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5 New Templates

Softwate Update

So we unleashing another barrage of 5 new templates for you, our awesome webeden users. These are available now in the build section of our site.

We know this is only 5 new templates and you are all used to seeing us publish a lot more in one go, we promise there a quite a lot more on the way (we are just tweaking them).

Our Next Release!

As you may know the next BIG project is being delivered in Q3 this year which will see the implementation of a full HTML5 website instead of the standard Flash sites we currently publish.

But whilst that is still in production we do not want you to wait for a new release so next on the horizon is the Mobile Editor which will allow Mobile Only Styling (colours), also allow you to include or exclude content on the mobile version and enable reordering of the content. “When is it coming” I hear you ask….. well end of March is our aim (if testing goes well).

Well that is it for another monumental blog post, see you again soon.

 

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Shop Builder Update

Archive Softwate Update

Well our developers have yet again come up with an update for all you lovely Webeden users. Here is a run down of the latest updates.

Variants:

Adding variants is very easy indeed, you just need to update your shop widget first. You will need to click on SHOP on your toolbar, then click on the shop itself so the EDITOR box appears (like below) and click UPDATE then UPDATE WIDGET. You will need to do this for every part of your shop which you can do by using the drop down box above. Once that is done you go to your Product List on the Shop section and Edit that particular product. Then you will see a section called Product Options which will allow you to add variables to a maximum of 50.

Well this will give you far more flexibility with what you will offer to your customers. This is great if you offer a iPhone case in multiple colours, you can now add multiples to it as opposed to creating multiple products.

The great thing is that all these new features will replicate on a mobile and onto your Facebook shop :-)

So how about a cheeky Bonus!

So of our more eagle eyed users will have spotted this feature already but we have added a Duplicate Product section to the Shop Builder. This gives you the ability to easily duplicate a product in your editor so you do not have to manually create a similar product.

There will be more…..

The next big update will be the Mobile Editor, yes that’s right we will be dishing out a nice little editor for your Mobile Version. In Q3 this year we will be releasing all sites in HTML5 \m/ \m/ but in the meantime we will release a handy little editor just for the mobile version of your site. You will be able to include/exclude certain content and amend colours independent from your Desktop site. There are some more features coming very soon but will let you know about them very soon (as they deserve their own post).

Lastly, what we have fixed!

We fixed a number of bugs in this release, many of which were minor. The headline bug fixes were:

  1. Google Webmaster Tools verification code is again being added to the HTML
  2. You can now scroll again in edit mode across all supported browsers
  3. Facebook Shop image popup gallery is now working correctly again

 

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Webeden sites in HTML5 (coming in 2012)

Softwate Update

Well here we are Webbies our first post of 2012. Sorry we have been so quiet this year but our Development team are hard at work creating some great new features.

As you may know HTML5 is becoming a more prominent feature in Web Development as of late and we here at Webeden always like to move with the times.  With Apple making it very public that it does not and will not support flash on it’s iOS devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod)  we felt the need to act, and act we have.

Already we have put in place HTML mobile version of all our sites, so any users that visit our sites using a device that does not support flash will be directed to the correct version. We feel we need to go even further with this, so have locked away the Development team until they have completed the task in hand.

We have decided to make your ENTIRE site into HTML5, this means that you will have the ability to show the user the Flash version of your site or the HTML5 version. The Development team are working on making the HTML5 version as similar as possible to the Flash version.

Click on the example below to see the differences:

What does this mean for Flash and Webeden?

We still see Flash as a huge part of Web Development and the Web as a whole and will keep the Editor itself in Flash as we feel it still provides the best drag and drop features of any other language.

So just to round up in Q3  (july-sep) 2012, Webeden users will have the option of publishing their site in Flash or HTML5 by default. Any new sites made after this launch will auto publish in HTML5.

The reason for all this is that HTML5 is the future and we here at Webeden love the future and look forward to it and sharing it with you.

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New shop builder release

Archive Softwate Update

Hey Webbies… We thought you would like a little update on a NEW release that was been pushed out on Tuesday.
We popped our heads around the door into the darkened room we keep the developers in and kindly asked if they had any updates for us. Here is what they said.

Quantities:
We know this has been a bug bare of many of you since we released the Shop Builder so we made sure that this was top priority on their list of to-do’s. The customer can now choose a quantity BEFORE they get to the payment gateway (which is much better).

(to activate this you will need to go to the Shopping Cart page, click on the widget itself and click UPDATE in the little editor box)

 

Shipping costs:

You can now change the shipping prices using one of three variables. Single Rate, Domestic shipping only or Domestic and International Rates. All can be accessed in the Settings section of the Shop Widget.

