New Doodlekit Free Website Builder Release
Doodlekit was released first quarter of 2013. Be prepared for some major upgrades to our tools and system :). We have been working on this for almost 3 years now - we are long past due rolling this out. The upgrades are so significant, that it is pretty much a complete rewrite of the old Doodlekit system. Everything is newer, better, and stronger.
Some of the more advanced features you will find with the new release include (but are not limited to):
- New Header Banner/Logo slideshow creation tools
- Multiple interchangeable layouts within the templates
- Template Library
- Template Creation/Editing Tools
- Template Wizard For Creating Your Own Templates From Scratch
- Template Sharing And Exporting
- Powerful New SEO Tools
- Hundreds Of Fonts To Pick From
- Integrated Icon Library To Use With Your Templates
- Advanced Border Effect Designs
- Powerful Blogging Tools
- New Social Media Tools
- And Much More....
This release of Doodlekit's Free Website Builder represents a significant jump in our system. It will literally be 100x more powerful and advanced than the current system. I cannot wait to roll it out! I hope everyone else will be as excited as I am about it and love it as much as I do.
New Template And Website Building Tools
Doodlekit has been working on this release for quite a while and it does not disappoint. The main focus of this release is to fundamentally revamp their template system, though they’ve added and improved a number of features. Here are some of the great features you can expect in the new version of the free website maker.
New Template Library
Doodlekit has created a brand new template library with 100’s of beautiful new templates. These templates are wider than the old ones and are completely customizable. You can switch to our new templates without losing any of your current website content. Not only that, but they say they’ll be adding new templates to the library every month.
Once you choose a template you can customize every single aspect of it’s design. You can add a header slideshow, round corners, add drop shadows, change icons and much more. You can save your customized designs in your own library so you can easily switch between them. There are so many options that it might be overwhelming, that’s why they created a Design Wizard that lets you choose just a few options and automatically creates a new template for you.
Doodlekit is getting close to pushing out their latest release of the website creator. While most of the focus of this release has been on a new template system, there are many improvements in all areas of the tool. A great deal of consideration was put into improving the flow and navigation of the administrative functions, as well as providing easier access to advanced features.
The Advanced Button
You will notice in the new release an Advanced button on most of the Quick Edit forms. Clicking this will expand the form giving you easy access to super user features like SEO content. Other Advanced features like our new blog preview let you further customize the look and feel of your website. Once you click the Advanced button the tool will remain in Advanced mode so you can decide if you want to keep it simple, or push your site to the limit.
Doodlekit’s quick edit links (the red ones) are an iconic feature that lets you have quick access to edit your content. However, sometimes they get in the way and make it hard to see the website as a normal user would. Just click “User View” in the new Admin Toolbar at the top of the page and the quick edit links will disappear. You can browse the site as a normal user, then click “Admin View” at any time to return to normal.
These are just a couple of the many new features you can expect in the new release of Doodlekit.
Making Your Own Website Just Got Easier
One of the things that makes Doodlekit such a great website building tool is the level of control it gives to users with very minimal knowledge of web technology.
Creating a unique website usually requires a lot of knowledge of graphics programs like Photoshop. You want to choose your own color scheme, and those custom colors will be used in every aspect of your site, including the graphics. This becomes a major hurdle for a business owner that doesn’t have time to become a “webmaster”. Not anymore with Doodlekit’s new template framework.
Just by choosing a few colors, Doodlekit will automatically incorporate those colors into graphics and icons, throughout your website. You might have a photo of your business that you want to use as a header, but you want to spruce it up. Just choose a “Banner Plate” and the image will automatically be colored to match your design, and laid over your custom header photo.
Icons are a very important part of any website. They can give they user an instant picture of what their looking at, as well as replace lengthy text descriptions. However, as with any graphic it can take considerable technical know-how to do something as simple as changing the color or size of an icon. Doodlekit has create a new system that makes it incredibly easy to change the color and size of any icon on your website. Not only that, but if you don’t like the default icon, you can choose anything you want to replace it.
You will be amazed by the level of customization Doodlekit is adding in this new release.
It’s clear to anyone that builds websites that you have to stay social. Small businesses especially rely on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to keep in close contact with their customers. Because of this, Doodlekit has expanded its social media tools to make it easier to engage in this new world of marketing. Here are a few of the new social features in the new release of the free website creator.
The social media links in the blog tool have been expanded to include Pinterest and Google+ as well as an “Email This” button. These links are easier to manage using the new blog settings editor. You can enable or disable social media buttons for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Digg.
There are also new “Follow” links in the website top bar and the sidebar. You can point these links to your social media pages and choose which ones you wish to display. Because of our new icon editor, you can also change the color and size of each social media icon.
These are just a few of the new features in the upcoming Doodlekit release, and just the beginning of how Doodlekit will help you utilize social media.
Cool New Blogging Tools
In recent years the “Blog” has become the centerpiece of most websites. Giving your customers a constant flow of information helps keep them engaged and boosts your search engine ratings. In Doodlekit’s upcoming release there are a number of new features that will dramatically improve the look and feel as well as the ease of use of your blog.
The new blog settings Quick Edit gives you new options like social media links and the number of posts displayed on the main blog page. You can now easily link to social media sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ and make it easier for visitors of your website to share your content. Also, you can now display anywhere from 1 to 20 posts at a time.
In order to keep your main blog page clean and attractive, you can use the new blog preview feature. The first image and the first 400 characters of your post will automatically be used to create a simple and consistent “Preview” to display in the list of posts. You can customize the preview image and text if you like. And of course, you can disable this feature to display the full post at all times.
