Everything listed under: features

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    New Features: Text Editor and Media Manager

    This LightCMS release brings you two exciting changes. These are a new, streamlined text editor and a redesigned media manager. Keep reading to learn more about these great new features.Text EditorThe new text editor gives you the same important features you’re accustomed to with a streamlined design, yet familiar approach to WYSIWYG editing.

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    New Features: Store Tag List View, Calendar List with Summary, and More

    Tag, you're it, or at least your products are! This release of LightCMS brings you a new Tag List layout to the Product Listing element. Also in this release is a List with Summary view for the Calendar element and a new responsive design.

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    New Features: Calendar Featured and Thumbnail Images and More

    There’s no better way to kick off the new year than by bringing you two frequently-requested updates to the calendar element: featured image and thumbnail image. This release also brings you a new responsive design and a new, SEO-friendly naming technique for image file names. Keep reading to learn more about what you will find in this release.

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    New Features: Element CSS Class, Thumbnail Dimensions and More

    As 2015 draws to its close, we’re excited to bring you our final features release of the year. This release contains two new features that can simplify styling in certain areas of your site. These include the option to apply CSS classes to individual elements and the ability to set dimensions for gallery thumbnail images.

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    New Features: Ordering for Blog and Calendar Views and More

    Thanksgiving is just a week away and this LightCMS release brings you several new features to be thankful for. These include list ordering for blog and calendar elements and several new store user credit card options. Keep reading to learn more.

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    New Features: Custom Checkout

    Halloween is less than a week away and have we got a treat for you! This release brings you an awesome new feature that lets you customize the look of your checkout page. Keep reading to learn more.

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    Master the Design Handoff

    Let’s imagine for a moment that you’re one of the lucky designers. You’ve managed to navigate a large design project and you’re close to delivering the final site. It’s integrated with a CMS, and the client is going to take over from here on out.

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    New Features: Page Publishing, Updated Design Manager and More

    The end of summer is now just a few short weeks away, but our end of summer feature spree is in full swing. Round two of the spree brings you a page publishing option, an updated design manager, and a new ecommerce template. Keep reading to learn more.

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    New Features: User Registration and More!

    It's hard to believe that summer is nearly over. Since this is typically the time of year where we re-focus and start anticipating the fall and winter months, we thought we'd end the summer with a feature spree! Here's how it'll work: We will have a total of three releases in September.

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    New Features: Global Elements, New Responsive Design, Secure Sign In, and More.

    This release of LightCMS brings you a couple of often-requested, awesome new features! Global Elements give you the ability to share an element across pages by adding the element token to the template, and the secure login feature is now controlled at the site level instead of the account level. Keep reading to learn more about these features and the other things you’ll find in this release.

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    New Features: Plan Builder, Featured Image, and More.

    This release of LightCMS brings a highly requested new feature: Plan Builder, which lets you create up to 5 unique pricing plans. This release also includes the Blog Post featured image. Keep reading to learn more about these two exciting new features and what else you will find in this release.

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    New Features: Blog Thumbnail Images, New Default Template and More

    This LightCMS release brings an exciting new feature that lets you add visual interest to your blog lists: blog thumbnail images. This release also brings a new default LightCMS template and the introduction of the LightCMS Developer Plan Starter program. Keep reading to learn more.

  • New Features: Responsive Checkout, New Templates, and More

    This release of LightCMS brings exciting new changes to Checkout and the Form Builder as well as two new fully responsive designs. Keep reading to learn more about what you'll find in this release. Responsive Checkout For quite some time you've enjoyed responsive design on your website pages and in your web store.

  • New Features: Password Protected Pages and Calendar Enhancements

    As children, we learn the importance of passwords. Who doesn't remember playing as a child and asking "What's the password?" before granting permission to enter a room, a clubhouse, or even a password protected page. What?

  • Introducing the New Element UI

    Elements are the keys to LightCMS's simple-to-use content management system. From the beginning, we built LightCMS with an "edit in place" approach, using toolbars that overlay the various editable pieces of content on a site. It's one of the things that sets us apart from most other dashboard-based systems.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Features: Blog Enhancements and More!

    We're excited to announce several highly-requested blog features and we know you're going to love them as well! These features add functionality to give you greater control of when blog posts are published as well as customization ability and additional SEO related enhancements. Here's more detail about each of the features coming in our 2014.6 release.

  • New Feature: Improved Website Security Through FTPS

    We’re pleased to announce a major security enhancement coming to the LightCMS platform. On June 2nd, we’ll roll out the FTP Secure protocol for connecting with your LightCMS website via FTP. LightCMS has always provided FTP access to ensure you can work the way you want when designing websites on our platform.