Tweaks to the Categories:

You now can hide any categories from your list so you can organise your products, and then link to hidden categories without them having to appear in the Category menu.

… and some new Shop templates  for you to use:

We have managed to update all the current shop templates too so they now include the new categories, quantities, shipping costs and payment options from this release.

Well that is it from us. We hope you enjoy all the updates, have a great Christmas holiday and see you all in the new year.

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Do you like Webeden enough to leave us a review?

Softwate Update

We would love to know exactly what how you feel about the service that Webeden provides, whether you are a FREE customer or a Max customer we would love to know.

If you have ever been helped out seriously quickly or just found the tool easy to use it would be great if you could leave an honest review on Review Centre.

You can go to Review Centre direct here or you can visit our Forum and and click on the Write a Review on the right hand side panel.

Why not get a badge for your site. You do need to have had a review on the Review Centre site so you will need to get your customers/visitors to leave a review.

Once this has been done and published you can go to your listing in Review Centre and click on Get your own Star Rating badge!

Choose a design you would like to display on your site.

Then you can choose your colour.

Then you will be given the HTML code to place with your site.

Next step is to go to your site and paste in the code using the HTML snippet which you can find when you click INSERT and then HTML SNIPPET on the left hand toolbar.

… and paste your code into the Setup tab on the Editor Box and click Apply.

That is it.

If you need any further help with this then please check out the Forum for free advice.

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Shop Builder Features

Softwate Update

We recently launched our Shop Builder Widget on Webeden and thought it would be cool to give everyone the low down on what new and exciting features it has.

For those of you that haven’t seen it yet, our new Shop Builder allows you to publish once, sell everywhere, with your shop working immediately on web, mobile and Facebook. You will update your products in one place and then we publish the updates everywhere. All products added have their own page, URL and SEO data and are connected to your main shop page.

Using PayPal we can get you trading immediately with only an email address (no credit checking) and with their Express Checkout you can start collecting payments from your customers using web and mobile optimised payment gateways. We do the hard stuff, so you get on with selling.

Here are some screenshots of the new Widget in action.

… and you can control that all from here

We hope to continue releasing new shop features every month or so (e.g. variable shipping, product variations, product quantities, coupons, etc.)

If you need any help with the new Shop Builder Widget you should check out our new FAQ’s dedicated to this subject.

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Shop Builder Help

Softwate Update

Well after a lot of planning and talking (and a few hiccups) the new Shop Widget is Launched. This post will answer the most asked questions regarding setting up your new shop.

If you do have any questions about the new Shop widget then please checkout the Forum or if there is an error with your new Shop then please go to the support page and Submit a Query.

Here is a list of the most common questions about how you use the new shop widget.

How do I add Categories?

It is possible to add your shop’s items to categories, to allow your visitors to find the correct product with less effort.
You can create categories from the Product List panel on the Shop menu – simply click ‘Add a category’, and enter the desired name. You can add products to any category, when adding or editing, by ticking the appropriate box.
You can direct visitors to your categories in three ways:

  1. You’ll find a Category widget in Library -> Shop Widgets, called ‘CategoryListGroup’. This can be placed on your Shop page.
  2. The standard Link menu now contains a new option called ‘Link to Shop Category’.
  3. A new option on the Add a New Page list, called ‘Shop Category Link’, allows you to link directly to a category from your site’s menu.

How do I add a Facebook Shop page?

It is possible to sell your products on Facebook, by using a custom page. Visitors will be able to browse and purchase through Facebook, and all new items are updated instantly. To set it up:

  1. Go to Shop -> Settings
  2. Click on Link your Facebook Page
  3. Choose the desired page, or click ‘Click here’ to create a new one, following 5 steps:
    • Choose a category for your page
    • Fill in details and click Get started
    • Follow Facebook’s setup instructions, which may differ according to the category chosen
    • Return to your site, and click on Link to your Facebook Page again
    • Choose the new page
  4. Scroll down to Customise your shop
  5. Upload an optional header image for the shop page
  6. Enter a menu name, which will appear on your Facebook page’s menu
  7. Enter an optional header message for the shop page
  8. Click Save changes.

How do I add a Shop to my site?

The Shop is available across all packs but will have limitations depending on the package you have. You can add your shop via the Shop icon on the toolbar.

Normally you would add the Shop page first to your site. To do this simply click on Pages (toolbar) -> Add a new page (sidebar), then use the option entitled “Shop” – simply add this to your site, in the desired position on the menu, and then set whether it’s visible or not if you wish to work on it before making it visible to your own customers.

If you do create the Shop first (from the toolbar) then all you need do is add the Shop page to make your Shop visible on your site.

Can I add META data?

Yes you can. You can add custom META data to each of your products. Simply use the Shop icon on the toolbar, then use the Edit button on the end of your product row.

