New free website maker. More magic and features. With extra pretty.
Monday was a pretty big day at the office. First there were the usual "how was your weekend" and a whole lot of "what, you still don't have an iPhone 4?" to get through. After that, there was the new free website maker (your site manager) to get out the door, or rather up and online. It took the better part of the day (it was heavy) but we finally sent it on it's way, and the consensus at the office is unanimous: we like it ... which isn't that surprising.
However, if the feedback we've received over the last couple of days is anything to go by, apparently so do you, our member community of beginner webmasters and experienced web designers alike. Well, we're just tickled pink to hear it, and we're all feeling pretty chuffed.
Aside from the new layout, which has really gone a long way to transforming - and simplifying - the way you make a website with doomby and manage your site content, the site manager overhaul has also involved an engine replacement, meaning new functions and effects have been added to make building a website that much more enjoyable, and easier.
We've added a few new features to the way your manager works. You'll notice the first one as soon as you connect to the site manager: the new dashboard, with it's easy instant-access management features for your blog, forum, pages and online store. Don't like the way it looks? Just move elements around, minimize or expand them - your layout changes are automatically saved. Perform everyday website maintenance right from the dashboard.
For those times when you need help to make a website, you'll find it's now a whole lot easier to access. Wherever you are in the manager, relevant webmaster tutorials and questions from the site building and web design FAQ will be waiting for you, right at the bottom of the page. And if you don't find what you're looking for, just use one of the direct links to the online support service, forum, or hotline - help is never more than a quick scroll and click away! For those of you - like me - who are are a little orthographically-challenged, fear not. There's now a spell checker integrated into the new toolbar. Just choose your language (there are 11 to pick from), and click. It's that easy.
The changes we've made to the way the manager works also means that we've brought i-compatibility to doomby website management: doomby websites have always been accessible from mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad, and now so is your website management toolkit.
I'm writing this post from an iPad, and in all likelihood I'll finish it off and post it from my iPhone on the bus home this evening. No we didn't write an iApp, but a pretty impressive array of doomby website management tasks (including daily website management stuff like authorizing comments, posting on the blog, adding pages and moderating your forum) are now accessible from smart devices - just navigate to doomby.com and connect to your website manager like you normally would, there's nothing different. All that changes is the device you use.
If you haven't already connected to your site manager since the new version came online last Monday, check it out. I know you're going to like what's taken place under the hood, and the changes to your website builder are really going to transform the way you build and manage your website. Let us know what you think of the new doomby - leave a comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page, or Tweet it. Or if you'd prefer, leave us a message on the forum, or write to us at the support desk. We love getting feedback from our member community, whether good or bad. It helps us ensure that doomby is best adapted to the way you want to make a website.
Next time you're connecting to manage your website, why not log onto your site manager from your ultra-mobile device and check out site management the Web 2.0 way. We're pretty sure that now you can access your site manager and free website builder tools right from your iPad, iPhone or other smart-phone or mobile device, you're going to love being able to to access and manage your site anywhere, at anytime. Now that really is magical!