• New Features: Updated WYSIWYG Editor Including Mobile Access

    What you see is what you get, but just wait until you see what all it includes! In case you can't tell, we're super excited to bring an updated WYSIWYG editor to the LightCMS content management system. This updated editor provides you with many new features, enhancements and some improvements to existing features. Keep reading to learn more detail about a few of the most noteworthy changes.

    View of the mobile editing interface for LightCMS

    A New Look

    The most noticeable change is the editor’s appearance. It sports a sleek new look without compromising any functionality. The toolbar buttons and functions remain the same and are in the same familiar locations so you won't have any problem finding the tool you want. File browser dialogues for images, media, documents and others have also been redesigned to incorporate the new look and feel of the WYSIWYG editor.

    View of the new WYSIWYG Toolbar interface

    WYSIWYG on Mobile Devices

    Previously, when editing your site on a mobile device such as an iPad, Android tablet, or smart phone, text elements did not include the WYSIWYG editor. You were limited to viewing and editing only the text and HTML code. The updated editor now gives you the same WYSIWYG editor in the mobile browser that it provides in the Mac or PC browser. However, there are a few features that are unavailable in the mobile browser such as the file manager and full screen editing.

    Full Screen Editing

    The previous editor did not allow you to maximize it to full screen. Now, clicking a button on the toolbar changes the text editor to full screen. Clicking the button again, toggles the editor back to its original size. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, F11 toggles full screen editing off and on.

    Full Screen WYSIWYG

    Title Boxes For Image and Image Map Properties

    The Image, Hyperlink, and Image Map properties dialogue boxes now include a Title text box. When set, the title will be displayed on mouseover.

     Image with Title

    Plus Much More

    The above-listed features are just a few of the many changes in release 2014.8. For more details, please see the release notes listed below.

    Launching on July 29th

    Because this release presents changes to one of LightCMS's most-used features, we wanted to give you some advanced notice for this release. Therefore, we have tentatively scheduled the release of these features for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

    Release Notes for 2014.8

    New Features

    • Mobile browsers now provide a WYSIWYG editor. Previously the mobile browser provided only a textbox that allowed editing of the text and HTML code.
    • The WYSIWYG editor now includes a full screen text editing feature. A new toolbar button enables you to toggle full screen editing. You can also toggle full screen editing by pressing F11.


    • Redesigned the WYSIWYG editor, its icons and its file browser dialogues including the Image Manager, Flash Manager, Insert Media, and Document Manager.
    • You can now resize images and tables in the WYSIWYG editor by clicking an image or table and dragging its handles. 
    • New Title textbox in Set Image Options, Hyperlink and Image Map properties dialogues
    • Removed the convert to XHTML content filter from the text editor to allow HTML 5 attributes.
    • When a user configures the store to not auto-charge customers, the user should be able to capture the payments on the order screen. This feature existed for Authorize.Net and other providers, but not for Stripe. Updated the Stripe payment gateway to give users the option to capture a payment that was pre-authorized.

    Resolved Issues

    • Corrected an issue that caused the WYSIWYG editor to insert multiple <br> tags into an element's HTML output when using IE11.
    • If a user tried to contact a customer from the Customer Detail or Order Detail screens and an error occurred, the error message was not displayed to the user. Now if an error occurs when sending a message from the customer detail or order detail screen, any error messages will be displayed to the user.
    • When an administrator or store owner used the order detail or customer detail screen to contact a customer, double and single quotes were not escaped before sending the parameters to the web service. This caused the service to fail. Updated the system to properly escape single and double quotes before sending the email subject and body to the web service.
    • Corrected an issue that prevented users from uploading zero length files via FTPS.
    • If a user was a store owner with permissions to edit a product listing, the element did not list the Add Product option on the element action list. A user with these permissions should be able to add a new product and also edit existing products in the product listing. Updated the system to list the Add Product option on the element action dropdown for store owner with edit content access for the product listing. 
    • When a Stripe payment was authorized but not captured, the status on the order showed that the payment was made. Updated the system to record the status of an authorized payment as Authorized instead of Paid.
  • Seven Easy Steps to Setting Up a Web Design Business on LightCMS

    In nearly every circumstance, simplicity is better than complexity. Luckily for those in the web design business, LightCMS makes it very simple to start or grow your business with the new LightCMS Partner Platform. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you get started.

    Build Your Web Business with LightCMS

    1. Get a Partner Platform Account. 

    First, you’ll need to sign up for the new LightCMS Partner Platform. The Partner Platform gives you access to all of LightCMS’s reselling tools, plus a free website for your own company and 80% off the base price of the LightCMS Unlimited Plan. Learn all about the new Partner Platform and sign up for a FREE product tour on our Partners Page.

