So many platforms, so little time. Don't know whether to upload to Facebook, update your website or just up-end the computer? We’ve got a few recommendations on where you should be heading to first when sharing online.
Wed, 2 Apr 2014
Wed, 2 Apr 2014, 12:10
Thu, 30 Aug 2012
Thu, 30 Aug 2012, 14:00
The beady eyed amongst you may have spotted that we released 5 new video tutorials recently, ranging from How-to’s on design to linking and organising your sites, and they include:
You can access all of these tutorials and many more at moonfruit.com/tutorials
There is also direct access to the videos available when editing your websites, simply click the Help icon on the right hand side of the toolbar and select the 'Video Tutorials' option.
We love getting feedback from you guys, so let us know what you think about these videos and/or any more you would like to see added in the future.
Mon, 25 Jun 2012
Mon, 25 Jun 2012, 16:22
You may have noticed that Facebook have made changes to their appearance by adopting their 'Timeline' view across all aspects of the site. So, in order to keep the Facebook version of your shop looking amazing, we have made some changes to make the most of the updates.
Your shop categories will now show on the left hand side (instead of a drop down on the right hand side) for easier and clearer navigation. You will also notice that due to Facebook's changes, there is no longer the left hand side bar, simplifying the page.
Along with these changes, we have improved our shop editor. You will have an improved previewing of your shop and the ability to add upload your shop icon directly from the editor.
Overall, the new layout should improve user experience and therefore making it easier for your customers to purchase through Facebook.
Tue, 19 Jun 2012
Tue, 19 Jun 2012, 15:59
We are delighted to announce that we have just passed 5 million sites built with Moonfruit. It's been a great 2012 and with our ShopBuilder being launched last November we have seen some fantastic businesses blossom. Our involvement with the Government's 'Business in You' campaign has brought Moonfruit to a new audience and being able to support so many small businesses has been wonderful.
With our community's feedback, we have been able to add new and improved features to the Moonfruit product. Most recently, the much anticipated Mobile Editor was launched and has been very well received by all of you. Please keep giving us your thoughts and suggestions so that we can continue innovating and improving our product, and to provide you with the best tools possible for build and editing your websites. Don't forget, we still have the HTML 5 update to come later this year, so keep an eye out for any updates.
We would love to share with you some of the sites that have caught our eye this year. Please feel free to share your favourites in the comments below.
If you are new to Moonfruit, we have made it easier than ever to start building your site with our helpful tutorials. Don't forget to tell us about your site when you've built it by entering our Site of the Week over at our Moonfruit Facebook Page.
Tue, 20 Mar 2012
Tue, 20 Mar 2012, 09:56
The Good Web Guide asked Wendy Tan White, founder of Moonfruit, to share some of her favourite websites. See the article here.
Wendy Tan White is the founder and CEO of Moonfruit, a design-led DIY website builder company - "We do all the hard work so that you can be free to design your own website in just a few hours with no technical knowledge." Wendy's aim is to democratise the web and to this end, Moonfruit has just launched a Shopbuilder which means you can create your own shop which will publish to mobile and Facebook automatically. Since the launch in October 2011, over 60,000 shop sites have been developed and worldwide over 4 million websites have been created in the last 12 years, 1.5 million in the last 12 months. Wendy has won many awards but winning Entrepreneur of the Year at the CWT everywoman in Technology Awards in 2011 was a highlight.
As well as running Moonfruit, Wendy is mother to a 7-year-old and 4-year old. She lives in west London with Joe, her husband and the COO of Moonfruit.
WENDY'S FAVOURITE SITES
Designers Guild - When my home feels neglected (as it frequently does), I make it feel better by treating it to something bright and colourful from this stylish homeware shop. An antidote to greige!
Tech Crunch - The site that has all the up-to-date news and stories on the tech world including start-ups and investing.
Reuters - Another site which is excellent for all news as well as tech news - and (declaration of interest coming up) it includes a regular blog by Joe White.
Water Forward - A simple idea to provide fresh water for 1 billion people who don't yet have access. You can easily donate $10 using social media and to spread the word.
The Kernel - Edited by Milo Yiannopoulos, this site publishes high-quality writing about the way technology is rapidly changing our lives and is not afraid of debate, comment and controversy!
Hsaba - My father is Burmese so this blog is one of the many that I follow to source recipes and chat about Burmese life and food.
Pinterest - This online pinboard helps you to organise your life and to share the things you love: recipes, kids, photos, crafts, storage, motivational words and much much more.
Thu, 16 Feb 2012
Thu, 16 Feb 2012, 14:42
Since October last year the ShopBuilder has gone from strength to strength and our customers have now built over 135,000 shops. There are already 168,552 products on sale. As Leila mentioned in an earlier blog we have been taking your recommendations on board for which features you'd like to see next and Product Variants (Options) came top of the list. Thanks to your feedback, today we pushed out an update that now allows you to apply variations to all your products e.g colour, range, size etc.
