WEBSITE BUILDER NEWS AND FEATURE UPDATES
Friday, 22 October 2010

The next site builder update is just about ready.  We should start updating systems beginning next week.  The update will include the following new features and enhancements.

Site builder 2 interface updates
- The component edit buttons and some edit header graphics have been updated/enhanced
- The edit component overlay window now has the apply/cancel buttons in the top area of the edit window so they are always available
- The view site tab has been updated with a drop down menu that lets you toggle between your website and your mobile site.
- A link to the mobile website has been added to the main admin page in the build my site area

Updated image/text components
The core text components have been updated.  The updates will make the text layouts easier to setup and customise.  For any text/image component you can set the layout, title style and link.  The main image screen has been simplified to make it easier to select/upload your images.  The number of clicks to upload/select an image for the text/image components has been reduced. Ex. when editing a text/image component you can upload the image directly from the main text editor page, instead of clicking on the preview image to go to the image area.

A new option has been added to let you set image border colour as well as the caption below images by using the standard text/image layouts.  The image resize/crop tools have been updated to make it a bit easier to work with your images. 

Design/Layout
Several new designs have been added to the system.

Social networking
- Add social networking buttons to the quickbar that link directly to your facebook/twitter accounts
- New social networking button component lets you add facebook/twitter buttons to your site.  These links go to your facebook/twitter account.
- A new 3d social networking icon set has been added 

Google page translation (quickbar)
This Google page translation quickbar option adds a drop down language menu to your quickbar.  This menu allows visitors to a website to select their language.  The page is translated to the visitor's language.

Google settings menu
Many customers have difficulty finding some of the Google options for their website such as the webmaster tools verification and sitemap information. We have added a new Google integration menu that should make it easier for customers to find the Google settings.
- Google AdWords
- Google / search engine submission
- Google webmaster tools/sitemap verification 

Blog/RSS
The blog now supports blog post summaries.  When you add a summary to a blog post, the summary will be displayed on the main blog page instead of the full blog post.  You can also set the summary to be included in the blog RSS feed.

Add your blog RSS feed as a site feed so that it shows up in the browser tool bar.  When this option is enabled you will see the feed icon in the browser toolbar (if supported by browser) for the website's RSS feeds.   This icon will either link to the website feed xml file (if the site has one feed) or link to a feed's page if the website has multiple blog feeds. 

Canonical meta tag
The canonical meta tag is used to set your preferred domain name for search engines.  Ex. www.domain.com or domain.com.  When search engines index the website, all links will be indexed under the canonical domain name.

RSS Component
Set the number of RSS feed entries to be displayed on your pages.  Customise the fonts/styles for the feed display. 

Ecommerce product links
Enable the option to include the product name in the link/URL for product detail pages.  Including the product name on the product link can help with search engine ranking.

Ecommerce Misc
- Google base product export
- New gateways (payments gateway, RealEx payments)
- ACH - customers can enable ACH for checkout if supported by their gateway
- Product property - set product to not be discountable (coupons do not apply to product)

Mobile website admin
The design/style of the mobile admin has been adjusted.  You can now access ecommerce reports from your mobile phone.

Account settings
There are times when you may wish to temporarily disable access to your website (place the website under construction).  From the my account page, you will now be able to set  the entire site to under construction.  When site access is disabled, visitors to the site see an under construction message.  The site owner can still login and manage the website.

Message board
You can now set the message board to approve message board posts via email.

Media files
A site builder media tab has been added to the file manager.  This tab allows you to view/delete media files that you have loaded with the site builder media components. 

Site builder browser icon
We have added a browser icon to the site builder.  This is the icon that is displayed by the browser in the tabs/title area when viewing a website.  To help you customise your service, we are going to be adding an option to your partner admin that will let you set the browser icon for your service.  You will just need to have a valid .ico file and set the link to the file in your admin settings.

Spam filter
We are working on updates to the spam filter that will allow you to adjust the spam filter sensitivity.  We are investigating an option to have email tagged as spam instead of just being deleted by the system.  Email that is tagged as spam will include "SPAM:" in the message subject.  Using an email client you can setup mail processing rules to automatically move email with "SPAM:" in the subject to a spam folder.

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