June Updates

June has arrived!  And, with June, what to look forward to at Freewebs?  Calendars!  Background images for Web Stores, Photo Galleries, and Videos!   Plus, a few new templates.

Calendars.  Have you been looking to include a calendar on your site, maybe for your school, scout group or family reunion site?  Maybe for your business?  If so, take a look at the calendar that’s in development (meaning not yet completed).   Right now, the functionality is fairly basic: multiple views (month, week, day, all events) and add, edit, and delete events.  That’s the basic framework and we’ll be adding more functionality throughout the summer.  In today’s usability sessions, the calendar performed well.  We’re excited.  There’s a basic calendar on my site so you see what it looks like.  [Calendar link]


Hey all,

Based on feedback from users, we’ve added a few more webstore enhancements as follows:

  • Categories can now be ordered – You can now arrange your categories in whatever order you please
  • Categories now have descriptions – You can now add description text for each category
  • Set a default sort – You can now set a default way to sort your items in your “Store Settings”.  Choose from options like “Newest first” or Price: low to high.
  • Your visitors can sort – If you have more than 10 items, a new dropdown appears that allows your visitors to sort a store or category by the different sorting options.  For an example, visit http://www.dfirefox.com who has a lot of items in his store:)

We also fixed a few things that were causing a little instability with stores.  Hope you enjoy the new features.


PS – please keep your comments constructive.  For those of you who do not know, this blog is for the purpose of allowing Freewebs members to talk to each other as well as provide us with feedback.  If you have feedback, we would appreciate if it were constructive, for example, if you hit a bug, would be great to know where and how you are hitting it.  Finally, we don’t permit the advertising or mentioning of competitive services as people have abused this in our history.  We do allow some hosting ads on the site because those generate revenue for us.


May Update

These first months of 2008 have been busy ones at Freewebs.  In fact, so busy that we never had time to talk about Video Galleries!  Yes, we posted a few comments, but the new feature never received its own Blog post.  Time to remedy that.

Why a Video Gallery?  Photo Gallery turned out to be a popular new feature.  So, we thought, how about doing the same thing only for Videos?  Sounded like a good idea.

What are the features?

  • Multiple Channels. Channels are like photo albums.  They provide a place where you can group videos together.  All the summer vacation videos on one channel, all the wedding videos in another and all the pet videos (for example) on another.
  • Multiple sources. Pull in a video from anywhere!  Upload a video from your computer directly to Freewebs or provide the URL from whatever location or search YouTube or provide embed code.   Your choice.
  • Letting people know more.  For each video, provide a title and a description of the video so they know a bit more about it before taking a look.  Shortly, you’ll also be able to provide a custom thumbnail image if you’d like.
  • On your Site.  On your Gallery page, you’ll find a collection of thumbnails for the videos.  And, if you want, you can always add a channel or an individual video directly to your nav bar by clicking on Page Properties in the blue bar.  Your site visitors can comment on each video too.

Add a few videos to your site (or a lot of videos) and let us know what you think.  Now, let’s talk about the next few weeks.  Look forward to a few new templates, multiple images per product for Web Stores, and reordering products.


April Updates

At Freewebs, we’re busy with new features for Web Stores and other enhancements to make Freewebs easier for you.  Let’s start with Web Stores, recent enhancements include:

  • Product labels for New, Sold Out, Coming Soon, plus the ability to hide and item. Sold Out and Coming Soon remove the “Add to Cart” button.  Hide allows you to add products to your store before you’re ready to make them live.  All useful features.  To see how they look check out this sample store here.
  • Store description, store policies, and PayPal instructions.  You can now include all of these, just go to Store Settings.
  • Little changes.  Paragraph breaks now display.  Plus, you can delete products directly from your store front and you can add new categories directly from product update, not just in store settings.

And we’re not done!  Additional enhancements that we’re working on include multiple photos per product, shipping costs, and background images.  We expect all of these to go live before the end of April.

A few of you have asked for changes to the Freewebs forms that would make your life easier.  In response to your suggestions, we’re making changes to spam protect forms and providing a submission counter that let’s you know how many form submissions you have left during the month.  You’ll find that on the My Account page.  Plus, when your submissions are running low, you’ll receive an email notification.  The email notification isn’t live yet but will be before the month is out.



At Freewebs, we’re busy with Spring launches and sprucing up the services you already use.

Some of you sell items like quilts, crafts, jewelry, and such on your site.  You upload images of your products, the pricing and then link to PayPal to manage check out.  The process can be cumbersome.  We thought we could make creating and manage product sales fun and easy.  So, you’ll soon have a web store to add as a page type to your site.    That’s coming in early April.


What's Going On

Welcome to another week!  Here’s what’s going on this week at Freewebs.

Upgraded Email Notifications. We had a soft launch last week and, based on learnings, we turned it off, made a few tweaks and are now live again.  Take a look and see what you think.

New Support Center. The new support center is live (as you know).  The TechSupport team loves it and we hope you all do too.  Live chat is back too.  Do I hear a few cheers out there?

Domains. You know we’re working on this.  We’ve entered into Quality Assurance testing and then you all will need to take a look and tell us what you think.   We are looking at the attach domains suggestion posted last week.


February Updates

January’s over and February, shortest month of the year, is in full swing.   Here’s look at what we’ve been talking about and working on most recently.

Freewebs Member Featured on Oprah, People & Today Show
Congratulations to fellow Freewebser, Lynn Bering! Lynn was featured in national press for her inspirational weight loss success, from size 30/32 in January ’05 to size 6/4 in January ’08.  All documented on her Freewebs site that’s been around since 2005.  Photos from ’91 and on, a blog, links to weight loss blogs and sites Lynn recommends, a blog, Oprah experience and more.  Check out her site.



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