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Complete Overhaul to Blog Tools

Status: We're Considering It.
by newyorkave on ‎01-27-2017 11:20 AM - last edited on ‎01-30-2017 11:58 AM by Community Manager

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. 

 

Authorship

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.

 

Pagination, PLEASE

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.

 

Post Options

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.

 

Unpublish Option

Users should have the ability to pull a post back into drafts. This is just common courtesy. Come on!

 

Bug Fixes

  • 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.

Returning Customers, Saved Information

Status: New Idea
by PantryFuel on ‎11-06-2016 08:10 PM - last edited on ‎05-23-2017 08:12 PM by Employee Moderator

This is hurting my business - I'm about to switch my website host because of this, but I'd really like to conitnue to support Weebly. When will this feature be available???

I would love to see the membership login/signup pages editable by the weebly editor! This would be amazing!

Status: We're Considering It.

Thank you for your idea @natster101. The product team is giving it some thought. 

 

Keep voting for this idea! We want to show the product team that Weebly users would benefit from membership page customization.

 

Enjoy your day!

Erin

Editing Members Only Login Page

Status: New Idea
by rjcarter1121 on ‎02-14-2017 01:24 PM - last edited on ‎02-15-2017 08:21 AM by Community Manager

This feature would allow you to edit the members only login page. Insted of having the plain weebly look. You could edit it and add a company logo and text etc.

e-commerce improvements!

Status: New Idea
by social_signs ‎12-18-2016 07:17 PM - edited ‎12-29-2016 07:50 PM

I have an online printing company and my customers need to be able to have way more features offered on my site if we want to remain competitive

 

1. Customer Logins/Accounts

    -retail customers with retail pricing

    -reseller customer logins with better (lower) pricing structure (for ex./ a reseller will login and get 20% off all products and different discounts can be set on different products BUT only specific customers or category of customers)

    -wishlist/favorites/save for later

    -reorder button

   -order history page

   -saved customer profiles with saved shipping address, saved billing address, saved payment method

    -saved uploaded files for cx to reorder with on different products

 

2. Checkout

    -edit cart

    -invoice options

    -PO

    -check or other payment option

    -split payment options

   -Suggestions/ Add-On Items!!

 

3. Products/Categories

---Set discounts for certain Products or categories without having to set each variant individually. We should be able to set a discount and it auto apply the discount and show the new amount the cx will pay. With the reg. price crossed out. And even better if we could restrict the customers who get certain discounts.

----For "Service" products - give an option to add variants on these. We offer design services, but also need cx's to provide the product and size and other details regarding the design request. It's a hassle to have them fill out a custom contact form and then tell them to purchase the design separately.

 

4. Variants on Products

-Set SKU for all without having to input individually for each variant

-MORE VARIANTS, MORE VARIANTS, MORE VARIANTS!!!

-BIGGEST COMPLAINT, is that certain Variants should be able to be set as "optional" or "required". With my GoDaddy site, a variant could be completely optional allowing for more variants to be added. And the optional variant had its own completely separate pricing so we don't have to go through the trouble of calculating the new cost of that variant (item) is added.

 

For ex./

Banner Stand $150

Add-On item Variant: LED light

LED Light is +$60 - customers just see an option to add an LED light for $60 and can completely ignore it if they don't want it. And they see the product price increase by $60 if they select it.

 

 

5. Reviews

-I have an existing Yotpo account and would love to be able to add those existing reviews. We had tons of 5 star reviews and now we can't even showcase them!

 

6. Website editor

-Add a Footer Menu option!!!

-give an option to save certain contact forms so they can be added to other pages without having to recreate it every time!

 

7. Orders

-Edit Shipping Address if customer makes a mistake or needs to change an address (right now this can only be done when you are trying to mark an order as shipped which isn't very helpful)

-Add order notes regarding anything for any changes or special instructions the customer left off.

-More status options, maybe even "custom statuses", for example "proofing", "in production", "preparing for shipment", "shipped" and easier way to add and show tracking status.