Doodlekit has also made it easy to customize the SEO Metadata for each blog post. This gives you greater control over your search engine ratings.
Special Landing Page Features
First impressions are obviously important, especially when it comes to websites. You only have a few seconds to get the visitor’s attention which makes your home page the most important page on your site. Doodlekit has added a new feature called “Landing Pages” that makes it easy to make your home page special.
Marking a page as a “Landing Page” automatically hides the sidebars and gives you access to a special set of design tools that only apply to the landing pages. For example, you can apply a different design to the bar at the top of the page or you can hide it altogether. You can have a different header and background image, as well as many other design options.
Choosing the right header image can be critical as well. With Doodlekit’s new Header tool you have lot’s of great options. You can upload a simple small logo, or you can upload a banner that stretches across the page. Banner’s can also have “Plates” which are images that overlay the header images to add graphic effect. If you upload multiple headers they will automatically be put in a slideshow.
Using these features from Doodlekit’s upcoming release are sure to make your website stand out. No other free website maker has tools like this.
The upcoming release of Doodlekit’s free builder tools for websites has lot’s of great new features. Most of these features are part of our new template system, which not only has a template library with 100’s of new templates, but provides unlimited template customization options.
At the most basic level you can configure layout options like whether to stretch or contain the layout, menu and sidebar options. Menus can be arranged horizontally or vertically and you can choose between one, two or no sidebars.
In addition to two sidebars you can add content boxes to the footer of the site. These boxes can be easily dragged to different sections in the new sidebar admin. The colors and design options for all of these boxes can be configured in great detail.
Other basic options like fonts and colors are easily changed for different areas of the site. Color pickers help make it easy to choose the right color. There’s a new library including 100’s of fonts to add uniqueness to your content.
You’ll find there is no end to the customizations you can make with Doodlekit’s new template system.
Creating, Sharing and Building Your Own Templates
The look and feel of your website is obviously very important. That’s why Doodlekit is revamping their template framework in the latest release of their web building tools. This brand new template framework makes it super easy to choose and customize a template for your website. It also has some more advanced features, not for the faint of heart.
When you choose a template from the Library or create new template using our Design Wizard, it is adding to your personal template library and made the active template for your website. Because there are so many different colors, there’s an option to find and replace. At the bottom of the template editor click Replace Colors. You can then enter the color you want to replace and what you want to replace it with.
You can also save a copy of your template. This will create a duplicate copy in your personal library. This is a great way to create a backup of a template in case you don’t like the changes you made. For a offsite backup, you can click Export. This will download a version of your template that you can re-import later.
For the web design savvy users, you can customize the css of each template. Clicking the Code tab brings up a CSS editor. This CSS will be added after all others so you can override anything. Click Insert Image to add an image from your Image Library.
Build Any Type Of Page You Want
Doodlekit will soon be releasing a new version of their free web builder. This new release contains many new features to make your website look and work better than ever. There are also some new administration features that will make it easier to manage your website.
Introducing Doodlekit Pages. With Pages, you can add any type of page, right to your website from one location. Click on the Pages tab in the admin section and you’ll see new buttons to add Forms, Shops, Galleries, Blog Posts, Forums and more. Most of these pages are added right to your menu so you can see them all in one place.
A completely new page is the Gallery. The Gallery lets you create multiple albums in which you can store all kinds of photos. This makes it easy to create websites for Photographers, Real Estate Agents, or any small business with products to show off. The best part is that you can create as many Gallery pages as you want.
Build A Website Fast
Sometimes it’s surprising how many people think that they need to hire a professional to create a website. If you’re a big that can afford it, then it’s probably a good idea to hire a firm, but for small business just getting started there are website builders that you can use to create a website yourself. One great example is Doodlekit.
With Doodlekit, in just a few minutes with just a few clicks you can have a new website with your own domain name. This website will already have a home page, blog, photo gallery and contact us page. With a few more clicks you can add a shopping cart, a custom form, or a discussion forum. In no time at all you can have a professional looking website you created yourself.
And of course you can make this website look however you want. Choose from our library of 100’s of beautiful templates or use our design wizard to create your own. It takes no experience at all to customize the colors, fonts, headers, and backgrounds of your website. If you click a mouse, you can make a fantastic website.
Not to mention this all comes at a low monthly price with no hidden charges and no contract. Try a free website today to find out what you can build yourself.
Optimizing Your Website For Search Engines
So you’ve create a website using Doodlekit’s free web creator, now what? Getting people to find your website can take some time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it. There are many ways to get traffic to your website like search engines, social media, and email marketing.
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a term used to describe methods you can use to get your website to show up on Google, Yahoo or Bing. The first rule of SEO is “don’t cheat”. If you’re going too far out of your way to trick search engines into finding your site, they’re going to figure that one and penalize you. They best thing to do is to add plenty of real content to your website, and often. Is your website about Horses? Write blog posts about various breeds and how to care for them. Are you a Photographer? Add new pictures of your work including information about the photos. The more text the better.
There are many other basic rules about SEO outline in this article.
Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be a great way to keep in touch with your customers. Create a new account or page on these sites specifically for your business or website. Be sure to link to these social accounts from your website. Use these social accounts to announce news to your customers and to respond to their feedback.
After you have a few regular visitors, try to capture their email address through registration or a newsletter form. With a list of email addresses you can send regular updates to your customers to keep them engaged.
Following these tips will help people find your website and keep them coming back.