What's New in Zoho Sites

2019

Mar

New

Style Editor

Customizing your website just got simpler. Every element now comes with its own style editor. These tools can be found in each element's property box and allow you to individually customize the background, typography, border, shadow, and spacing of every element on your page.

Note: Each tool is equipped with a reset button, so feel free to experiment with various combinations.

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Feb

New

Blog Post SEO

Now you can optimize your blog page, categories, and tags with our in-built SEO tools. These tools include the provision to add titles and descriptions to your blog.

New

Members only Access Restriction

This new restriction option allows you to enable only people who are a part of your member portal to access your entire website. 

Enhancement

CSS Optimization for better site loading

We have optimized our code for the builder. As a result, your website renders faster.

New

Multiple Menu

We have introduced a Multiple Menu feature. With this element, you can have more than one menu on any page to allow quick navigation. You can choose to replicate your default menu on different areas of your page. Or, you can create a menu with new menu items. These menus can be individually customized with the style, alignment, and label options.

Jan

Update

Font Library

We've updated our font library with 20+ new fonts. You can now choose from fonts like Courier Prime Sans, Sarabun, Comic Neue, Open Dyslexic, and more.

2018

Dec

New

Social Share on Whatsapp and Telegram

Two new social platform icons have been introduced in the social share feature. Now your visitors can share your page via Whatsapp and Telegram too.

Update

Section Library

We've updated our section library with 40+ new section layouts to choose from.

Nov

New

Undo/Redo

We have provided a redo and undo button to help you reverse your previous edits. Use the redo and undo button while you work to remove or include your customizations. This tool also comes in handy if you have accidently deleted your work.

Oct

New

Logo resizer

The newest addition to our builder is the logo resizer. This tool eliminates the need for an external image resizer. All you need to do is upload a logo of any size and then use the resizer in the builder to make the logo larger or smaller.

Enhancement

More sections to choose from

Our section library has been updated with 92 new sections. Sections are pre-designed layouts which make designing and structuring your content very easy. We provided 58 sections initially, with our 92 section update—the library has a total of 150 beautiful sections to choose from. 

Sep

New

Shapers for sections

Shapers are design layouts that you can add to the top, the bottom, or both areas of your page sections. You can also customize the height and color to get really abstract designs, so no two sections have to be the same ever again. 

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New

Reduced menu loading time and menus with more items

The vertical menu can now accomodate more items, as opposed to the previous five item limit. The menu loading time has also become faster.

New

Walkthrough video

The newest addition to the site builder is our "Getting to know your site builder" video. We've included this video as soon as you open the builder, to help you get started with Zoho Sites.

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New

301 redirects for blog posts

Individual blog posts can be redirected to any location you choose. Use this tool when you'd like to redirect posts from any external blogging platforms to a URL you prefer. You can also make a page redirect to a specific post.

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Aug

New

Carousel auto-slide option

The carousel element is like a slide show which isn't restricted to images—you can add any element you want to the carousel. These slides will change automatically based on the number of seconds you specify.

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New

Message bar

The message bar allows you to display announcements and important information at the top or bottom of your website. You can also use the message bar to display cookie notice messages.

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May

New

Clone Site

Our support engineers can now clone your site. You can request this service if you'd like to create multilingual websites or to test out your code.

Apr

New

Debug access

We've now included a debug access feature on the site builder. When facing a problem, our support engineers may request debugging access, which allows them to access your website. You can enable access if you like or decline the offer. 

New

Blog comments

Each post on your blog now comes equipped with a comment box. These post-specific comment boxes increase interaction between you and your readers and help you maintain conversations on specific posts.

New

Setting a blog as a home page

You can now set your blog as your home page. This option enables bloggers to create a website just for blog posts. Once you set your blog as your home page, you can delete your other pages and your blog site is ready to go.

Mar

New

Confirm dialog before deleting element

We've included a confirm dialog box to prevent your elements from getting deleted accidentally. Even if you click the delete icon by mistake, a dialog box will ask you if you're sure.

New

Download zip, secured with password

You can now download your site content to your computer. These files will be in zip format, and are now password protected to ensure security and GDPR compliance. 

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Feb

New

PageSense integration

We've now integrated with Zoho PageSense. You can track key website metrics, analyze visitor behavior, and optimize your user experience to increase conversions. You can also gain insight on placement, content, and formatting for each element on your page. 

New

Custom class names

We now provide custom class names for elements. We've added this feature as customizing the CSS will cause changes site wide—editing the custom class name for specific elements will ensure that the style of that particular element alone gets modified.

Jan

New

Button types

Buttons come in three types, primary, secondary, and link. Primary and secondary denote the theme color—primary will be the first color of your theme and secondary will be the accent color. Link makes the button appear as a link.

New

New roles for contributors

The contributors feature lets you invite friends, family, colleagues—pretty much anyone—to help you create your site. The standard roles we provide are Admin and Author with the newest additions: Developer and Guest. These two new roles enable you to invite guests who aren't a part of your organization. Developers and Guests can also make guest blog posts.

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New

Image with heading and text

Heading and text can now be added alongside your images. This element, once added to your page, allows you to add text in line with your image. You can apply your own customization from settings in the pop-up tool box.

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New

Visual editor color picker and font picker

The visual editor is now equipped with custom colors and fonts to choose from. You can set up to 6 colors for your color scheme and use our font library to select and set base and secondary fonts.

New

Light box

When clicked, images with the light box option appear to pop out of the screen. Light boxes also add emphasis by making your images appear full screen with the background dimmed out. 

New

Animation

Bring your elements to life with animation. This feature enables you to apply animation such as slide, bounce, and fade to your content. Animation helps your content stand out and brings something different to the website game. 

2017

Dec

New

Automatic image optimizer

Images that you add to your website are now automatically optimized to ensure a quick loading time. Optimizing images also saves bandwidth usage for both the site creator and the site visitor.

New

Page versions

Every edited version of your page is saved and listed. Page versions are created whenever you publish or save manually. You can view various versions of your page and revert, even after you've published your site. Reverting comes in handy, especially when you accidently delete content. 

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New

Automatic comment moderation for comment box [spam filter]

You don't have to manually moderate spam comments anymore. Entries in your comment box are now automatically moderated, and suspect contents is classified as spam.

New

HTML files can be set as a home page

Developers can create website template files and upload them as a home page. These websites can be hosted using our service but can't be further edited using our site building tools.

New

Gallery

Display your images like a photo gallery. Create multiple photosets and add them to your pages. Photosets work like individual albums where you can add titles and captions for each image. You can also display images in your gallery like a slideshow.

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New

Clone Page

The Clone page option allows you to create a copy of a page. Use the clone page option when you would like to repeat a page design and make changes only to minor elements. like text and images.

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New

Member portal defaults to https (SSL)

The member portal is now SSL encrypted to ensure security while logging in.

Nov

New

Clone Tool

This tool allows you to duplicate any element on your page. It eliminates the need to add multiple elements or sections manually. Simply, create a section with elements of your choice and click Clone. Clone also comes in handy if you're creating a repetitive design scheme.

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New

Spacers

Spacers help you increase the space between elements and sections on your page. This tool provides clutter-free site design by allowing you to adjust the space between your content. Spacers can also increase the background image display area. 

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New

Box

The Box element enables you to highlight and display important content. All you need to do is add your content to the box and apply a background color or image. You can also apply the fixed setting to your background image to make your content stand out even more. 

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