How to Skyrocket your Websites in 2018

We asked top 35 digital experts for thair tips on how to skyrocket a website’s traffic and engagement in 2018. Here’s what they came up with.

Release notes 1.10.0

Release version: 1.10.0
Editor version: 1.9.0
Dashboard version: 1.8.0
Backend version: 1.6.0
Chrome widget version: 1.2.6

Date of release: 2018.06.07

New features

  • Supported Intercom as a customer engagement and lead acquisition platform
  • Chose fonts from Google fonts directly for widgets within a page
  • Added feature “Publish to domain”
  • Supported “Add block” feature on multiple widgets and Chrome web browser add-on

Enhancements:

  •  Changed behaviour of upload to image widget
  • Added wording to “+” icon for creating a new project and creating a new page

Release Notes 1.9.0

Release version: 1.9.0
Editor version: 1.7.2
Dashboard version: 1.4.1
Backend version: 1.5.2
Chrome widget version: 1.2.5

Date of release: 2018.05.16

New features

  • We now support inject button, a user can now be able to edit any page that contains the TinyMCE rich text editor
  • We now support UploadCare as our image unloader
  • We now support DesignBold image editor within UploadCare manager
  • The user can now insert content to TinyMCE text editor via DragDropr Chrome Widget

Release Notes 1.8.0

Release version: 1.8.0
Editor version: 1.7.1
Dashboard version: 1.4.0
Backend version: 1.5.1
Chrome widget version: 1.2.4

Date of release: 2018/03/16

New features

  • Created a “Form widgets” and “Submission”
  •  Each submission will receive it’s unique displayed so no matter how much of the same submission user has they will be shown differently
  • User can go to different pages of submissions
  • Submissions are stored as an array of data, and they are later render as a table
  • User can delete any submission that they desire
  • User can see a small table icon if a page has any submission
  • Created a support for creation “Forms”
  • Created a validation for a default success view
  • Created a form reducer for form section

Enhancements

  • Each widget that is used for “Form submission” has it’s requirements set as “required” by default
  • All widgets are creating a different class for each placed
  • Improved a duplicate logic for “Sweepstake” and “form widget”
  • Created a redirect URL for columns
  • Added translations to PharseApp
  • Created a multiple styling options for widget
  • Created a new widget “Submit” button for “Form submissions”
  • Created a new widget “Post / Zip Code” for “Form submissions”
  • Created a new widget “Submit” for “Form submissions”
  • Created a new widget “Form section” button for “Form submissions”
  • User can choose what position to use on the label widget
  • User can choose if the widget is required or not
  • User can edit widgets “From” widgets from inline/side settings
  • Created a new widget “Address” for “Form submissions”
  • Added a “min – max” component for “Text”, “Text area”, “Email” and “Number”
  • “Text area” widget is not rendering an resize arrow
  • User can resize a “Text area” widget via rows and clos
  • Created a specific character pattern for “Phone number” widget
  • Created a “Countries” widget with predefined counties
  • User can add a label, placeholder text or nothing to his widget
  • User can change his widgets as he desires
  • Created a restriction that user can use form widgets only inside of a form section
  • Text widget is using a size attribute now to define how much character it can hold

10 Statistics that Prove You Need a Responsive Website Builder

There’s no denying it: websites today need to have responsive content and designs. They need to display well on all screens, not just one or the other. Customers continue to consume content from many different devices. If your business is going to reach them, your site needs to be accessible and responsive on whatever device they might find you with.

The Difference Responsive Design Can Make

Hopefully before now you’ve heard about how essential it is to have responsive web content. It affects more than you may realize from how well your website ranks on search engines to how much monthly revenue you bring in.

With responsive web design, your web page content will adjust itself automatically to better fit the screen it’s accessed on. Consider how content trends are changing with the unceasing shift towards mobile Internet access. Smartphone users want information quickly and succinctly, making sites with short text blurbs and plenty of images more favorable than sites with extensive text boxes. Some of these content building blocks and templates have slower page load times as well, which is not ideal for an audience who wants information immediately.

