option in Design > Navigation > Buttons is set to only if childless now automatically display buttons for the sub-pages, without the need for clients to manually insert them as content. This way visitors are able to navigate to those sub-ages immediately upon landing on the parent 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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