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Blog Archives: January 2009 — December 2009

Flexible Page Layout

December 14, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
We recently completed a simple but powerful upgrade to Gutensite that will allow much greater flexibility for page layouts. Traditionally when creating a basic html page ("my pages") you had the ability to work from a blank canvas, using the WYSIWYG editor to create anything you wanted. This is powerful, but good design is really beyond the capabilities of 99% of our users. And the entire purpose of the CMS is to allow anyone to edit the content, with the expectation that Gutensite will handle the design. So we've introduced a few extra ...

You Can't Afford Not to Do Backups

December 09, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
We work on Macs here at Gutensite (although we also have some PCs for cross platform testing). On monday, one of our iMacs did a standard software update for the wireless airport card. The update froze in the middle and in the process trashed the kernel irreparably. We tried disk utilities, purchased DiskWarrior for $100, ran these utilities multiple times, but to no avail. So we zeroed out the disk, and tried to reinstall, but it fails install every time. Evidently the Kernel (which is separate from the regular hard drive) has some major ...

Growing Pains

November 09, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
Where did october go? I remember having a birthday at some point, but the rest is a blur. The good news, I suppose, is that the economy has finally picked up (for us at least) and we have more work than we can handle. We need to hire another designer and programmer, immediately. The bad news is, due to the sudden influx of work over the past couple months, I have been sucked back into the vortex of project management and programming, which means I have had no time to do any pro-active business development, partnership development, or ...

Easy Multiple Image Uploading with Progress Status

September 18, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
It's alive! After many years of wishing, and several weeks of actual work, our new image uploader is now available for use. This simple tool totally revolutionizes content management workflow. Previously you had to either upload the images to the library first, before adding some content (e.g. write a blog, sell a home, add a product, etc), or you had to add the images later (because you forgot) then go back and edit the record. Very cumbersome and annoying. Well now that has all changed. We have created a great new image uploader that is ...

Easy Upgrade Options

September 07, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
Now it is easier than ever to upgrade to a professional package, or manage additional upgrades for advanced functionality. We've just finished our upgrade interface, and we hope that it gives our clients more control over this simple but important process. It's very interactive and fun to use. Choosing different packages shows what features are included in the package, and the upgrades are totaled on the right. If you know your domain name, the system will upgrade you instantly and create a private hosting account instantaneously.

Businesses Gain the Competitive Advantage with Gutensite

August 13, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
Did you know that only 49% of small businesses have a website (and most of those are terribly inadequate)? Only a few savvy businesses are taking full advantage of the power of the internet. If you don't have a comprehensive web strategy and a professional internet presence, you are losing clients to your competitors, you are losing credibility, you are frustrating your existing clients, and you are missing your potential for long term growth. In short you are losing a lot of money. Gain the competitive edge now. Distinguish yourself from ...

CMS Critic Gives Gutensite a Raving Review

August 11, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
Last week we invited CMS Critic (www.cmscritic.com) to review our Gutensite CMS and let us know what they thought. Today they published a quick introduction to Gutensite and we expect they will provide a more full CMS review in the future. But we're overjoyed to learn that their initial reaction has been extremely positive. Of usability, they  said, "It’s extremely easy to use... It is very well laid out with a very attractive and intuitive interface." And regarding the design they said, "the design and beauty of this system are second to ...

New Real Estate Property Page Designs

August 10, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
We're cleaning house and slowly giving a makeover to all the designs for default specialty content pages. Most recently, we just redesigned the property list and details pages in keeping with the clean, modern theme that characterizes all the new default content. All our clients who didn't customize their property pages, will benefit from this free upgrade, giving their sites an instant refresh.

Redesigned Default Communities Home Page

August 06, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
As I reported previously, we've been in the process of overhauling all our designs templates for different default content type pages. Well, we just went live today with an updated version of the Communities home page. If you have communities listed on your site, you may want to check out your communities page or this sample. It's a vast improvement to the old default template, and it gives visitors a visual look at all the communities (rather than a tiny drop down menu). If you haven't selected an image for that community (in your Admin ...

Featured Mini Site Using Free Design

August 03, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
We just created a great budget Mini Property Website for a home for sale in Livermore California, check it out: http://www.yourvineyardhome.com. For $500 we utilized one of our Free Design Skins (the San Vito) added some content and photos, and provided a little bit of custom design on a page by page basis. The results are amazing, all thanks to the perfect starting design in our Free Design Skin library.

