7 tailor made "suits" from best Edicy mastersDec 09, 2013
The simplicity of Edicy does not only rely on the everyday usability, but also on the fact that we are offering a one-stop-shop for running a site – hosting, content and domain management, code editor with a knowledge base for more technical people, as well as a super friendly helpdesk.
And we've been rewarded a thousand times for our work – each day sees more and more tailor-made sites built on Edicy, pleasing on the eye, helping people in their daily life while offering and finding different services.
omaasi.com / youroffice.ee – these two sites created by Velvet Digital Paper have been out there for more than a year. Both of them use a similar one page layout onto which a blog and product list has been built using our catalogue tool. Both of the sites are also optimized to look good on mobile devices – a feature common to most Edicy sites unless deliberately built differently.
tallinnbicykleweek.ee / minuunistustepaev.ee – a revolution in the streets and evolutionary changes in mindset. Edicy has the honor of hosting sites of a number of NGOs who not only care about the people and physical environment around them but have transformed this knowledge into beautiful and functional websites. With the help of designers of course. Two of them, Tallinn Bicykle Week and "Day of my dreams" are combining photos and simple messages to interact with their viewer – a smart move since photos of actual people and events are powerful means of telling a story. Especially when speaking about web – long texts belong to books printed on paper.
PS: about the revolution on streets – klick here
filmmusic.ee / tab.ee / lightbiennale.ee – sites for different festivals and events, promoting Estonian composers, architectural heritage and the magical work of light designers. All of these sites originate from dudes at aku.co. These sites create a good showcase of what can be done with our catalogue tool – events, authors and publications can be filtered by name, event title or other characteristics to create a holistic overview for the visitor. The coding of these three sites has been done by Fraktal.co and Newtime.
On changing the worldNov 21, 2013
Fast forward to Day Two. Real life starts kicking in, stuff gets serious. You'll soon discover that it's a journey full of routine and burden of responsibility governed by the one and only God. The Cash Flow. And there's far too little Cash to keep the juices flowing. Not many will buy your stuff. Only your team, family and friends really understand how important your work is and how nice a guy you are. How great products you make. How much superior your product is to your competition.
Turns out that everyone else is busy manning their own holes to push their own products in exactly the same crappy situation. Competition is enormous, oxygen is scarce.
But hey — this will most probably change. You'll survive. If you really are good at what you are doing you can run but you can't hide. They'll discover you. You'll be drawn out from your little hole. Your products will be bought. Your passion and craftsmanship will be loved. You'll make at least a mid-sized dent in the universe.
You don't need to change the whole world. Change it for as many as you can. No one ever will reach each and everyone in the universe.
But do consider the marvellous idea of starting a new business diligently. Maybe switching your lousy job to a great one instead will do the trick.
Tell your friends about Edicy, get our premium service for free and a prettier internet in returnNov 18, 2013
If you don’t use our premium service yet, this lets you use your own domain, create more sub pages and use our other pro features.
You can call it just a promotion, or a way to thank our users that recommend Edicy to others. But it’s also a bit of a mission – this way we can make sure that more websites created in the coming months will be beautiful, easy to use and optimized for mobile. And who wouldn’t want that?
E-commerce with EdicyOct 07, 2013
What's an online store?
You need to have a way to
- show the products
- place an order
- pay it up.
Odds are though that you don't run a million dollar business looking for a new e-commerce platform. It's more likely you are someone like ourselves — running passionately a small business and getting started with your online success.
So let's see how you can do it with us.
1. Show me the productsThe easiest way to show your products — if you only have a handful of them — is to create a normal content page for each of them under "Products" section. Add pictures, galleries and videos for visitors to get an overview. Write texts, include tables, add PDF-s with product overviews to specify the details. Link to reviews, add testimonials to build trust.
If you have a large number of different stuff on sale though, you ought to have more than that — new products should be listed first, best selling items need a place on the front page. Visitors should be able to group and filter them both by category or price or other characteristics. You need a product catalogue. There's an early beta version of such tool already available for a number of Edicy Plus users. So if you want to try it out just contact us and we help you set it up.
2. Let me order itMost often people only buy one item at a time. A pair of boots. A picture. A house. Sometimes you manage to sell more though. Two different pictures? A house AND a pair of boots? Could be.
Single-item-selling is rather easy to be set up with Edicy. Just set up a link for placing an order for every product separately.
Allowing user to order more than one product at a time is a bit more difficult — you'd have to provide visitors with a "shopping cart" for that. Visitor adds anythig to the cart first and then places the order for the whole pack. There's one great free component that you can either set up yourself or ask our support team to do it for you. It's called simpleCart — just go on and check out how conveniently it works.
