This one's for anyone wanting to stretch themselves: Moonfruit designers Ailin and Alex lay down websites for free fonts, icons and inspiration.
Wed, 9 Apr 2014
Wed, 9 Apr 2014, 12:11
Mon, 24 Jun 2013
Mon, 24 Jun 2013, 17:18
Moonfruit v6 icon widgets, new page templates, Facebook shop fixes... Oh, and you can now migrate from v5 to v6!
Yes, yes, we know we’ve been calling it the ‘upgrade’ feature up until this point. But it’s actually more of a ‘migrate’ process, as you’ll be moving your sites from one technology to another.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013
Thu, 14 Mar 2013, 16:23
Mon, 17 Sep 2012
Mon, 17 Sep 2012, 16:17
Great news Moonfruiters, our design team have been busily working away and we are pleased to announce that we have six wonderful new templates for you to try out!
Here is a quick snapshot of the latest ones.
Let us know what you think of this new batch and any ideas that you may have for more new ones, we always love to hear your feedback!
Thu, 28 Jun 2012
Thu, 28 Jun 2012, 10:45
You may have noticed our latest release went out this week. In this release was a number of fab new templates for you all to try out.
We would love to hear your feedback on them and any suggestions you may have for other types of templates you'd like to see. Here's a quick snapshot of the latest templates.
Wed, 29 Feb 2012
Wed, 29 Feb 2012, 14:55
Our Design team have been busy and today we released five new templates (of which four are shop templates). Plus, we’ve also updated all the existing shop templates to include the new 'Variants' feature from the last release, as well as the 'Duplicate a Product' option.
The New Templates
While there are only five new templates in this round we’re continuing to create new and exciting templates to add to our already growing template portfolio. We hope you like them. And if there's a specific type of template you'd like to see please let us know.
Our developers are also hard at work on a number of projects including the key HTML5 project aimed for Q3.
But for the minute, the next project out the door will be our first version of the mobile editor. Just a reminder of what you can expect: it will permit mobile version styling (colours), allow you to include or exclude content from the mobile version and enable the re-ordering of content. And when is it out? Hopefully by the end of March - if testing goes well.
Your Say on the Shop
Finally, while our 'Next Features?' survey is gathering some fantastic feedback from our customers we’d like to get just a few more of you contributing your thoughts and votes on what we should develop next on the shop. Remember this is your chance to have a say on what you’d like to see us release next for the shop. So, don’t be shy, please give us your views by casting your vote in our quick and simple Shop survey.
And that's me for another blog.
Wed, 1 Feb 2012
Wed, 1 Feb 2012, 14:31
This article by Sam Cater originally appeared in AppStorm
Many tools and packages exist online to help people create websites with minimal effort and involvement. Of course, each one has their own strengths and weaknesses. Some are more aimed at creating blogs, while others are better for single-page info sites.
Moonfruit is another competitor in this market. It looks stylish, promises to be simple, and … you do want to create a new site, right? So what does it have to offer, and what are its pros and cons? Lets take a look…
Making Creativity Easy
Moonfruit is designed for people with absolutely no web design experience. It attempts to give small business owners and individuals easy access to web management and creative tools. So without further ado, lets take a look at the site itself.
Choosing a template to work with
The first step in creating a site is choosing one of hundreds of themes as a starting point. From there it’s a case of altering and tweaking pretty much everything you see into a website that you would use to represent yourself.
The tools in the editor are very simple and easy to use, which is great because that’s exactly what people need. The elements, contents and formatting can be added and removed in a way that resembles Word or Publisher, so most people will feel comfortable using it. Moonfruit effectively turns a website into a page-by-page online document, where everything you see is configurable and can be adjusted as required.
The Editor window - More tools are made visible by selecting the categories at the top.
The content of the site has been intelligently and automatically mobile optimized.
A very useful feature Moonfruit has is automatic optimization of your site for mobile viewers. You don’t even have to configure or enable this, it’s there from the word go, no plugins, or code to meddle with. It didn’t show the Gallery image you can in these screenshots, however I am sure that this is solvable. Mobile-optimization is important these days, as with the growth of smartphone and tablet computer popularity, more and more views may come from such devices.
Another factor that would definitely make Moonfruit appealing to people who want a hassle-free experience is that the hosting and domain settings are handled for you. No FTP client is required, and there are no HTML or CSS files to manage. The web interface handles it all. On the subject of domains, you can link one you own to Moonfruit in a matter of minutes. They guide you through the process of changing address records with the company you purchased the domain from and so forth. You can also use Moonfruit to register a new domain if you so wished.
The social aspect of a websites? They are included too, with Twitter integration, RSS feeds, comment boxes, forum backends, and chat widgets.
Free website? Why thank you, yes.
They start you out on a 15 Day Free trial with 20MB of storage space. For any more space than this you have to crack open your wallet.