New Free Design Skin: Librarian

July 23, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
Several versions of the Librarian design skin are now public. Like most templates we offer automatic design elements or features that are relevant to the organizational type. It's a nice addition to our library and a good contrast with some of the more modern, techy designs we've done recently. We've already had several people choose it for their site, as well as others launch off on customized versions of their own.

New Free Design Skin: San Vito

July 21, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
We have 3 new free design skins to add to our Free Design library (follow the link to see which are still pending). The San Vito was named after a small town where the designer spent a week with good friends drinking cappuccino in the piazza del popolo, waking to the chimes of the ancient bell tower and enjoying the slow life of Northern Italy. The template is now installed and ready for public use, the others should be live shortly. Like all three new designs, the San Vito is warm, textured, with a feeling of history. We hope it will appeal ...

Empower Your Customers

July 17, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
I recently had a frustrating (and learning) experience with DMOZ, the open directory project. This is a directory listings service that feeds information to major search engines. It is staffed by a group of fifty thousand volunteers that review website submissions to specific categories, and when approved they provide a link to your site in that category. It's recommended to list your site with DMOZ, but it can take months or years to be approved because of the inefficient nature of this volunteer project. In fact your site can be rejected ...

Listen to Your Customers

July 11, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
Quick tip, look up your business on yelp.com and see what your customers are saying about  you. This can be a great source of free feedback, and will enlighten  you to some of your strengths and weaknesses. If you aren't listed yet, create an account and add your business. You shouldn't review your own business, but you should definitely invite your loyal customers to give you some reviews. As a matter of practice, after you finish interacting with a customer, suggest that they leave you some feedback on Yelp.

The Incalculable Worth of Good Branding and Marketing

July 10, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
Over the years we have developed a very capable product and have consistently offered high end personal service and support for our clients. We have a very loyal client base because we make it a point to go above and beyond all the time. We are in this for the long run and our goal in business is not to make money but to provide an excellent product to our clients, knowing that this approach will be profitable. But despite these things, we have learned the hard way that you can have the best product or service in the world, at the best price, ...

City Church San Francisco Gets New Site

July 08, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
Congratulations to City Church of San Francisco on their new website. Credit goes to Steven (who added all the content and I presume also took all the beautiful photos). Gutensite provided a nice home page design and secondary page "shell" that allowed them to add unique images to each page (or select a random one from a default set if no specific image has been set) in order to give each page a unique feeling. They added their own content and we "massaged" their pages when they were done. Most of the dynamic content (e.g. non "Basic Pages" ...

Now Your Multimedia Looks More Beautiful than Ever

June 29, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
As mentioned in the previous post, we made some significant design upgrades to our default content pages. The multimedia library (as well as the regular file library) now sport a sleek new skin that let you show off your video and audio files in style. Small icons indicate whether the file is Video or Audio, a sample thumbnail attracts your visitors' attention, and you can provide a witty title and short description about the video. Then whatever stats you enter about the video will show up on the right, e.g. date, size, time length, ...

Design Upgrades throughout Site

June 26, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
We've been busy overhauling the look and feel of many of the advanced functionality pages that you may be using on your site. You may have noticed some marked improvement, if you happen to be using the default design (most people are). We recently mentioned the design and functionality upgrades to the calendar, but we've also improved the look of other pages: Blog Contact Page Profiles Portfolio Testimonials Resources Files Multimedia Communities If you considered using one of these pages in the past, but weren't happy with how ...

New Design Skins: Metro, White on White, Wodka

June 24, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
The month of June brings three more new templates in the modern strain of design: Metro, White on White, and Wodka (light and dark). Be sure to checkout each of these new free design skins, they may fit  your site personality better than anything you are currently using. We believe these will be perfect for professional organizations that want a very clean, simple look. They may also work well for portfolio sites that want to feature large images. These templates present a simple home page, with limited options for custom "modules" or text ...

Functionality Upgrades: Calendar

June 21, 2009
Chadwick Meyer
We recently completed a whole slew of functionality upgrades, including some great new features for our calendar. Some of the upgrades include: Advanced Repetition Options: now you can get crazy with custom repeating events, until your brain explodes with the possibilities. Popup Details: now clicking on an event in the calendar brings up a simple popup box that lists the important details for an event (plus an option to view the full event details). List View: now you can view your events in a long list (instead of a month based ...

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