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August 2012
August 2012
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So yeah, we hate SPAM as much as you do. When we design sites, we make sure that all email addresses are encoded in such a way that most SPAMbots won't take the time to harvest. There is no way to truly prevent a determined spammer from taking your email address, but if we encode it well enough it's not worth their CPU time when there are easier targets out there.

But when you want to add an email address on a page, it's very vulnerable. We have a solution now though, thanks to Smarty, the open source template engine that powers Gutensite. Smarty has a great function that does this encoding for us, so we've added a routine in our CMS that will detect if you have an email address you want to encode and then Smarty will encode it.

It's very simple, just add a bit of code like this:

{mailto address="service@gutensite.com" text="Customer Service" encoding="javascript_charcode"}

Which will create a link like this: {mailto address="service@gutensite.com" text="Customer ...


March 2012
March 2012
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We've added the ability for you to preview your blogs before they publish.

Batching your work is a great idea, so it is a common (and recommended) practice to write a week's worth of blogs and then schedule them to publish on specific days. The blog articles will not show up on your site until that date. But often times you want to see what it looks like before hand, or you want to schedule a third party social media tool like HootSuite to tweet and facebook the blog post on that day.

So we've added a link in the List and Edit view that lets you preview the article. Simply use that link to allow the third party to access the article, images, etc.

Voilà!


March 2012
March 2012
 
 
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We've upgraded all the maps on your site to look much nicer, and they now include street view as well as the ability for visitors to find directions to your location.

And if you have a business or church with multiple locations, we now have a great way of displaying all your locations on the same map, and letting people choose which location they want to directions for. The Map and Directions page also displays the contact information for each of your locations so it's conveniently available without any customization.

To activate the multiple locations, simply add new "Location" modules with the contact information for each location. Then the Map and Directions page will pull that information and display it on the map. Done.


March 2012
March 2012
 
 
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We've revamped our entire sign up process so it's easier than ever to make a brilliant site and get started personalizing it for your needs.

  • Simple Fields. Now we only requires the most basic information required to create an account. We don't require you to enter a credit card, or all your personal information.
  • Free 30 Day Trial. We now sign you up for a free 30 day trial of our Pro Site, so that everyone can take advantage of our free support to help you get started. You can downgrade to a free lite site at any time if you don't see the value of the professional features and support long term.
  • Design Picker. We have a much nicer design picker now so that it's easier to see what the designs look like (home and secondary pages).
  • Prepopulated Site. We now automatically build you a simple website based on the niche that you select. So if you are a polka band, we automatically create a portfolio to showcase photos and a media library to showcase your videos, etc. This lets you ...

February 2012
February 2012
 
 
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We're excited to let you know that we've added a very handy feature that lets you filter long drop-down select lists in the Admin. So for example: next time you need to add a menu link, and you have to choose the page to link to, you don't need to scroll through a huge list of all your pages. Instead, just start typing one of the words in the page title, and we'll filter the list.

We search for matches anywhere in the title, so you could search for "love" and we'll return "Why Clients Love Us", as well as "Love Is a Marvelous Thing". You can use the up and down arrows to highlight the option you want and hit enter, or choose the option with your mouse.

We hope you like it!


January 2011
January 2011

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We've improved our algorithm for truncating text. There is always the danger that the preview version of the text you are shortening may have HTML in it, and if we simply truncate after X characters it can break the HTML (sometimes with ugly consequences). We had an imperfect work around for a while (that would strip the HTML in those cases just to be safe), but that meant sometimes the preview wouldn't have desired styling. So we just upgraded the function so that it detects and closes the HTML tags so that they are no longer broken. Nice little improvement.


December 2010
December 2010

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We now have a default "Coming Soon" page that lists your basic contact information and a message to visitors that the site is under development. This page can be customized if a client needs it to be more branded. It's useful for clients that have an extensive development cycle and don't want their new site to be found by the public.

When the site is in development, it will automatically redirect all page requests to this coming soon page, unless the site is being viewed in our secure development mode. The site is also set to turn away prying search engines when set in this development mode.


December 2010
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We've added a new setting (accessible on the Admin > Site Info) page, to allow you to disable the Search Engine Sitemap. By default all our sites are SEO optimized, but in some cases, a client may not want the search engines to index the site (until they are ready). So this option will turn off the sitemap.xml data, which search engines use to provide a map of what pages to index. It will also add a meta tag that tells the search engine to go away for now and not index the site.


July 2010
July 2010
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We have added support for a more visual calendar date picker to the CMS. So now when you pick dates, you don't have to consult another calendar to figure out what the date is of next Tuesday. The picker supports keyboard arrows for toggling the hours up and down, or specific number inputs.


February 2010
February 2010
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We just integrated ReCaptcha's nifty Word Verification API into the contact forms for all our sites, e.g. Site Contact, Custom Forms, Comments, etc. They are kind enough to allow us to customize the look to be less obnoxious than their standard design (Thank You ReCaptcha!). One of the nice features is that it's handicap accessible, allowing the blind to "listen" to words, which is super cool. And the whole project, is an exercise in collective processing power of the internet. Everyone who verifies a word is participating in a project to digitize old books! They have two words they provide, one is a control word (which they know) and the other is a new word that needs to be digitized. If you get the control word right, you pass (you don't know which is which). But in the process you also digitize the new word, and when the new word gets a high enough accuracy, it gets added to the accepted words.

It's  a great little API. And now, hopefully people will not be getting as many ...


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