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Friday, October 05 2012
Site Builder 4.5
We are in the process of finalizing and testing the next system update. This release includes a few system adjustments/component updates and a large number of enhancements in the ecommerce area.  
 
We do expect that the release roll out to all systems will take a longer than normal for the 4.6 update.
 
SECTION SLIDER COMPONENT
With the section slider component, you can setup content sections using the page editor. A section menu is displayed on the left side. when a menu button is clicked the content section associated with the menu button slides into view. Using the page editor you can add any component type into the sections. The section slider works like the tabbed content and accordion components.
  
USER INTERFACE ADJUSTMENTS
Several minor user interface adjustments have been added. These include hover/rollover effects and counts added to the main editor icons. Ex. The admin home page now displays the number of outstanding orders, number of users/customers as well as your default mailing list size.
 
ECOMMERCE CUSTOMER FEEDBACK
We are looking for a few customers that are interested in trying the new ecommerce features and updates. Much of the ecommerce system has been reworked and we are wanting to get feedback from customers before making all the updates generally available. Let us know if you have customers that are interested in getting early access to test the new features.
 
ECOMMERCE UPDATES
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This update includes many enhancements in the ecommerce area. These enhancement are designed to make it easier to manage products, provide more ecommerce display options and allow better integration with other systems.
 
Product edit page updates
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The main product edit page has been reworked to be more streamlined. The description, short description and text description are now displayed in tabs. This helps make the page shorter and easier to read. For many cases the short and text descriptions are not needed or used by customers. These fields no longer take up extra space on the page.
 
The edit product list in the store manager now displays your small product image making it easier to manage your products/see your product entries.
 
Product detail tabs
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If you have a lot of information about a product you can now display the additional information in tabs that are displayed at the bottom of the product detail page. Create up to 5 custom tabs with additional information about your product.
 
Dynamic pricing page updates
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The pricing on the product detail page will now dynamically update to reflect the price for the currently selected set of options and addons.
 
Product options
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The product option features has been reworked to provide for more flexibility. All of the same option types are available, but it is now easier to edit and organize your options. Use drag/reorder to organize your options list and option values.
 
Product skus/advanced options
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The new advanced options area gives you more control of your option settings and display. When you add an advanced option, more management features will be available for the product. These advanced features enable you to set the image, manage inventory, configure the weight, and modify the price for a set of options.
 
Inventory tracking for options
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With option based inventory tracking, you can track multiple inventory levels for the same product. Ex if you sell tshirts that come in red, blue and green as well as three sizes SM, M, LG - It is now easier to track the inventory for each combination of options.
 
red - SM
red - M
red - LG
blue - SM
...
 
Inventory import/export
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Use the new inventory data options to import and export product inventory levels.  This feature also works with SKU based product options.
 
Shipping weight for options
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If you have products with options that change the weight of the product, you can use the advanced setting to set the shipping weight for a set of options.
 
Change product image based on selected options
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The product image on the detail page can now be configured to change based on the selected set of options. Many customers like to see what the product looks like after their option changes have been made. Ex. If you sell tshirts - you can now set the product image to change to the red tshirt when customers select the red tshirt option. Advanced options must be enable to use this feature.
 
After settings a SKUID for each option set, go to the more images area, upload your images and set the SKUID that is associated with each image.
 
Color swatch option type
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The color swatch option type lets users click a color box to choose the color that they want instead of selecting the color from a drop down menu.
 
Copy options
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Setting up product options is now even easier with the copy option feature. When editing a product, choose the copy option menu and select a product to copy options from an existing product.
 
Quantity based pricing setup
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It is now easier to setup quantity based pricing by using the quantity pricing entry screen. To setup quantity based pricing click the quantity table icon next to the pricing field. Enter the quantity amount and the unit price for that quantity.
 
 
COMING SOON / SITE BUILDER 4.6 / FUTURE SYSTEM UPDATES
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After the next release look for the following updates and enhancements. The 4.6 release will include new layouts and style options to help create a professional/quality website look and feel.
 
- New layouts
- Many new style options
- Easier design customization
- New components
- Better image management
- Enhanced mobile/tablet support
- Move components in/out of tabs, column and accordion components
Learn more about how to create a website here
 
Thanks,
Support
Posted by: Support AT 12:17 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, September 22 2012
 
 
Tuesday, 28 August 2012

sys update

Button component

Add link buttons to your pages. NOTE: buttons style may change when you view your site with different web browsers.

Linked list component

Use the updated link list component to easily create linked lists with sections. The links component also supports the button styles and has a horizontal display setting.

