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WebBoss | 19th August 2021 |
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We are Excited to Announce that WebBoss is Launching on Appsumo!
AppSumo is an industry-leading company that finds and partners with up and coming tech companies, such as ourselves!
Launching with AppSumo will help us reach our audience through their huge AppSumo community (Hello Sumolings!). AppSumo utilises its massive loyal following to promote new SaaS deals from companies like ours to benefit both the company and the Sumoling community. Not only will this deal help to increase our visibility by joining a larger community, but this has already helped us to improve the WebBoss system for its users! We cannot tell you how excited we are to be partnering with them, for this once in a lifetime opportunity!
WebBoss will be offering Sumolings- members of the AppSumo community- the chance to buy a fully functioning WebBoss website system that has everything they will need in one package. Once purchased, Sumolings can explore the WebBoss Content Management System and all it has to offer; for the potential of using the website for their own online business or use the system to design websites for clients. If they are not 100% convinced the system is for them after 60 days, AppSumo provides a no questions asked refund. We are confident that the WebBoss system is the perfect website building tool for designers and developers of all abilities, so, with this in mind, we invite you to the AppSumo WebBoss Deal Page to make the most of this exclusive offer.
What will you get with your package?
Every WebBoss package will include all of these features, with the option to upgrade at any point. Content management system Online shop Unlimited products SSL Admin user accounts Unlimited bandwidth
WebBoss has everything that developers and designers will need to create stunning, powerful, functional websites, all in ...
webboss design | 20th May 2021 |
One of the most recently requested features for our eCommerce module was that of multiple and more flexible shipping options.
We are pleased to announce that as of version 3.6.6 of the WebBoss system, you can now create multiple and flexible shipping options to cater for all your needs!
How does it work?
The basic idea of the new shipping options is that you can create multiple different shipping options, all with different configurations, including restrictions.
When the user goes through the checkout process, the website will check all the available shipping options you have configured (based off of the shipping address, cart products etc.) and show buttons in the checkout to select which option to use, or if only one is available it will select that one automatically.
Stay COVID-19 safe with Click & Collect
One of the main new features is to allow collection, or “Click & Collect”, and to be able to create locations for this.
If you have a shipping option with the type set to “collection”, then the checkout process will allow to you choose between delivery and collection. When the user chooses collection, instead of entering a shipping address, they will choose a collection location, which can also be displayed on a map.
To configure your shipping options in your website admin, from the sidebar navigation, go to Modules > eCommerce > Shop Settings > Postage Settings.
The “Default” tab holds some general postage settings, and the basic settings to use if you’re not yet ready to use the new shipping options.
The main tab to use here is the “Postage Types” tab. Here you can create new options and click the “Configure” button to change the settings like the restrictions and free conditions.
If you’re using the collection option, you will need to create locations for customers to collect from, which can be done under the “Locations” tab.
The last tab is “Price Charts”, which can be used to cre...
webboss design | 04th January 2021 |
How the WebBoss.io eCommerce module can help with your sale items
The WebBoss platform is full of features that can really help you organise and showcase your online products. When it comes to sale items, the WebBoss eCommerce module has some really cool features to help you shift those unwanted items from your stock room. Here are a few ways that WebBoss can help you shift those sale items.
1. Discounted Products
Add discounts to your products to show your users the new and old price. This will encourage people to buy from you, if they can see the price difference or how much they are saving, they will be more likely to part with their cash. Within the system there is a really easy way to discount your products, in the ‘Special Offers’ section when you edit a product, you can keep the original price and add a discounted price, this will appear on the front end of your website to tell users the new discounted price of a product.
2. Image Overlay
You can also easily add an overlay to your products to really make them stand out and tell your users that there is a sale or discount on a product. In the ‘Special Offers’ section of the edit product page, you will have the option to write some text which will appear over the product image on the front end of your website for example, ‘30% Off’. This will really make the discounted product stand out. You don’t have to add this, however it can be really useful when you are trying to sell discounted products.
You can choose to use the default image overlay colour and text colour if you would like too, however there is a way of customising this if you would like to use specific colours. To do this go to ‘Shop Settings’ > ‘Display Settings’ > ‘Product Display Options’ and scroll to the bottom, here you will see some settings that will allow you to customise your overlay. You can choose whether you want the overlay to be across one of the corners, or you can choose to have a ci...
webboss design | 15th December 2020 |
How to Add Google Analytics to Your WebBoss Website
With SEO and website tracking such a huge topic when it comes to digital marketing and running an online business, we know how important it is to be able to track and analyse the data and traffic being generated by your biggest marketing tool, your website. Google Analytics is one of the most popular and FREE tools that you can use to track and monitor user behaviour, user experience, device functionality, etc. It is extremely useful for your online marketing strategy and you can use it in many ways. However with all this being said, if you are newer to the world of online businesses and digital marketing, then it can be a little bit difficult to understand how your website and Google Analytics go hand in hand.
