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The liveBooks8 website editor allows you to create a custom navigation bar that fits your website’s specific needs. Whether this includes a drop-down menu that organizes your portfolio galleries, the use of social media icons, or the use of links and buttons, you’ll be able to customize every aspect of the navigation bar. Check out the video tutorial below to get started!
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The process of uploading images to your liveBooks8 website doesn’t have to be a daunting one! With some planning and organizing, your images and portfolio galleries will begin to take shape before you know it. From recommended image sizes to uploading your images in order to create image galleries, this tutorial will help get your galleries on their way to perfection!
The liveBooks team would like to wish you a Happy New Years. We know that with the beginning of a fresh new year, many people get wrapped up in new projects and goals. Why not make one of them cleaning up your website? Here are a few tips that will help get your website ready for a new year with a fresh start!
Sometimes you get caught up with work, whether it’s at photoshoots, editing images, creating editorials, and forget to update your website with the new images you’ve created. Updating your images is an important part of showcasing your work. This is especially important for your homepage. Now is a great time to look at your recent jobs and see which images would be best to showcase.
It’s important to check your external and internal links continuously throughout the year. Links that don’t lead your audience anywhere create a poor user experience. They are less likely to go back to your website once this happens. It is especially important to check external links as other websites may change page names, website URLs, etc. Internal links are equally as important but are under your control. Check these every time you change a page name within your website.
SEO is one of the most important aspects of your website! The liveBooks8 platform allows you to control SEO on a page/photo level as well as as on a site-wide level. It’s important that all of your SEO tags, descriptions and titles be up-to-date. Now is a great moment to look over these parts of your website. Still need some help understanding what SEO is and how you can optimize it on your website? Read our SEO Everything™ article!
As a new year begins, it brings the opportunity to showcase new works and events that you would like your clients to see and attend. Potential clients interested in attending your events and conferences could be lost if they see that you have not updated information for the 2017 year.
Your website’s copyright year will not automatically update. Make sure that if you have a copyright on your website, to change the year from 2016 to 2017! This is especially important in the footer – the place where most people forget to look through.
These simple tips will make your website look both cleaner and more professional. As the new year begins, make sure to set aside some time to complete these tasks. They will make your website look both more professional and will help attract the right clients in 2017.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be one of the most important features that your website can have. This feature encompassed the technical requirements needed to improve your website’s rankings, drive organic traffic, and increase awareness in search engines. liveBooks is proud to boast that our built-in SEO tool offers our clients the ability to customize their SEO settings on a photo, page, and site-wide level. Additionally, all liveBooks8 sites automatically include micro date that search engines, web crawlers, and browsers can extract and process to provide a richer browsing experience for users.
Learn how to start utilizing our SEO Everything™ tools with our quick tutorial below.
Have you been paying attention to how your website’s search engine mobile performance results have been doing? If you haven’t, it’s time to start now! Google has now announce that it will create a mobile index separate from its existing search engine. Due to the fact that over half of Google searches are now being made through mobile devices, it was only a matter of time before Google took actions to improve its users’ experience.
Google plans to create two separate web indexes – one dedicated to mobile pages and another to desktop pages. Mobile versions of the pages will be prioritized on its search results page. A desktop version will be displayed if the website has no mobile pages available.
Google will now place value on mobile pages when indexing a site and determining its position on search results. Once Google sets the change in motion, websites that do not have mobile-friendly designs will likely see significantly reduced search engine traffic.
If you host your mobile content on a separate subdomain, this could cause some problems for your search engine results. This is to say that if, for example, a mobile user attempted to access “yourcompany.com” on a mobile phone, they might see the URL displayed as “mobile.yourcompany.com”. If this is the case for your website, it may be time to revise the content you display on the mobile website. Google will be prioritizing the content on that subdomain rather than your desktop version.
You can now test how your mobile website is seen by Google’s web crawlers! Visit Google’s test for mobile friendliness to find out how your website performs. You will enter your website’s URL and click the “Analyze” button. If you’re website is seen as mobile-friendly, a green message will display letting you know.
liveBooks is ready for this change in search engine indexing! We are proud to say that all liveBooks websites are fully-responsive. Regardless of screen size, your website will adjust its width and features such as text and images to optimize its mobile visibility.
If you haven’t started using liveBooks yet, start your free trial and begin creating your beautiful, fully-responsive website today!
liveBooks offers many options for you to customize your site’s mobile navigation. With its standard settings, your site will come with mobile navigation style that matches your chosen theme. You will be able to customize options for navigation within the Design tool:
4. Select the Mobile tab to view your mobile navigation design settings.
5. Dropdown your icon options under the Layout dropdown menu. We give you 45 icons with over 130 icon style and shape variations to choose from, providing unique customization for you and your business’ brand. Select from the icons you see here.
6. Take a look below Layout and you will find all of your icon settings. Change how the icon looks and animates here:
(A) Icon – choose your icon color via presets or leave it without one.
(B) Shape – add a shape beneath your icon or leave it without one.
(C) Symbol Size – adjust how large or small you want your icon to appear.