Design

  • New layouts
  • New Google fonts

Misc updates

  • Mailing list default font setting
  • IPAD text editor
  • Default styles for accordion and tabs content areas
  • ReCaptchaTM setting - enhanced form spam protection

Ecommerce

  • Sage payments US
  • Payleap

Overlay window

Use the new overlay window component to display site content in an overlay on your website.

  • add text, images, components
  • open on page load
  • delayed open
  • click link to open

To create a overlay window edit any page. Click the add button and choose the overlay window component from the design/layout menu.

Mobile website

It is now easier to setup your website for mobile devices. With the new mobile content options enabled, your main website pages are adjusted to fit better on mobile devices.

The mobile adjustments do not guarantee that all pages will fit on mobile, but it can help your site work better on mobile devices. Your content is adjusted by stacking page sections instead of displaying them side by side. Other multi-column areas are displayed vertically as well.

To enable main website mobile display, go to the mobile settings area.

ECOMMERCE : OPTIMIZED CHECKOUT (single page)

A very early access version of the single page checkout feature is now available. This feature is currently under development and is not fully functional.

To try out the single page checkout, go to the main store manager page and click the phone orders link on the right side of the page. Add products to the cart and click the single page checkout button at the bottom of the page.

The checkout form automatically adjusts and updates based on information entered by shoppers. Ex. When the shipping address is updated, shipping rates are automatically recomputed and displayed on the page.

COMING SOON

We have many new features currently in development. These features are designed to make the system easier to use, provide more advanced user experiences and create visually dynamic sites.

  • Easier image management (auto fit/size)
  • Image gallery interface enhancements
  • Ecommerce enhancements
    • product tabs on detail page
    • simplified image management
    • upgraded products options support
    • enhanced options based inventory tracking
    • set product option weight for shipping calculations
    • easier option setup with global options
  • Move components between page sections, tabs and accordion sections
  • Mobile site enhancements
  • More layout and designs
  • Simplified design settings/customization options
  • Site wide design style sets
    • Icons
    • Buttons
    • List styles
    • Tabbed boxes
    • Accordions
    • Form styles
Posted by: Steve AT 12:28 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, June 22 2012
We have added 7 new layouts to the site builder. To try the layouts, go to the design area and click the select layout link.  Please send any comments back to support.
Posted by: Support AT 06:57 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, June 22 2012
FedEx has recently retired their FedEx ShipManager Direct service. If you are a customer setup with this shipping method, rates will not be available during the checkout process.

Merchants should be able to contact FedEx to get setup with a Web Services account. Once the merchant has a Web Services account, they can setup this option via their Shipping Options area to replace the retired FedEx ShipManager Direct option.

http://www.fedex.com/us/developer/migration.html

Posted by: Support AT 06:55 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, February 08 2012
 Design
  • 20 new layouts added
  • New background textures
  • More color options for new designs
  • Larger design selection window
  • Adjust quicklinks bar font size
  • Enhanced design drop down menu for quicker access to design features
  • Default styles for blog and image galleries
  • CSS submenus now default to use menu slide animation
  • Default groupbox spacing/padding
  • New google fonts added
Header/bannerThe header/banner settings area has been updated to let you use a content slider or custom HTML in the banner area. The system will now auto adjust to automatically use the width/height of upload banner images.

Design menuThe design options popup menu has been enhanced to provide direct links to more design areas (design library, design settings, design manager, web developer tools...). The menu is also available by clicking the right most design tab ("..."). This menu allows you to easily navigate between design areas.

Design manager - Design Explorer (coming soon)The design manager explorer allows you to edit and customize your design before making the changes live on your site.Content sliderThe content slider has been updated with direct links to edit the slider text.

Photo galleryThe photo gallery has been adjusted to allow you to upload photos directly from the page editor. Edit a page with a photo gallery on it and click the upload button above the gallery display.

Google mapsThe system has been updated to use the new Google maps API/service. You are no longer requied to user a developer key when setting up your map.

QuickEdit barA new QuickEdit bar option is available. The QuickEdit bar is positioned at the top right of your website. It allows to you easily scroll up and down the page as well as toggle between edit/view modes.

Ecommerce group coupon supportAutomatically generate sets of coupons for group based coupon promotions such as GroupOn.Ecommerce administrationYou can now setup admin user accounts and give the account access to manage your store products. To configure admin access, go to the user accounts - administration users area.

