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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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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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