You guys have a concept here that I couldn't be happier to find. Complete free reign of creative appearance very similar to Photoshop, but for building and designing websites.
Now for my suggestions...
A built-in blog feature that allows for retroactive posting (choose date stamp to "import" previous posts) and can be incorporated into the site's search abilities, And a search bar that can be set to work with the content found throughout the website.
More to follow I'm sure...
Exciting news – we just beta launched the Blog Feature.
Start designing by selecting “Blog” in the top menu of the Studio.
Here’s a preview of what’s under the hood:
Full Creative Control.
You design the look & feel of all aspects
of your clients’ blog posts and feed.
Design in Context.
Design your blog in real-time, as it appears
on your website. No need for previews.
CMS users may edit freely in Content Mode,
updating their blog without affecting your design.
Set your clients up for success in search
with advanced SEO options.
We’re really happy to share this feature with you so take a look, play around and design away.
Looking forward to your feedback!
Mike Peterson commented
I really enjoy Webydo. However, without a legitimate blog system, Wordpress is probably the easiest choice for many businesses. The "articles" element is a hollow design aspect without any real blog functionalities. Many times, CMS users would like to update the latest blog entry, and nothing else. But to create a separate page and type everything from scratch there, is time-consuming. Have a blog-manager where you separately type in your latest posts, which also shows all your blog articles. Homestead.com, although it's web design platform is very amateur, at the least has it's own blog mechanism. If unable to achieve this, I'd recommend a Wordpress plug-in (not just connecting subdomain) in a similar fashion as that e-commerce store here. You could have a "read more" button that either takes you to another page or pops up (which would be really nice). Thank you!
Joseph Ernst commented
To quote Amanda: "The "articles" element is a start, but without the ability to have it be a true summary page that has each teaser actually link to another page with the full article, it's not a true blog yet. Having to separately create blog pages without any auto-archiving makes it feel not quite ready. Please keep working on this so it's more functional!"
Any status updates here?
Instead of having to manually create a new page and add a "Read More" link to each article entry, it would be great if blog entries could automatically be created as new pages. This way clients can easily add their own entries in the CMS without confusion and the designers assistance.
Amanda is completely right. To have to create a new page for every single blog entry and link it to the "Articles" section isn't exactly intuitive for the clients that would be using the feature in the CMS. It's overly complex. Both designers and clients should be able to write all the content at once and then pick a split mark for the summary.
I understand that figuring out the best way of auto creating the pages for the content and disqus comments section could be a very difficult undertaking but it's the only way to make an actual feature. However, I think the results would bring in some new customers on the fence about what visual design tool to pick.
Our blog was created using the "articles" feature and a disqus comments system was embedded to allow comments.
If you need any additional assistance please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope this helps
We are looking into comment integration within Webydo but for now there's a simple solution using an embedded feature.
You can embed disqus : https://disqus.com/
It's a great and simple comments system that's easily integrated in Webydo.
I'm frustrated by the Articles feature. I see that you have created your own excellent blog at www.webydo.com/blog/ and your chat person told me it was created with Webydo, however, this functionality seems to be unavailable in Webydo for users. I seen Amanda's post below, and that's what is needed. Status of this? Or should I try to get a WordPress blog plug in? Is that possible?
Yes please! If there is a blog feature, comments are a must.
Dear Amanda, thank you for your comment.
I'll make sure to pass in on to Nir , our product manager.
Any ideas on improving Webydo's features are always welcome.
Amanda W commented
The "articles" element is a start, but without the ability to have it be a true summary page that has each teaser actually link to another page with the full article, it's not a true blog yet. Having to separately create blog pages without any auto-archiving makes it feel not quite ready. Please keep working on this so it's more functional! :)
Courtney Rogers commented
The articles need to be a little dynamic so that we can display them on a "blog" page then display a "widget" on the homepage that navigates to them. The current version should allow each article to be as big as it needs to be and push the last article down to create the blog format we want on a blog page.
Echo this. Managing content is key to any website these days. The blog feature needs to include social media integration, ideally allow comments, and be easy for CMS users to administrate new content.
Celeste Clevenger (Celeste's Best) commented
Hope this feature is being seriously considered, too!
Hi there, yes definitely need some more features and "like" option integrated and widgets and customization. I would really prefer to switch over all my clients onto webydo but need the blog to be very slick and easy ;P Looking fwd to your input, you guys rock!
This would be a great addition. I am still waiting to migrate the blog portion of my website over to Webydo. Would love to see a comments
capability similar to what the Blogger platform (and others) have had for years.
AdminAlana (Head of Support, Webydo) commented
I just wanted to let you know we are currently working some new enhancements for the "Articles" element based on the community's feedback.
I hope it will be ready soon and hopefully you will like it as much as do.
I love the blog feature but I think it can be elevated by allowing each article/blog post to be tagged using keywords that can then be linked to other pages on the site or searched for in a search box (if that gets integrated).
This designer-friendly site is sure to attract bloggers from wordpress, blogspot, etc. (which make customizing html frustrating) so making the articles feature more like those sites will bring in more webydoers!
We need a dynamic blog option where visitors can comment and interact with the option for CMS users to monitor and edit entries
This is great but I really need to be able to embed widgets otherwise it's not much use to me.
Yes, What about scolling ability within each post that would allow the designer to add a long blogpost that will not get cut off.