HTML Widget (Idea) & more..

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Hi there Yola team,

I've been a Yola customer for a few years now, since like 2011 or 2012. And while starting out in web design and development as a hobby. And its been great for learning without being overflowed with code and as a total newbie who knew nothing, so that meant a lot to begin with and still does. But as time went on i have noticed as great and as powerful a tool that Yola is, its missing lots of basic things that can make the experience even more powerful and enjoyable, especially for the more advanced user.

I'll have to start by telling you what i do. As a hobby i do lots of gaming online (sim racing) and i have my own racing team. So for this i need to do certain things that require features that Yola just doesnt have, like a login and member register system, forums, live chat modules that even have the ability to use a mic, the ability to use FTP and manage all the websites stuff that way.. an im sure there is more that i will come across as well in the future as times goes on. So at the moment im have to find lots of 3rd party modules to do the job, like PoppyDog which im just going to try out. But its a shame Yola doesnt have atleast some of these things as they are almost certainly vital to many users who advance past the beginner stage of learning in Yola. Im sure many of your users will move on in time as they progress and its a market you guys should to look to open up. So will some of these tings be on the agenda for the future? the way i see it is Yola has all the basic functions it needs, you know what they say about "reinventing the wheel" It just doesnt need to be done. Thats not a dig at the latest update in the UI. Its quite nice and i like it to be honest with the modern look. But i just wondered did this really need to be done when the CMS lacks in such other features?

Anyway appart from that i have an idea for the HTML widget. It would be VERY useful to have the HTML widget split up into 2 halves, exactly like the CSS one with one half for doing your coding and the other half with the live preview of what is happening to your website. At the moment every time i put my HTML i have to save what i did, go back out check the website, go back in edit again... lol I think this is something that is of great simple value to people and the work flow, and surely shouldn't be too hard to implement with a company of 76 staff.. so is there actually any chance of getting this at some point in time?

Regards Andrew Yates
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Hi again, i was just thinking some more about this and realised that the idea would be even better split into 3 sections so all work can flow between the 3 easily any time you open a HTML widget. To understand more what im talking about i created this image in photo shop for you to see exactly what my ideas are. I hope can see and understand the importance of something like this, and hope to hear back from you.

Regards Andrew Yates
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Hello Andrew,

While the new UI does present a more modern look, it is not solely cosmetic.  Our engineers also implemented some back end changes for updating the entire CMS platform.  

As you can probably guess, this isn't a short-term project, but we plan on improving and adding to widgets, layout, menus, styling, and much more.  I can't say if updates to the HTML Widget specifically are planned, but our latest UI release did set the stage for future updates to come.

Keep in mind that we don't discourage using 3rd parties for certain features outside the scope of sitebuilding.  For example, when we needed an ecommerce solution, we partnered with Ecwid, a company that specializes in creating a robust online store.  This allowed us to focus on our core product rather than "reinventing the wheel" and building a new ecommerce platform from scratch.  

We understand that sometimes you need specialized features, so using 3rd parties with proven solutions for custom features is a great way to extend the functionality of your site.  It looks like PoppyDog specializes in widgets for forums and message boards, so they sound like a great resource.  Let us know how they work out!

As always, we appreciate you taking the time to share feedback on features.  Thanks for letting us know your ideas for improving the HTML Widget interface.