  • New Features: Social Icons and More!

    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.

  • New Features: 10 New Responsive Design Templates and More!

    Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added ten new, responsive designs to the LightCMS system. As always, these designs are available to be used on any LightCMS website at no extra charge. They are customizable through our built in Design Editor and advanced users can even download their source code to use them as starting points for their own designs.

  • New Feature! Sell Digital Goods with LightCMS

    We're excited to announce another major feature addition to the LightCMS platform. We're calling it Digital Goods and it's one of the features most requested by our LightCMS customers. We know you're going to love the seamless integration of Digital Goods with LightCMS's robust and simple-to-use online store functionality.

  • Announcing New LightCMS Plans with No User Limits and No Transaction Fees

    We're excited to announce some changes to the LightCMS pricing plans that we know you're going to love. These have been in the works for many months and we're pleased to finally bring them your way. There's a lot to cover here so please take a moment to read all the way through this announcement to discover everything that's new.

  • Introducing One-Step Credit Card Setup for Your LightCMS Store

    Ever since we introduced our store functionality in 2011, LightCMS has been working hard to simplify the challenge of accepting credit card payments on the web. Today, we're announcing another big step forward with one-step credit card set up through Stripe. It's no longer necessary to establish a merchant account outside of LightCMS.

  • New Feature: Twitter Card Integration

    Twitter recently released a new opportunity for website owners to enhance the way their content is displayed when it is shared on Twitter. It's called Twitter Cards and today we're announcing automated integration of Twitter Card tags for every website on the LightCMS platform.

  • Facebook Comments Integration and Magic Drop Expansion

    We're excited to tell you about a couple of new features that went live today. First, we've added built-in support for Facebook Comments to our blog platform. Second, we've expanded the capabilities of our own Magic Drop technology, released last month.

  • Introducing Magic Drop Technology

    Everyone loves magic, and we've got a new trick of our own to share with you today. We're calling it Magic Drop Technology and it's live and running on your LightCMS website right now. Drop Files.

  • Recapping the Summer of Love 2012

    Back in May, we officially designated the summer season as LightCMS's Summer of Love, promising to deliver wave after wave of new features and to fill the world with immeasurable laughter and delight. Now the Summer of Love has come to an end and we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that has been accomplished. We're still trying to determine if our levels of laughter and delight were truly immeasurable.

  • New Features: Disqus Comment Integration and More

    Cool winds are a-blowin' and summer is all but a memory now. Yet, we're still squeezing more features into the great Summer of Love before it winds down completely. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, we'll be adding a few new niceties to the platform.

  • New! Design Editor Improvements and Dynamic Body Classes

    This week, we've rolled out a couple new features we'd like to tell you about. One adds functionality to the built-in LightCMS Design Editor and the other adds options for those who code their own designs. Check out the details below.

  • New Responsive Design: Slate

    We're excited to bring another fantastic, mobile-friendly, responsive design to the LightCMS platform. Slate is our newest addition and it's available at no cost inside your LightCMS account. Check out images and more details below.

  • Summer of Love this Week: Powerful Image Editing and Effects

    The winds of change are in the air and summer is winding down, but we're cranking out as many features as we can before the great Summer of Love comes to an end. Today, we've got an amazing new addition that we know you're going to love. Introducing powerful new image editing and effects built right into the LightCMS Image Element.

  • Three More Responsive Designs

    We've updated three of our freely-available LightCMS designs to comply with our mobile-friendly, responsive approach. Devon-Cornerway, Devon-Poster, and Devon-Verdure have been a part of our system for some time, but they have been completely re-engineered to offer a fully-responsive design experience that adjusts dynamically and looks great on any device from smartphones to tablets to high-resolution displays. Check out the designs in the screenshots below.

  • Summer of Love: New Responsive Designs and More

    This week, we're adding two new mobile-friendly, responsive designs to the LightCMS platform plus a nice little feature on the LightCMS store. Check out the designs and the details below. Two New Designs Spread and Vanity are the names of two new designs now available inside your LightCMS account (see screenshots above).

  • Summer of Love: Meta Descriptions for Posts and Events

    The temperatures have dropped below 100 degrees but the Summer of Love is still going strong. Last week we slipped in a nice addition that we wanted to point out. It's the ability to add meta description content to blog posts and calendar events.

  • Introducing the Image Element

    Properly displaying images on websites has always been a challenge that LightCMS has worked to make as simple as possible. Now, with new devices and screen resolutions such as retina displays the challenge is even greater. We're up to the task, though, and today we're announcing a new element that puts LightCMS customers even further ahead of the curve.

