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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 02-24-201701:57 PM - last edited on 02-26-201708:35 AM by Adam
I think we should be able to add custom Social Icons (Like Nextdoor or eBay) to a theme, just upload a standard 32x32 png and link like the others are. I have to manually alter the social graphic to get aything close, but it always looks off in the theme, It would be nice to be able to just add custom Icons that will look the same in any theme.