But in case you need more proof as to why a responsive website matters to your online business, here are a few statistics to take note of. They reveal just how necessary it is in today’s market to build a website with responsive content:

Statistics

  1. 2014 was the first year when the amount of mobile users accessing the Internet exceeded the number of people accessing the Internet on their desktops. This was a major turning point in the case for responsive website content. Mobile Internet users are no longer the minority, they’re the majority.
  2. In fact 60% of Internet access happens on mobile devices. And that number only continues to grow.
  3. Afterall, accessing the Internet on your phone is fast, easy and can be done on the go. Not to mention that nearly 90% of American adults own a cell phone, with over half of those being smart phones. You can’t beat that kind of convenience.
  4. Those with a smartphone aren’t just checking their phones once in a blue moon either. They will check their email, text messages, social media platforms and more 150 times per day on average. Think about the brand exposure your business could have if you were available where these customers are at: on their smartphones.
  5. But these consumers are using other devices as well. Typically a consumer will use 5 different devices for their Internet access, sometimes 2 or more devices at once according to a study by Adobe.
  6. With so many people using one mobile device or another to access the Internet, it’s no wonder that Google’s made responsive design such a huge factor in its search algorithm. Since 2015 Google has given more priority and higher rankings for sites with responsive content. This means that if your site is not mobile-friendly, it could have some disastrous results on where you end up in search engine results.
  7. Google also takes into account page load time. Web pages without responsive content take longer to load. The longer customers have to wait on your page to load, the more will leave your online store. 39% of customers will leave a website before it loads if it takes too long or doesn’t load at all.
  8. How much time does that give you? 47% of consumers expect pages to load in 2 seconds, or even less. So you could lose out on that 39% of customers if you page takes longer than 2 seconds to load.
  9. When your website doesn’t appear right or is difficult to navigate on a mobile device, it also provides for a poor user experience that won’t keep shoppers engaged with your brand. Nearly 80% of people agree that they would stop engaging with a site that isn’t responding well on their screen of choice.
  10. With all these statistics in mind, perhaps the most frightening statistic is that 91% of small businesses do not have responsive websites optimized for mobile devices. They stick with what they have, and miss out on potential growth opportunities. But perhaps this can open the door for you.

Knowing what you know about the vitalness of responsive web design, you could get a leg up on the 91% of businesses who fail to see how responsive web content can help their business.

Understand, though, that some website editors are better than others for creating responsive content. Even with all the statistics backing up the need for a responsive website builder, many text editors and website templates still fail to produce website content that responds well on all devices.

Many use a WYSIWYG editor (what you see is what you get). But if you’ve worked with one of these editors, you know how that what you see is not always what you get. When using these visual editors, what you create on your screen doesn’t always translate over to customers’ screens, and then you run into some big problems.

A Responsive Website Builder You Can Rely On

What you need is a WYSIWYG web builder that automatically creates content that all your site visitors can see and engage with, optimized for any device. Luckily, we have a solution for that.

Our application software, DragDropr, is a visual web editor that builds content easily. But the best part is, DragDropr automatically generates content as responsive. So what you see is actually what you get on all devices!

The edits you make in DragDropr’s visual interface are saved in real-time so that you know exactly what your page will look like. You can make changes to your site instantly and get the results you want without extensive programming experience. Plus, DragDropr is an independent application of the system you use. So no matter what website builder you prefer or are currently using, DragDropr will integrate seamlessly with your tools and templates on any browser. Now you can have the benefits of your current CMS with the advantages of a responsive visual editor as well.

In a market that requires responsive web design, why not use the application that makes responsive content easier to create than ever?

Contact us to try DragDropr for free today!

How to Improve Your Site’s SEO Starting with Your Web Builder

Picking a website builder is never an easy choice. But something that may influence your decision is how your content builder affects your search engine optimization (SEO). If the site you create cannot be found on search engines, in some cases it’s unlikely that it will be found at all. SEO enables you to establish […]

Release Notes 1.7.0

Release version: 1.7.0
Editor version: 1.7.0
Dashboard version: 1.3.0
Backend version: 1.5.0
Chrome widget version: 1.2.3
Date of release: 02/22/2018

New features:

– Chrome widget
– Page screenshot

Enhancements:

– Improved backedn API logic for Chrome widget
– User can set title and tag attribute on Image widget
– Backend code inside a file is now set to a maximal file size to prevent storage consumption
– User can not access the API if his trial period is off or his subscription unpaid
– Improved logic on save button