  • Summer of Love: Responsive Design for Tablets and Mobile

    That's right, this week is so hot we're rolling out two great updates in just a few days. Monday, we told you about the new ESC Hotkey and today we're excited to introduce you to LightCMS's new mobile-friendly default template, now with a fully responsive design optimized for display on iPad, iPhone, Android and more. The New, Responsive Haus Template Haus has been the default design for LightCMS for about six months, and today we're giving it a significant upgrade.

  • Summer of Love this Week: The ESC Hotkey

    Holy moly! Temperatures in our neck of the woods are expected to hit 109 degrees today. The Summer of Love keeps on rolling and the features keep on flowing.

  • Summer of Love This Week: Facebook Open Graph Integration

    We love you. Really, we do. And this summer, we're expressing our love by rolling out hot new LightCMS features week after week.

  • Summer of Love This Week: Even More Design Control Through New Special Templates

    Another sizzling-hot week, another sizzling-hot feature. That's how we roll with the Summer of Love. This week, we've got some new goodies for those of you who like to code and tweak and tinker with your own designs on LightCMS.

  • Summer of Love this Week: Blog Pingbacks

    Another hot new release is rolling out today as a part of LightCMS's Summer of Love. We're bringing even more love to the blog element with blog Pingbacks, which launched this morning. Existing blog elements will have Pingbacks disabled by default so that nothing will change for current blogs.

  • Summer of Love this Week: Enhanced Mobile Support for Photo Galleries

    The Summer of Love train stopped briefly at the July 4th station this week, but we're roaring down the tracks again with the release of enhanced mobile support for all our photo galleries! What's New? Our photo galleries and product detail pages now support an upgraded lightbox overlay experience.

  • Summer of Love this Week: Improved Page Bar with Design Editor Access

    Things are heating up here at LightCMS headquarters. The temperature outside broke 100 degrees this week and the Summer of Love is in full swing. Today, we're bringing more love to the party with an update of the LightCMS Page Bar which includes one click access to the LightCMS Design Editor from any page on your site.

  • Summer of Love This Week: Blog Pagination

    Love is in the air. Can you feel it? This week we're bringing a whole lotta love to the LightCMS blog element with a very highly-requested feature we know you're going to love.

  • Summer of Love This Week: Separate Product Option Dropdowns

    The Summer of Love continues here at LightCMS and this time, it's our built-in store functionality that's getting a little love with new, improved ways to display your product options. Thus far, all product options have been combined into a single dropdown list on a product's detail page. So, if you have a shirt that comes in three colors and each color has four sizes, customers have to select from a single dropdown menu displaying every possible variant of the product.

  • Summer of Love This Week: Blog Pings

    As we mentioned a week or so ago, this summer is special for LightCMS. It's the Summer of Love — a summer full of new features for the LightCMS platform. And though it's technically not quite summer yet, we're kicking things off this week with a new release, scheduled for Wednesday, June 6th.

  • LightCMS's Summer of Love

    In the summer of 1967, tens of thousands of people descended on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco defining the hippie revolution during a season we now know as the Summer of Love. 45 years later, LightCMS is setting out to accomplish pretty much the same thing, except instead of all those people and the revolution and what not, we're going to be adding a ton of new features to our software. Welcome to LightCMS's Summer of Love!

  • Replace Background Images with the Design Editor

    Yesterday, we rolled out the last major piece of the LightCMS Design Editor — background image editing. We began phasing in the Design Editor a couple of months ago and this update marks the last phase of that rollout. For a refresher on the Design Editor itself, check out our previous announcement of the Design Editor.

  • Grant Access to Designs with the New Developer Role

    Another phase of our design area enhancement is rolling out this week. The Developer Role will allow LightCMS account owners to grant design-management capabilities to other users of their website. Businesses and organizations will be able to allow multiple staff members to have access to design controls.

  • Brand New Design Section Coming to LightCMS

    We're continuing the roll out of design changes we began last month with a complete overhaul of the LightCMS Design Section. This release presents a stunning user interface that makes managing your designs so much easier. The update paves the way for the new Developer Role (coming soon) which will permit account owners to allow users of their choosing to access the Design Section controls.

  • New Feature: The Store Manager Role

    We've got a new feature coming to the LightCMS platform. It's called the Store Manager role and it will allow you to grant store management capabilities to non-admin users on any website. Previously, users could not access the store management pages or manage product listings unless they were given the Administrator role, which gave them access to the entire website.

  • The Design Editor: A Closer Look

    Today, I want to take a closer look at the new LightCMS Design Editor, which we began rolling out last week. The Design Editor offers the opportunity to make changes to the design of a LightCMS website without editing any code. The Design Editor works out of the box with all of LightCMS's built-in designs.