(D) Icon Position – have your icon appear on the left or right side of your site.
(E) Style – have your navigation appear from above or slide in from the side of the screen.
(F) Reveal – select how the navigation reveals the menu items:
(G) Animation – 5 different animation effects
(H) Trigger – choose how your navigation menu is made visible:
(I) Use mobile navigation on all devices – enable to display the mobile navigation in all viewports/devices. Currently available on two layout types: Top Navigation (Logo Above) and Top Navigation (Logo Below).
7. The Text panel adjusts default styling and font choices for all views of your navigation menu.
(J) Select your desired font and stylings for your navigation menu.
8. Within the Expandable Menus panel, design how the navigation menu appears on reveal.
(K) The design settings made here are for your navigation menu if you enable a navigation menu that appears on a click action.
(L) Sub-Navigation – choose “Always expand” to make all sub-navigation pages visible in the expanded menu. “Expand on click” makes an arrow appear and will require the customer to click the parent navigation item to view the child pages.
9. Select Save and Publish to make all of your navigation changes live now.
Video galleries are here! Now you will be able to add multiple videos on one page in a grid format. With the change in size of the video preview, your viewers will be able to easily choose which video they want to see. Adding a Video Gallery block to your page is simple – here’s how you can start creating yours:
Note: In this scenario, we will be working in a Generic page type.
3. From your page, select the green (+) button between content blocks, you will see all of your available block options.
4. Select the Video Gallery option:
5. The block will immediately show up on the page. Select the green Add Video button to input your first YouTube or Vimeo video:
7. Head back to the liveBooks Dashboard on the Page you have been working on in Content.
8. Now paste the video’s URL into the item you added earlier.
(Right-click and Paste or CMD+V for Mac | CTRL+V for PC)
Note: You may also paste the video embed code into the item, but we find pasting the URL easier.
9. Repeat steps 5-8 for as many videos you’d like to have in your Video Gallery.
You will notice that after you paste the URL, the platform grabs the video’s Title and Description from the Video source (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo)
10. When done, select the green Publish button to make it live to your website.
The liveBooks team has been working vigorously this year to migrate many of its clients from the Flash-based Legacy platform to the HTML5-based liveBooks8 platform. The HTML5 platform offers responsive templates that you are readily able to edit on your desktop, tablet or mobile devices! With it a ton of new features are also available – including advanced SEO tools and options for customizations, such as varied portfolio and gallery layouts, a library of hundreds of font choices, drag and drop design, in-line editing tools and much more!
In addition to the added features that the HTML5 platform offers, there is one big reason why you should migrate from your Flash website as soon as possible. All major browsers have already set into motion the blocking of flash sites!
In June, Apple announced that the version of Safari that comes on macOS Sierra will block Flash by default across all websites. This means that if your website runs on Flash, your visitors will be greeted by the following message:
Apple has taken a very big stand against Flash since 2007. This is due in part to Flash websites having slow loading times, being a drain on laptop batteries, and continually having security issues. The measures that Apple has taken will continue to detract visitors from visiting your Flash website.
(Sources: PetaPixel, The Verge)
Google announced in May that Chrome would start to block Flash websites with the launch of Chrome 53 in September. More importantly – in December 2016, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience. Those websites that only run on Flash will need to be enabled by the user to display properly.
(Source: Chrome Blog)
Mozilla Firefox will retire Adobe Flash as soon as 2017. With the release of Firefox 53, Flash plug-ins will require the user to actively click-to-play. Though Mozilla hasn’t directly stated that Flash will be completely retired after the click-to-play change, the move is apparent.
(Source: ARS Technica)
Though Adobe Flash helped make the Web a rich and dynamic experience, a new generation of technology has pushed for a big change in website platforms. The liveBooks8 platform is the optimal choice for our Flash users to transition to.
To learn more about liveBooks8 and its main features, please visit this link.
To see our migration options and schedule your migration, please visit this link.
We are so excited to announce the release of eight brand new templates. At liveBooks, our goal is to give you the best possible jumping point for a custom website and after months of gaining your feedback, brainstorming, and designing, we are excited to announce that we have released redesigned templates for our liveBooks 8 platform. With new, customizable features, we hope that our platform gives you an outstanding place to share your portfolio and services with the world. Check out a brief description of the key features on each template below to decide which one will work best for your site. Keep in mind that each template is just a jumping point and customizing your site is easy using the liveBooks 8 designer. To choose your template and start your free trial, click here!
Not on liveBooks 8 yet and ready to make the switch with one of our new templates? Now is the perfect time to make the switch from Flash to HTML5. Click here to learn more about the migration process and then schedule your website migration today!
Share stunning, embedded video modules on your homepage with our Aperture template. This video website template allows you to easily share your best motion work with minimal content on the page. With a sleek design and bottom navigation, this full-bleed video site is sure to highlight your best live-action work. Easily link social media icons to your bottom navigation to allow clients to access anywhere else you may share your work. Additionally, this template comes with a variety of portfolio designs, allowing you to pick your favorite option. If you are a videographer, you are definitely going to want to check out Aperture!