Misc updates

  • Page properties : advanced settings - set the page url (page name)
  • Design manager enhancements
  • Ecommerce - Canada post shipping
Posted by: Steve AT 07:46 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, November 22 2011
  
We have begun a new initiative to upgrade and enhanced the design capabilities of the site builder system. From the ground up, we are looking to provide the most modern and current design trends in a flexible easy to use environment. We have been hard at work in the design area and have many exciting new updates currently in development.  You should start seeing many of these updates in the coming months.  With these updates, we hope to highlight all of the flexibility of the service and make it much easier for customers to get a customized/professional look for their website.     

We are reviewing all the latest design trends and working to incorporate them into our design offerings.
 

Fresh new designs

Our designers are working on a large set of new designs and upgrading the design selection process to showcase the very best we have to offer.   These new designs will include updated layouts and images. We are also working on several design presentation concepts to help customers see all of the available options.

 
 


Refreshing existing designs/layouts

We are currently refreshing all of our current designs and layouts.  These updates will include menu updates, spacing adjustments as well as adding textures and new layout options.  We are creating new larger preview images for all layouts.
 

New fonts

Fonts are an important part of giving a website a unique and customized feel.  We are adding many more fonts into the system.  These fonts can be used for default text styles or the logo builder.

 

Simplified design options

We are investigating many options for making the design customization process easier for customers.  This will include better default designs and an upgraded trial site with sample text/image layouts.  
 

Coordinated style settings

We will be offering coordinated style sets of text, links, titles, groupboxes.  Instead of having to go through all the design settings and tweak each of the style option, customers can view available style sets, find one that they like, and apply it to their entire site.
 

Color schemes

Many new color schemes are being added to the system.  Customers will not have to pick each individual color in their color scheme.  They will be able to choose from many pre defined color schemes that are optimized for work with the site builder.
 

Logo builder

Updates to the logo builder will make it much easier for customers to create a great looking logo. In addition to new logo styles, the updated logo builder will give customers to option to choose from pre configured logo styles (font, sizes, effects). 
  
Customers will be able to view pre-configured logo text styles and pick the one they like.  The option to adjust all the settings will still be available.  Providing pre-configured styles will make it much easier for customers to get a customized logo style without having to make a lot of settings adjustments.
 

Layout builder

The layout builder providers a very powerful set of tools for customizing just about every aspect of the site layout.  This includes making adjustments to spacing, borders, background textures and more. New updates to the layout builder will make it even easier for any customer to construct an unique layout to meet their needs.
 

Preview design changes ( not live )

One of the challenges with the current design system is that all design changes are live. Many times customers want to try out different design ideas. With the addition of design preview mode, customers will be able to try different designs, make adjustments and then apply them to their site when they are ready.
 

Reference layouts

With every one of the templates that we offer, the designs can be setup to look really good or not so great depending on how the pages are formatted. If you take a template, add your logo, setup a banner and create good looking text/image layouts for your pages, you can setup a great website. Many of the sites that do not look professional suffer from badly formatted pages.
 
To help lead customers in the right direction, we will be setting up reference page layouts. These layouts will help customers see what looks good, give them ideas for their own page layouts and provide them with a great starting point for new pages.
 
Instead of adding each component to the page individually, moving them around and changing options, customers can preview the reference layouts live to see how they look on their site. They can then create a page from a reference layout and then add their own text/images for a clean, well formatted page.
Posted by: Steve S. AT 12:14 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, September 11 2011

Included in the latest release is the option for ecommerce account holders to setup an affiliate program. Using this feature the merchant can setup a commission rate to be earned by the affiliates and banners for the affiliates to display on their websites. Orders created by visitors who reach the site via these banners will be tracked and an affiliate payment will be computed. The merchant can keep track of their affiliate payments via their website admin.

How it works:

The merchant creates an affiliate program with a percentage based commission via the affiliates area in the Store section. They setup an affiliate commission rate and write up how the affiliate program works in the program description area. Then they add banners that the affiliates will have to choose from to display on their website.

Affiliates are created via the User accounts system. This can be done via the normal user account to a group methods: manually enter the affiliate user, create a form that sets up the submission as a user in the group, the standard create account option

Once the affiliate user is created, the affiliate logs in via the My account area and clicks the affiliate tab. They can see details of the affiliate program and grab HTML to display the merchant's banner on the affiliate website. Sales completed by customers who reach the site by clicking the banner will be tracked and commissions will be applied to the affiliate.

The merchant can view the amount owed to the affiliate and register a payment by finding the user in the user accounts area (affiliate group) and clicking the affiliate tab. The merchant would still need to actually send the payment to the affiliate.

