I would like to be able to run giveaways on my blog and capture the emails submitted, rather than having to pay huge amounts of money to some outside source to run the giveaway for me. How about you make it possible to capture emails on blog posts?
Hi, I am a food blogger-new to Weebly, and would like to be able to use an app or plug-in to create and share recipes with my readers. It would be great to be able to use the same format with each recipe: for example a photo of the finished product, a title of the recipe, how long it takes to make, how many it serves, ingredients and directions. I would also like my readers to be able to download, print, email and share my recipes to social media. Is this possible on Weebly? You could create a Weebly theme specific to food bloggers with this feature! Thank you.
on 01-27-201711:20 AM - last edited on 01-30-201711:58 AM by Adam
I propose on behalf of my creative agency, and the 40+ websites we manage on Weebly, a complete overhaul of Weebly's blogging system and tools. It's dated, cumbersome, and a challenge to use aggressively to improve SEO.
Here is what we propose:
Management Similar to Members/E-Com
I recommend taking influence from the member management and e-commerce management systems with regard to blog management. For example, opening a menu to view/edit/sort your blog posts/categories/etc, would be a HUGE step forward. For us particularly, we manage very active blogs for our clients and when we need to make changes to older posts or changes to more than one post at a time, it's painful.
This should be a no-brainer but along with multiple users accessing Weebly websites, you should be able to associate an author for every post on the blog.
Layouts and Design
One of the things that make Weebly so great is the ease of use of the CMS and ability to swap themes and layouts fairly quickly. Unfortunately, the blog is limited to one layout and an option to turn on/off the sidebar. This alone is a disappointment and should be corrected by giving users the ability to choose from different layouts for BOTH their posts and the parent page (list of posts). I know I've seen many people request that the ability to show posts on the parent page in a more visual format versus a simple list...we agree. Lastly, the layout for the post and the layout for the parent should be able to be different from one another.
Category Display Per Post
There's no reason why categories are not displayed by default for each post. Most people like to sort through their reading by categories and can dig deeper into a website's blog content by reading more of one thing. As of today, Weebly users are limited by having one long list of categories and while within a single post, you have no idea what categories have been assigned.
Categories and Archives Display
Currently limited to the sidebar, the long list of archives and categories is creating a mess for many of our websites. We have since custom built our own solution for organization and display but my goodness, what happens when you have 4+ years of content?!?! For us, that's over 44 list items in the archives. We've also seen people beg for an option in this regard and it would seem to make the most sense for an overhaul.
Styled RSS Feeds
Hey Weebly...have you heard that content is king? Yes, you have and so has the rest of the world. To funnel people into more blog content, styled RSS feeds would be huge. The widget should also give the ability to filter the feed by category instead of just most recent and if possible, pull in the image from the post when applicable. Like the categories and archives display, we've custom built our own solution and it's a big hit with our customers. Making it easier for us to serve them will only improve our experience, and the experience of your millions of other users, with the platform.
Ability to Export
I shouldn't have to mention how important the content someone creates for an active blog is to their business and lives. Currently, Weebly's blog content is served up dynamically which prevents blogs from being copied over within your current website or to another website. In addition, there's no way to export the content from your blog. In fact, if you somehow accidently delete the blog page (which is suprisingly easy to do in Weebly), you lose it all. For us particularly, that would mean years and years and years of hard work and thousands and thousands of dollars. Hello?!?!
Ability to Import
This is another no-brainer. Users should be able to export their current blog content from SquareSpace or Wordpress and IMPORT it into Weebly. Need we say more here?
Better Social Media Buttons
They're ugly, outdated, and bulky. Also, why isn't there a LinkedIn option? These need revisiting BADLY. Also, why can't we turn them off if we don't want them? Right now, we're hiding them in the code and it's a pain.
While Weebly users do have the ability to choose how many posts are displayed per page, the pagination itself is horrible. First, there's only next and previous. Where are the page numbers? Where's the jump to a page? More importantly, the styling here is dusty and needs to be refreshed.
The post options are buried within two menus, to get to your set SEO title/display, you literally have to be two-three menus deep. This is unacceptable and causes many of our clients to forget the step. Options per post should be more easily accessible through a better-designed menu.
Users should have the ability to pull a post back into drafts. This is just common courtesy. Come on!
Blog categories with hyphens automatically create two different categories. For example, if you want a category called "E-Commerce", it will create two different categories: "E Commerce" and "E-Commerce". Since there isn't an effective way to remove categories, it's impossible to fix. Also, it creates major confusion for people browsing your blog content by category.
By default, all text content is full justified. Why? That makes no sense and doesn't happen anywhere else.
I know we're not the only ones with these recommendations and if you read news relevant to Weebly blog (lack of) features, you can see that even review websites are beginning to point out how poor Weebly is for building a blog. While they used to lead the charge here, they've fallen way behind.
Our hope is that an update is already on the way, but we are beginning to get desparate. It's a challenge managing this many sites that we also create massive amounts of blog content for. Also, since we encourage our clients to blog, blog, blog...can you imagine what type of complaints we've received? See above.
Thanks for giving this a thorough review and consideration.
on 03-21-201711:01 AM - last edited on 03-21-201712:06 PM by Adam
I'd like to see a revamp of the Weebly blog that would provide multiple blog format options, as well as a widget that could be integrated with the home page of the website to feature most recent blog posts. Service businesses need better blog functionality!