On Edit Product page click on the Meta data option on the right hand side of the page. You can then:

  • Edit the product Title
  • Add meta Keywords
  • Add a meta Description

What does the Update tab do?

This tab appears on the Editor when you are editing your Shop in pages mode (Shop > Pages).

This allows you to update your shop with the latest software after we do a software update. At present you will need to do this on every page (all four) otherwise you may see some strange behaviour between the pages.

NB. We are working on a single Update feature to allow you to update all pages at once.

How do I change the Product view?

While in ShopBuilder, go to Pages on the toolbar to access the Shop’s page edit mode. You will now see your Shop’s pages drop down bottom centre of the toolbar. Select one of the pages, e.g. Catalog page.

Click on the Catalog object (just click anywhere on the products list) and the Editor should appear. The editor should indicate that you are editing the Shop (in the Editor object drop down). Click on the Shop tab and you can now change the following:

  • The view from Grid View to List View
  • Change the number of rows in either Grid or List View
  • Adjust the Grid spacing between products in Grid view

Similar rules apply to the other pages. Clicking on the Shop object on any page will produce the Editor so that you can edit numerous elements of that page’s shop object from catalog view, product view and cart view.

Is there a Product limit?

Yes. The total number of products you can add is limited by the subscription pack you are on. At present the maximum number of products you can add by pack (old and new) are:
Trial = 10 products

Free = 10

Lite (Basic) = 20

Standard (Premium) = 50

Plus = 150

Max (Business) = 500

Can I share my Products?

Yes you can.

Go to your Product (Shop > Product list > Edit) and then use the ‘Share this product’ button (beside the Facebook and Twitter icons) at the top right of the module.

A ‘Share’ panel will appear with two tabs. One for Facebook and one for Twitter.

Facebook

This tab allows you to add a simple message about your product, check the image and product description. It also allows you to add a Buy Now button on your Facebook page if the option for Show ‘Buy Now’ link is checked.

You will need to sign into your Facebook account before you can post or share your product.

If you don’t want to use Facebook then deselect the option at the top by clicking the big green tick beside the Facebook icon.

Twitter

Click on the Twitter tab and check the box beside the icon. You’ll see a big green tick appear and the whole tab will be edit mode. Type your tweet up to 119 characters about your product.

Before you can tweet your product comments you will need to sign into your Twitter account.

Share

When done simple click the ‘Share’ button and if you selected both tabs to be shared then your Facebook post and tweet will be published.

How do I edit a Product?

Firstly just access your ShopBuilder via the Shop icon on the toolbar. You’ll then be presented with a list of products that you’ve already added. The list offers you two ways to edit:

Quick Edit

  • Click and use the arrows to reorder your product
  • Click the image to view the images you’ve added to the product and select a new main image
  • Click the Product name to edit the name directly on the list view
  • Click the Price if you wish to update the product price
  • Click Status to change to make your product Available, Hidden, Sold Out, or Coming Soon

Full Edit

  • Click on the Edit button at the end of each product row
  • This will allow you to edit, view or delete that product
  • Using Edit will take you into the full edit mode for that product
  • You can Update or edit Product name, Description, Price, Stock ID, and Images
  • Adding META data for each product is also possible through the panel on the right
  • You can also share your product on Twitter or Facebook (once Facebook connect is set up)
  • Click ‘Update’ to complete your changes

How do I edit my Shop?

The simplest way to edit the entire Shop product is to use the Shop icon on the toolbar. This will open the ShopBuilder editing environment (in Product mode) where you can then add new items, edit existing items (from a list) or change your settings (e.g. Shop status, PayPal, email address, currency).

You will also have access to each of the Shop’s pages to edit and style as you wish. So once Shop has been selected use the Pages icon on the toolbar (Pages mode) which allows you to access and individually edit each of the four shop pages through the Shop Page drop down bottom centre of the toolbar: Product Catalogue; Product Detail; Shopping Cart; Sale Confirmation.

Do I get an email alert when an order is placed?

Email alerts aren’t currently built into ShopBuilder itself, but you will receive an email from Paypal each time someone buys something – this will contain the full details of the order.

How do I edit the Sale Confirmation page?

Once logged in, click on Shop on the toolbar to open up the ShopBuilder. Then click on Pages on the toolbar to open up the page editor for your shop.

You will then see a drop down bottom centre of the toolbar. The drop down provides access to the the four individual pages of your shop: Product Catalog; Product Detail; Shopping Cart; Sale Confirmation.

Select the Sale Confirmation page. This will allow you to edit any elements of this page including the page title, the message to customers, how the basket looks or even how the page is styled.