3. Let me pay for itThere are many options to choose from — a half-online method with money transfer in the end (works well with local businesses) or full online experience — paying with PayPal or credit card.
Building content with Edicy vol2Sep 16, 2013
All websites on Edicy are mobile optimized, responsively adapting to any screen size your visitors use. But this is just one part of being friendly towards your visitors. The other part is readability — interesting and accurate writing.
Websites are rather scanned, not read even by desktop users. The attention span of an average visitor is very short and boredom kicks in easily. This 'disorder' is even worse with mobile users. Therefore you must make sure to produce great content.
Here are a few tips to make your content more interesting:
- Combine texts with visuals — photos, graphs, videos.
- Break long text blocks into shorter paragraphs, structure an arcticle into subsections with subheadings.
Which photos to use?
Photos and other visual materials placed to your site should reflect your company and what you do there – telling the story of your product or service and people behind it.
If possible, then instead of making photos on your own, do let professional photographer help you. You can also use iStockPhoto or other similar sources to illustrate your site. Keep in mind though — personal style and unique photos helps you to stand out from the crowd.
Performing content updates
As what I've written in my previous post then most buttons in Edicy edit mode are there to help you to build your site.You can make smaller online changes without closing or hiding the subpage from your site menu. To do so, just go to "page properties" under page like icon on the right corner of your site, uncheck “publish changes automatically”; add content block with new information; delete the old one when ready and save changes you’ve made. That way you’ll be able to make minor changes online without putting down the whole page for the final users/visitors. When new data has been entered just delete unnecessary parts and push “save” button or check “publish changes automatically”.
Correct URL and built in SEO tools
When you're on your blog page then same icon ables you to change the author of the article, publishing date and already mentioned URL. It happens quite often, that users don't pay attention to their blog url and their blog address end's up looking something like that: new_article_23
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Forget Microsoft Office (on desktop).
Track how much time you waste every day.
Enlighten your project managers.
Face it – whatever business you’re in, having a home page is inevitable. Having a good home page, however, can be a nightmare if you don’t know what to do. GLOG home designs and sells house-building plans for non-builders - house plans so easy to understand, anyone can use them. An article published in USA described our services as “making home-building about as easy as putting together an IKEA bed frame”.
But for all of this to work properly, you can’t get pass a decent home page. Your product or service can be the best there is, but if your homepage is not easy to navigate, doesn’t look good or has some other fundamental flaws (in short: your homepage stinks), you can forget about any kind of business.
The reason we turned to Edicy is quite simple: they know, what they are doing. Obviously, you could always hire someone to manage your home page for you, but then again – how often do you actually need to modify your homepage? Once a week at best? Outsourcing is also an option, but seeing as different company’s like to charge the service to the max, that was out of the question for us.
Building the homepage from scratch was also not an option - we have some knowledge of HTML and CSS, but not nearly enough to build a new website.
Edicy, if I may, has done most of the dirty work for you, so all the coding, design, and structure is up there for the taking. And you need not worry – in my opinion, it is all top of the line and your only concern is creating content and adding photos. In addition, as Edicy offers several templates to choose from, the variety of choices is more than enough.
The most important thing for us is that once the site is up and running, the management of it is remarkably easy. Adding photos or changing content can be done with only a few clicks. So in short, Edicy has given us a way to focus on our products and sales, not on our website management.
George Zhordania works at GLOG home, a customer of Edicy.
Weekend reading list vol. 5Jun 07, 2013
Tools you need
- BigWebStats – all the stat about your webpage.
- Designmodo responsive tool – are you responsive?
- uiFaces – get your sample avatars for interface design.
- Moot – easy-to-add forum for your site.
- ubooq – let your user book with an ease.
- TowTruck – allow easy collaboration on your website.
- BitTorrent Sync – sync your files like never before.
- Litmus – test your e-mails in real-time.
- Site44 – Dropbox folders into websites, just like that.
- Rey Bango blog – testing IE with no pain.
- Sidr – get your side menus and turn menus responsive.
- Drublic blog – tips on how to make your site more printable.
- Riak – open source clouding, private or public.
- overAPI.com – all the cheat sheets in one place.
- Responsiveness – 8 guidelines and 1 rule.
- LivIcons – animated icons that amaze.
- Shapes of CSS – insane css wizardry.
- Screensiz.es – how big is your screen?
- What The Key Code – do you know?
Tagging blog posts in EdicyMay 30, 2013
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