When it comes to your WebBoss Website, our development team are continually adding triggers to particular areas of the CMS such as the eCommerce module, so that your website can communicate more information to Google Analytics. Recently in our newest update we have added triggers to the Web Forms module, meaning that you can now track when people fill out a contact form or a sign up form. So all you need to do is add your Google Analytics tracking ID to your website.
How to Find Your Google Analytics Tracking ID
So if you haven't already, you will need to get yourself a free Google Analytics account. From here you will have everything you need to get started tracking your users behaviour on your website. Once you have set up your Google Analytics account, all you will need to do is find your tracking ID from your Google Analytics account and add it to your website. To find your Tracking ID all you need to do is:• Sign in to your Analytics account.• Click Admin.• Select an account from the menu in the ACCOUNT column.• Select a property from the menu in the PROPERTY column.• Under PROPERTY, click Tracking Info > Tracking Code.• Your Tracking ID is displayed at the top of the page.
webboss design | 01st December 2020 |
New System Update - 3.6.5.
WebBoss.io is the platform that all of our clients use and it is used by our designers to create beautifully bespoke, responsive websites. With this in mind, our development team are constantly updating the WebBoss.io system so that it is up to date and continually evolving.
The platform has recently launched a new update, version 3.6.5, which contains a few new features that will be sure to increase the performance of our client’s websites.
What is New?
SEO Tools – LazyLoad Integration
Google Analytics Trigger
Shop Catalogue Mode
SEO Tools – LazyLoad
LazyLoad is now something featured within the WebBoss CMS. LazyLoad is a way to optimise a website and decrease page speeds. The way in which this works, is by not allowing the whole page to load all at the same time, this includes images and content. It will mean that when the user accesses the webpage it will only load what the user sees, meaning that the page loads quicker because there won’t be as much to load all at once. This can be hugely beneficial to websites that contain a lot of large images that take quite a long time to load. This is also very beneficial for user experience, as it means less time for the pages to load and therefore reduces frustration and waiting times.
Although this seems like a very beneficial feature for SEO, our development team decided that our clients could have the option to enable this on their website, rather than including it as a standard feature within the CMS. This is due to the fact that clients may not want this feature enabled as it can delay the loading times of some images. This can also depend on the design of the website, as some images may need to display straightaway to the user.
In order for you to enable this on your WebBoss Website, simply go to your side bar and then choose 'SEO Settings' then choose 'SEO: Image Optimisation'. From here, you will be...
webboss design | 04th November 2020 |
Our New Business Information Feature Can Help Improve Your Search Engine Results
You may have noticed that when you type in a company name or specific search term into Google, a variety of different search results will appear. A few years back, when you searched for a company or something similar, you only had the choice from a list of webpages that would appeared on the Google search results page. Back then it was incredibly important that your website appeared at the top of the first page, or that was the goal at least. However, now we are provided with a lot of different search options when we conduct a Google search. One of which is a rich result, which goes beyond just bringing up a webpage link on the search results page. This information is far more useful for the user and often includes images, telephone numbers, locations etc. When you are searching for something specific, often the information that you are looking for will be displayed in one of these rich results, making it far easier to find what you are looking for. You may have also noticed that when you search for a specific company, on the right-hand side of the search results is a box of information, this is called a ‘knowledge panel’. This type of rich result can be hugely beneficial to the user, as they can easily find exactly what they are looking for.
Is a Knowledge Panel Important for SEO?
Absolutely! A knowledge panel can be hugely important for your visibility on a search results page. If your target audience is searching specifically for your brand name, then you will pretty much dominate the top of the search results page on both mobile and desktop searches, with easy to find information like your phone number, where your business is located and your opening hours. This type of information is going to be very beneficial to you, as your business will be able to stand out from others and make you easy to find. This can help with your SEO, as you are more likely to gain cl...
webboss design | 08th October 2020 |
When you get a new website you may see web design and web development listed separately on the quote. While they may seem very similar, it is important to understand the difference between the two, and why both are vital for the proper working of your website.
So what is the difference between web design and web development?
