Hello All,

I want to inform everyone of a change we are making to our core account structure and what it means for NEW websites that are created with Webs.  As you know, in the past sites have been created with a username/password combination.  The problem with this was that for those of you with multiple sites, it is hard to keep track of all these credentials.  So we are moving to a new Master Account system called a “WebsID”.  The WebsID is a unique email/password combination and serves as your master account.  When we finish this release, all new accounts will be created under a WebsID master account.  If you don’t have one, you can create one during signup.  If you already have one, then you can simply login and create a new website without any need to create a new account or password.  Logging in with a WebsID will bring you to a new “Dashboard” which will show you all your sites, and let you quickly jump from site to site for administration purposes.

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Hi Everyone,

Haroon here.  For those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m the CEO of Webs.com.  Just wanted to give a quick update on a few things.

Stability Update

First, as you know we have been spending a lot of efforts on improving the stability and reliability of the system.  While I would not consider us 100% there just yet, we have made some very good progress including some major upgrades to our core databases, added servers for more redundancy, code updates for better efficiency, and a new QA team for better testing.  We also updated our storage cluster today (a few of you may have noticed the hiccup) to give us plenty of room for growth.  We still have a few more tasks to complete but do feel we are well on our way to solidifying our hosting infrastructure for your sites.

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Did you notice the small change today? Our design team redesigned the File Manager to match the new look and feel of the website.

It’s very slick and streamlined.

Check it out! [LINK]

Irina

Calendar

As you know, we are going through improvements for each of our apps. We recently updated photos, forums, and webstores. Now its time for a Calendar Update. This new release adds several new and exciting features that have come from your suggestions and requests.

What’s new?

  • RSS feeds: Visitors can now subscribe to your calendar with an RSS feed that shows upcoming events (there’s a new icon at the bottom of your calendar)
  • Event Locations: You can now add a location to each event posted with the option of turning on a link to a Google map for quick directions.
  • Calendar Overlays: You can now choose to overlay some default calendars (examples: national holidays, religious holidays, phases of the moon) on top of your site calendar. This new feature is found in the Calendar Settings. These events added through calendar overlays can be toggled on/off. They are only on the calendar view and do not have event views. You can also import events from any calendar in iCal format.
  • Social Publishing (shared calendars): Your members can now add events to your calendar based on their permissions. You can choose the required membership level for posting one-time and recurring events from the Calendar settings (you can also turn it off from here).

We’ve spent more time on QA this time around and hope you’ve enjoyed the smoother launch. I look forward to your feedback.

Best,

Haroon

PS – one thing we have not yet added is RSVPs for events. This is however something we plan on adding as well.

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Friends and Private Messages

We’ve pushed out updates for all member profiles today. Now you and your users can add friends and private message each other. To see all the new features, check out a profile on your site – you should see three new sections.

The Main Tab contains a profile summary, a recent activity feed, and a comments section. New to this tab is the actions box that allows you to send the user a message or add them as a friend.

The Info Tab contains a more granular look into a users profile.

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My Accoutn Updates

As some of you have noticed, we pushed out an overhauled “My Account” page earlier today. This new version has been reworked from the ground up to provide you with a better way to manage your account data, while simultaneously moving towards our goal (one of many) of allowing you to link together sites you own.

With this revamp, we’ve consolidated some of the Profile features and included new ways to change various properties of your site, such as your “Site Description”, “Site Title”, and “Site Footer”. We’ve also incorporated some new features, like the ability to attach your site to a WebsID. Eventually, you’ll be able to attach multiple sites you own to the same WebsID, and manage them from one central dashboard – a multi-site dashboard, if you will.

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What's Going On

Hello All,

Just wanted to give everyone an update on some work we’ve been doing. As you know, I’ve taken your feedback and continue to make stability our number one priority. We’ve just pushed out two things that should make good improvements in the photo gallery and forums.

For the photo gallery, this update should fix sites who are getting an error page after trying to edit or add new pictures. In addition, it should fix any sidebars that weren’t updating. As for forums, the fix should make them faster in general and substantially reduce any errors that you were seeing.

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Photos Update

Thank you for being so patient while we were updating our systems to make the latest updates possible. Here’s a summary of the new Photo Gallery features:

–  Social Publishing: Your members can now post albums and photos. (If you let them)
–  Categories: Manage your albums better by placing them in categories.
–  Search: Find photos quickly by searching on titles and captions.
–  Permissions: Manage what your members can do. (Use the Settings button to decide who can post comments, post photos, manage categories and who can download photos through right-clicking.  )
–  Comment Counts: See which photos have comments, and how many.
–  Quick Links: Just like forums, you can now view all recently added or commented photos with the click of a link.
–  Design changes: We’ve sharpened things up a bit for a better overall experience.

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Forum App Update

The Forum app has been updated today with enhancements that a lot of your have been requesting.  New updates include:

– Editing of posts and topics for moderators and site owners
– Editing and deleting of posts and topics for site members (with a 10 minute time limit)
– Locking of Categories
– Moving topics – by editing and changing their category
– General enhancements and performance improvements

These changes were applied automatically to everyone’s forums. Since all the changes are brand new, would love to hear your thoughts.

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Updates

Today we launched a brand new update. This widely requested update enables you to post useful widgets in sidebars without using any code.

How to add widgets to your sidebar?

1. In the Sidebar Manager, click on the “Widget Module” Button
2. The next screen will show you the Sidebar WidgetBank where you can choose from a number of categories to find widgets that suit your needs (like badges, clocks, countdowns, weather feeds, news feeds, rss feeds, and more).
3. Customize your chosen widget (if needed) and click ‘Insert.’

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