Introducing the New & Improved Sitebuilder

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Back in April we told you about some big changes coming to the Sitebuilder and we're excited to announce that the future is now! We have rebuilt the Sitebuilder from the bottom up. To make it easier to use, we have taken our most popular features and put them in one easy-to-access place. The new toolbar at the bottom of the Sitebuilder makes it easy for you to find the tools needed to make your website look great.

The New Sitebuilder

Finding a new home in the bottom toolbar, the widget panel can now be easily hidden and shown by clicking on the “Widgets” button. Custom fonts, which we recently added, have a new home next to the Widgets panel, to make it even easier to customize the fonts on your site. Next to that we have our completely redesigned style selector. We have now made it much faster to change styles and try out fresh new looks for your website. Simply scroll through our list of professionally designed styles, click, and instantly see what your site looks like in a new style. We think you will find it much easier to discover and try out new styles.

New Style Selector

We have also added the layout controls to round out the customization area of the website toolbar. This should make it even easier to change the layout of your page.

On the left, we have included a home for messages and domain options you might have missed previously.

When you don’t need a tool, just click to hide it. The end result should be easier access to the tools you need and less clutter when you just need to get in and update some text.

And that is just the visible changes. We have retooled almost every aspect of the Sitebuilder making it run faster and smoother for all users. We hope you love the changes and look forward to your feedback!
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Jacquie New

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It all sounds great but it doesn't seem to work for me - help! I can lift the widget I want but it won't allow me to drop it anywhere?

What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in anticipation
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Yes, I am having the same problem as you - did you resolve this? I haven't edited my site since they updated the sitebuilder, but now I cannot place a widget. Sent an email to Yola support a few minutes ago...
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Hi Jacquie,

Can you tell me what widget you are struggling to place, also what browser are you using? They appear to be working properly for us but we'd like to take a closer look. Also, have you tried restarting your browser since the release?

Thanks!
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Hi Laura, actually it was the html, so I tried all of them and had the same problem. I've been messing around with it for the last 15 minutes and think I have got it! - It just means I am dragging and dropping to a totally unrelated place in order for the highlight box to come up, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. Thanks for replying so quickly.
Jacquie
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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So glad to hear it Jacquie, sorry for the confusion!
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Very nice look and everything seems to work so far for me.
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Thank you, Kan ThaiDecor. It's good to read a positive feedback in between.
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Mark N

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Hi Laura,

I'm having issues with the widgets box now getting in the way of editing text on the right-hand side, and it's a pain having to keeping hiding the widgets box and clicking again to make it appear.

Is there any chance that your engineeers could add an option to move the widgets box around the screen so that it isn't in the way when editing text? It's also in the way when trying to delete a widget on the right of the page, too.

Thank you.
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Hi Mark,

I actually mentioned that as a feature request during our testing process. I will be happy to bring it up again! In the meantime, we're curious if you're having problems with this due to your screen resolution. Also, how large is your monitor? The widget panel should not be in the way of editing text. I have played with a variety of screen resolutions on both my small laptop screen and a large desktop screen and it remains spaced like my screenshot below. Any additional information you can provide will help us to investigate this further.

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Hello, Laura Thomas!
The sitebuilder has been changed like the image you attached at the top. However, I don't want the new one only, I want both. Last time I can choose if I want to see the blue thing or not... as your screenshot. When you add any widgets, above the widget will have the blue thing.
So last time I can choose whether I want the blue thing or not, but now cannot. I need both so that I can be easier to edit any widgets is in the Column Divider.

Do you understand my request or I need to explain to you again why I am not feeling comfortable with?

-Mai
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Hi Laura,

I'm using the standard Windows Vista resolution 1440 x 900 on a 19" LCD monitor. I'm also using the Sunny Fields style template which may be part of the problem as it has a vertical menu on the left which throws everything else further right. However, I can't change that template as it is perfect for my site.