To update your shop to use variants, you need to use the update tab on the Editor for each ShopBuilder section. If you've not done this before it's very straightforward. Go to your shop page whilst logged in, click the shop on the page so it's highlighted and then go to the Editor. Click on the Update tab and click on the Update widget button. And then Save your page. You'll need to do this for the four sections (Product Catalog, Product Detail, Shopping Cart and Sale Confirmation) which you can work through using the drop down on the toolbar.
Getting the new updates is easy
Adding variations is also very easy. Go to your Product List on the Shop section and edit that product. You will now see a section in the middle called Product Options which allows you set up product options or variations up to a maximum of 50 per product.
How you set up variants within the Editor
So not only does this give you more flexibility over the products you sell, allow you to add one base product and offer a range of variations, but it also means, for example, that if you run a Standard account you can run a shop that offers up to 2500 different items or units for sale (50 products x 50 variations).
How your customers will see variants in action on your website
As with other features of the ShopBuilder, Product Variations will also appear on your Mobile Shop and your Facebook Shop (where they've been set up correctly).
Now, for the eagle-eyed amongst you, who spotted the bonus feature?
We managed to sneak in Duplicate a Product to the release. This will make it easier for our shop builders to easily copy a product which you can then modify or adapt as you see fit on your Product List. Using the Edit drop-down for each product you can quickly copy a product into your Product List.
Duplicating an existing product is now very simple
So, what's next?
Well, the next release is very exciting and will see our first version of the mobile editor going out the door. The editor will give you access to mobile version styling (colours) and include/exclude content from the mobile version. For those of you who consider mobile technology to be a key channel to visitors accessing your sites, this tool will give you more control. Obviously the HTML5 work will provide even greater benefits but that won't hit the streets until Q3.
So, what's next for the shop? We've had some great feedback from our customers and we now wish to find out what the next most important feature is for you to have added to the ShopBuilder. We have selected the next top 3 requested features that we keep hearing again and again, but we'd like to get more specific feedback on what we build next. So if you want to have your say on what shop feature you'd like to see developed next please cast your vote in our quick and simple survey. So, over to you.
Lastly, what we have fixed!
We fixed a number of bugs in this release, many of which were minor. The headline bug fixes were:
- Google Webmaster Tools verification code is again being added to the HTML
- You can now scroll again in edit mode across all supported browsers
- Facebook Shop image popup gallery is now working correctly again
And that's another release.
Wed, 8 Feb 2012
Wed, 8 Feb 2012, 14:45
This article by Joe White originally appeared in All Facebook
This year, the National Retail Federation projects that consumers are prepared to spend over 15.7 billion dollars in gifts this Valentine’s Day season, and with over 845 million monthly active users on Facebook, it’s time for shop owners on the network to take note.
With Valentine’s Day just under a week away, here are three ways to romanticize your Facebook shop and drive last-minute buyer traffic to your store in time to cash in on sales before the holiday.
Encourage Likes, Shares And Suggestions
Facebook’s natural format, optimized for sharing and suggesting serves as a perfect environment for both getting and giving gift ideas.
Shop owners can take advantage of the Facebook news feed to publish gift guides and package popular items as coordinated gifts for that special day, urging shoppers to connect and share their finds.
Additionally, shops can connect their Facebook shop to their main web site, linking users to published posts with content themed for the upcoming love day. .
Offer A Free Gift
For boyfriends, wives, fiancés, secret admirers and parents, Valentine’s Day is a cherished day for gift giving and as customers are looking to buy, they’re also looking for the best buy.
Offer shoppers an incentive to purchase from your storefront. Whether it’s an entry for a weekend trip to wine country, a 15 percent discount or simply free shipping for the customer — shoppers will be more inclined to purchase from your store.
For example, Méli Jewelry’s love-themed blog posts to Facebook and subsequent offer for free shipping through Valentine’s Day has already driven countless customers to purchase everything from watches to bracelets on its Facebook shop.
Design A Valentine’s Day Storefront
Draw in those rose-colored glasses and lovestruck shoppers with a themed storefront, recognizing the upcoming holiday and giving customers a virtual window-shopping experience.
Stores can utilize online site building and do-it-yourself design tools from numerous free storefront software providers to create a Valentine’s-themed microsite in a matter of minutes, producing a gift-giving guide for their Facebook storefront and planting their shop directly in consumers’ search feeds.
Shop owners have the opportunity to get creative with visual collage platforms such as Pinterest, to showcase suggested gifts for that special someone in a simple, eye-catching format.
Take advantage of this shopping occasion and give your Facebook shop a rosy tint this Valentine’s!
For the original article, click here
Mon, 30 Jan 2012
Mon, 30 Jan 2012, 10:16
As many of you know, there's been lots of talk about HTML5 being the standard for web development of the future. The exciting thing about HTML5 is that it allows the kind of design customisation (embedded fonts, vector drawing, etc.) that in ye old days was only possible using Flash. Design is very close to our hearts here at Moonfruit, so Flash was our original choice of technology precisely because it could create the kind of visually stunning sites that we liked and that we knew you would like.
But times, they are a changin'. Now that HTML5 has the design capabilities to match the richness of Moonfruit websites, and has a wide enough adoption (it is only viewable in the most modern browsers), we're ready to take it on! As you know we've been working in HTML5 for our mobile and Facebook versions of sites, so this web version will be an extension of that, but take it far beyond.