    2. Add the Signup Element. 

    The Signup Element is a feature of the Partner Platform that lets your customers sign up for 14-day trial websites under your LightCMS account through a form on your own site. You can upload your own design to be used on these websites and even use a custom sub-domain for the sites that are created.

    3. Use Our Designs. 

    LightCMS offers a selection of free responsive web design templates that you can sell to your clients or use as starting points for custom designs. Showcase our selection of built-in designs by using our handy Design Viewer.

    4. Create Free Trial Sites for Your Clients. 

    Since websites on LightCMS have a 14-day trial, you can create demo sites for all of your potential clients. They can sign up through the sign-up element (mentioned above) or you can create sites for them through your account dashboard. It takes just a few seconds to create a new site. With the Partner Platform, all of your websites can be managed under one single account.

    5. Use Your Own Domains.

    Even on trial websites, you can use your own custom domains. Just add a domain in your website's settings and then point the address record for your domain to our IP address.

    6. Never Pay Until You're Ready to Launch. 

    With the Partner Platform, you can continue developing and building your client websites even after the free trial has expired. Simply log in to build and manage your sites and then, when you’re ready, upgrade them to take them live to the public!

    7. Bill Your Clients at Prices You Set. 

    The LightCMS Partner Platform offers you a base price of $19/month for each website under your account, but you can bill your clients any amount of your choosing. With automated client billing, we can even do the billing for you at prices you set. What could be easier?

    That's it! You can see why we call it quick and easy. With the LightCMS Partner Platform and all of its included features, it’s easy to begin building and growing your web design business.

    Need more information? See for yourself how these design agencies are using LightCMS to grow and easily manage their successful web design businesses.

  • New Features: Free Shipping, Stripe Enhancements and More!

    As the old adage says: There is no such thing as a free lunch. But we say: Who needs a free lunch when you have free shipping! This release includes two new free shipping methods for your LightCMS online store plus more available currencies for Stripe and a whole lot more. Take a look below at all the details and the release notes for Release 2014.7.

    Free Shipping: Discount Code

    You can now create free shipping Discount Codes. Normal discount codes give your customers a set amount or a percentage off the total order, but the free shipping discount code gives the customer the option to choose a free shipping method at checkout. 

    Here's how it works: When a customer enters the free shipping discount code in the shopping cart's discount code field, the free shipping method is automatically selected for the order, and no shipping charges are assessed. 

    However, the customer still has the ability to choose a different shipping method at checkout. For example, they might wish to select two day shipping instead of the free shipping. All that's required to choose a different shipping method is to select the preferred method from the shipping dropdown list on the checkout screen.

    Free Shipping: Product Variant

    You can now also offer free shipping for a product variant. This results in no shipping charge for a particular product on an order, rather than no shipping charge on the entire order as the free shipping discount code provides. When a customer purchases only the free shipping product, there is no shipping charge on the order. However, if the customer purchases multiple products and only one of those products is available for free shipping, the weight of the product with free shipping is excluded from the total weight of the order, and the shipping charges are calculated on the weight of the other products. 

    One thing to keep in mind is that if you use a flat rate shipping charge and the customer buys multiple products where at least one product does not offer free shipping, then the total flat rate shipping charge is still assessed on the order.

    Gold and Silver Support

    In the past, LightCMS partners had to directly navigate through multiple clicks in order to access Priority Support (now known as Gold and Silver support). With this release, options for Gold and Silver support now appear on the LightCMS Partner’s user menu on the top toolbar. This provides easy access to the priority support screen from anywhere in the admin interface.

    Additional Currencies for Stripe

    For this release we've also updated the Stripe library which adds features not available in the older library. One of these features is support for additional currencies. Previously, Stripe was an eligible Payment Gateway only when the store currency was set to US Dollars. The new Stripe library also supports the following currencies:

    • USD (US Dollar)
    • GBP (British Pound)
    • CAD (Canadian Dollar)
    • EUR (Euro)
    • AUD (Australian Dollar)
    • CHF (Swiss Francs)

    Stripe Credit Card Authorization

    The updated Stripe library also enables you to authorize a credit card transaction without actually charging the transaction. To authorize a transaction without charging it, you must select "Wait until I approve the transaction" in the store Settings under Payments > Checkout . With this setting, the card will be authorized, but you must manually process the charge when you fulfill the order.

    Increased Blog Post Title Length

    Before this release, blog post titles were limited to 90 characters. Now blog post titles can contain up to 150 characters.

