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New features: CSS animations, single page sites and blog

We added a couple of handy features today. One is the ability to add animations to page elements. The animations can trigger when an element becomes visible (on page load or when the visitor scrolls down to the element), or on hover (when a visitor moves their mouse over the element). 

Animations are an easy way to add interactivity and elegance to a web page. In fact, check out the responsive website builder page on our website to see the animations feature in action.

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Responsive Web Design Tips (Part 3)

Here are a few general practical tips on building responsive sites that I would like to share.


Getting started and getting inspired

When starting a website project, it is a good idea to research other websites or templates for inspiration and ideas.  For example, if you need to build a website for a photographer, you can google "Best photographer sites" or "Photographer New York" – anything to bring up other sites in the industry (preferably on the higher end). This is a great way to get ideas about potential layout and look-and-feel. Of course, you won't be copying an existing website, this is about getting actionable ideas that will help you move forward. 

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Responsive Web Design Tips (Part 2)

This is the second article in the series on responsive web design ideas and tips. In this post I’d like to mention a couple of specific and simple ideas for creating compelling responsive websites and landing pages.


Backgrounds

Here is a an example of using a combination of background images and background colors or gradients on a page:


(And here is a preview link to the above example, if you’d like to check it out in a browser.) Let's talk about how this is done.

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Responsive Web Design Tips (Part 1)

4 I am starting a series of blog posts on responsive design tips, and simple things you can implement to create compelling web presences. Here is the first article in the series.


Content priority

While the need to scroll is expected on small devices, you want to make sure that the most important information stays within the visitor's reach and does not get pushed way down. Before you start on the design process, map out the order in which the content needs to appear on the smaller devices first, to prevent the high priority elements from being shoved too far down.

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SignalMind responsive website builder - simplified

While many of our customers have created amazing responsive websites on the SignalMind platform, the feedback we have been receiving is that becoming proficient with our responsive site builder does require a learning curve. It is nice not to be constrained by an inflexible cookie-cutter template, yet building a unique design from scratch takes time and patience.

We've put some thought into how we can simplify the process of creating responsive sites while still giving our clients the full rein to customize the page layout and design. Please welcome our new feature - Page Blocks!

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Protect your work and customize your clients access to features

Keys.This week we have released two features that many of our clients have been asking about: versioning (saving page versions with the ability to revert back to an earlier copy), and a way to customize the set of functions and features your client users have access to when they log into their account in your control panel. Let's talk about both in detail.
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Free marketing website, free listings, platform updates, and more.

This week we've released new responsive site builder features (some apply to mobile sites as well), including the ability to create custom styles for text links (for instance, replace the default text links' underline with a custom dotted border), change the size of the main content area (e.g., if your pages need to stretch from side to side on large screens), ability to easily set the elements' width, and a few other nifty improvements. (See the full list of updates here).

In addition, we've added a few free goodies for our customers.
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