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 04-26-201706:39 PM - last edited on 04-27-201707:59 AM by Adam
Why can't we add a(n) Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Kik, Messages, Whatsapp, or Pinterest apps, for our users to go on to those links and add the website to whichever ones they have? We gain more users that way.
I want to say at the outset, that although I am posting this hereas a suggested feature because several Weebly staff have insisted that I do so, I maintain that there are two separate issues. Yes one is a suggestion for a future feature, but that suggestion only comes about in order to solve what appears to be a technical problem with the Weebly platform. What I would really really like is for a Weebly developer to read my intial post here and investigate this problem: https://community.weebly.com/t5/SEO/Site-Thumbnails-on-Facebook-Sharing/m-p/12825#M495
Ok, so that said, the idea is a pretty simple one and its this. There should be an image field in the site settings which is a default image representing the site on social media links and the like. At present, we have no control over what image, sites like facebook scrapes for to represent the site when we are linking to it.
This feature would work from the user point of view just like (and probalby directly underneath) the favicon field. A place where you can upload your own image. That image would then be placed in the site header with the meta tag og:Image - so that facebook can readily identify it.
In that way, when we are promoting a page or post that does not have its own embedded image, we would be able to ensure that a good looking image represents the site on places like facebook.
I won't go too much into the technical failure that is occurring somewhere between weebly's platform and facebook's scraping of weebly site URLs, but could someone please please read my post linked above about this issue. (And If you look around you'll see that other people are having a related issue with blog post images. From my quick test with blog posts from my own sites, its appears that facebook scraping is not detecting an image within a weebly post, despite the fact that the image does meet facebook's size criteria.)
I'll just simplify it to this: placing the following code in the weebly site header in settings, does NOT work for facebook:
I would like to suggest to add a Website Thumbnail feature in whicg we can select one image as a cover for our website.
So that where ever we put our weebly website link it catches the Website Thumbnail as its face for others instead of picking up random pics from site.
As i see it is been discussed a lot and many facing same issues, i request you to kindly consider this as a main feature in weebly which can help you drive many others to join weebly and ehance our community.
This feature isnt used in any other website creators, hence giving you an strategic advantage.
on 04-26-201709:55 PM - last edited on 04-27-201707:58 AM by Adam
I'd really like more choices for social networking icons that can be added to the header. Instagram, Goodreads, BookBub--these are sites that I and a lot of other authors use to promote our books, and it's frustrating that I can't choose the ones I want, or adjust the size. The Twitter, Facebook, email and YouTube icons are so small that it's impossible to tell what the YouTube one even is. I'd love to see more options.
on 03-29-201702:37 AM - last edited on 03-29-201708:13 AM by Adam
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.
We'd love this option just embeded into all our blogs from the get-go. There is currently a "Twitter Share" button on the bottom of all our blogs. Our clients are not the twiting variety and seem to be on Facebook much more. Plus, the content we have in our blogs just isn't in the twit style.
on 04-10-201604:43 AM - last edited on 04-19-201602:37 PM by Erin
Hello, can you please integrate the share buttons/icons (share on Facebook, g+, linkedin, pinterest, ecc) like the social buttons/icons weebly already has integreted in order to post freely where you need on the pages and posts? It is a very useful tool! I needed this option on one website on different places and I had to use www.sharethis.com buttons. Only that I had to customise the template for this and insert manualy the code. I put the code on the wrong place and had some problems until I understud from where the problem was. Thank you! Kind regards dO
Hey weebly, I am from Moroni Channel, we use weebly as our official website for 1 month now, and we would like to use Facebook Instant Articles, but it seems so difficult for a weebly website to have an instant article, can you help us with it? Like give us an instruction on how we can have Facebook Instant Articles or create a plugin which supports Instant Articles like what WordPress did?
I think we need to add Tumblr to the list of social icons that are available. Tumblr is a growing social media platform, especially among younger users. Yahoo recently purchased it for $1.1 billion. The site has 550 million users and only 42 percent of those are from the U.S. Furthermore, 69 percent of its users are Millenials and for the first time, Millenials now outnumber Baby Boomers.