Take a look at what the WebBoss team are up to!
We are not your usual website design agency, here at WebBoss Websites we use our own platform, created by our in-house development team. WebBoss.io is the platform that all of our clients use and it is used by our designers to create beautifully bespoke, responsive websites. With this in mind, our development team are constantly updating the WebBoss.io system so that it is up to date and continually evolving.
The platform has recently launched a new update, version 3.6.5, which contains a few new features that will be sure to increase the performance of our client’s websites.
LazyLoad is now something featured within the WebBoss CMS. LazyLoad is a way to optimise a website and decrease page speeds. The way in which this works, is by not allowing the whole page to load all at the same time, this includes images and content. It will mean that when the user accesses the webpage it will only load what the user sees, meaning that the page loads quicker because there won’t be as much to load all at once. This can be hugely beneficial to websites that contain a lot of large images that take quite a long time to load. This is also very beneficial for user experience, as it means less time for the pages to load and therefore reduces frustration and waiting times.
Although this seems like a very beneficial feature for SEO, our development team decided that our clients could have the option to enable this on their website, rather than including it as a standard feature within the CMS. This is due to the fact that clients may not want this feature enabled as it can delay the loading times of some images. This can also depend on the design of the website, as some images may need to display straightaway to the user.
In order for you to enable this on your WebBoss Website, simply go to your side bar and then choose 'SEO Settings' then choose 'SEO: Image Optimisation'. From here, you will be able to enable LazyLoad on your website by ticking the box, and that's it, your website speed will definitely improve using this feature.
A new Google Analytics trigger has been added to send information to Google Analytics regarding web forms. For this to work, you have to make sure that your website has been set up with Google Analytics beforehand and then the system will automatically start to send information to Google Analytics. This is already a feature within our eCommerce module, where it will send information about your cart and products over to Google Analytics, making it very easy to track how your clients are using your checkout process. This has now been added to our Web Forms module, meaning that if you include a contact form on your website, you will be able to track how many people have submitted the form over on Google Analytics. This can be hugely beneficial for your marketing efforts and conversions.
We have now added basic and advanced CSV templates within our eCommerce module. This will make uploading mass shop products a lot simpler. You will now have the option to download our basic shop CSV, which contains simplified essential columns for basic product upload. If you have more advanced shop products, then our advanced CSV template will be the best option to use.
To access the CSV import section on your website, simply go to your 'eCommerce Module' and choose 'Import & Export Products or Categories'. From here you will be able to easily download the CSV by clicking on the one that is suitable.
Our shop catalogue mode is a very useful tool in our eCommerce module, that allows you to showcase your products on your website, without your users being able to purchase online and so your product list becomes a catalogue. This is ideal for showroom websites, to give the users a real feel for what you sell and also encourage them to visit your shop/ showroom. We have since updated this feature to allow individual categories to become set to catalogue mode, meaning that you can sell your products online and also choose a category as just a catalogue for your users.
There are a few ways you can use this feature:
1. To set your whole website as catalogue mode. To do this, go to your ‘eCommerce Module’ then select ‘Shop Settings’ from here you can click on the tab ‘Display Settings’ or alternatively choose ‘Display Settings’ in the side bar. The top setting is 'Display Shop as Catalogue:' from here you can set your shop to show the prices or to hide the prices. Once this has been saved, your whole online shop will be viewed as a catalogue and your products will not be able to be purchased online.
2. Alternatively if you prefer the majority of your website to be an online shop, you can add just one of your categories as a catalogue. To enable this, go to ‘eCommerce Module’ then ‘Manage Shop Categories’ from here you can either choose an existing category or create a new one and use the setting 'Catalogue Mode' to make that category a catalogue.
We have added a new feature to the page editor, to allow you to set a header image of your choice that will override the header image chosen in the theme designer. When a website is designed, there is usually a header image that features on most of your pages and this is usually added in the theme designer. You can now change this in the page editor, so that you can choose a different header image on each of your pages.
To do this, go to 'Edit Pages' and choose the page you would like to add a new header image too. You will then see the new 'Header Image' section where you can select a new image to feature as the header image. Don't forget to upload your image first in the 'File Upload' section.
We have added extra options to our all new Business Information section that featured in our last update. This part of the system creates that very important Structured data that Google uses to feature information in their search results. This section now features an area for you to write a bio for any people that have been added, this could be team members, owners, etc. There are also new features added to the ‘Business Type’ section. If you are a food establishment, you can now have the option of adding which cuisine you specialise in and also add your menu URL and booking URL. This will provide Google with detailed information that they can feature within the search results, making it even easier for your users to understand your business and see your menu or book a table.