Our Panorama template has a sleek and modern design that is perfect for design-oriented creatives. The bold homepage slideshow allows clients to focus on your work from the start, while the minimalist bottom navigation guides them to your portfolio and contact information in an unobtrusive way. Social media is easily integrated into your navigation menu in the Panorama template. Additionally, the clean contact page focuses on what is most important: driving you more business.
The stylish and playful design of our Blowout template is perfect for those hoping to showcase both images and services on their website’s homepage. The updated stacked layout allows you to showcase the most important details for your clients. Additionally, each service block links out to its own individual page, allowing clients to explore and learn more about you and your services. Top navigation allows clients to easily roam around your site, while keeping a stylish and cohesive design. This template is perfect for business owners who want to engage clients with a mixture of images and text content!
Our shutter design is sure to give your site a refreshing, new look. This website template allows you to showcase portfolios directly on the homepage. Link to your individual portfolio pages, using bold and eye-catching leading images. Additionally, the prominent logo and top navigation brings attention to your personal brand. Calling all creatives! Shutter is the template for you.
The bold design of our Speedlight template will really highlight your best images. The homepage design allows for a mixture of both images and content, with a full-bleed slideshow to catch a potential client’s eye. Portfolios are accessed through an entry page with thumbnails. Our Speedlight template is perfect for creatives hoping to display large photos that have a story to tell.
Our filter template highlights the best elements of our 10+ years of custom design work. With a unique and memorable layout that showcases images on the homepage, portfolios are able to be linked and embedded to capture your clients’ attention. This website template’s unique team page will allow you to introduce your team and personality to clients in one easy view. Filter is a great choice for larger businesses and those who wish to covey a high-end and aspirational brand image.
This photo-centric website template is sure to leave an impression on your audience. Our Range template has a clean site design with minimal text content, allowing you to showcase your best images with no distractions. This simple website is great for photographers who are looking for a website with a consistent appearance across all devices. Easily get your new site up and running in no time with Range–it has been a top starting point amongst many of our clients!
Our Pixel template has a classic design that allows for a great visual impact on your clients. The top anchored menu places your logo on the right and allows for quick navigation with minimal distractions. With a full-bleed homepage slideshow and a clean contact page, the Pixel template is sure to draw attention to the most important aspects of your portfolio.
Our Frame template is inspired by galleries and is built to make your best work stand out. A homepage slideshow allows clients to immediately gravitate towards your work. The left rail navigation and subtle frame around your content create a clean and geometric feel for your website. The pre-built portfolio entry page allows for easy and structured navigation.
You are sure to make an immediate impression with this modern yet minimalistic website template. Our Focus template features a full width grid gallery on the homepage that is complimented by several portfolio design options, easily accessed via drop-down navigation. Additionally, a built in about page allows you to tell your personal story in a visually engaging way.
Our Showcase template is built for big, bold images. As one of our most popular templates, a full-bleed homepage slideshow is sure to immediately grab the attention of your clients, while the portfolio landing page allows you to easily introduce the unique details of your work. Showcase is a great starting point for any creative’s website!
Our White Balance template is a great jumping point for those looking for a content-light start. This clean design features a scaled slideshow on the homepage in addition to several portfolio options. This website is the perfect template if you are looking to get online fast–simply upload your own content and go!
Our Wide Open template is another great starting point, if you are hoping to get online as soon as possible! This clean design displays your portfolio pages through a left-anchored navigation while a slideshow on your homepage works to grab the attention of your clients. Additionally, clients can easily learn more about your business with the pre-built About and Contact pages. Just like in White Balance, upload your content and publish!
Now is the perfect time to make the switch from Flash to HTML5. Click here to learn more about the migration process and then schedule your website migration today!
Dale Clark is the top Commercial Photographer specializing in Interiors and Architecture in Columbus and Central Ohio. Dale’s work has been featured in various publications including The Wall Street Journal, HouseTrends Magazine, Dream Homes, Columbus Underground, Popular Photography, and Shutterbug. Dale holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wright State University and attended Kettering University (formerly GMI) for Graduate Studies. We are very excited to share his business story and how it came together seamlessly with the liveBooks 8 platform:
I started Arc Photography in 2008 after 20 years of managing a large-scale automotive manufacturing operation. Photography, especially Architectural photography, has always been a hobby and passion. I made the decision to leave the corporate life and dive into Architectural photography full-time in 2008. With a lot of long hours, hard work and persistence, Arc photography has turned into one of the highest volume Architectural/Residential photography companies in Ohio.
Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?
DC: The website is clean yet bold. Very basic to allow the images to stand out and speak for our business. (Clean, bold, basic)
Q: How often do you typically update your website?
DC: I generally update 4 to 5 times a year, sometimes around seasonal changes.
Q: How do you choose the photos that you display on your homepage?
DC: I display what I consider my best work while showing my general style that clients can expect to see.
Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks8?
DC: Besides the wonderful liveBooks web page designs, the new dashboard is super intuitive.
Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website?
DC: A good website will focus on YOUR work and not add “noise” to your presentation. A good website is intuitive so that anyone can explore what you have to offer effortlessly.
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