I have also checked my other site which uses a the brick splatter template, and it's less problematic, but the widgets box still covers about an inch of the template and inc. some of the navigation menu at the top.
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One more thing. Do you know what has happened to the style preview? When you click on a style it instantly changes to that style without warning!
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Hi Mark,

I discussed both of your comments with our engineering and product team heading up this release. They see your point about how a side navigation would be more impacted by our widget panel relocation. Possible solutions to this would be allowing a right hand dock or even automatically hiding the panel when a text widget was clicked into and automatically restoring it once you click out of it. We are eager to hear more feedback on this topic prior to making our decision, but do either of those ideas sound workable to you?

Regarding the style preview, that has been replaced by the new style selector. We wanted to make it easier to discover new styles and with the new feature of your banner being retained on previous styles we believed reducing the steps to trying on new styles to be a benefit. That said, we did anticipate some frustration from customers who wanted to just return to their old style in one quick step so we are planning to add a "revert to previous style" option in the new style selector in an upcoming release.
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Gop

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You anticipated it but let it go through?
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Yes Gop, in developing new functionality we research and discuss at length various scenarios in anticipation of differing reactions. We believe our new Sitebuilder is an improvement and every change was thought out carefully and does have logic behind it. That said, we are open to feedback as there's no way to predict with certainty how everyone will react to changes. We're doing our best to implement changes based on the feedback we are receiving promptly.
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Sounds like the team are staying well in tune with the reception of this update, and I for one appreciate the attention being given to comments. I am enjoying the changes, and look forward to the "wrinkles" being smoothed out.
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The thumbnail styles are too small to appreciate the layout of the style itself. Wondering if these could be enlarged somewhat to really visualise the design?
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Thanks Stephan. The idea of clicking through styles until you hit the right one is a large time issue. You certainly have a better idea with a Style that you can partially envisage before selection. There's another issue though, you can't just click back to your previous style so it's not that straightforward. The Styles aren't in an intuitive order so finding a style such as your original isn't easy. There are many people who don't know the style name that they have selected.
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Mark N

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I agree with you Gop, I think selecting a style was easier before the changes. I think this is a case of "if it ain't broke don't fix it!".
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We agree with you both as well which is why we are adding the "revert to previous style" functionality I described above. We hope this will address your concerns while still allowing members to more easily try on new styles for their websites.
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Hi Laura,

I have a moderately large monitor and I really can't see the style detail enough to make a good guess that it may be suitable. It's only when fully implemented that the definition becomes visible. Even a mouse-over magnification would be a great benefit. I think that was a real plus in the previous style selector and no I'm not suggesting that you revert because it would be way out of the line with the model employed but I think that convenient functionality should be maintained and of course I am very delighted with the instant reversion development.

The Style selection is the weakest link in the creation of a page and has been improved but it still misses the mark in relation to the other aspects. I hope that your designers can pull a whizz concept from their vision and I certainly think that this would be welcomed by new and experienced sitebuilders particularly as the Style library grows and more than anything it's the tyranny of numbers that is the limiting aspect of Style selection. I think that users want an easy, quick ability to reasonably predict the appearance of a style before implementing it. In other words a pre-selection aspect. It's really not there yet
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Fair enough Gop. One thing I wanted to clarify is that I wasn't suggesting we revert to the old style selector, rather I was saying that we plan to add a button allowing members to easily revert back to their original style, where their banner and background will be retained which is a new feature with this style selector.

We really want to give this new style selector which allows you to more easily change styles and see how it affects your website, a chance before making any major changes. We're hopeful that doing things like retaining the banner and backgrounds added to previous styles and allowing you to switch back more easily will allow people to try the styles out in the website as opposed to needing to see larger images. That's where we're at for now but again, will continue to review and react to feedback.
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the page scroller needs to be a bit wider, it's so...squished
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Hi Jessica,

We wanted a narrower look to leave more room in the Sitebuilder for editing but if you are using the scroll bar as opposed to a two finger swipe scroll on a trackpad or a mouse with a roller ball, I can see how it would be challenging! I shared your concern with the designers and engineers and they are looking into adjusting it.
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It does need to be a little wider or a different color because it covers something on my site that is gray and the page scroller is also gray. I like some of the changes though, but I miss the full page template change selector.
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Hi everyone,