So later this year, we will be updating Moonfruit so that sites can be published in HTML5 for web and tablets (though you'll be able to keep the Flash version if you want).
And this is what it will look like as our example site goes from Flash to HTML5 (watch closely!)
Spot the difference
Yes, you spotted it, the font changes slightly. This highlights one of the lingering issues with HTML5 is that fonts are treated slightly differently than in Flash. This is something that we will be working on, but may be one area you'll need to tweak if you want to use the HTML5 version for your site.
So when's it coming? We would expect the HTML5 site display to ship in Q3 this year, after the summer. We've been working towards this for quite a long time now with changes having begun in 2010 to reorganise the way we store data about your site so that we could choose to display it in different formats for web, mobile and Facebook. The HTML5 site display will be the another point on our journey to 'publish once, be everywhere'.
So to recap. In Q3 2012 Moonfruit users will have the option to display their sites in HTML5 by default. New sites from this time will automatically be displayed in HTML5. We've made this decision because HTML5 is the future of web development, and now supports the richness we need for beautiful Moonfruit websites.
Thu, 22 Dec 2011
Thu, 22 Dec 2011, 10:52
The final release of 2011 slipped out late last week, and we've now had a chance to sit back and reflect on what we've delivered over the year. What a year it's been! But every year brings new challenges, so we're also looking ahead to what we're going to be delivering in 2012…
As you know a big part of what we're striving for is to allow you to "publish once, be everywhere" all with "total design control", so that you only update your content in one place (your website) and we take care of publishing it appropriately to web, mobile, tablet and Facebook in a way that supports your brand identity.
2011 laid the foundations for this, and we think 2012 will blow you away ;-)
Here are the highlights of 2011:
- Mobile optimised sites (Feb 2011)
- New Moonfruit.com brand and website (Mar 2011)
- Updated design tools - shapes, backgrounds (Mar 2011)
- Improved customer support via Zendesk (Apr 2011)
- Hundreds of new site templates (Mar – Dec 2011)
- Image lightboxes (June 2011)
- The Blog (July 2011)
- 4,000,000 sites built with Moonfruit (Aug 2011)
- New File Manager (Aug 2011)
- Getty Images (Aug 2011)
- WebUser Gold Award - best website builder (Aug 2011)
- The Shop - Web, Mobile, Facebook (Oct 2011)
- Launch event with PayPal (Oct 2011)
- Moonfruit office expansion (Nov 2011)
- Shop improvements - categories, quantities, shipping (Nov/Dec 2011)
It's no surprise that the team look a little bit tired! But never fear we'll leap back into action early next year with even more goodies.
What's to come in 2012
- Mobile version styling (colours) and include/exclude content from mobile version (probably Feb)
- More shop improvements – product variants, stock control, etc. (Regular releases throughout the year)
- And maybe, just maybe a little HTML5 website magic…watch this space ;-)
So that's that. We hope you've enjoyed 2011 as much as we have and you are looking forward to bigger, better 2012, as much as we are.
Until we meet again early next year, have a wonderful Holiday Season (or Xmas!), and a Happy New Year from all the Moonfruit team!
Thu, 1 Dec 2011
Thu, 1 Dec 2011, 20:33
As many of you will have noticed, we launched the long awaited ShopBuilder about a month ago and as promised we're going to have a continuous stream of new shop features coming as quickly as we can bake them in the Moonfruit oven. (We don't really bake our software, but you get the idea).
We've had a great response to the shop launch with over 45,000 shops having been built in the last month. And we've also had a lot of feedback from you about the additional features you'd like us to build as quickly as possible. We love the feedback, so keep it coming.
So first out of the oven is the new Category feature. Many of you were asking for it, so here it is.
Categories allow you to create groupings for your products and have different ways of ordering and arranging them to suit the different audiences you may be addressing or targeting. In the shop manager you can now add categories and assign products to categories. One product can be in more than one category and the list order of products in each category can be different.
Categories have their own URL so you can link directly to a category sub heading. We've also created a new link type on the link tab in the Editor so that any image or link can link to a category allowing you to construct your own navigation. You can add category links direct from the menu of your site too, so that your normal site menu can offer different category pages.
And if that wasn't enough, there is also a new category link widget in the File Manager which automatically creates a list of all your categories and links to each of them. You can customise the style of this category link widget and change the button style, font and colours.
The mobile and Facebook views have also been updated to incorporate the category view. So if you have more than two categories, your Facebook shop will show the category names and images, which link through to the category product lists. And on the mobile view you can navigate to the category types from the drop down at the top of the page.
So that's about it for now. All these images are taken from our shopdemo.moonfruit.com website, so feel free to have a look and a play there.
So what's next?
We're working on some improvements to the shipping options and the ability to change the quantities of items on the checkout page - so your customers can buy multiple numbers of an item more easily. These should be out before the end of the year (testing permitting). Then early next year we will bring out product variants, and after that basic stock control and discount/coupon options. After that? Well, some more stuff - helped by the feedback we get from you guys.
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