The long awaited final three responsive themes are finally completed!
These new themes offer some unique features not available on our other themes: sections, flexible headers, and video backgrounds.
Sections allow you to really customize your website! Adding sections takes just a few clicks:
Flexible headers give you the freedom to drag on new elements, tweak content positions and dynamically change the height of the header area simply by dragging it up and down. With this feature, you can now control your header like the rest of your site content. Instead of using an image, change the background color to give your text more “pop” or add a slideshow! These flexible headers really ARE flexible!
Video backgrounds provide extra charisma to your pages and can be added to both sections and flexible headers when you customize backgrounds. You can access video backgrounds from Edit Background within the section element or during header customization. You can upload your own video or choose from a gallery of curated videos.
If you see something you like and want to change from your current template, let me know which one, and I'll be glad to apply it for you. All your content will carry over to the new design with one possible exception: the images used in the header, either as a single image or as a slideshow. These images may NOT carry over. They may need to be uploaded again.
Visit the Themes page to view our new designs.
Can't wait to see what great things you do with these new themes!
Congratulations to our latest exemplar websites!!
All three did a great job! Visit the Showcase page to view the new sites.
We have several more great sites to showcase and hope to begin updating the page on a monthly basis.
Will your site be next?!
Recently, our web provider, Weebly, updated its image editor. While it is a GOOD thing for the average image, it is not such a good thing when it comes to uploading a logo and adding text to the site title. Unless you want to make a change to your site title, this update will not adversely affect you.
The new editor recognizes the current site logo and title as a single image. As an image, the text cannot be edited. No worries, though, it simply means we had to make a change to the logo itself allowing empty space for new text to be added. Just HOW we fixed it isn't really that important. What is important is that you know how to update your site!
For those who want to edit the site title, follow the instructions on our Site Title and Logo page or feel free to contact our office and we’ll be happy to make the change for you.
If you find that your site is looking a little bland or have ever wanted to add some color to your page, you're in luck! We've added a short tutorial covering all the steps you'll need to add a colored text box to your site through the use of the Embed Code Element. Check it out here!
As we move into Fall, it is time once again to pick our new Showcase sites! Congratulations to:
Have you heard the news? The responsive themes are here! And we think you’re going to love them!
So what’s the difference in these new themes and the ones we currently offer? Aside from a new, sleek, modern look, these themes were constructed with “responsive design”, enabling your website to automatically respond to any device and optimize the user experience. As stated by Weebly (2015), “Responsive websites are built on grids that can collapse, expand, and stack based on the environment they’re responding to. They do this with CSS media queries, flexible layouts, and design elements that can resize and scale on the fly. The result is a single website that can change instantly whether it’s being viewed on a desktop monitor, retina-ready iPad screen, or Android device.” Each theme meets The University of Alabama web design standards.
It's finally Summer and we kick it off with three new websites in our Showcase! Congratulations to:
Enjoy browsing through these great websites on the Showcase page and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment! We would love to hear from you.
It's that time again... We've chosen three recently published sites to showcase this time around. Here's the lucky trio - and what rocks about their online presence.
One of the easiest ways to dress up your website is by adding some photos. You could use stock photos or have some professional shots taken, but why not make use of the camera you carry with you everywhere? By learning how to take high-quality pictures with your phone camera, you'll be ready at a moment's notice to capture exciting discoveries in the lab or to showcase your students' work.
Learn how to prepare your camera, set up a shot, and adjust photos to look their best in our new training guide, Taking Fabulous Cell Phone Photos. The guide is also available to download as a PDF.
Logged into the site editor lately? If you have, you have noticed a sleeker, new update to the icons and dialog boxes. All the same options are still available, they just look a little different.
If you haven't yet published your site, now is a great time to finish it up! Aside from our regular workshops, we offer open lab sessions where I'll be around to offer assistance as you work on your website. The schedule is on our Open Lab page.
Enjoy the improvements!
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