-Definitely would love to see something like live shipping/tracking status the way Etsy can.

-Be able to create MANUAL ORDERS and INVOICES

 

 

8. Discount Codes

-give a set discount or discounts for all or select products to certain members/customers

-be able to set discount codes to be used ONE USE per customer!!! We want to be able to offer a set Welcome coupon that we don't have to worry about customer's reusing over and over again. Just one use and they can't reuse it.

 

 

9. Quote Tool / Shipping Estimator

-quote or shipping estimator form/tool that way our customers don't have to actually add items to the cart to get grand total pricing and cost of shipping

Customer Account - Order Tracking / History request

Status: New Idea
by MULTIAXIS on ‎11-03-2016 06:02 AM - last edited on ‎05-23-2017 08:35 PM by Employee Moderator

For my registered users I would like to setup a page on my site that will allow them to log in and see the status of an order, or order history.

 

 

Access Denied

Status: New Idea
by FitnessInspired on ‎12-07-2016 09:08 AM - last edited on ‎12-07-2016 10:50 AM by Community Manager

When making pages of your website unavailable to certain individuals, a message that says "Access Denied" appears when that indivual tries to view the pages you denied them from. Instead of only saying "Access Denied", that message should be able to be personailzed by the buisness/site owner. 

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Memebrship pages after logging in

Status: New Idea
by djheatseeker494 on ‎01-04-2017 07:32 AM - last edited on ‎01-04-2017 08:52 AM by Community Manager

After the member has logged in, it askes them to choose a membership page that they wish to view. Is there any way a member can just log in, be directed to one landing page and then navigate around the membership site. I find that asking the member to choose a membership page just after logging in is distracting to the members and I would like to know if some setting needs to be changed. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Regards Michael

Order History Feature

Status: New Idea
by AnyJane on ‎08-25-2016 08:42 PM - last edited on ‎09-07-2016 06:32 PM by Employee Moderator

Hello,

 

I think it would be great if Weebly could offer a feature that allows users to log in via membership and view their past purchases.

Multiple passwords

Status: Alternative Suggestion Provided
by webbuilder11 on ‎04-11-2017 11:17 AM - last edited on ‎04-11-2017 12:28 PM by Community Manager

I need to be able to use multiple different passwords on my website to protect pages.  Right now only one password can be used for the entire site.  

 

The reason why, is if I want one group of people to access some content and other groups to access different content.  Right now I would have to give everyone the same password and they would be able to access pages I do not want them to see. 

Status: Alternative Suggestion Provided

You can use our Membership features to have different passwords for different pages, @webbuilder11:

 

https://hc.weebly.com/hc/en-us/articles/203859386-Membership-Limiting-Page-Visibility-to-Members

Member Registration Alert

Status: We're Working on It.
by LRC on ‎04-17-2017 09:35 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2017 11:36 AM by Community Manager

I have the required approval setting on for member registration. I have several groups I will be filtering members to. It would be great to receive an email alert when a visitor registers with the site so I can immediately approve and select the group they need to be a part of. After calling support to see if this was a feature, I discovered it wasn't. I'm actually surprised this doesn't exist with your site. 

Status: We're Working on It.

I don't know when it will be completed, though we're working to add this to our membership features.

Membership verification and security

Status: New Idea
by gharkleroad on ‎10-17-2016 11:08 AM - last edited on ‎05-02-2017 05:36 PM by Employee Moderator

Anyone registering on a Weebly website to be a member can enter a bogus email account.  Standard security practice these days is to email the requester a code as part of the registration verification process that they enter on the website to confirm that they are using their valid email address.  This should be a priority change by Weebly.

I'd love to see user friendly paid memberships with a new interface that's integrated with Paypal, Stripe, etc. with restricted content.

App to check website members logins, and IP Address.

