New Look, Better Interaction, and New Widgets!

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This is kind of a long post, but that’s because we’ve had a pretty big release. Based on your feedback, we’ve made some significant changes to the Sitebuilder. We’ve added a few new widgets, and have updated our existing widgets to help make creating a website even easier, quicker, and more fun. Here’s what you’ll see:

WIDGET INTERACTION

Easy-to-find widgets

  • The widget icons are bigger; no more squinting.

  • We've reorganized the widget categories to make widgets easier to find. The new categories are:

  • Basic - The most commonly used widgets

  • Multimedia - For all your photo, video and music needs

  • Widget Collections - Collections of widgets offered by other companies

  • Community - Social features like chat rooms, forums, or translators

  • Forms & Appointments - Easy-to-add forms and appointment schedulers

  • Maps - Show your location on a map

  • Ecommerce - Sell products from your online store




Better widget explanations

  • Roll your mouse cursor over a widget icon and you'll see a tooltip with a short description of the widget. This way, you can see what it does before dropping it onto your site.


More accurate drag-and-drop

  • When you’re dragging a widget into your site, our improved drop zone shows exactly where your widget will appear on the page.



New Widget Categories


New Widget Interaction


New Drop Zone


NEW WIDGETS

  • Forms: Our new form widget allows you to add a “contact us” or custom form to your site. You can change almost anything in the form. Add radio buttons, specify default values, create a message that visitors see upon submitting a form, and more. Our form widget is flexible so you can get exactly the information you need from your visitors.



  • MP3 Player: Want users to hear music on your site? Now they can. This MP3 player drops right onto your page.



  • Google Translate: In this global economy, you can have visitors from Albania to Zambia and everywhere in between. With the Google Translate widget, your visitors can view your site in their language. Of course, it’s not quite a perfect translation, but it’ll get the message across.


We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for you to make a website. We love hearing what you have to say through Community Forum, Get Satisfaction, or from user research. Thanks, and keep your comments coming!
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KanThaiDecor

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Great job!!!! Nice look and feel.....Love the mp3players...nice and simple with a volume control...Can stack them very neatly for those wanting to sell their music.
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Sanja, Official Rep

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The MP3 Player is definitely an awesome feature! Ohh.. your dead tree has been reborn! I'm liking it! :)
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KanThaiDecor

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Well thank you :)
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KanThaiDecor

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One thing that is not good and maybe needs to be fixed is the html widget....When you save the next time you use the html widget in a different spot the last code is still there....Having to delete it each time will be annoying.
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David

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Yeah,,, the Html widget is pretty ruff,, once you have deleted the script in the page you cant add your copied work. It replaces it with the script you just deleted....Not really a working widget right now.
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Sanja, Official Rep

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Oh nice catch John! That would definitely be annoying! I've logged this as a bug.
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Nathan, Champion

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I love the new look! Good job Yola!
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Russell Chesler

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Very nice - but what happened to Form Assembly? Can I still use it?
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Marije, Official Rep

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Hi Russell - you can certainly still use Form Assembly. Add the code they provide by using an HTML Widget (we've removed the Form Assembly Widget from the Sitebuilder).
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Amr

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Hi Russell - I'd also encourage you to try out our new form widget as it might meet your needs
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Russell Chesler

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Thanks for that. Your new widget is certainly useful but I have 3 requests for you to make it even better:
1) Allow us to switch on/off mandatory fields
2) Have some default drop-down/selection lists for us to use (e.g. country - Form Assembly offer this)
3) Box where user has to type in characters displayed on the screen (to stop auto-bots).

If I could these 3 things I'd definitely use and recommend the new form. But in any event a useful addition and certainly a good start - thanks!
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Sanja, Official Rep

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Thanks Russell for sharing your feedback. I will pass this onto our development team to consider for future upgrades.
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Russell Chesler

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Hi Sanja,
Thanks for that. I've also spotted another issue which will prevent people using it for sites they create for their clients (like I do). The form submission gets sent to your Yola profile email - you can't change the email address it gets to site by site. This is somewhat restrictive.
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John McCarthy

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Looks very nice,I'm going to go check it out :)

Good Job Yola!
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John McCarthy

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I love it, it seems quicker response time as well. I really like the form widget, also the MP3 player will come in handy. Big step forward for Yola :)
Nice work guys.

