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Friday, 02 May 2014

Make sure that your QuickBizSites.com website is setup to take advantage of the latest techniques in web design.  Everything you need is built into your QuickBizSites.com website admin to keep your site looking great. Here are a few quick and easy steps to keep your site up to date.


Update to latest UserInterface and DocType

Make sure that your account is setup to use the 2.0 interface with your doc type set to HTML 5.  You can configure these settings by going to Settings->Advanced/HTML.  While most of you are already using the 2.0 interface, many of you have not upgraded to the HTML 5 DocType.  Making this adjustment will allow you to take advantage of the latest design techniques built into QuickBizSites.com.  Changing your DocType may cause some spacing or custom HTML to change in its appearance, so do review your website after you make the update.  If anything does not look right, contact support, and we can help you with those.

Design Manager

Before making any changes to your website, be sure to save your current settings via the Design Manager.  This will allow you to reload your current design if you do not like your design changes.  The Design Manager can be found by going to Design->Design Manager

Use a Modern Layout and Color Scheme

Take a look through our latest professionally designed website layouts and update your website to have a more modern look.  You'll find all of our designs by going to Design->Site Layout and clicking browse layouts.  Making this change will update your website layout, menu buttons, and background.  You can try out different layouts on your site to find one that you like best.  If you don't like your changes, just go to your design manager to reload your old design.  Don't forget try out some new color schemes for your site as well by going to Design->colors.  QuickBizSites.com offers color schemes that are designed to look good together, but you can also pick and choose your own individual colors.

Design Elements

* CSS Menu - Make sure that your site is setup to use the CSS Menu options.  This will give you a text based menu which can be indexed by search engines.  Using a text based menu also allows more font options and allows your site to be responsive to mobile browsing (tables and phones).
* Text/Styles - Avoid formatting text (bolded, underlined, highlighted) via the text editor.  The best look is to use plain text.  Then go the Design->Text/Styles area to update the look of your text throughout your site.  The text editor overrides any settings you entered via the text/styles area.  Using the text editor tends to give your site an inconsistent look and makes it hard to quickly update the look and feel of your site.

Design Services

Don't forget that QuickBizSites.com website builder support representatives are always availble to help you with any questions.  We also offer professional design services if you don't have time or don't want to makeover your own website.  Most website makeovers can be done for under $100.  QuickBizSites.com also offers high quality custom website and template installation services.

Check back soon for Part II which will show you how to dress up your site using our latest website design techniques including the Content Slider, Mega Menu, Custom Banners, and more.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014

sys update

Design

Several new designs and layouts have been added.

Custom design generator

Use the custom design generator to create a clean/fresh design for your site. Choose from several layouts and customize the logo/menu bar configuration. You can create centered layouts as well as full page layouts.

Page editor

Several updates have been made to the page editor. The component move feature and alignment options have been updated to make it easier to make page updates.

It is now easier to upload and edit images while editing your page. With any image/paragraph component, move the mouse over an image and click the edit icon. You can resize/edit the photo or click the photo icon on the left side of the options window to upload a new image.

Page background

From the page properties design/menu tab, you can now set the page background. This feature allows you to easily set a different background on different pages.

Long form/single page website

Easily create long form pages with full page width sections. Add custom backgrounds and colors to sections. Customize the menu to link to other site pages or to scroll down to sections on the page.

Custom page layouts

With the new custom page, you can setup your own page structure. Set the number of sections in each of the rows on the page. To add a custom page, click the add page button and then click the custom page type. To change the page configuration, go to the page properties and click the layout tab. Then click the customize button beneath the custom page type. You can also change an existing page to use a custom layout by going to the page properties, layout tab.

Photo gallery wall

Use the photo gallery wall display to add a pinterest style photo display to your website. Add a photo wall by editing any page and click the add button. Choose photo wall from the images menu. Or you can convert an existing gallery by editing the gallery. Click the change style button and choose photo wall.

Instagram

Display Instagram photos using the photo gallery components. Edit a photo gallery, click the Instagram button and enter an Instagram account name.

Icons

When working with images, you can now choose to add graphic icons to your web pages. Customize the icon color, size and layout. To add an icon, go to any image component and click the select icon link.

Mobile

There is now an option to include your websites sub menu pages for your mobile website navigation. To use the option, go to the mobile website configuration page. Click mobile design settings and then click the "Page nav buttons" options until "home/submenu" is selected.

Click to call: A new option for a click to call icon has been added to the mobile navigation bar. When you enter a phone number in the mobile settings the click to call icon will appear on your mobile website.

Website Blog Feed component

Easily add your latest blog updates to any page with the blog feed.

TaxCloud - automated sales tax calculation/management

Support has been added for TaxCloud. TaxCloud is a free, easy-to-use sales tax management service for retailers. Use TaxCloud to automatically calculate sales tax in real time for every state, county, city, and special jurisdiction in the US. To configure TaxCloud, go to your main store settings page and click the sales tax link. To signup for an acount, go to TaxCloud signup

Ecommerce

  • Guest checkout option - users can checkout without having to create an account
  • Support added for 2 color swatch product option
  • Paypal updated to automatically direct users to paypal after submitting an order
  • Easier editing of coupon product restrictions
  • Internal order payment type - used for orders where payment is already collected or for entering test orders (only available to site admin when logged into website)
  • Amazon payments (beta)

Ecommerce - new reports

  • Customer analysis - new vs return and sales from return customers
  • Report of customers that purchased a specific product

Misc

  • Footer columns can be set to right align
  • Support for shared login accounts
  • Map component now supports multiple addresses
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Friday, 03 January 2014

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