Over the past month, you may have noticed that we added in a few new features to the Yola Sitebuilder and Online Store that can help you further customize your website.
Custom Panel Widget
Our custom panel widget is one of our more flexible tools, allowing you to create sections of your site and add in text and images within these sections. Now, when you upload an image to set as the background of your custom panel, you can choose to have the image size set to auto, cover or contain. This means that the size of your custom panel will display your image exactly how you want.
New Map Styles
We’ve updated our Google Maps widget to include ten different styles from gray to green to bubbly and clean cut. You can easily change the look and feel of your map to match your website branding. Simply go to the settings after you’ve dropped the map widget on to your page and choose a style to your liking. Take a look at our demo site Haystack to see one of the map styles at work.
On the Skyline Style you can choose to display banners on a per page basis. This means that you can add a banner to your homepage but have it removed for your contact page. Similarly you can also upload different images for banners on each page of your site.
Padding for Column Dividers
Our column divider widget just got a little easier. Add padding to each side of the column to control the space around the elements inside. For example, on your contact page, you can add space around a text widget moving it to be halfway down the length of your Google Maps widget but within the same column. It can also be used to add space between two Text widgets to prevent words running together. You can see an example of this on Growersfield Farm below.
Online Store SEO Improvements
When you add products to your Yola Online Store, each product page will be submitted with your sitemap to Google so that the keywords, titles and descriptions will be crawled. To see your sitemap, republish your website and go to http://MyWebsite.com/sitemap.xml and replace “My Website” with your website name.
To speed up the process, you can submit your sitemap to Google following the steps in this tutorial.
We hope these updates have been helpful. Please let us know in the comments below what you think about our new features.