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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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Mobile navigation: automatically formatted bottom links

 January 27, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Mobile navigation

Mobile navigation, with bottom links

If your website contains bottom navigation links e.g. "Privacy Policy" or similar and was built on our latest framework, then those links will now be shown slightly smaller and preceded by a bullet on the mobile navigation flyout, to help differentiate them from the regular/main navigation links.

 


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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Choosing a different font for buttons

 January 25, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Font selection for buttons

Font selection for buttons

Designers can now specify a different font for submit buttons, used by forms. The font choice will also be applied to regular text links styled as buttons, as described on 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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Our new back-end interface is here!

 January 20, 2017
by Flavio Mester

This quick video introduces our brand new, completely redesigned website management 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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A better date picker for blog posts

 January 10, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Date picker
Our new date picker for blog posts

It’s now much easier to select a date for your blog posts in the YWD system. Previously our date picker opened in a separate popup window, and sometimes clients would forget that window open underneath the regular content.

The date picker has a completely new interface: simply click on the date field and the widget opens in a layer floating on top of the blog form itself. In addition to the revamped appearance, it allows you to quickly jump to any year, which is particularly useful if you're manually recreating old blog posts from a WordPress website that is being switched to YWD.


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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YWD now makes all your images automatically responsive

 January 6, 2017
by Flavio Mester


A very wide image, automatically “shrunk” to fit within its container so it doesn’t look distorted

A common problem with responsive websites occurs when images that are too wide to fit on the page are inserted. Although our system will limit the width of all images to 100% of the available width, the height of a page – regardless of the device where the website is being seen – is unlimited by nature. And because by default our Word Processor automatically fills in the width and height attributes of any image that is inserted through the editor, images that are too wide ended up looking distorted, especially on phones.

That used to require clients to remember to manually remove the width and height attributes of any large image while inserting them through the editor.

While that is still recommended (or better yet, people should resize any large image to its final dimensions, prior to uploading it to the Assets Manager) we now provide a new setting in Design > Layout > Images that can instruct the system to ignore the width/height attributes of images. You can choose whether you want to do that only to blog post images (the most common application) or to all content images, or to none.

 


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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Making button links look bigger or smaller

 January 6, 2017
by Flavio Mester

To give a text link the appearance of a button, select the link’s Advanced tab and enter the text in the table below in the Stylesheet Classes field. And you can now combine those styles with the big and small classes to make buttons bigger or smaller:

button amber big will produce button

button amber small will produce button

Here is a complete list of all the button colours. They follow Google Material design styles:

Button style Stylesheet Classes
button button amber
button buton black
button button blue
button button bluegrey
button button brown
button button cyan
button button deeporange
button button green
button button grey
button button indigo
button button lime
button button orange
button button pink
button button purple
button button red
button button teal
button button yellow
button button white

 


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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Clients can now create responsive IFrames

 January 4, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Previously, YWD required you to enter a width in pixels for IFrames created with our IFrame tool. That’s not necessary anymore. When creating an iFrame, simply leave the width field blank and the IFrame will assume a width of 100% and automatically resize to the full width of its container.

This way your IFrames will be responsive.


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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Tweaking the text size on mobile, specifically for the Home page

 January 4, 2017
by Flavio Mester

Mobile-specific overides
Mobile-specific overrides

Designers often want to set the Heading 1 text bigger on the Home page. You can do so in Design > Text > Text, advanced (2) but the text may then look too big on the mobile Home page. You can now override that setting specifically for mobile; the new option is available in Design > Text > Mobile-specific overrides.


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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