Posted by: Steve S. AT 08:11 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, August 28 2011
In our latest release, orders will now be automatically archived. Order states of Completed, Shipped, and Cancelled will automatically be moved to the history area after 3 months. All other order states will automatically be moved to history after 6 months. Merchants can still access these orders by clicking the history link in their order manager area or by entering the order id in the search field. Ecommerce reports will still reflect information for all completed and shipped orders even if the order has been archived. This adjustment increases the performance of the order management area. Merchants with a large number of orders that they did not archive themselves, will see a significant increase in the loading time of their order manager.
Posted by: Steve S. AT 09:42 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, August 25 2011
User accounts
The user accounts pages have been updated to make accounts easier to navigate and manage.

Tabs have been added at the top of the user accounts page that let you easily switch between the user groups and user accounts view. Navigation has been enhanced to make it easier to switch between user groups.

The user accounts details page now opens in a popup window for quick access. The selected user group checkboxes have been updated to make them easier to work with. A new link has been added to the user account detail page that lets you send a quick email to the user.

Mailing list
The site mailing list pages have been reworked to make the mailing list easier to use.

  • Updated mailing list user interface.
  • New email templates added (30+ new templates).
  • New email templates automatically include social networking links in the template.
  • Updated mailing list template user interface. You can now preview a template before selecting it.
New option to set the email "from" display name as well as a tracking code for the email. The tracking code is automatically added to links in your email. This allows you to track the effectiveness of your newsletters.

Form builder
New options at the top of the form builder make it easier to enable the contact DB and mailing list features on the form. The form builder user interface has been updated. There were a lot of options on the page which can make the form builder a bit confusing to configure. Some options have been moved into settings tabs.

Social networking
The social networking sharing icons now include the Google +1 button and LinkedIn buttons. You also now have the option to hide/display both the social widget buttons or the social icons. A new option to send a Tweet from with in the admin has been added to the marketing area. The blog manager has a direct link to send a tweet about a blog post.

Edit tabs [preview/experimental]
This updates includes an experimental new site builder header. We have added an option to try out a new set of tabs at the top of the site builder to get feedback. The new set of tabs provides quick access to the new marketing/reports area as well as direct access to core ecommerce functions for store accounts. It will be easy for customers to switch between the existing tabs and the new tabs.

Website edit header tabs

  • admin
  • view site
  • edit site
  • design
  • marketing/reports
  • help

Ecommerce edit header tabs

  • admin
  • website
  • store setup
  • products
  • orders
  • customers
  • marketing/reports
  • help
Marketing/Reports
The new marketing/reports sections provides easy access to the most important markting features that are integrated with the site builder as well as quick access to statistics, search engine submission and site guides. The core marketing features, blog, mailing list, social networking settings and twitter are all included.

Misc updates

  • The view/edit tab drop down menu now includes links to the settings pages.
  • Message board no longer requires capcha when you are logged in.
  • Displayable user name for message board when user accounts/login required to post messages.
  • Updated mobile/browser detection for stats and mobile pages.
  • The drop down tab menu for edit site now includes direct links to all of the settings pages.
  • Calendar uses timezone offset.
  • Site page search now includes blog posts and HTML pages.

Media library page
Use the new media library page to create a sortable media list with embedded media player. Upload your audio/video files. The media library automatically creates a RSS feed/pod cast for the uploaded media.

Text editor
The text editor 2.0 now allows you to easily setup H1, H2, H3 tags via the style drop down. Simple select your text and click the style drop down to apply one of the header styles.

Blog

  • The blog user interface has been updated.
  • New option to save a blog post as a draft.
  • Added support for integrating facebook comment system (enable from blog settings page).
  • Blog manager now has direct links to easily send a tweet with link for new blog posts.
Basic traffic stats
  • Basic traffic stats are now maintained for up to 3 years (this will only include stats collected after the update is installed)
  • New option to reset all your traffic stats
  • New option to reset your traffic stats referrers/search engines/keywords
  • Stats have been updated to be tracked in the site owners local time based on their time zone setting
  • NOTE: stats before this update will not reflect the correct timezone

Ecommerce

  • Ecommerce reports are now displayed in the users time zone (only applies to new orders completed after this update)
  • For products that ship in their own box, you can now set the package dimensions
  • New gateway (Moneris for US merchants)
Tell us what you think!
We are always looking to improve the quality of our services and your feedback is appreciated. If you have any ideas or suggestions let us know.
Posted by: Steve S. AT 10:04 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, June 07 2011
Facebook and twitter social media components are a great way to let your website visitors share the content on your site with their friends. We offer a Facebook Social component free with any of our website builder Packages. The updated application now includes the latest Facebook social component:  Like button, as well as an overhaul of the interface, which makes setting up social sharing easier than ever.
Posted by: Steve AT 03:18 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email