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Our DOCTYPE and HTML tags have been updated

 April 22, 2013
by Flavio Mester

HTML5 logoWe’re updating all the documents generated by the YWD platform in order to make them compatible with HTML5 standards. Part of that involves changing our DOCTYPE and HTML tags, and that’s already done. By the end of the process, YWD websites will have leaner and more modern code which will allow us to implement additional responsive design techniques.

This change has no effect over the mobile-optimized version of YWD websites, which already use the latest tags.

For legacy websites that are used to entering images in a particular way, we've made an option available in YWD Designer / Tools / Advanced / Accessibility & SEO that lets clients choose the old DOCTYPE tag that's compatible with HTML4 and XHTML.


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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Preventing the accidental reordering of the Home page

 April 17, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Clicking the "down" arrow beside your Home page link on the YWD back-end will now prompt you to confirm the operation first. The same is true if you click the "up" arrow of the page immediately beneath the Home page.

This is to prevent clients from inadvertently reordering their Home 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.
Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn

 

  

Default banner image for mobile version

 April 17, 2013
by Flavio Mester

Previously, if you activated the mobile-optimized version of your website, YWD would simply display the name of your website in the banner area until you specified a smaller banner (typically a 320px wide image) to be used just for the mobile version.

YWD will now use your standard/computer banner – and resize it on the fly to fit the mobile viewport – until you upload and select a mobile banner image.


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

 

  

YWD Designer usability tweak

 April 17, 2013
by Gustavo Jabbaz

In order to work properly, YWD Designer requires that your browser window be at al least 1300 pixels wide (a laptop is typically set to 1440 pixels or more, for example). If your browser window is too small, YWD Designer will still launch, but a window will now popup and ask you to maximize the browser window or increase the monitor resolution.

  

Generating the QR code for any page

 April 12, 2013
by Gustavo Jabbaz

QR (Quick Response) codes are becoming increasingly popular. I'm sure you've seen them on bus stops, magazines, "house for sale" signs, etc. When people scan the QR code image using their smartphones, they're taken directly to a web page. YWD already provided a way for clients to generate the QR code for a property in our Real Estate tool. This way they can insert the QR code image into a flyer or sign, so when prospective buyers scan it with their phones, that specific property page loads in their mobile browser without them having to type anything.

But you can now add a "QR code widget" to any page of your YWD website. The new option is found in YWD Designer / Social media & widgets / Other widgets / General purpose. When the little widget is clicked on the live website, it will display a large QR code image which can be saved and then inserted into any printed material for easy scanning.

As an example, visit our online Help website and at the bottom of any page you'll see the little QR code widget, next to the printer-friendly and PDF widgets. Click it and you'll see the QR code for that page.

  

Fancy schmancy menu style for mobile

 April 10, 2013
by Gustavo Jabbaz

So you use the Facebook app on your mobile and wanted to be able to have a similar navigation style on the mobile version of your website in YWD? Well, you can now. In YWD Designer / Mobile devices / Smartphones / Navigation there’s now another option for the “Main navigation style for mobile” setting. It’s called “Vertical, sliding pane” and will do something similar to what’s shown below.

When people tap on the navigation icon on the top left...

...the whole page slides in to the right, revealing the navigation:

Tapping on the icon again or on the content, slides the page back into position.

  

Mobile display improvements

 April 5, 2013
by Gustavo Jabbaz

We've revised our mobile display code. We were able to get the portrait view of the website to be centred with pixel-perfect precision, and also to automatically scale to the full viewport width when the phone is turned sideways without the need to manually reposition the page.

  

Lucida font on mobile

 April 2, 2013
by Gustavo Jabbaz

Although the Lucida font is standard on both Mac and Windows computers, it's not included with the iPhone. So we're using Helvetica as its replacement there as opposed to Verdana, as the former is visually closest to Lucida than the latter. Computers and tablets are not being affected by this change.

  

New navigation options for your mobile website

 March 30, 2013
by Gustavo Jabbaz

 

New navigation styles are available for the mobile-optimized version of your website in YWD. In addition to the horizontal navigation bar with buttons for the topmost level, you can now have a vertical dropdown menu that slides down when people tap a single button, placed on top of the mobile website's banner. The single button can either be labeled "Menu" or simply display an icon -- 3 short horizontal bars, a common image used by many apps and popular websites like Facebook to indicate menus on mobile devices.

The new styles provide a modern and convenient way for people to navigate your website on their mobile with a single touch, while saving screen real estate at the same time.

You can select the colour of the button as well as the text size of both the "Menu" label in the button (if applicable) and the dropdown menu links. You can also specify the distance of the button from the top of the mobile viewport (shifting it up/down so you can position it exactly where you want above your banner) and even the width of the dropdown menu, which can be handy if you have long page names.

More menu styles for mobile to follow.

  

Windows Phone now supported

 March 25, 2013
by Gustavo Jabbaz

If you have a mobile-optmized version of your website, it will now be displayed on Windows phones

  
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