Bug fixes:

– Fixed issue where user was not able to login in Chrome widget
– Fixed issue where user was able to create and access pages of company that is not subscribed via Agency account on Chrome widget
– Fixed minor issue where back arrow was missing on Chrome widget
– Fixed minor issue where images were missing for integrated projects on Chrome widget
– Fixed issue where user was not informed that editor was not showing due to restrictions of Chrome widget
– Fixed urgent issue where users were not able to perform a wordpress integration
– Fixed issue where users can only have one content block per page
– Fixed issue where users were prevented to drop another content block
– Fixed issue where deleting a page causes fronted to throw and exception
– Hotfixed an issue where page was not showing as per editor

Landing Page Trends for 2018 You Don’t Want to Miss

In the new year, businesses are looking forward at how to improve their brand image this year. Those looking to improve their web design may want to start by updating how they create their landing pages.

Landing pages are a killer strategy for optimizing on conversions. Rather than send your customers to navigate your site for what they want, you can send them to a single page with just the information they need, all directed towards a specific call-to-action (CTA). If you’re promoting a certain sale or want customers to download your new app, a landing page can be the perfect place to focus their attention on taking action.

But not just any landing page will do. For more conversions, you’ll need the latest landing page trends. These trends engage audiences and better invite them to act. Shoppers are beginning to expect the standard of design that the best landing pages have. Despite how useful landing pages can be in converting your customers, if they are designed poorly they won’t be effective at all.

See where you can use some of these landing page trends that design professionals will be using in 2018.

Blending Borders

Website templates encourage users to stay within template blocks to help separate content. But more and more landing pages are blending the lines between bordering blocks. Some landing pages place blocks on top of each other, popping up as you scroll. Other pages have a single background color that makes it hard to distinguish where one content block stops and where another one begins.

But that’s the beauty of blending. It all flows together. With the right design of blended borders, you can lead your customer to the next piece of relevant content seamlessly.

Don’t get too carried away erasing borders or your audience won’t know where to look. This trend has to be done right, but it’s not impossible. You’re going to need an application with editable content blocks for this and a strong eye for design.

Mobile-responsive

If the content creator you’ve chosen for your landing pages is not mobile-friendly, then it’s time to find another web editor. Your pages will need responsive content now more than ever. Mobile shoppers are becoming more and more prevalent as consumers become more and more attached to their smartphones and other mobile devices.

This means that if your landing pages do not respond well on these devices, you’ll be losing out on a huge chunk of your audience. 57% of mobile users agree that “they won’t recommend a business with a poorly-designed mobile site.” That could put a huge dent in your conversions and customer pool.

Most ecommerce templates are adopting more mobile-responsive designs. But even still, some drag and drop website editors don’t give you a clear picture of how your site is going to look on another device. It’s important to find a page editor that you can rely on to create pages as you want them, no matter how they are accessed.

Clean Design and Minimal Text

It’s always been the case for landing pages that the cleaner and simpler the design the better. Too much information or cluttered content can take the user away from your CTA. But in 2018 especially, we’ll see an even greater rise of more minimalist designs when it comes to landing pages.

The trend today is for sites to change their format to include less text in larger sizes. Bold and big headlines with a short subtext are incredibly popular right now. Limiting your text in a similar fashion can help your landing pages to convey just the information that is necessary for conversions and forego the fluff. After all, most users will only read about 28% of your text anyway. Highlight your main point of attraction and let it do the talking for you.

Movement

Your landing pages should be clean and simple, but they shouldn’t be static. What users in 2018 will be looking for isn’t a bland ole page, but something that feels alive and has heart. This is why so many sites are creating heading bars not with a moving images, animation or video.

If you want to grab your audience’s attention, this is one sure way to do it. For one thing, engaging images and visuals are great at telling a story. Storytelling has become a huge trend for digital marketing because of how well customers connect with these stories and the brands that share them.

By adding a looping video as the background of your landing page or the header instead of a plain color box, you give your brand the chance to connect with your audience on a more personal level. And you can do it without using a lot of text. The images speak for you in a way that written words can’t. So give your landing pages some life with movement that doesn’t distract the customer from your offer, but adds to their experience.