Once you’ve completed your updates simply save the page and use “View my site” to see how it looks.

Can I update how my Shopping Cart looks?

Yes you can. In fact you can update or change all four of your shop’s pages. To edit or update any of them simply click on Shop on the toolbar to open up ShopBuilder. Then click on Pages on the toolbar to put your shop into page edit mode. Simply choose any one of the Shop’s four pages from the drop down bottom centre of the toolbar. Each of the shop’s four pages has a different function:

  • Product Catalog – The catalogue page is where you can display all your products in ‘List’ or ‘Grid’ view
  • Product Detail – This is where you can edit how the page format looks for each of your products i.e. when each product is viewed by a customer they will see this styling
  • Shopping Cart – Where you can position and set how your Cart will appear when requested
  • Sale Confirmation – This page allows you to edit your confirmation message and title

As these pages have multiple layers you may need to double click at times and use the Editor drop down to locate the box, item or object you wish to edit. Once you’re happy simply save and then use View site to test how the shopping experience works.

How do I add a Product to my shop?

To start with click the Shop icon on the toolbar then follow the instructions below:

  1. From the Shop menu use the ‘Add product’ button
  2. Add a product name – make it brief but descriptive
  3. Add a description – where you can give much more detail about your product e.g. material, dimensions, variations available, where made, why your customer needs it!
  4. Add your Price. NB. You can change base currency for your shop through the Shop Settings menu.
  5. If you have a product or stock ID (using the SKU Format Stock ID from other systems) then the Stock ID field will allow you to enter your product’s ID number here for tracking though this is optional. If you don’t have one we’ll create one for you.
  6. You can then add one or more images (up to a maximum of 5) to your product
  7. Then click ‘Update’

It’s that simple. If you want to add another product then just click on the ‘Add product’ button at top of Shop panel.

Can I set a single flat-rate shipping cost?

Yes you can. Simply go to Settings once in the ShopBuilder, add your flat-rate shipping cost and click Update.

Variable rate shipping costs coming soon.

How do I change the Status of my Product?

In ShopBuilder mode (click Shop on the toolbar) then clicking ‘Product list’ you can click on the status for each product and edit. You will see a drop down offering four status options:

  • Hidden
  • Sold out
  • Coming soon
  • Available

You can also access the status option while editing each product through the full edit mode.

What kind of images can be used?

You can upload and use exactly the same images as you do on your website. These include JPG, GIF and PNG.You can simply add any images from your own library or add more.

If you need to add an image to your Library simply use the ‘Upload’ button on the File Manager while it is open and once the image or images are uploaded select and use as described above.

You may want to consider taking shots of your products from different angles to ensure your customers get a better idea of how it looks.

NB. Just remember that you should not use images over 200kb in size. This size will work quite successfully on your shop (as they will on your site) providing quite reasonable resolution without causing your pages to load slowly due to excessive image size. This is best done with an image editing application like PhotoShop or use one of the free downloads like Picasa or Paint.NET.

How do I add images to my Products?

While you are adding or editing a product in Shop you simply need to do the following:

  1. Click ‘Add images’ which will open up the File Manager
  2. Select an image from the File Manager
  3. Click ‘Use this’
  4. Then either close the File Manager or click another image to use
  5. You can add up to 5 images on each of your products

NB. Just remember that you should not use images over 200kb in size. This size will work quite successfully on your shop (as they will on your site) providing quite reasonable resolution without causing your pages to load slowly due to excessive image size. This is best done with an image editing application like PhotoShop or use one of the free downloads like Picasa or Paint.NET

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New Services Launched

Archive Softwate Update

Sorry we have been a quiet on the Blog front for a little while but we have been hard at work finalising some of the biggest changes in Webeden’s history.

Soon (we hope in the next couple of weeks) we shall be launching our new Shop widget, this will be a HUGE update to the software and will make selling via your site much easier, but i shall leave this to another post once we have launched.

The new services are now located inside your toolbar, all you need to do is click on Services on the Toolbar and they are all located there.

As you can see the new services offered are all there to help you create a better looking or higher ranking site.

Webeden Images

If the images that are already supplied inside Webeden do not quite fit your Genre of site then why not take a look at some of the Thousands of images we now have on sale. Once you have purchased the image(s) simply upload to your site and away you go.

ClickSubmit

We have teamed up with an awesome SEO company called ClickSubmit. They will improve your rankings on all the major search engines and guarantee over 1000 Directory Listings which will also improve your ranking. As a Webeden customer you will receive 3 months FREE with no obligation to carry on after the 3 months, so it’s a no brainer.

Design Services

If you are having trouble with finishing off your website or just need a gentle nudge in the right direction then why not contact our Design Team who are happy to talk you through your design needs and requirements.

 

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