    Flickr Social Icon

    Sharing your photos is now even easier with the addition of Flickr to our Social Icons. To link to your Flickr account, go to the Advanced tab in your site settings. In the Social Media section, select the Flickr icon and add the link to your Flickr page. 

    If you haven't discovered them for yourself, these enhancements have already been rolled out and are live today, July 8th. Enjoy and watch for even more exciting enhancements and new features still to come.

    Release Notes for 2014.7

    New Features

    • Added the ability to offer free shipping through the use of discount codes.
    • Added the ability to define a product variant with free shipping.
    • The user dropdown list now provides direct access to Gold and Silver Support options for LightCMS Partners. Previously, links to these options were available only by direct navigation through multiple pages on the site.


    • Updated the Stripe library to enable the use of Stripe as a payment gateway for a broader range of currencies. The new library supports the following currencies:

      • USD (US Dollar)
      • GBP (British Pound)
      • CAD (Canadian Dollar)
      • EUR (Euro)
      • AUD (Australian Dollar)
      • CHF (Swiss Francs)
    • The new Stripe library also enables you to authorize a transaction without charging it. This option is controlled by the Transactions settings under Store > Settings > Payments.
    • Meaningful messages were not always displayed when a credit card was declined at checkout. The system now provides more detailed authorization failure messages when a card is declined in your store.
    • Previously, blog post titles were limited to 90 characters. Blog post titles can now include up to 150 characters.
    • Social Icons now include Flickr.

    Resolved Issues

    • Form submission was sometimes slow when it was configured to email the website owner or the form submitter. Modified the method used for sending email to eliminate the slow form submission.
    • Made changes to improve search indexing when text elements are updated or removed.
    • If a website was configured to use a custom domain name and the customer used PayPal Express at checkout, the shopping cart screen was empty when redirecting back from PayPal. The redirect screen now displays the correct information for the shopper.
    • Blog posts are exported in the BlogML format, and the summary of the post is included in the export file. However, when user imported the file, the summaries were omitted from the import. Modified the blog import feature to fully import the BlogML formatted file.
    • The credit card payment option did not display when the customer had to pay only the shipping costs. Updated the checkout page to properly calculate shipping so the billing information panel is displayed.
    • Shipping amounts calculated by some carriers were not rounded to two decimal places. As a result, when the total order was calculated, the final order amount may not have been rounded to two decimal places. The system now rounds the order total to two decimal places before passing it to the payment gateway.
    • When users configured their websites to use Stripe for processing payments, the accepted credit card settings were left blank. Modified the system to now default the accepted cards to Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and Diners Club.
    • The account owner was used as the "from" address in any email communication regarding digital downloads. Made changes to use the store email address as the "from" address in digital download email communications.
    • If the store customer used a discount code which resulted in a free order and there was also free shipping and no taxes, the system did not save the customer's first and last name. Modified the system to save the customer's first and last name when there is no charge for the product, no taxes, and free shipping.
    • Firefox's recent update to version 30 caused z-indexing issues that resulted in element menus rendering behind element content when editing sites with Firefox v30. This issue was resolved.
  • We Need Your Nomination for the Critics' Choice CMS Awards

    Critics' Choice CMS Awards Badge

    Nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice CMS Awards are now open until August 15th and we hope that you will take a moment to nominate LightCMS to be considered in the categories of Best Cloud CMS for SMB, Best Website Builder, or Best Ecommerce Solution for SMB. We promise, the nomination process is simple and won’t take long to complete.

    If you could, please take a minute now and go to awards.cmscritic.com/nominate to submit your nomination and share why you feel LightCMS fits into the categories you have selected. Don’t forget to provide a link to your website or websites you have built on LightCMS as an example of how you are using the platform.

    Thank you so much for your continued support in making us the best CMS by creating beautiful websites and online stores for your business and your clients’ businesses. We cannot do this without your help!

  • New Partner Platform Helps Web Designers Grow Their Businesses Smarter and Faster

    We are very excited to share that today we officially announced our new Partner Platform for web designers, design agencies and resellers who want an affordable and easy-to-use CMS platform to build and grow their businesses.

    Title Image for the LightCMS Partner Platform

    The new Partner Platform, offering our Unlimited website plan for only $19 per month (regularly $99 per month), enables designers and resellers to focus on what they do best — creating leading-edge websites with a standards-based cloud platform that does not require special programming languages and takes away the burden of server maintenance, hosting and upgrades.

    Hundreds of design agencies like Collision Media, Steadfast Creative and Independent Web Marketing are all using LightCMS to build and grow their businesses while giving their clients unique and beautiful websites and online stores they can easily update and manage on their own.

    If you are looking for a platform that can grow with you, check out the video below to learn more about the LightCMS Partner Platform.

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