How to Easily Create Your Landing Pages

With these trends at your disposal it’s time to actually implement them. The question you should be asking yourself is, do I have an online webpage editor or content creator that allows me to try out these trends in the coming year?

Some website builders and page editors won’t give you the freedom to customize your landing pages as you wish. This is especially true if you also lack experience with HTML or programming. Use DragDropr when you need to create a trendy and effective landing page. It’s an application designed to simplify web content creation and give you the freedom to apply these trends to your own landing pages or website.

DragDropr is a visual content builder that lets users drag, drop and edit content easily. It’s not your normal WYSIWYG editor; what you see is actually what you get. When you make changes to your page, those changes are made in real-time and are automatically generated as mobile-responsive. You get to customize your landing page or website as you want it when you download the DragDropr plugin to your browser. Use DragDropr’s editable content blocks to design your page or use templates from your current CMS or ecommerce platform. DragDropr integrates with all your favorite platforms for seamless content creation! This is one web content writer you don’t want to pass up.

Get the conversion and user engagement results you’re looking for in 2018, even without extensive coding knowledge.

Contact DragDropr to start a free trial today

How to Optimize Your Web Design for More Sales

When designing a website, making it visually-appealing for your audience is only part of the process. You also need it to drive conversions.

One report states that “In a crowded market, having a website that simply serves as a brochure is no longer competitive.

Every business owner then needs to ask themselves, does my website merely act as a brochure for my customers? Do I only share small snippets of information simply to spread awareness rather than to make sales? In other words, does my site encourage visitors to take action?

Brochures can be good marketing tools. They build that awareness and let people know about your brand. But then what? If your website content doesn’t invite consumers to convert, then your efforts in generating that site traffic won’t mean much at all..

As the report notes, a simple “brochure” website template or design won’t make you a strong competitor against the other businesses in your industry. But a smart design with elements that boost conversions will.

Here are a few of those elements to include in your website design that will optimize for more sales:

Reviews

The value of customer reviews for an ecommerce website cannot be understated. For a customer that can’t touch or try on a product for themselves before they buy from you, having reviews from other customers gives them the assurance they need to take a chance on your brand.

Reviews shouldn’t just be placed on your product pages, though. Include them on your homepage too! This will establish your credibility as a business and make visitors curious to continue on to the rest of your site to see why people love your products so much.

Ask your customers to send you reviews after they’ve made a purchase. Pick some of the best reviews to go on the homepage itself, then place other positive reviews on your product pages. What will be even better for sales is if the homepage reviews lead the customer directly to the product in question. Make your design one that makes it easier for customer to quickly find what they want.

Policies and Perks

The more information you can give your customers right off the bat, the better. But this can be tricky when designing your website because you don’t want to overload your layout with too much text or content.

This is where you can use your header to your advantage. Because you only have so much limited space in your site header, you have to shorten your text to only the basic (and most persuasive) information needed. This will be the first thing that customers see when they visit your site. This makes your header prime real estate for telling shoppers about some of your policies and perks that may ease their anxieties about buying from you.

Here are a few items of interest to put in your website’s header:

  • Sales or Discounts – Who doesn’t like to save a little? Seasonal promotions can be a great way to drive traffic and encourage conversions. But not everyone who comes to your site may know about those sales. Give them a head’s up on discounts that may become the catalyst for making a sale.
  • Loyalty Rewards Program – Some customers will continue shopping on your site if they know they can get an additional discount by signing up for a rewards program. Down the road these rewards programs can bring in more even more revenue from loyal followers. But that won’t happen if you don’t inform customers about rewards available to them right away.
  • Shipping Policy – One of the most important policies to include in your header is your shipping policies. If you offer free shipping, let your customers know about it! Or if customers spend a certain amount to qualify for free shipping, tell them! On average, 44% of online shopping carts are abandoned because the shipping costs were unexpectedly high. Let those shopping on your site know what to expect when they check out. More customers will want to buy from your brand if they know about your shipping and any ways they might save as soon as they enter your site.

Being situated in the header lets customers know what they want to know immediately. It’s why most web designers also suggest putting your phone number or some contact information in the header as well to make it easier for customers to call and ask questions.

