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.
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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:
We wanted to start today's post by saying how impressed we are with everyone using Clover Sites right now. Seriously, most of you guys have barely had access to our newest product for a few weeks and already we're seeing some really interesting sites and creative uses for the new features. A lot of you have really taken advantage of the parallax scrolling feature to add some unique motion to your pages and more than a few gallery sections have caught our attention with their dynamic, beautiful images.
We're literally just a few days away from the Clover Sites 3 beta launch (starting on June 22nd!), and we wanted to take one last look at the transition process for current customers. Hopefully this gives you guys already using Clover, some good resources you can use to make switching from your current website to CS3 as easy as possible.
One of the things that makes section-based editing so great is how easy it is to add features many of us use. Let's say you wanted to add a list of staff members to your website - normally you’d have to manually create the list from scratch. With our new List Section, we do all the hard work so you can focus on the content.
With Clover Sites 3, we created the gallery section where you can advertise things happening in your ministry, or highlight upcoming events. It really provides a great way to grab people's attention and showcase the most important information when they land on your site. These sections can be used all throughout your website - not just on the homepage - and are perfect for creating slideshows, banners, or even small photo albums.
One of the things we've heard lots of you asking for is more text control with Clover Sites 3. Text takes up such a huge portion of your website, it makes sense that you'd want more control over how it appears.
Adding photos to your website is one of those things that should be really easy, but rarely is with most website tools. With the current version of Clover Sites, we really felt like we figured that out - everything is so simple. And so, the challenge with Clover Sites 3 was to find a way to translate that approach into the brand new version. We feel like we've done that, and made some great improvements as well that we can continue to build on.