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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.


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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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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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We’re applying a facelift to our back-end (OK, that didn’t sound right)

 May 15, 2013
by Flavio Mester

It's not just the colour scheme that has changed dramatically – it's lighter, simpler and more pleasing to the eye. The new back-end interface is also much faster and makes better use of the screen real estate. It's also easier to use.

For instance, here’s the old Login page:

Old login

Now reload/refresh the page in your website browser, and you should see the new one:

New login

Did you llike it? Now reload/refresh the ‘Welcome’ and the ‘Edit site’ pages. Here's the old 'Edit site' page:

Old Edit Site

And the new:

New Edit Site

We’re being careful to keep the same functionality, button labels, etc. that you're already familiar with, so there’s nothing “new” to learn. More improvements will follow over the next few days, along with new front-end features for the websites in terms of design and SEO.

We'll keep you posted, of course.


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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Faster back-end

 May 15, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Process iconWe have optimized several aspects of Your Web Department’s back-end code. The result is increased performance in many operations, particularly user and group management as well as other interfaces in the Tools section of the YWD back-end.


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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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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