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August 2015
August 2015
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We're experimenting with a new category of Limited Edition design options, and our first offering is the Sterling template, a clean, modern and elegant design featuring full width image, translucent navigation bar, and fully Responsive for all mobile devices, with a smoth menu pull out drawer on mobile. This beautiful design includes stylish animations and transitions that add great sophisticated touches to the UI and UX.

The Sterling is only available to the first 50 websites that want something a little more unique, for only $1000. This new approach will allow us to create truely premium designs at a reduced cost, while still ensuring a significant degree of originality for your website.

Like any template, the design can be further customized if you need anythingn special. Let us know what you think about this new option.


July 2015
July 2015
 
 
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You may have heard that Google recently updated it's ReCaptcha spam filtering plugin to be more user friendly.

Their ReCaptcha plugin is meant to be a "Turing Test" to determine if the entity filling out your forms is a real human or a computer "spambot". And in a stroke of genius, Google used that opportunity (all those human eyes and brains answering the question) to scan and interpret old books (or streetview addresses) with hard to read words and numbers that their "reading" software couldn't figure out.

Unfortunately (and amazingly) computers have advanced to a point where they were better at reading the obscure text than humans, solving the puzzles with 99.8% accuracy. Whereas humans can only solve the image problems about 70% of the time and the audio problems 31% of the time.

So Google improved their ReCaptcha system to be better at stopping robots and also easier for humans. For most people, now you just have to check a box! At worst, if Google can't tell who you are, ...


July 2015
July 2015
 
 
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As we continue developing the next 2.0 version of our platform, there are a lot of features we wish we had all along in 1.0. In general, we are trying to spend all our time developing 2.0, but if the features are easy to implement we've try to add some basic version of them to 1.0 as well.

One of the new features that is really important in 2.0 is the ability to visually select the layout of your page, from a lot of beautiful alternative layout options. For example, you may want your content showing up in list page design that looks like a landing page with slideshow and modules, or in a 1, 2 or 3 column image grid, or a text list, or in a calendar, or on a map, etc. Or you may want your profile to have a large photo across the top of the page versus a smaller photo embedded on the right. You'll have that flexibility.

For 1.0, we have just added is the ability to select a few alternative layouts on some of the popular content types.

Now for Profiles, you can select the standard ...


July 2015
July 2015
 
 
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We've launched two additional new free design templates called "Fantôme" and "Sken", which are described by our designer as:

Polished and sexy with an epic full-width slideshow and a home page profile area that places your profile image and contact info front and center.

These two templates are similiar, except the Sken is light while the Fantôme is dark.

These new designs are fully responsive and mobile friendly, with a collapsable side menu drawer that hides the menu and slides out on smaller devices. There are also nice touches of CSS animations and transitions that give the site a polished UI.

To experience the new designs, definitely click around the Fantôme Demo site as well as the Sken Demo site and view the different color themes for each.

Maybe you'll consider upgrading your own website to this new beautiful free template if you need a refresh and want a design that is really ...


June 2015
June 2015
 
 
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We have designed a bunch of new free and limited edition design templates that we're rolling out over the next few weeks. Checkout our Design page for a list of new designs that are available or coming soon.

First to be released is the our "Bild" template. This is characterized as:

An engaging, investigative news style design with a full-width slideshow. Primarily black & white with small powerful color accents.

But a picture is worth a thousand words, so look at the demo site and click around the options.

This is our first template with a floating menu. And of course it features a lot of nice CSS animation touches to make the links and buttons come alive.

If you haven't updated your website design in a while, or if you are still using a custom design that isn't mobile friendly and "Responsive", consider updating to this new free ...


June 2015
June 2015
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Great news, Google Maps now provides border outlines of cities and neighborhoods. We've converted the maps on our community detail pages (where this is most relevant) to show the borders. We hope you like it!

For those of you interested in embedding maps on other pages, Google has a great tool for this.


May 2015
May 2015
Server-Upgrade
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Over the past few weeks we have upgraded our entire server infrastructure to new, faster, more powerful machines, solid state drives, more CPU and RAM and upgraded software. That means faster web servers, database servers and new load balancers. These changes should improve performance for your website and also give us more flexibility to scale and respond to future server failure scenarios.

To take full advantage of these changes we require 5 minutes of work on your part. We need you to point your Domain's DNS to a new IP address. This is urgent because we will be phasing out the old servers as soon as possible.

Below are some instructions, which can also be found in your control panel: Support > Domain & DNS.

 

How are we already helping?

If are subscribed to Gutensite’s Premium Domain & DNS Management, you don’t need to do anything. Your domain DNS has already been updated and your domain is now pointing to the new updated servers. You can confirm if you are ...


March 2015
March 2015
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Bulk Website Deployment System

Gutensite has built a really great system to deploy websites in bulk, using Master Sites that are cloned to create starter content for the new website. This is how your new website had default content when you first got started. Now we've made this tool available to our partners.

We've been working with partners who need to provide websites to a network of clients, e.g. Real Estate Brokers that need websites for hundreds of Real Estate Agents, or Churches that need thousands of websites for all the churches in their denomination, or Design Agencies that need websites for all their clients. So we let our partners build one or more Master Sites that represent all the default authorized content for their agents, and then they provide us with a spreadsheet of new sites (or sign people up one by one from their partner page) and the new websites are automatically filled with all their content.

A website with great and useful content can take weeks to g ...


March 2015
March 2015
Ptengine - a User Friendly Web Analytics and Heatmap Platform
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Gutensite has added integration for a new user-friendly website analytics and heatmap platform called Ptengine. Analytics can be a really powerful tool to help you get more out of your website, but platforms like Google Analytics can be hard to learn and even harder to decipher what you should do with all this data. So other companies like Ptengine are trying to make a product that is much more user-friendly and actionable. Give them a try and let us know what you think. One of the greatest features is their heatmap, where you can see exactly what parts of the website people are clicking on. See the rest of their features to learn more.

If you want to try Ptengine, you can sign up for a free trial. By using Gutensite's special sign up page, and entering Gutensite's "BFF" promo code you can get a bonus features free for 3 months, and after that you can keep using the free version for as long as you want.

After you sign up for your free account at Ptengine, copy your "Profile ID" f ...


January 2015
January 2015
Personal Property Pages from the MLS IDX Feed
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In order to display your properties as a beautiful brochure, we always recommend entering your properties manually into our property tool. That lets you upload gorgeous full screen images, videos, and special information to create a compelling "Single Property Website" for each property. You can even assign a unique domain or friendly URL to each property. Another advantage of uploading your own properties is that you can keep a long list of your sold properties, as a portfolio (and include exclusive pocket listings).

However, if you are too busy to take the 5 minutes necessary to maintain a list of your own, you can enter your official Agent License Number to create a Property page that shows all your properties that are available on the MLS.

This is easy to accomplish by creating an MLS Property Page. When defining the filter for MLS Property Page there are two fields:

  • Listing Agent License (represented the seller)
  • Selling Agent License (represented the buyer)

If you want ...