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3 ways to add a Twitter feed to your website

 May 3, 2013
by Flavio Mester

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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.
Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn

 

  

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

 

  

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.

  
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