  • Introducing the New Design Editor

    Today, we're excited to announce a groundbreaking new addition to LightCMS — the new Design Editor. This new tool makes design customization accessible to everyone, even to web novices, with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get editing interface anyone can use. Using the new design editor, you can easily modify and customize any of our built-in website designs with simple to use tools.

  • Completely Redesigned, Next Generation Toolbar Interface Coming to LightCMS

    We're very excited to announce that the next generation of our toolbar interface will be rolling out on the LightCMS platform next week. The completely redesigned interface takes the user experience on LightCMS to a whole new level. We know you are going to love this upgrade.

  • New, More Powerful Image Editor

    We rolled a big improvement out the door and down the steps today, one that's been in the testing bay for a couple months. Wide Open Field The image editor is the most apparent improvement you'll see when you interact with the text editor.  You'll be welcomed with a larger, cleaner canvas to work on when you click the "Image Editor" icon.

  • LightCMS Adds Support for PayPal Express Checkout

    Last week we rolled out an additional payment feature for the LightCMS store. PayPal Express Checkout can now be enabled alongside PayPal Website Payments Pro. Enabling Express Checkout with your Payments Pro integration means that your customers will be given a choice to "Check out with PayPal" or to check out using the built-in payment process.  If they click the "Check out with PayPal" button, users will be taken to PayPal's website where they will login and review their transaction befo...

  • Year in Review: LightCMS Grows by 91% in 2011

    Every December about this time, we like to take a look back and reflect on all that has happened with LightCMS over the previous year. It's always fun for me to peruse a year's worth of blog posts and remember just how much can happen in a twelve month period. 2011 has been another groundbreaking year for LightCMS.

  • New Feature: Archive Blog Posts By Year

    We released a nifty new feature today. It's the "Archive By Year" blog skin. We've had our "Archive By Month" blog skin for awhile, but for blogs that may not post as frequently, dividing posts up into months isn't always ideal.

  • LightCMS Adds Support for PayPal Website Payments Pro

    Another addition to our list of supported payment processors went live this week. Now you can accept credit card payments through your LightCMS store via PayPal's Website Payments Pro. Pro vs.

  • LightCMS Integrates Two New Payment Processors: Stripe and Payflow

    The LightCMS store just got even better. We've added two new payment processors to the mix, giving you and your clients even more options when it comes to how you receive payments through your store. Take a look at what's new below.

  • New Feature: Carrier-Calculated Shipping

    Earlier this week, we released an exciting new feature to the LightCMS store that we know you are going to love. We wanted to take a minute to give you the details, so take a look at what's new below. Carrier-Calculated Shipping for Your Store You can now tie-in with Fedex, UPS and USPS to have your store calculate shipping rates in real time.

  • New Features: Improved Comment Moderation and Spam Filtering

    We released a major upgrade to LightCMS today. This upgrade is an all-out assault on spam comments and it gives you more control over all comments left on your sites. Here's a look at what's new. The New Comment Control Menu Every comment on your blog now has its own control menu.

  • New Store Feature: Discount Codes

    Today we're releasing a major new addition to the LightCMS Store -- Discount Codes! This feature is already live and running inside your LightCMS account. To set up discount codes, log in to your site and click Store on the top toolbar, then select Settings -> Discount Codes.

  • Pricing Plan Improvements, System Upgrades, and More!

    UPDATE (8/10/2011) - After working with our new infrastructure for several hours on our live system, we determined it was not meeting our high standards of performance and, therefore, we have reverted back to our original configuration. We are keeping the storage limit increases and the transaction fee changes discussed in this article, but the infrastructure improvements discussed here have been postponed. We're rolling out some big improvements to our pricing plans as well as a major system in...

  • It's That Easy: Adding Products to Your Store

    If you haven't tried out the new online store, you're really missing out on some of the best features of LightCMS. Plus, it's so easy to get started, there's really no reason not to give it a try. To help point you in the right direction, here's a little overview of the amazingly easy process of adding products to a LightCMS website.  In any editable region, click on "add element," scroll to "product listing" in the drop down menu, and hit the "add" button.

  • Improvements Made to Shipping and Taxes

    Yesterday we launched several key improvements to our online store functionality. The main goal was to make several parts of the tax and shipping setup faster and more intuitive. Before the update, we felt that the system in place wasn't as easy to use as it could be.

  • We've Updated the WYSIWYG Feature Demonstration Video

    Earlier this week we updated our WYSIWYG feature demonstration video. You can check out the new version here. For consistency, we decided to replace Tim's melodious voice over with the same voice over talent heard on our other, more recent LightCMS videos.

