The Future of the Sitebuilder

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At Yola, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our site building tools. We know that building and editing your website can be a daunting part of getting your business online, and we strive to make our Sitebuilder as intuitive and easy as possible.

As great as we think our Sitebuilder already is, we know we can continue to make it even better. This year we are focusing on three main areas of improvement. First, we want to give you more control over your workspace. When our customers are editing their site, we know the most important thing is the page they’re editing at that moment. We want to help the page stand out and reduce the clutter of controls you don’t currently need. We will be adding a control bar to the bottom of the tool that will let you show and hide the widget sidebar. We will also add in a new style selector that will let you quickly preview your site in a new style without needing to open and close new dialog boxes. Style changes will happen seamlessly from within your page. You will be able to hide tools you don’t need and free up more of the workspace to devote to the most important thing: your site.

 

UI Style Selector

The second area we are focusing on will be adding richer web tools into the Sitebuilder. We make it easy to add photos and text to your page, but now we want to provide more tools to support you after you have published your site. This year we added mobile optimized sites and Facebook publishing into the flow. The next step will be to add even more tools that will help your site get found on Google and boost your page ranking. The built-in tools will live within the bottom bar and will provide you real-time feedback about your website. The goal is to make the site building tool a resource for the entire lifetime of your website.

 

UI SEO Scan

The third user interface area we wish to address is online help. We currently offer email, forum, social, and phone support as well as our help bubbles and guided tour, but we think we can take the concept even further. We are considering adding an easily accessible toggle that will trigger a context sensitive help layer. Click on the layer, and the Sitebuilder will use arrows and text to explain everything on the screen. The idea would be to provide you an easy place to go whenever you have questions about the Sitebuilder. The system would know what you were currently looking at and provide you the help most relevant to the moment.

 

UI Help Layer

And this is just the beginning. We have a ton of other features in the works, including styles, widgets and new font choices. It is going to be an exciting year.

 

John-Mark, Director of UI & Design, Yola
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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KanThaiDecor

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I tried the new image editor and I think it is better and easier to use than Picnik. I do think there needs to be a save as feature. I assume all images are saved as jpg images.Many have a need to save as png.Overall though much easier interface and should meet the needs of most.

I added the new Facebook interface the day it came out and am very surprised I was the only one that said anything on the forum. It was an easy install and I think something very important for our sites. Social networking is only getting bigger and more important as it concerns SEO.

It is also time to rethink tumblr (not that I am giving up my blog I have invested over 3 years in) . . .I have read that tumblr is now actively wanting brands to become a bigger presence on their site. . .In the past they were not so friendly to commercial ventures
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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We think Aviary is an upgrade to the Sitebuilder as well, thanks for letting us know your thoughts! Also glad to hear you're pleased with the Facebook page. We hope it helps to ease the transition for small business owners weary of social media.

We'd love to hear more about your thoughts on Tumblr as well.
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When will these feature start to become available? Weeks, months?
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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They will be rolled out in stages over the course of this year, and we will be sure to announce them as they go live.