The simple answer is that the design is purely how the website looks, and development is how the website works and is built. However in practice, it is rarely as simple as this, and the skills of the person creating your website are likely to be wide ranging, especially if you hire a freelancer or a small company. The size of the company is important, as the role of designers and developers is largely dependent on the structure of the team. Larger companies will tend to have separate design and development teams, allowing designers to create the design of the website in a program like Photoshop, and then pass it onto the development team to build as a website. While someone working freelance will often do both the design and build of the website.
For example, here at WebBoss we have our design team, who work alongside the development team at WebBoss.io, and as we are all usually working within the one room, the teams work seamlessly together. Our teams have knowledge of both design and development, and this allows us to blend the features together to create a beautifully finished product.
Usually the designers will begin websites using Photoshop, this allows them to easily add or edit different elements that make up the whole design, such as colours, layouts, and fonts. Once the design has been signed off by the customer, the designer will start to implement the design for the website. As we use the proprietary WebBoss.io system, the majority of the website build is complete, allowing the designers to add their design quickly. For freelancers using an open source platform such as WordPress, they will usually begin the process in the same...
webboss design | 10th June 2020 |
Owning a small business is hard work, especially with what is currently going on in the world right now. We understand that a lot of businesses are eagerly wanting to get back on their feet after this roller coaster ride we have all had to endure this year. So to help small businesses weather the current storm, we have added some updated features to the WebBoss platform, which will make it even easier for small businesses to get online. These new features will help get your small business up and running again; you could even be making sales online within 14 working days of your order.
What Has Been Added?
WebBoss comes with a fully functioning online shop with a contact form, the ability to order online (perfect for table service, collection or delivery!), a newsletter creator, SSL, and is fully Gift Aid compliant! If that's not enough, then the built in GDPR module will help to simplify the collection, storing and deletion of personal data in line with both GDPR and NHS Track and Trace guidelines. As you may have heard, restaurants and pubs are required to collect and store customer data for a period of time for Track and Trace safety measures.
As this is a necessary step in the fight against COVID-19, we have added some features to our Content Management System (CMS) that may aid pubs, restaurants and many other businesses during this time.
Track and Trace
This is undoubtedly one of the most daunting elements for a lot of businesses, with many of them asking the question, 'How are we going to obtain and store data for NHS Track and Trace?' With this in mind, we have added a ‘Track and Trace’ page to our platform, this page has been designed to only show the relevant customer data that will be required for contacting customers in the event that a person has tested positive for Coronavirus after visiting your premises. This information will then be pulled from the eCommerce orders page on your website, and only the relevant data will be displayed.
webboss design | 08th May 2020 |
As we have all done our bit and stayed home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have spent more time online. While this may have helped to wile away the hours as we lose track of time and wait patiently to be told that we can safely venture outside and begin work once again, it has also created an opening for fraudsters. Cyber criminals have been taking advantage of peoples concerns about the coronavirus and using it to scam people out of money and data. The boost in online criminal activity has caught many people out. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, part of the City of London Police, have stated that in April scammers defrauded over £1.6 million from victims in the UK, with some of these even pretending to be suppliers of medical PPE.(1)
While there are countless ways that fraudsters can try to scam you, there are some simple steps you can take to help make sure that you can identify or steer clear of getting caught in their trap. But first things first, what are the most common types of online scams?
This is traditionally through email, but there has been a rise in phishing scams being sent in text or messaging apps. These will usually try to evoke an action from you by scaring you or making you nervous, so that you feel that you need to act on the message, and act quickly. For example a popular one is that your TV licence, or streaming service is about to run out and you need to follow the link to renew. Instead of taking you to the TV licence or streaming service website it will take you to a replica and use your information once you have entered it. This is the main method used during the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud the general public and businesses.
Malware is a contraction of malicious software, and it can work in many ways such as locking your device, stealing and deleting all your data and even using services that may cost you money. For malware to work, it needs to be able to run on your computer.
Phil Mayne | 29th May 2018 |
As you may or may not know, new General Data Protection Regulations are being implemented as of 25th May. This will mean that businesses will have to comply with new regulations and if they fail to do so then there are serious penalties in place. WebBoss have created a new, easy to use module to ensure that your website complies with the new GDPR rules.
Double opt-in for newsletters
When your users sign up for a newsletter, they will receive a confirmation email before they are added to your mailing list.
New form where users can request a copy of the personal data you hold for hem or they can request their data to be removed in the admin. You can review these requests and action them with a single click.
Provides resource links to receive templates and allows you to edit within the text editor.
