After the Weebly update last year, you are VERY limited on theme choices. Weebly was in numerous articles as being a top choice for teacher websites for ease of use and theme choices. You pretty much took away all themes that look more kid friendly and replaced them all with business themes. Please add more theme choices.
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 02-26-201609:08 AM - last edited on 05-15-201610:18 AM by Adam
In other CMS platforms, the user has the ability to scroll through their image directory, so if you need an image again or on another page in the site, you can just reference it just like we already have the ability to do with files. Currently, as far as I can tell, the only way to reference a previously used image is to find it on the site and use the URL or to upload it again. Especially with photos, it would be nice not to have to keep the original files on a hard drive once they've been uploaded to the site. I've had a few times where i had to search through blog histories to find a file I needed a year later. If the image directory was easily available, I could have just selected the file from a list.
I've talked to Weebly staff about this on numerous occasions and they tell me it's a feature people have requested. What "Mega Menu" means is that when you click on a menu header - a box opens up containing the entire menu navigation for that header. As websites become larger, it's a feature more clients are requesting. It makes large websites much easier to navigate. I've attatched some photo examples pulled from the web to demonstrate what I mean. :-)
An older version of Weebly offered users the option to make the header fonts more unique when compared to regular title or text fonts. I do like the "Edit Image" feature that allows me to modify the header image immediately, but this font feature should be brought back. Based on feedback on my own site, the newest fonts for the headers are no longer palatable to my clientele because they are bland and boring.
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 04-27-201712:49 PM - last edited on 04-28-201709:25 PM by Queso
I am absolutely desperate for a different blog layout. So much so that I have been investigating WordPress and Blogger. But I am also equally desperate not to go through the learning curve or the hassle of changing over. Besides, I love Weebly and recommend it to everyone. However, I find the Weebly blog layout to be old fashioned, and very tedious to navigate to old blog posts.
Please, please, please, please, please Weebly, an updated look in blog templates and some choice. I can see no reason why you cannot do it. You have brilliant designers!
If you gave Weeblers only one wish, I would put my money on "more themes". Weeblers are now seeking outside providers to add some "sexiness" into their themes and willing to pay up to USD60 for a theme.
Why don't you (Weebly that is) ride on this gravy train and address your Theme-deprived position. Let us face it your option for themes is not considered to be the most competitive advantage.
May I offer some solutions:
Take over (buy that is) some of the up and coming 3rd party theme providers (by the way I do not own nor work for any 3rd party providers)
If your funds are limited then, create a revenue generating division and compete with the third party theme providers - but offer themes at 50% cheaper than the comparable 3rd party providers.
This division will soon bring in incremental revenue before you know it. I am certainly going to be one of your customers.
I am sure Weeblers would rather buy from Weebly than outsiders simply because of your support service and future compatibility.
on 01-01-201710:45 AM - last edited on 01-01-201711:26 AM by Adam
Hi Everyone - Weebly support suggest I put this idea out to the Weebly community
Idea - Add contact details of your choice (EG; telephone number and email address hyperlinked of course) to the top part of the header and be able to size it yourself and position just above the menu bars to make it obvious and clearly visable
The reason for wanting this improvement is simple - I think anyone viewing any page on a website should always be able to see and act on a call for action
I hope the community responds positively to this request as they indicated that if enough people voted it may be added to the Brisk theme
on 10-05-201610:55 PM - last edited on 04-29-201703:13 PM by Queso
The new video header feature is great - thank you! Can you please allow them to play on mobile devices? Ideally, you could add a design option to play or not play videos on mobile devices. Better yet, provide the option of video play only when connected to wifi.
Ultimately, the problem comes down to the fact that the video can look great on computer browser, but the single frame that appears on mobile devices may be completely unsatisfactory. Another option is to allow a user-selected image to display on mobile while the video plays on browser.
on 02-27-201708:10 AM - last edited on 02-27-201712:43 PM by Adam
Weebly seems to do so many things wrong these day I have to slap myself to ask why we're still bothering after all these years (if your reading weebly odds are we won't be much longer)
The colour pallet is broken in every way.
Firstly almost nobody is going to use 90% of its colours (you dont even have black & white)
We use css to set most of our text colour but we have a few lines often enough that require a differnt colour of course we highlight the text & enter our custom colour hex code to change said text (which doesn't even always work)
Then to make it worse if we have another line further down the page we cant just highlight that & use the same hex code weebly won't change a thing unless we 1. use a colour on their chart & then and only then use the hex code yet again!
even with just 4 or 5 lines in 1 post this quickly becomes frustrating & time consuming like most other aspects of weebly these days.
on a quick side note the ability to transfer a blog post to another blog & create blog templates that we can continually just load up would save hours every week!
on 09-26-201610:15 AM - last edited on 10-22-201606:05 PM by Queso
The new colorful themes with the slim horizontal navigation bars constrain the logo to a very tiny size. Our logo does not look good reduced tiny and therefore, I can not use most of the Weebly themes. Allow the user to adjust the logo size in the navigation area or create themes with bigger logos in mind. Themes, like "Modus Operandi - Cento"or "Bayside Inn - CleanLines" allow for scalable or bigger logos but they have constrained white background areas. In themes like these, it would be helpful to allow a full colorful background or photo to be put behind the logo area.
on 04-21-201610:23 PM - last edited on 04-27-201610:16 AM by NickyLimes
I'm not sure why Weebly doesn't have this already and I tend to regard the omission as a major oversight considering your competitors wix and foursquare do offer it: Video background on a loop. When we want to change our images for the background, allow videos with some free and some we can buy, just like the images. simple. all the latest sites show this. looks awesome. Trust me, you're losing customers over this.
on 06-07-201605:18 PM - last edited on 06-08-201610:29 AM by NickyLimes
To the good folks at Weebly:
I saw where others have suggested vertical divider lines —and I agree 100%! However . . .
I'd love to have the ability to make the dividers (both horizontal AND-- vertical--when you give us that option too!) darker (by any percentage of our choosing). Whether it be elements or text—the light colored gray (on white or light backgrounds) is hard to see. Being able to make a divider whatever desired % (i.e., 30, 55, or even 70% black) would keep it from competing with a 100% black text, and yet, be dark enough to allow the eye to have a clean break by the divider. The eye needs that when there is a lot of text, sections, and design elements on a page— just as using the bold red makes this portion of the text "pop" from the other text. On my sites I must add 3-4 dividers (with no spaces— to sandwich them together) in order to get the dividers to be easily visible on a white background. That's time consuming and frustrating!
All text, and elements like the dividers, should be dark enough to see/read easily. And when a "thin font" is used for the "body text", 100% black is a good choice—not necessarily bold unless for emphases— but 100% rich black especially since most websites are viewed by "large audiences"—meaning: people of all ages, education, different physical challenges, interests, etc. That's just simple, good 101 basic design principles which folks should know and implement if they are setting up websites, because really—anyone of any age can have issues with their eyes.
Please make "editable" divider lines possible (both horizontal and vertical) where we have the choice of the percentage of color tone. Thanks Weebly!