Status: New Idea
by NufcToon1 on ‎01-01-2017 10:49 AM - last edited on ‎01-01-2017 11:26 AM by Community Manager

An app to check website members logins, to check for multiple logins, and also to check for multiple IP Addresses logging into a members account

A few suggestion

Status: New Idea
by gfxpronet on ‎04-28-2017 07:06 AM - last edited on ‎04-28-2017 09:24 PM by Employee Moderator

Hello there,
im Wesley a Motion Graphics Designer and CEO of GFX | Productions, I work a lot on making all kinds of entertainment, platforms, and features. So im busy a lot on my website to manage, show and updated everything and suddenly i came up with an idea for some coming or future features.

Because as i said im busy a lot on my website to update pages, content, features and more... And some of the are offcourse private, So you need to login to get access, but its not really an attractive login screen, so how would it be to get the option to customize it, as same Weebly did for the 404 Error Page?

And the second idea/suggestion is that i dont know if i am the only one... But i have a main website aswell for some subdomains on one Weebly account, but on the moment its only possible to Copy a Website as a Whole, but not a specific Section/Page(s) on the site. So if i wanted for example the About Page to be moved from (gfx-pro.net -to- test.gfx-pro.net). You need to remake the whole page again instead of copying a specific Section/Page on the Site(s).

I hope my ideas/suggestions where told clearly enough to understand, aswell for Weebly to may us it.
As offcourse i really hope you do because i think it could be handy and safe some time for a lot of Weebly Users (Like me!).

Thank you in advance,
Wesley de Bruin (CEO of GFX | Productions)
http://www.gfx-pro.net

Members group expiration date

Status: New Idea
by patrickmast on ‎04-19-2016 05:10 AM - last edited on ‎04-27-2016 10:19 AM by Employee Moderator

Hello,

 

We offer Update & Service Subscription for our clients. Members are assigned to a group where they can access the download page of their purchased software.

 

Can you add a "Expiration date" on a group access per member? This way our user can only download as long as his Update & Service Subscription is active.

 

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Thank you!

 

Patrick

[Membership feature] Display a member's name

Status: New Idea
by Pingpongsos on ‎05-21-2017 11:24 PM - last edited on ‎05-22-2017 07:49 AM by Community Manager

Weebly has a great membership feature for Pro, Business, and Performance plans.


Most modern membership sites will display their members' name to create kind and customized atmosphere.

 

However, it seems we are not able to do this in Weebly.

 

So it would be great if Weebly could add this feature.

 

For example, it could be just an insertable variable for the text editor.

Template Size

Status: New Idea
by Just_Billy ‎02-08-2016 02:07 AM - edited ‎02-08-2016 08:46 AM

A few ideas huh?

Well, for years... and years... more now, as it's becoming the modern style... But the ability to have your site stretch from edge to edge, and not be limited to the center area of the screen. Dynamic sizing?

You guys have a few templates that offer this style for some of the BG elements, but not the content itself.

Look at sites like this example, the images don't stretch right over to the edges, but a pretty good example none the less.

http://www.cinecoup.com/cc/canada-2015



Need Members to Log in with Google Accounts!

Status: New Idea
by MCT on ‎03-09-2017 12:35 PM - last edited on ‎03-10-2017 12:18 PM by Community Manager

Hello there! So I can log into Weebly with my Google account, but members currently can't log in to my website with their Google accounts. Please change this! I run a website for young students who all have Google Apps for Education accounts. Instead of asking them to remember yet another password, the log in process needs to be simplified to allow them access via their Google accounts. Please make this happen! 

 

Thank you for the consideration!

Toni 

A feature allowing registered members of a website to create profile and contribute

Status: New Idea
by azim23 on ‎04-30-2016 11:39 PM - last edited on ‎05-02-2016 09:57 AM by Employee Moderator

It would be a great idea to include such feature that allow registered members of a website to create some sort of a profile/portfolio of their own. This opens up so much possibilities for example allowing the creation of a dynamic sharing website such as facebook, linkedin or 500px to name a few. I suggest that a feature like this is made available for weebly users as it can be a game changer within the web development platforms. It would greatly benefit users as well as the progress of this service.