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 05-18-201609:09 AM - last edited on 05-18-201610:11 AM by NickyLimes
It would be great if we can customize our checkout fields to the way we want just like the contact forms and survey form elements. For instance, there are some fields that come by default such as Region and Zip which are pretty lame and unwanted for me, and so I would like to remove them from letting the user enter such information as they won't benefit me at all. Nevertheless, we should have the ability to also insert as many fields as we like in case there are some mandatory fields not placed in the default checkout. Furthermore, it would also be nice if we can have a tick box below the fields that states the user to save his/her credentials locally on their PC the next time they come to checkout so that they won't need to retype everything again. It would surely bring better sales for my business for minimizing and reducing the hassles. Last but not least, it would be super great if we can specify different rates for different shipping method services, ex: the user selects/picks from a drop-down "Express Shipping / Standard Shipping / Royal Shipping / Same-Day Shipping / International Shipping, and so on..." We can define these names to our own liking as well as set different charge fees for each. Well, nough said. If I had missed anything, then don't hesitate to comment below. All feedback is much appreciated.
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.
on 12-19-201611:49 AM - last edited on 12-19-201612:23 PM by Adam
I have a site with hundreds of pages, and every time I create a new page I have to drag it to where it needs to go. It would be nice to have a better hierarchical format to make this easier. The ability to expand and collapse would be so helpful!
on 04-05-201610:32 AM - last edited on 04-19-201602:56 PM by Erin
I'd like the ability to offer paid monthly subscriptions to customers. I feel that offering something like a pre-purchase for example a year, ends up being such a high value that people are deterred from the store.
on 02-27-201707:04 AM - last edited
2 weeks ago
Our website is for a non-profit that offers free ebooks to our community. Therefore one of our performance indicators associated with the website is how many times the ebook files have been downloaded.
Therefore, the idea I want to propose to Weebly is to develop more on the website statistics so that we could get more information. Previously, our website was managed in Cpanel, and the statistics were much more useful than here (latest visits, geographical location of visitors, how many times each page was visited, how many times a file posted on the website was downloaded etc). I'd love to see these things considered by Weebly in a future update.
on 05-01-201707:15 PM - last edited on 05-02-201706:55 AM by Adam
Hello, I feel so uncomfortable about blog page.. too basic functions.. my purpose is blogging thats why I bought pro version.. however,
I think that there should be the ability for all blog pages to have page numbers on the bottom (along with the navigation buttons). This means that there is no need for the website visitor to always click the previous and next buttons for if they are wanting to view an older post which could be on page 5 (as an example), then they can click onto page 5 rather than clicking on the previous or next button 5 times...
Second, about categories... actually I want to post about my hobbies and education purpose... so I managing 2 categories(example, education , hobbies) But, If I write about maths on education category.. I cannot manager under the education part...because I cannot set sub- categories.. it shows only education, hobbies, maths like just tag...
so...I think update these features... blog page botton and sub-categories
on 02-14-201702:47 PM - last edited on 02-15-201708:20 AM by Adam
I've been with Weebly a couple of years and I can't believe this option still has not taken place. My customers need to be able to upload photos/logo files either when choosing a spefic product or during checkout. Asking them to do so after the fact drives customers away and doesn't work with my business. Please add this option ASAP.