Our Sitebuilder Upgrade is Live!

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Want a sneak preview of some of the upcoming changes to the Yola Sitebuilder? Read about it here and be the first to know!

We have developed some exciting new features (and also made some improvements to the way the Sitebuilder looks) which we plan to release soon. To help prepare you for the changes, we are giving you the inside scoop so you know what to expect on the big day of the release. This is an exciting one as it contains some of the most frequently requested features, including the ability to edit your site’s CSS and make site-wide changes for tracking code, favicons etc.

In addition to the new features, existing users will notice some fairly dramatic cosmetic changes to the Sitebuilder itself. If you already know and love the Yola Sitebuilder, when you log in after the release it might feel like someone has gone and “moved all the furniture”. But don’t be alarmed, there hasn’t been a robbery, just a bit of redecorating! In other words, all the options that used to be there are still available, just in a slightly different location. Here’s the short version to help you find your way around:

The Properties sidebar will be removed completely and the main menu will be re-ordered. Everything you used to be able to do in the Properties sidebar can now be found either under “Site Properties,” “Page Properties” or the “Edit” link found on individual widgets. “Why has Yola done this?” you may ask. We have been moving in this direction for some time, and our aim is to make site building simpler and more logical. User testing demonstrated that we needed a more logical grouping of widget, page and site-level actions. We also noticed that many people didn’t understand how to use the Properties sidebar and, as a result, were losing out on many important site building functions.

As with any change we realize that there will be a bit of a learning curve for existing Yola users, and this may be a little frustrating until you figure out where everything has moved to. Please bear with us and give the improvements a fair chance. With all the new control and ease of use, we are sure that you will like it! Here are a few screenshots to give you an idea of what is coming:

We removed the Properties sidebar.

Instead you'll now open the Page properties window shown here. page-properties

You can click on “Page Properties” to edit your page heading and add window title, keywords and description.

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We incorporated a Site menu and properties.

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Click on “Site Properties” to edit your site name, set your language, add a favicon, edit site CSS and insert a site-wide tracking code.
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New CSS editor:

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We hope you will enjoy the new features, and the new-look Sitebuilder. Watch this space for an announcement of the release. To take full advantage of all the new functionality, upgrade to Yola Silver now!
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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  • excited!

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Nathan, Champion

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I'm so glad there is the Site-Wide Favicon now! That really helps!
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Nathan, Champion

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Awesome! This is great! I'm so exited to see the changes! Great job Yola!! The site builder is more organized now! :) Also the site CSS is awesome too, now I can put all of my CSS that I have in HTML widgets right in the custom CSS, this rocks!

Thanks!!
Nathan
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KanThaiDecor

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Page properties are very user friendly now.....It may not seem like much but is is for me as I make each page on my site SEO specific for that particular page.
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Nathan, Champion

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The good thing about page properties is you can set the page title that appears in your browser title bar. It doesn't look nice when there is just a URL in there, and users/visitors like websites that have titles so they can see which tab/window to go to.
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KanThaiDecor

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Nathan it is also maybe the very best thing you can do for SEO
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Nathan, Champion

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Yeah, it is good for SEO too.
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Kevin

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One small thing, chrome and safari have the unique feature of resizing textboxes. In the site html tab in the custom css menu, the resize dragger at the bottom right is still there. I can drag it until the textbox fills twice the width the page. Could you please remove that just like how it is removed on the site css tab?
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi Kevin. I am not able to replicate this in Chrome or Safari. Either that or I am not understanding your description of the problem correctly. Please can you post a screenshot of what you are seeing so that we can look into this.