Weebly Theme Upgrades
New Weebly Themes are being rolled out. All current Weebly themes have already been upgraded and released. You need to Activate The Beta to avail them. Though in Beta, these are pretty stable.
Twenty more brand new themes with even more functionality are expected to be released soon.
[Update: Beta Activation no more required. All new themes are released for every one]
Later in this article we will go over the aspects you should watch out while switching to new themes.
Here is a quick overview of the new features currently available with upgraded themes.
1. A Very Effective Landing Page
Up until now, Weebly Themes came only with one page type (index.html). So, all your pages had the same look and feel. But now, the upgraded themes come with Four Basic types, most important and effective of which is The Landing Page (landing.html). This is critical for your SEO. This is critical for your Business. Though not obvious to many people, Weebly has nailed the landing page. Take a quick look at Landing page of Free Weebly Themes.
The landing page of every Weebly theme has more or less the same layout. It has exactly what is needed for a landing page: A Logo/Site Title, Contact Info, Social Icons, Graphic, Headline, Caption/Coverline, and a Call To Action Button.
The beauty of the new landing page is that it is all click and type. No need to touch CSS/HTML or no need to drag any thing either. It’s simple, yet very very effective.
The other three page types are Large Header, Short Header, and No-Header pages. These are pages with different header banner size. They are useful for your inner pages depending on your situation.
2. Built In Social Icons for all Weebly Themes
You no more need to squander to get the Social Icons to the top right corner. They are now built into the theme. All you need to do is to click and type your Facebook or Twitter address.
Currently there is provision for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and RSS. You use what you want to use. If your business has no social presence, just leave the field blank and the icon does not show up in the published site. Don’t worry if these icons show in your Weebly Editor window. However, if you would like to Turn-Off these Social icons completely, you can do so by going to the “Design” tab and then choosing “Design Options –> Design Elements”. You will see On/Off switches for Social Media Icons and Phone Text. Simply Turn it off if they are not applicable for your site.
3. Contact Info Area (or) Phone Text Area
Right next to the Social media icons, is where you get to enter your Contact Informaion.
Ideally this is the place where you would put your Phone number or email address. Since this is a text area, you can pretty much use it for any thing. You can even have multiple lines. Enter Phone number on one line and email id on the other.
All well and good. But here is some thing you must absolutely be aware of. Though the future themes are expected to come with Flexible Footer, Sidebar, Search etc, the current upgrades to the themes does not include them. So what does that mean ? It means you still have no choice but to Edit HTML/CSS and add Flexible Footer or Side Bar to the new theme your self. Weebly does not automatically pick your current changes and apply them to new theme . So, if you are looking for Flexible Footer or Side Bar it is worth waiting until all new themes are released. However, if you do not have an immediate need for Flexible Footer or Side bar, you are going to like the switch.