I chose the trial at first, and was expecting to have a really restricted interface and being prompted to pay for extra features. However when I signed in a popup box asked if I wanted to continue my 15 day trial, or keep a site for free. I clicked free, and the only condition is that I have to sign in every six months to keep the site ‘active’. Seemed like a good deal to me.
Obviously if you want a site for small businesses and enterprises you are going to have to break the 20MB limit, but for individuals or small groups it seems you can have a website on Moonfruit for nothing.
There are several pieces of functionality you can add into your website if so required, such as a blog, or even a shop.
The blog interface is very simplistic, offering only minimal functionality. What you see in this screenshot is all that you get. However for those of you familiar with feature-rich WordPress, remember that this entire service is geared towards people looking for straightforwardness and simplicity. Whilst it may look pretty bare, this is all that a blogger really needs. Three design modes are offered, Text, Image, and Article, so it definitely won’t be replacing WordPress any time soon.
For the original article, please click here
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!
Tue, 20 Dec 2011
Tue, 20 Dec 2011, 11:37
This article by Kayvon Ghoreshi originally appeared in Social Web Tools
Anyone and their kid can build a website nowadays, and the trend doesn’t seem to be stopping as more and more services pop up to help you build your website. One of the newest services to enter the market is Moonfruit.
In a nutshell, Moonfruit is an easy website builder, but it has a unique style to it. The templates that Moonfruit offers aren’t something you would expect from this type of service. Similar services often have incredibly basic templates you can build your site off of. These templates often have very basic color schemes, and seem blocky in nature. Moonfruit avoids those limited templates and give you some very modern looking templates that look much more professional.
Moonfuit offers immense customization. Every piece of text and picture that you add to your site can be rotated, adjusted in font and size, and even have links attached to it. This sheer amount of customization can be performed all over your site. You can alter backgrounds to have a certain color pattern or even an image if that suits your site better.
The service is also incredibly friendly to people trying to open up a business site. Moonfruit lets you set up an online shop. The shop is automatically compatible with the web and mobile devices and integrates PayPal so your customers can have a smooth shopping experience. Social media is also integrated into the shop so your customers can like and tweet about what they are getting, which should in effect get more publicity for you. The store also stands next to your blog which can be added to your site and have the same level of customization and social media integration to get your content the exposure it deserves.
So that is what Moonfruit offers, but how well does it do in execution? The answer is slightly less than desirable. The Moonfruit interface isn’t exactly the drag and drop interface that you might be used to with other services. It looks more like a Microsoft Office program where you can insert stuff and have options in an overhead toolbar. At times the interface can feel cluttered and you may have no idea where a feature you want is among the menus. Moonfruit also comes with different pricing options ranging from free (where you’ll have ads on your site) to plans costing $12-35 that give you upgrades such as Google Ad vouchers, more shop space, more bandwidth and storage, better support, and the ability to have members and member pages.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Moonfruit is the best web design experience I’ve ever had. It definitely has some flaws with its interface and some glitches with some of the features, but for being a brand new site in the niche it definitely impresses. If you want to give it a shot, Moonfuit offers a 14 day trial before you make any decisions on purchasing a plan.
To see the complete article, please click here
Tue, 20 Dec 2011, 10:28
Ho ho ho. We thought we'd get a few more things out in the St Nick of time just before the holidays. We'll follow up later in the week with a summary of everything from 2011 and a hint at what's to come in 2012. But here's what's just been shipped.
Updates to the Shop Checkout page
Your customers can now set product quantities on the Checkout page when buying multiple items. And we've also made more clear the checkout options via PayPal, or paying by Card (not requiring a PayPal account). Plus there's a shipping drop down box.
NB. To get the Checkout page updates, you'll need to navigate to the 'Checkout page' (by using the shop drop down list in the Editor), and then on the Page Editor click 'Update template'.
We've added the ability for you to set domestic and international shipping rates for your product purchases. This is part of a long line of shipping based features that we will continue with next year, but for now this is one additional variable you can change.
You can now hide categories from the list so you can organise your products in secret ways, and then link to special hidden categories without them having to appear in the Category menu. You can also rename the 'All category'
Mobile render tweaks
We've updated the way we generate the mobile versions of your site to better organise the content we show. Items are grouped more logically and additional images will now show in the HTML version. Previously images covered by text would not be displayed, but provided at least 50% of the image is 'visible' we'll now show the image in the mobile version. We have another release slated for early 2012 which will further enhance the mobile version.
New Shop templates
We've updated all the shop templates to include the categories from the last release, and also the quantities, shipping and payment options from this release. We hope you'll agree there's some lovely stuff in there!
That's all for now. The team are already working on more goodies for early next year, but we'll soon be putting on our warmest socks and settling down for a good long sleep over the hols. We hope you have a wonderful time and a welcome break too.
As always, thoughts and feedback welcome.
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