I've managed to solve the problem with the Sunny Fields style template by altering the CSS code

I'm new to this CSS stuff, but I had an incline that the #main_wrapper part of the code related to the main part of the display, and I've managed to move it left and closer to the vertical navigation menu. Not only does it look a whole lot better - the main display was much too far away from the navigation menu as a default - but the widgets menu no longer interferes with the display.
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Thrilled to hear it Mark, thanks for letting us know!
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Hi all, Klaus here. Could it be that the revamped site builder functionality has affected Jquery code? The bxslider banners I coded for both www.rofasia.com and my test site http://rofasia-test.yolasite.com/ have stopped working..
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Hi Gop

Can you please post the URLs to the affected sites you are talking about? Checking your code will help our specialists look into this problem. Thanks!
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Gop

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I've removed the slider from the site until fixed.
I can send you the code if you like separately?
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Hi Stefan, my test site is at http://rofasia-test.yolasite.com/ and has the code in the Site Tracking html and on the /index
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Please see my reply on this thread regarding the jquery issue.
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Wow, the new site builder is really nice :)

And the new logo is nice too - it's more modern looking than the other one.

Great work Yola!
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Thanks so much, Nathan. You are only the second one to actually give a praise on our new Sitebuilder, and getting it from two power users like you and KanThaiDecor is always a treat!
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add me to that list stefan, I think it looks very snazzie. i like it how yola has made it very easy to flick through things in tabs instead of a dropdown.

keep it up and looking forward for new features
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also it is very easy to go through the templates list. there is many features on yola that i think are very good, in fact, they are all good. Now with this new and improved site builder, i think people will be able to find all the things that they need at their finger tips to build their site(s). I have got 4 published sites with yola and they wouldn't be around if yola wasn't here. I have seen that yola has made a vast improvement to their services and products to help their customers to have a build and manage a site with ease. On a scale of 1- to 10 (1 being i wouldn't recommend and 10 i would highly recommend) i will say 10+ and with all the help i have received over the last years with my sites, it has been quite helpful. I am at college atm i am on a 2 year course and hoping to have a degree in web development knowing all the CSS, javascript and everything else.

I say once again keep up the good work and see good features from yola.
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Thank you so much for this extremely encouraging feedback, Smithy! We are excited about what you achieved with Yola and will continue improving and adding new features. We wish you good luck for getting your degree at your college, too!
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Hi Laura,

I really do love the new site builder. I've started playing around with it tonight and when editing the banner image theres a couple of issues.

1. Its very slow at times and gets frustrating. (Possibly because its a large image)
2.I see no way to confirm the changes. (See attached screenshot)


If I spot any more issues when I'm playing around I'll let you know.

Great site builder

John M
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Thanks John,

I've experienced something similar when I used large images as well. When I used an image already trimmed to better fit the banner area it was much smoother. I'll be sure to pass this on to engineering.
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I have trouble adding in the text widget....
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Jessica

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update: I have to have one of the textboxes currently present highlighted to add one. -_-
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Really love the new site builder! Really modern design and simple to use, I have no problem with the size of the scroll bar at all, all modern browsers including IE10 use a similar one. Great Work, now would just like to see some new features!
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Thanks Sam! We're glad you like the new Sitebuilder!

We have released some great new features this year, and there are some in the pipeline. Keep an eye on our forum, or subscribe to our newsletter (you can do so in My Yola > Profile, tick the "Let me know about new features & tips" checkbox) to hear about it first!
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Jessica

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Can you please stop the "Site not yet live" from popping up everytime I open up to edit my site? I find it really annoying that I have to close it, when there's no way I am making the site I'm editing live.
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I can certainly pass that feedback on Jessica. Just out of curiosity, is it a test site, or is there another reason you plan not to publish it? Perhaps we could implement a test site setting that removes publishing reminders and other updates for selected websites. Just curious as to your specific usage.