Thu, 15 Aug 2013, 10:42
New: v6 Footers, improved SEO Meta Tags and better navigation
While some of our teams have been wearing out their keyboards to bring you forms for v6, other teams have been working on an exciting new release.
As of today you can add footers to your v6 sites and you'll also benefit from an improved experience when adding SEO meta tags and modifying your default fonts.
Now, don’t worry – this release has no impact on us bringing you forms, or for that matter a blog and membership tools, all of which are still on track to be developed over the coming months. They’re different teams with different skills, so this has by no means slowed things down on that front.
Adding footers in v6
Footers. An afterthought for many. But they're actually a really important space in which you can grab your visitors’ attention for all sorts – social media buttons, contact details, ‘About us’ information, testimonials, stats, short profiles, links to other parts of your site that you don't want in your main menu, and so on.
If you choose to set one up, it’s basically a section that appears at the bottom of every page of your site. If some of your pages are longer than others, the footer will automatically appear in the correct position, relative to the bottom of your page.
In it, you can add images, buttons, links, shapes, snippets and whatever else you fancy really.
Here’s how you do it:
Login to your site and go to Pages-> Page Master-> Page Footer
You’ll then see most of the page greyed out apart from a single block running across the bottom, defined by a dotted line. That’s your footer area.
You can add any object to that space, just as you would in any other part of the site, and it will become part of your ‘Page Footer’.
If you need more space, you can increase its size through 'Pages -> 'Page management'. Similarly, you can decrease it if you need to.
You can also resize the footer manually by dragging the borderline, using your cursor.
Once you’re happy with your work, you can save and exit by selecting ‘Page’ or ‘Page Master’ in the navigation, or by double-clicking on an element on the page or page master.
Note: You also get the option to hide the footer on certain pages, if you need to. In normal page mode go to 'Pages'-> 'Hide Page Footer' on page.
Note: We’ve encountered a small bug that will be fixed shortly but, in the meantime, take heed. If you add a ‘Line’ (from the Shapes library) too close to the footer borderline, you won’t be able to adjust the length of the line until you move it away from the footer's border. As we said, it should be fixed soon.
We’ll update our templates at a later date to reflect the addition of footers.
For further instructions (including how to hide your footer on certain pages), visit our Support page: What is a Page Footer?
Meta tags and SEO
We’ve also done a bit of work to improve the experience of adding SEO meta tags to various parts of your site, including pages (v5 and v6), product listings in the shop (v5 and v6) and blog posts (v5).
Essentially, it’s all a lot more helpful and intuitive than before. You’ll now see a running character count along with a ‘tooltip’ advising on SEO best practices for page titles, page descriptions and keywords. We’ve also changed the order in which they appear in the editor to give you a steer on their importance (according to the search engines) with page titles at the top and keywords at the bottom.
Along with the above feature updates, we're releasing a fix for links on sites that have been migrated from v5 to v6. This means that visitors following links to your migrated website will be directed to the correct product page or product, rather than to the homepage.
Finally, you may notice a few improvements to the navigation for accessing pages, the Page Master, Footer and default fonts. You can now double-click through to page layers. And 'Default Font Styles' has been moved from ‘Pages’ to 'Design' -> 'Site structure' (Default Font Style will apply to v6 only).
As you can use the Footer feature in all kinds of ways, we're keen to hear what you're going to do with yours. Anyone planning on getting creative with it, or using it in an interesting way? Tell us about your plans and ideas by commenting below...