Wednesday, April 09 2014
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.
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.
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.
Display Instagram photos using the photo gallery components. Edit a photo gallery, click the Instagram button and enter an Instagram account name.
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.
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 - new reports
Monday, July 22 2013
User interface adjustments
Several minor user interface adjustments have been added. These include new icons and color adjustments.
The settings sidebar can now be hidden providing more screen space in the site builder edit windows. To hide/show the settings bar, click the grey icon with three horizontal lines.
Mobile website (automatic/responsive)
It is now easier than ever to setup your mobile website. With the mobile responsive system, your website is automatically displayed in mobile mode. A mobile settings bar will be added to the top of your mobile pages. The mobile bar includes a home link and a link to display your sites menu. All page content is adjusted to fit in mobile browsers.
When editing your site, easily toggle between website and mobile views. Use the mobile settings, adjust the mobile nav bar color, configure menu displays and set the banner/logo display.
If you have more specific needs, you can create a dedicated mobile website using the mobile site builder.
Easier photo galleries
When setting up photo galleries you no longer need to worry about or adjust the size of your images. All you need to do is load your images and set how many columns you want. The system will automatically size your images to fit and reduce number of columns if needed. Set your gallery image size to auto/fill
Image styles (enhanced options)
Newer web browsers now support advanced image display styles that include rounded corners, drop shadows and borders. Use the image styles to give your site a custom look and feel. Create an use up to 4 unique styles.
HTML5 audio for mobile/IPAD support
The updated audio player now supports mobile devices.
Support has been added for Stripe and PayMill payment gateways. Updates have been made to handle customer address changes. Extra HTML markup has been added to the product display pages to help search engines index your product pages.
Tuesday, February 26 2013
User interface adjustments
Several minor user interface adjustments have been added. These include hover/rollover effects and counts added to the main editor icons. Ex. The admin home page now displays the number of outstanding orders, number of users/customers as well as your default mailing list size.
Section slider component
With the section slider component, you can setup content sections using the page editor. A section menu is displayed on the left side. when a menu button is clicked the content section associated with the menu button slides into view. Using the page editor you can add any component type into the sections. The section slider works like the tabbed content and accordion components.
Updated text editor
The text editor has been updated. The updated includes many misc enhancements as well as a new style. The text editor is also more optimized for tablets.
The new format option makes it easier to style your text. Click anywhere in a paragraph and set the paragraph/line style (heading 1, heading 2, heading 3, normal). You do not need to highlight text and select a style.
IE 10 multi file upload
Support has been added for multiple file upload on Internet Explorer 10.
The image tools have been updated to provide quicker access to resize functions. Standard image sizes have been setup to help adjust images and keep image sizes consistent throughout your website.
The system automatically detects when uploaded images are too large and gives you the option to adjust the size.
With the new footer columns feature you can setup multiple columns in your site footer area. Create up to 5 columns. Easily add text, images, links and social networking icons. To enable the feature, view your website, click settings and then set the number of footer columns.
Simplified design options
The new design page now displays the most commonly used options. There is a link on the left side of the page for more advanced settings.
Site style configuration
The new site styles area provides an quick preview of how all of your site styles look together. Click on a area of the page to select new style options (font, buttons, links, groupboxes, page titles and more).
New title/default font combinations have been added. Go to the design area and click the text/styles option.
Many new fonts have been added to the system. The new font browser makes it easier to view font previews and make font selections. The new default title option makes it easier to create a consistent look throughout your site. You can set the logo builder, menu, groupboxes and titles to use the same setting. When you update your title style to use a new font, all the other areas are set to use the same options.
The new color area includes preset color schemes to choose from and updated color selection/color scheme generator options.
Advanced page background settings
With the advanced page background settings you can choose customize the positioning and alignment of your main site background image. Choose to have a fixed (non scrollable background) or set the background image to always cover the full screen size.
If you are familiar with web design and style sheets (CSS) it is now even easier to make custom adjustments to your website. To access the custom CSS area, go to the main design page, click the advanced button and then click the advanced css link.
Move components in and out of groupboxes, column groups and tabs. To move a component into or out of a page section, edit your page. Click the green box to the right of the component edit bar and then click the "move to" drop down menu. Select where you would like to move the component.
In page image tools
When you move your mouse over an image while editing a page, you can click the image tools icon to open the image tools window. Resize and rotate images.
Component alignment changes
The component alignment option has been moved. To align components, click the small green down arrow box above the component. Then click the alignment option.
This update includes many enhancements in the ecommerce area. These enhancement are designed to make it easier to manage products, provide more ecommerce display options and allow better integration with other systems.
Product edit page updates
The main product edit page has been reworked to be more streamlined. The description, short description and text description are now displayed in tabs. This helps make the page shorter and easier to read. For many cases the short and text descriptions are not needed or used. These fields no longer take up extra space on the page.
The edit product list in the store manager now displays your small product image making it easier to manage your products/see your product entries.
It is now easier to manage your product images. Set the default sizes for the overview and detail images. Your uploaded images will be sized to match your settings. If you want to adjust the image size, just change the settings and the images will automatically be updated to match your settings.
Product detail tabs
If you have a lot of information about a product you can now display the additional information in tabs that are displayed at the bottom of the product detail page. Create up to 5 custom tabs with additional information about your product.
Dynamic pricing page updates
The pricing page will now update the product price to reflect the price for the currently selected set of options and addons.
The product option features has been reworked to provide for more flexibility. All of the same option types are available, but it is now easier to edit and organize your options. Use drag/reorder to organize your options list and option values.
Product skus/advanced options
The new advanced options area gives you more control of your option settings and display. When you add an advanced option, more management features will be available for the product. These advanced features enable you to set the image, manage inventory, configure the weight, and modify the price for a set of options.
Inventory tracking for options
With option based inventory tracking, you can track multiple inventory levels for the same product. Ex if you sell tshirts that come in red, blue and green as well as three sizes SM, M, LG - It is now easier to track the inventory for each combination of options.
Use the new inventory data options to import and export product inventory levels. This feature also works with SKU based product options.
Shipping weight for options
If you have products with options that change the weight of the product, you can use the advanced setting to set the shipping weight for a set of options.
Change product image based on selected options
The product image on the detail page can now be configured to change based on the selected set of options. Many customers like to see what the product looks like after their option changes have been made. Ex. If you sell tshirts - you can now set the product image to change to the red tshirt when customers select the red tshirt option. Advanced options must be enable to use this feature.
After settings a SKUID for each option set, go to the more images area, upload your images and set the SKUID that is associated with each image.
Color swatch option type
The color swatch option type lets users click a color box to choose the color that they want instead of selecting the color from a drop down menu.
Setting up product options is now even easier with the copy option feature. When editing a product, choose the copy option menu and select a product to copy options from an existing product.
Quantity based pricing setup
It is now easier to setup quantity based pricing by using the quantity pricing entry screen. To setup quantity based pricing click the quantity table icon next to the pricing field. Enter the quantity amount and the unit price for that quantity.
You can now configure your website to integrate with ShipWorks and ShipStation for enhanced shipping management.