  • Updates Coming to Reseller Marketing Scripts

    As part of our free designer program, LightCMS offers a selection of marketing scripts which can be used on your own website to promote the CMS. Two of these scripts, the features script and the pricing script, will be receiving updates related to the addition of the LightCMS online store. Usually, we make updates to these scripts behind the scenes without any announcement, but because these are more significant changes, we wanted to give you a little advanced notice.

  • New Design Viewer Coming June 14

    Along with the unveiling of our online store yesterday, we also mentioned that we would be launching a revamped design viewer. The design viewer is a white-label resource we make available to LightCMS Designers to easily show off the available free templates in the system. You can see the current version of the design viewer here. We wanted to let you know that we'll be launching the new design viewer at the same link on Tuesday, June 14th.

  • The Big Launch

    The day we've all been waiting for has finally arrived — your complete, fully-integrated online store is here! And while that development alone is huge, it's not the only thing we're launching today. Allow us take a moment to go over some of the great things we've released and what we're planning for the future.

  • The New Shopping Cart Status Token

    The launch of the new LightCMS Online Store is less than a week away and things are going well. We're so excited to bring these new features to you and we know you're going to love the new functionality they add to each LightCMS website. To help you get ready for the big release, I wanted to offer a few details on a new design token we'll be adding to the system to support the integration of shopping cart functionality into your designs.

  • Enabling and Disabling Store Features on Your Websites

    By now you are likely aware of the LightCMS Store coming on June 8, 2011. If you need a refresher, please see our announcement post from last week. We're very excited to bring you these new features, but we recognize that some of our customers may want control over whether or not the store features are enabled on their clients' websites.

  • Coming Soon: Build a Website AND an Online Store

    For months we've been telling you we're working on something huge. It's so big, in fact, we've given it a code name: "Project Tuscany." Now, it's time for the big reveal. We're so excited about this we can hardly stand it.

  • New feature: set a page as hidden when you create it

    A new feature rolled out the door with this week's updates. It's actually a frequently-requested feature, and we're happy to now bring to you. As of yesterday, when you add a new page, you can set the page as hidden right on the "Add a new page" screen.

  • Some nice upgrades

    This week's system upgrades bring a couple of visual enhancements we wanted to draw your attention to. First off, the Page Manager tool has received a face lift. The new look of the page management tree is more pleasing to the eye and easier to navigate.

  • New features: improved insert media tool and more

    Today's regular weekly update included a few handy new features. Take a look below at what's new. Improved insert media tool automatically embeds all types of content from across the web We've updated what we formerly termed the "insert video" tool in the WYSIWYG editor with more functionality.

  • New feature: date and time format selection coming next week

    Next week, we'll be launching a new CMS feature that is one of the most often-requested by our users and of particular help to our international customers. We'll be adding the ability for you to set the format for dates and times used in system-generated content across your websites. As a part of this release, we'll be standardizing the format of date and time strings as well.

  • New feature: easily add analytics code or other global header content

    This week's software upgrade rolled out a ton of "behind-the-scenes" funtionality as well as one great new feature for you and your clients. This new feature makes it easier than ever for your clients to set up their sites to work with Google Analytics. Visit the Advanced tab under Website Settings, you'll see a new field titled "Google Analytics" (see image below).

  • New features: blog post auto-summary and more

  • New feature: add users from other websites under your account

  • Introducing drag and drop photo gallery upload

  • New features: global RSS, menu name token, and more

  • New feature: style author comments uniquely on your blog

  • New feature: content editing on mobile touch devices

  • New feature: element menu functionality for touch devices

  • Photo Gallery improvements coming next week

  • What is the new body CSS class?

  • New features launching Thursday

  • Are you using an SEO-friendly CMS?

  • Interface improvements scheduled – customize your toolbar colors now

  • Coming soon: major interface and branding improvements

  • Using HTML5 to design with Light CMS

  • New design feature: login status token lets you add custom, personalized content for users

  • New features: improvements to form notifications and search token

  • New design features: include token, URL token, and design editor syntax highlighting

  • Preview of new features launching tomorrow

  • New features coming next week

  • WYSIWYG improvements are on the way

  • New features: improved blog comment emails and more

  • Fall Kickoff finale: introducing the Signup element and more

  • Fall Kickoff: the LightCMS blogging API

  • LightCMS offers built-in SEO features

  • Fall Kickoff: email file links, FTP secure and more behind the scenes

  • Fall Kickoff: design template version tracking and more

  • Fall Kickoff: photo gallery enhancements and time zone offsets

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