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New Webvanta Features: custom database items, page hierarchy, image resizing, and more

We’ve recently rolled out a pile of new features on Webvanta. Here’s some highlights:

  • You can now create custom items types for the database, with whatever fields you’d like. For each field, you can choose the type and size. Input forms are created automatically, and it’s simple to access the custom fields with WebvantaScript in your pages. We’ve used this already for project profiles, press pages, a list of resorts, software reviews, and choir music samples. (From the control panel, Database > Advanced Item Types.)
  • When you upload images or other files, you can combine as many as you’d like into a zip file and they’ll be automatically unpacked after they’re uploaded. If the zip file includes folders, those folders will be created, and the organization maintained. There’s a check-box option to upload files either to the root directory or to a folder with the name of the zip. (From the control panel, Content > Upload Image or File.)
  • Image files can be automatically resampled to create versions in multiple sizes. Currently this is controlled via a simple file that you must include with your zip file full of images. Contact us if you want to use this feature — the public documentation is a little thin right now.
  • Pages can be arranged in a hierarchy, making it easy to see all the pages in your site at a glance from the page administration screen. The page hierarchy can be used to automatically create drop-down or fly-out menus, or local navigation. (From the control panel, Pages & Menus > Pages.)
  • We’ve revamped the way the in-place editing works. There’s a new button on the control panel, Enable Editing. Until you click this button, in-place editing is disabled, so its hover effect doesn’t interfere with other hovers and clicks on the page. The edit widget now opens in a DHTML pop-up window, providing more editing area and better behavior in a wide variety of page designs.
  • A rich text editor (with a Word-like toolbar) is now available in the article add/edit screens (Database > New Article), so you can now enter and edit articles in a WYSIWYG view without worrying about markup. As part of this change, we’ve dropped support for Textile. We’re working on enhancing the rich text editor and will soon make it available in other parts of the system.

This is just a summary of some top new features — we’ve made hundreds of changes in the past two months. Many more are coming up.

As always, we welcome your feedback. Let us know what is, and is not, working for you.

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