Terms & conditions generator
For more information on GDPR
What the new regulations mean in 1 minute [infographic]. https://www.itgovernance.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/EU-GDPR-new.jpg
For more comprehensive information on the GDPR regulations, see the Information Commissioner's Office website
Jon Matheson | 23rd April 2018 |
For your security, WebBoss is updated to the latest Internet security standards, and recently there have been a number of Internet security updates that are affecting some older email clients and stopping them from connecting due to security vulnerabilities they suffer from.
If you are suffering from email problems, you need to update your email client to the latest version, or with old unsupported products you may need to replace it altogether.
Windows Live - is no longer supported by Microsoft and this will no longer function at all with the latest security protocols.
*A replacement email client will be required.
– Its encrypted connection is not up to the latest security protocols, so will not connect.
*THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED BUT WILL ALLOW EMAILS TO WORK AND CAN BE USED AS A TEMPORARY FIX UNTIL YOU UPDATE YOUR EMAIL CLIENT – YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
In the email account settings advanced tab, changing the incoming server port number to 143 and the outgoing server port number to 25 should allow a connection, but messages will be unencrypted - USE AS A TEMPORARY FIX UNTIL YOU UPDATE YOUR EMAIL CLIENT – YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Apple products: To overcome any issues with Apple products, updating to the latest operating system should fix this.
In the meantime, you can access your email accounts via WebMail. To do so go to: www.yourdomainname/webmail and you can securely log into your email accounts there, where you can send and receive email.
If you are looking for a free email client, we recommend https://www.thunderbird.net/en-GB/ which is a secure system from Mozilla the organisation behind Firefox.
Contact us via chat if you need any further information....
Phil Mayne | 04th April 2018 |
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the new regulation that anyone who has business within the EU has to comply with. As an ecommerce shop, customers will be inputting a lot of their data and it's important that this is done in a safe and secure environment. Customers can ask for this information to be deleted and you must act upon it.
This will come into effect May 25th 2018, but don't worry as everyone at WebBoss has you covered.
How does GDPR affect your clients?
The customer must give consent for any data to be stored through your business including emails, account logins and store purchases to name a few. Your clients need to be able to access and modify this information if they are asked by a customer. This can get complicated if multiple third-party plugins are involved or if there isn't a dedicated team member in place to address these issues.
As a developer, the ability to ensure your clients that you can be GDPR compliant within a secure and accessible environment is a great selling point.
Reliable GDPR compliance with WebBoss CMS
“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” If you are using a platform reliant on third-party plugins then you may not be as compliant as you once thought. You may need to rethink your developer environment if certain plugins you have relied on aren't compliant or slow to the mark.
Being ISO 27001 certified means that all data stored, using the WebBoss.io CMS and any of its components, is secure and GDPR compliant. Customers who need data changed can do so within a safe and secure environment with no unreliable third-party to interfere.
This means that you can safely use the WebBoss.io development environment without worrying if a certain plugin or component is GDPR compliant. You as a developer can continue to build websites without having to worry and the client can control their ecommerce data safely and securely.
Overall the GDPR is something that we will all have to worry about sooner rather th...
Phil Mayne | 05th March 2018 |
The world of CMS can be quite one-sided. With a market share of 60%, WordPress is the dominant force with lots of free or premium plugins and templates. This popularity has lead to a huge third-party plugin and theme development ecosystem creating a whole industry dedicated to the CMS. But what happens when you want to focus on security for your website? Having lots of third-party add-ons to rely on to be updated could be a potential risk. Being market share leader means that not only is it popular, the potential for a security risk is also a lot greater.
Open sourced CMS and third-party plugin management
In a report (seen here) we can see that in the third quarter of 2016 WordPress held a 74% lead on hacked websites, followed by Joomla (17%), Magento (6%) and Drupal (2%). It makes sense that WordPress would be at the top here as there are so many more users on WordPress than any other. And it isn't a surprise that a lot of these hacks are due to third-party plugins. The upside of having an open source CMS is that there is a lot of freedom to create new plugins and themes based on it. But the downside is that you are open for hackers to download the source material and find loopholes to exploit.
Third-party plugins can be increasingly unreliable if the developers aren't regularly patching their product. If the plugins or CMS isn't updated regularly (either through the developer's side or relying on the client side) then this can mean that your client and their business are open to being hacked. Over 72% of all compromises are from PHP based backdoor incidents.
Partnered payment gateways with WebBoss
To deal with important aspects of an ecommerce site we have partnered directly with companies such as Allied Wallet, Barclaycard, and Worldpay who deal directly with the clients. These partnerships mean we bypass any need for third-party plugins which can be troublesome and work solely with their developers to package a secure payment gateway within the system.