Product Images

If a customer were to only have 3 seconds to figure out what it is you were selling, could then do it? What about your page best showcases your products? On the one hand, you could dedicate lengthy paragraphs of text describing every minute detail and reasons to buy the item in question. One the other hand, you could include attractive images of your products that (a) grab the customer’s attention and (b) make them want it more.

With online stores especially, shoppers want to see a clear picture of what they buy and what they can expect. Because of this, product pages should have more than one image, but so should home pages. Over 70% of consumers agree that showing products on a business’s homepage is a factor in whether or not they purchase from that brand.

The images will be the one of the first elements that customers will notice. Let them see your products in action. You may even want to let customers include their own pictures with your products as part of their reviews. Be creative with how you can use more images, and always make sure that they direct visitors toward conversions.

Clear CTA

If you want your site to make more sales, then it can’t be with a call-to-action (CTA). That will be what differentiates your high-converting site from a brochure. The above features help to encourage CTAs, but should be coupled with a direct CTA button.

This could be a “Shop our New Arrivals,” “Buy Now,” “Subscribe to our Email List,” or “Take a Quiz to Find Your Perfect _____.” Anything that gives the user a chance to act can be considered a CTA. Every CTA will help to build a relationship with your customer and in turn boost more sales.

Make your CTA stand out on your page by using bright or bold colors with clear, easy-to-read text. Include CTA buttons at the top of your homepage and further down if customers have to scroll. Or consider including your CTA in a fixed navigation bar that will stay with users no matter where they scroll.

Design Your Optimized Website

If you don’t have much HTML or coding experience, building a responsive website with all these features can be hard. Some website templates won’t let you customize your site the way you want or need in order to encourage more sales. When you need a reliable WYSIWYG editor to create a website or edit web pages, use DragDropr to help showcase what you have to offer.

DragDropr is a visual drag and drop editor that makes creating content for your site easier than ever. For ecommerce businesses, DragDropr even integrates with your shop (like Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento 1&2 or Lightspeed) for simpler content creation. Design campaign landing pages, product pages and other content geared towards conversions with an easy drag and drop format. If you want to make a quick edit to a page, that’s not a problem either!

All the features you need to increase your sales could be found with DragDropr. Responsive image sliders, customizable content blocks optimized for directing customers to CTAs, reviews and discounts, one-click product page edits—it’s all here.

Design web pages the way you want with DragDropr. Without writing a single line of code you can have all the features you need to optimize your site’s design for an increase in sales.

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Pros and Cons of Drag and Drop Website Builders

When you’re looking to build a website you have a couple of options. If you are a coding wiz, building a well-designed site from scratch might be the way you want to go. If you are not a programmer, though, you could hire someone else to develop your site. Or you may prefer the somewhat easier and more independent route of using a drag and drop editor to create a website.

Drag and drop editors let you build a website using premade templates and content blocks where you literally drag and drop your own content in. With drag and drop website builders, constructing a website becomes more accessible to anyone who wants a site for their brand. Even those who haven’t learned how to program can still set up shop online and start selling to a global audience.

While drag and drop sounds like a good option for creating digital content, sometimes it’s not always as great as it may seem. The question you need to ask yourself is, what is the best solution for you and your business?

We can’t make that decision for you, but we can give you some pros and cons of using a drag and drop text editor for you to consider before you choose how you will create your website.

Pros of Drag and Drop Website Builders

Many popular ecommerce platforms offer their users these drag and drop templates or plugins. The draw to these platforms is that they also offer editable ecommerce features like shopping carts, pop-up promotions and customizable checkouts. When you can get all that under the umbrella of a drag and drop editor’s appealing features, it’s hard to pass up.

Here are just a few of those positive features:

Launch Sooner

No business owner wants to miss out on greater online visibility and brand exposure waiting forever on developing their site. Drag and drop editors make creating a website a much faster process than coding every single page.

With some text editors you can get your site up in minutes, depending on much you want to personalize your site. That can be huge when you need to set up an online presence as quick as you can. Many shops are now solely found online. If they aren’t up and running quickly, you could miss out on some major visibility and sales.

To be found in today’s market, you need a website, and you need it now. Drag and drop editors make that easier than ever before.