Categories are much clearer and I love the new icons more modern :)
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i like the new form widget. jus used that lol
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Alex

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how about a Yola videoplayer, that can play any video format? like the one they offer on moonfriut, (what i used before yola)

alex
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Marije, Official Rep

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I'll definitely let our development team know...
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Alex

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thanks =)
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I love the smooth flow with the icons in the accordion menu. It gives a nice relaxed feel to an already laid back Sitebuilder.
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Marije, Official Rep

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Thanks Boomer - I have to agree with you :)
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Boomer, Champion

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Maybe you guy's should call it yoga.com ;-)
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Karen

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How do I add my own code for a widget I designed? It seems in an effort for simplicity that individuality has suffered to some extent.
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Callum

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Under 'Basic', drag an HTML widget onto your page and paste the code in there :)
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Marije, Official Rep

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Thanks Callum! Karen - the HTML Widget is there for you to add your code. Will you give it a try and let us know if you have any problems?
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Karen

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that worked. Thank you. I had originally been trying this but with the java code and of course it kept crashing my site so I figured out I needed to use the flash code. :)
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Callum

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Nice! Gonna go over there now!
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Callum

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Loving the new Google Translate widget, so much easier than going over to Google to get the code for it! I like the new blue borders around widgets aswell. :)
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Glad to hear it!
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yolafan

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AMAZING YOLA=FUTURE
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Sanja, Official Rep

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Thanks yolafan for your positive outlook and comments!
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I just wanted to say thanks for the updates and changes. I love that you can create forms here now, it was such a pain and inconvenience sometimes to use 3rd party forms.
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Thanks Christie! I agree - it is definitely easier to add a Form with our slick Form Widget!
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Terry

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Very stylish! Thanks for all you hard work
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Sanja, Official Rep

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Thanks Terrry! Hats off to our fantastic Product and Development teams who made this happen!
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Veronica Williams

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I've had problems using traffic counters. Every time I opened my Yola website, the counter had reset to zero so I removed it. I'm not tech savvy, especially when it comes to html coding, so it may well be something I've done while trying to load it.

Would Yola consider adding its own traffic counter widget that could simply be dragged over to a web page?
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Hello Veronica

Adding a hit counter to your site is an easy, but not necessarily the most effective, way to track the visitors to your site. A service like Google Analytics gives you far more detailed and useful information about the visitors to your site, and it has the added advantage of only being accessible to you in your private account. To learn how to add Google Analytics, follow this link Adding Analytics

I hope this information helps!
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Veronica Williams

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Thanks Sanja. I'll look into it now.
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Nathan, Champion

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I use Google Analytics and it is awesome! It gives you the state, the city, the country, the refferer url, and everything else! Also it has a map overlay, the absolute unique visitors, and so much more!!!
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Nathan, Champion

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I like the new "Set page title" box! Its not a borwser box anymore, it is right in the site builder with a lightbox! That is so awesome!!!
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Sanja, Official Rep

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I agree - it does look good!
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Callum

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Wow! Never noticed that, it looks so... um... EPIC!
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I really like the new look and the widgets especially the mp3 widget.
however, is it possible to hide the track name beneath the player?
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Nathan, Champion

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I know! That is what I want to do! :)
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Hi Alvin. See my answer here: http://forum.yola.com/yola/topics/yol...
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Nathan, Champion

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I really like the new color. And I love the animation with the HTML widget! It fades and zooms! - So awesome!!!
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Thanks, Yola! I added a simply form to my contacts page (http://www.littlesticks.co.nz/contact...) and I already have people using it. Great!
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I love the changes Yola . . . absolutely wonderful.
However the HTML widget takes forever to load in firefox, but all's well when I use it in IE.
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Hello Fern

Thanks for taking the time to share your positive feedback!

I am a bit concerned that the HTML Widget takes a long time to load in FF. Can you please try clearing the cache in your browser to see if this helps to speed up the loading time? Here's how to clear the cache: Clear Cache

Please let me know how this goes.