I'd specifically like to see more Masonry Grid Style designs and flexibility on how to display categories. Categories and archiving can work well in a sidebar, but you provide little flexibility with how to display it. When a website has been up for years, a monthly archive going back years is unnecessary. I'd also love to see categories in a center format menu above the blog so visitors can sort by blog topic easily.
I love Weebly but the blog sections are still stuck in the dark. The UI of the blog is all themes just aren't modern or really nice to look at. For starters, I REALLY think an update is past due in this area. I'd love to see options allowing us to customize the blog portion and posts to maybe look similiar to this and more (see photo)
Instead of just having the two social share buttons (which we can't easily customize) to fit our website aesthetics). Pinterest should definitely be added as a share option because it is 2017.
I understand on the "Pro" plan, you can restrict the "publish" privilige on non-blog pages. I think it would be really nice to have that option on blog pages too.
Here is why: In our organization, we have a lot of new volunteers that want to help. The problem is, I don't know any of them, so I am hesitant to give them too much authority at this time. It would be nice to have them start as "blog drafters" : they would be able to create draft blog entries, but not publish them. An Editor would have to take a look at the draft, maybe clean it up, then publish it.
As the "blog drafters" become more experenced, we would add the "publish" privilege.
on 03-20-201709:11 AM - last edited on 03-20-201701:48 PM by Adam
I really need the Blog element that is found in Promote® to be available in the standard Sites tool. We use blog pages to post company news. Typically, one would want to highlight the latest news or blog entries on the home page of the website. This is where the blog element is needed. Drag it onto the page and then give us some control over how it displays the headline, description, accompanying photo, and read more link.
Most websites do this by making the news/blog summaries into a form of carousel that just rotates the stories.
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I love the new section feature, but it's not currently available within blog posts. I'd love to see it added! For bloggers, this would allow big, beautiful photos and contrast (especially for people like me who turn off the blog sidebar!).
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Why does Weebly don't have sharing buttons next to like and twitter buttons in it's blogs so that visitors can share the articles on facebook... It would be nice If this option is added which can be turned on / off with one button as now with the like and twitter buttons.
Hi Team, I have been using weebly for more than 4 years now and its awesome,i always gets support from you guys,But with the changing timeframe we also have to change. I have planned to create Facebook instant article And Google AMP Project for Weebly project from blog RSS feed,But due to some problem Rss feed post is not getting validated in Instant Artiles tool,Maybe due to RSS Version,We at weebly still using Rss 1.0 but most of the web are using 2.0 So please help me out into this.
I love Weebly but the only thing that is REALLY missing is a cutomizable blog. There should be design options on how to preview blog posts. The vertical scrolling doesn't allow you to see everything to click on it. Would love to be able to show off more content on one page.
on 12-19-201604:23 PM - last edited on 12-20-201609:18 AM by Adam
Currently, we can only get a secret draft link of any post before it's published, and once the post goes live, that draft link doesn't take anyone to the live post. We need to get a permalink so that we can share the link with others and/or schedule promotions in advance of the post going live. Other blogging platforms do this and it's very useful.
On all the pages you can change the background color, but ... not on a BLOG PAGES. (confirmed by Weebly) If you want to create a solid theme throughout your whole webdesign it isn't possible at this moment. Please give your thumbs up for the implementation of a changeable background color for BLOG PAGES
on 12-03-201611:22 AM - last edited on 12-04-201609:00 AM by Adam
A key feature of blogging is linking blog permalinks to help each other out and many blog posts are scheduled. Weebly needs to provide permalinks for scheduled blog posts so that others can use them on their scheduled blog posts so that they can all go live one after the other and be linked.
I know other bloggng sites allow this feature but weebly currently does not.
on 03-11-201709:28 AM - last edited on 03-11-201711:26 AM by Adam
Hope everyone is well today.
1. What I would like to see is a functional category list as a sidebar on my blog for website visitors. Blogger has more than a list of categories, but a number, in parenthesis, of how many writings pertain to that category. Would you all be able to create a sidebar that lists not only categories, plus the amount of writings, but also a drop down menu that lists the TITLE of the blogs per category. We REALLY need this.
Blogger is FREE and it starts us off with many more functions -- it would definitely set you all up a few notches
2. Can we also add a function where we can pull up a LIST of all of our published blog posts and edit or DELETE as necessary? Right now, within the weebly site, I can only go from page to page, scrolling to see if there is any content I need to delete or edit. It's really inefficient, and it's easy to miss the posts that need attention. If possible, just as you show us a list of DRAFTS, we would love to have access to those posts that were PUBLISHED as well - within WEEBLY's standard edit mode.
on 01-16-201704:39 AM - last edited on 01-16-201709:30 AM by Adam
It would be nice to have a widget to display the recent blogposts with title and pictures. Like a automated gallery from the rss feed. There exists a solution from Tint, but unfortunately no free widget which can be customized.
on 04-16-201604:25 PM - last edited on 04-19-201601:49 PM by Erin
Given content is now king, it would be great if we could display our most recent blog/news posts (snippets) on the home page. At the moment it would seem this is a manaul process i.e. recreate them using the build feature. This is both time consuming and double handling.
Please vote on having an automatic recent blog/news post display feature in Weebly so that we can ensure we get better click through on our sites to more relevant or interesting content for our vistors/clients. This gives them even more reasons to stay on the site longer (i.e. less bounce rate).
This feature could be included in the page build set up where you choose a page style for different sections e.g. about, services, contact, etc.
And/or coud be one of the build features where you insert it manaully or at a later stage once you have started blogging or adding news items.