Simple Editing

Another nice thing about drag and drop website builders is your ability to make changes to your site quickly. Let’s say you want to launch your site quickly and create a basic website with all the functions you needed to start selling. Once your store becomes more established, though, giving your website a new look may give it the second wind you need.

Working with a drag and drop website builder can makes those edits simple and quick. Shop owners know that the ability to make quick changes can make your life much easier. Edits need to be made all the time, like price changes for an upcoming sales promotion or new items to keep up with customer demand.

If your site is not up-to-date, customers may begin to lose trust in your brand. But drag and drop editors make it so that you can change content in just a few clicks, and then easily change it again if you need to.

No Coding Experience? No Problem

We’ve mentioned this briefly, but perhaps one of the best pros of a drag and drop system is that even those without much coding experience can make a website in a flash. And not just your run of the mill, mediocre sites. Many website templates, even free ones, offer stunning and innovative designs with great functionality.

You no longer need to be a web developer to create a website. More avenues open every day for business owners to make their mark. Drag and drop makes that possible for everyone, no matter if you’re an expert programmer or not.

Less Expensive

Small business owners are finding that drag and drop editors also are a cost-effective way to build a website. For starters, you don’t have to pay for a programmer to launch your business. Instead you could pay under $20 or even $10 a month depending on your plan and platform. That’s a relatively cheap option, especially for those just about to start a business.

Drag and drop has opened the doors for small shop owners everywhere. They can have that online presence without paying a fortune for it.

Cons of Drag and Drop Website Builders

For all the good that drag and drop editors can do, sometimes they also bring with them more problems than you might have anticipated. Be prepared to encounter some of these cons if you go with a drag and drop website builder:

Limited Customization

If you have a specific vision for your website, the drag and drop editor you choose may not come with everything you need. You may not need coding experience to get your site up and running at first, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need some later down the road to make your site uniquely yours.

For that you may end up hiring a developer after all. Even then it can be hard to convey your vision to a third party. That’s part of what makes drag and drop so enticing: it gives you the freedom to build a website just as you want it. The only problem is that doesn’t always happen right away.

More Money than Expected

In cases like the one above, the original cheaper plan you used to start building a website might not be enough to give you total functionality for your business. You may need to buy additional plugins or upgrade to a more expensive plan to make your site one worth visiting.

On top of that, even though you’re not manually editing HTML in the backend of your site, sometimes glitches happen. If you also experience these glitches, as most do who use drag and drop web editors, you might be paying for a programmer again. The money you saved on not hiring a developer in the first place can quickly dwindle as your store expands and problems arise.

Unresponsive Designs

Developers are especially needed when your site won’t respond on certain screens. Not every website maker provides you with responsive content. Your design may appear great on the desktop screen you built it on, but then may look different on a mobile device. If your site design is not mobile-responsive, your SEO ranking and customer reach will suffer greatly.

This brings up one of the biggest problems with drag and drop editors. They claim that “what you see is what you get.” They let you see the changes you make as they should appear on the site. This is why drag and drop editors are also known as WYSIWYG editors. Yet this isn’t always the case. Too often what you see is not what you end up getting.

Truth be told, drag and drop website builders can be really helpful to get website creation done quicker while still looking good. But even its pros can turn into cons when your site just won’t run the way you want it to.

What’s the Best Solution?

So what should you do? Is it time to take coding classes and give up on that “reliable” drag and drop editor? Or should you spend a ton hiring a developer to fix all the glitches?

There is a solution, one where you get the pros of using drag and drop while not having to deal with the cons. It’s called DragDropr.

DragDropr Website Content Builder

DragDropr is an application that lets you easily edit and create a website in the way you want, without needing to hire a programmer. Just like with other drag and drop editors, you place your content where you want it, only now the edits you make stick! What you see is actually what you get.

Customize your site just how you want with over 200 editable content blocks that automatically respond on any screen or device. If you already have a website builder you like, DragDropr can integrate with that ecommerce platform or CMS too. DragDropr’s interface creates a visual overlay on top of the page you are working on. That way you can make edits easily in real time and have all the features of your chosen website builder.

For a simple solution to problems with your drag and drop website builder, use DragDropr. Try it for free and finally enjoy the pros of working with a WYSIWYG editor without the hassle.

Contact us today for more information!