We wrote a post (quite a while ago!) about the idea of Section-based Editing. It makes it way easier for you to edit and control the look and feel of your website. If you checked it out when we first launched, it's time to check it out again. Since that initial launch, we decided to take a step back and make things EVEN more simpler (bad grammar to show emphasis). We've made it much better. But you get all the benefits! The New Section-Based Design:
First and foremost, this announcement is for those of you who are still using Clover Classic! You know who you are! :) And we're here to help! This new version of Clover Sites gives you an even better set of features. Have you seen the quick intro video? It only takes 60 seconds and it'll change your website for the better!
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Last week, we wrote a blog post about how you can use 3rd party solutions to create some beautiful forms on your website and the reaction was great! That's why we thought today it would be helpful to do something similar for calendars. Like with forms, Clover Sites 3 currently doesn’t have a built-in calendar feature and there isn't a timeline on when that feature might be added. However, there are a lot of great calendar resources that integrate really well with Clover Sites 3 and we wanted to take a look at how some of these solutions can help keep your visitors up to date on what your ministry is up to!
We’ve heard a lot of questions about how to use forms with Clover Sites 3, and we thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about that feature. It’s no secret that the new version of Clover Sites doesn’t have built-in forms, and at this point, we don’t yet have a timeline on when that feature might be added. What we do have, however, are some really great ways we’ve seen our customers implement forms on their site using 3rd party solutions.
We wanted to start the new year highlighting an organization that has done more than just create a beautiful website. Ministries Without Borders is a charity that travels to nations all over the world - including Cuba, Nepal and the Philippines - to provide disaster relief, medical aid, feeding programs, water irrigation and education to those in need. The work they're doing around the world is inspiring and we definitely recommend that you take a second to read, listen to or watch some of the stories they've collected on their website.
It takes a pretty impressive website to make the entire Customer Relations team gather around one monitor to check it out together. This week we did exactly that with Lighthouse Church's beautiful site. There's a consistency to their website that makes it feel sleek and modern without losing that welcoming feeling a church website should give you. All of their pages are short and to the point, delivering their message in a very straightforward and convenient way.
It's always so cool to see you guys take one of our designs and really make it your own, like Mosaic Community Church did with their new website. Taking advantage of our Solstice design's spacious layout, they were able to create a welcoming site that invites you right in. Everything is really organized, so even though there is a lot of content on their pages you never feel overwhelmed and their use of whitespace gives their site a very open feeling. We especially love how consistent they kept things by using repeating colors, fonts and themes across their pages. And the way they used our Donation buttons for their call to actions was a really nice touch.
We’ve received a bunch of calls lately from customers who are wondering when the deadline is to switch from the “Classic” version of Clover Sites to CS3 for free. Just to be as clear as possible: there is no deadline! If you purchased our previous website solution (now called “Clover Sites Classic”) before July 14th, 2015, you'll be able to switch to CS3 for free whenever you want down the road.
I'm not gonna lie - it was pretty intimidating trying to decide which Clover website should be our first Green Thumb for Clover Sites 3. Luckily, Vintage Church helped me out and made a website that was just too good to ignore. Their gallery images are bold, their content is straightforward and they used their icons in such an original way (check out their What to Expect Page to see what I mean). The end result is a beautiful, streamlined site that never feels cluttered or chaotic. If you're looking for inspiration as you work on your website, I really recommend you check out their home page (and maybe give them a cyber high five while you're there). Awesome job, Vintage Church - we're stoked to feature you as our first official Green Thumb for CS3.
One of the phrases we often use when describing what makes Clover Sites stand out is "optimized for mobile" and today we thought we'd take a second to explain what we mean when we say that. These days, over a third of the visitors to your website will be browsing from their smartphone or tablet, so your site can't just simply work for mobile browsers - it needs to look incredible. Clover Sites isn't just compatible with mobile devices - its optimized - and that little change in wording makes a big difference. Here's why: