We're very pleased to kick off this week and this month with some very exciting new features. The first of these is a very highly-requested addition that will be a fantastic benefit for LightCMS customers and for our design partners and their clients. Take a look below to check out everything that's new.
Social Icons and the Social Token
Looking for a simple way to add social icons to your site? Or, as a designer, are you looking for an easy way to allow your clients to manage their own social icons while still maintaining the integrity of the designs you create? LightCMS's new social token and social media settings offer this and much more.
The Social Settings
Once the feature is launched, you'll see a new section on the advanced tab of your website settings. This section allows the user to choose any number of social icons to include and to provide the URL to use with each associated social icon. Click the "Add" button then choose the icons you want to add. Once selected, your icons will show up in your list where you can drag them and drop them to reorder.
Please note that there are two special icons included that aren't really "social" icons. These are for phone and email and they allow you to provide these points of contact in your list of icons as well, if you so choose. Phone numbers and email addresses will be automatically prepended with the appropriate syntax to integrate with the internal emailing and dialing functionality of smartphones. So, when visitors touch the email icon from a phone, it automatically loads up a new email. When they touch the phone, it automatically starts calling. Nice!
The Social Token
In order for the icons to display on your website, your website's template must include the new social token. All of LightCMS's "featured" designs (plus a few others) will be updated to include the social token by the launch of the social feature. These designs include: Coast, Apollo, Gravit, Vanity, Nebula, Tendo, Pepper, Decim, Vere, Grasp, Origami, Devon-Poster, Haus, Helios, and Solus. You may apply one of these designs from the Design Manager if you choose to make use of the social icon feature. However, if you are using a customized template or a fully custom design, the social media token will have to be added to the code of your design files.
The specs of the new Social Token have been added to our Token Reference Guide. It's a very simple token to implement and once it's in place your clients can control the icons displayed and the URLs used through the simple settings panel described above.
By default, the social media token renders a default set of icons at 32px square. By using the cssClass attribute, you can adjust the size of the tokens and even replace the default icons with your own. Additionally, the token provides an opacity attribute allowing you to make the icons transparent at the token level.
The SEO Tab
Another improvement we've made as a part of this roll out is to create a new tab on the Website Settings screen. The SEO tab now houses SEO-related features for your website such as the 301 Redirect Manager, Robots.txt, and the Google Analytics / Additional Header field. All of these features work exactly the same, they are just on a different tab. This sets apart these SEO-related features while keeping the Advanced tab shorter and cleaner.
Developer Role on Sign Up
Finally, we've added a nifty new setting for LightCMS Partners to the client Sign-up Element. Now, if you choose, you can enable the sign up element to assign the Developer Role to users signing up. The Developer Role allows users to view and manage designs for their website. If you want your clients to have access to the built in Design Manager when they sign up, you can now make this happen. This new feature will be available on the Sign-up Element's settings screen.
Scheduled to Launch on Wednesday, May 7th
All of these new features are scheduled to launch on Wednesday morning, May 7. We're so excited to bring you these exciting new updates and we hope you and your clients enjoy them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.