Welcome to the Angelfire Team Blog. Here we'll be posting news and updates concerning what's going on at Angelfire.

If you have a question, or are looking for help with your website, head on over to our Community Blog, the Angelfire Club. However, if something is broken on your website or with Angelfire in general and you require official support please create a ticket or call our help line. You can find all the information on how to do either of these tasks here: https://www.angelfire.lycos.com/cgi-bin/howto/index.

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Angelfire Team Blog
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Exciting Site Builder Updates - Shopping Cart and Poll Tool
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Some Random Dubstep
Topic: Site Builder Updates

We are so happy to let you know about the new features we've released today... two new Add-ons that have been highly requested by you for some time. And also some upgrades to existing Add-ons that ought to improve your use of them significantly.

1.) PayPal Shopping Cart Add-on
We have released a PayPal-based Shopping Cart add-on that will allow you to list products, images, prices, and information on your site and allow your site visitors to purchase those products and check-out securely using PayPal, one of the safest and most trusted e-commerce gateways online.

The Shopping Cart add-on is very easy to set up and configure. All you need is a PayPal account and something to sell and you're off and running.

The Shopping Cart is available to Angelfire "THE Plan" accounts.

2.)  Poll Taker Add-on
This snazzy new add-on will let you set up a poll on any topic you like, keep track of the votes, and then display the results in an attractive popup window. Also keeps track of visitor's IP address and will only allow one vote per visitor.

3.) Add-on Upgrades:
The Form Creator add-on will now format the responses it sends to your email. It will show all the questions that you asked in bold with the response below. Ought to make it a lot easier to read and generally consume this data.

The Page Counter add-on will now count only the unique hits to the page that it's on instead of counting all traffic to every site under your account... a significant improvement.

Thank you so much for your continued loyalty and use of our tools and services. Please if you haven't yet go ahead and take this survey about upcoming features. Your responses to that will make a large impact on what we work on this year... we are reading all of your responses and comments out loud to each other... what you say and think about our products is so valuable to us. You are the reason we are doing all of this in the first place!

Posted by team-blog at 5:32 PM EST
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Thursday, 27 January 2011
Web Shell Fixes & Update
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: Bug Fixes

HI everyone,

We just released a new update/fix for Web Shell Advanced editor.

First of all, we took another pass at fixing the cursor jumping that some of you have experienced while working in Web Shell.  This was largely a bug for IE users, as the text-jumping is a known issue with Microsoft, but there is no official fix for it.

Hopefully we've put something in place now that will fix the jumping for you.  If not, please write into support and let us know and we'll just have to come up with something else!

Also, we've re-inserted the confirmation message when you save files in Web Shell.  The confirmation message will show up at the top of your Web Shell control panel, next to where it says "File Management"

The update was minor, but we've updated the initial HTML code that is generated with the creation of a new .html file.  This does not affect any of the .html files you currently have on your site.  It's more just to get the code up to an industry standard doc-type.

That's it for today.  Hope you all have been having a good first month to 2011.  Even more updates are planned for February and March, so keep a look out!


Posted by team-blog at 5:08 PM EST
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Working With Pages and Navigation in Site Builder

You can create as many pages for your website you like within the limits of the disk space allocated to your account. Your Tripod Site Builder's Page Manager lets you quickly add, delete and change the order of your pages.

    * Add a Page
    * Delete a Page
    * Jump to a Page
    * Duplicate a Page
    * Reorder Pages

Click Pages on the menu in the site builder editor.


To add a page, click the icon with a plus sign next to Pages on the left. To delete a page, click the icon with the minus sign.To jump to a page, select it and click the icon with the left pointing arrow. To duplicate a page, click the icon with the plus sign and two pages on the right.

Check the box if you want the page to appear in your website’s navigation menu. Leave it unchecked if you want to create a subpage.

To change the page order in your navigation bar, follow these steps:

    * Click Pages on the menu at the top of the screen.
      Select the page you wish to move.
    * Using your mouse, drag the page up or down depending on where you want it to appear in the site navigation.
    * Click the Save button once the pages are in the order in which you want them to appear.
    * Click Publish if you want your changes to be viewable on your public website.

If you would like to use two navigation bars on your webpages (like putting nav bars at the top and bottom of your page) use the Navigation Add-on. If you would like your nav bar to run vertically drop the Navigation Add-on into a sidebar.

For an explanation of how to optimize your pages for search engines, go to Search Engine Optimization (below).

Posted by team-blog at 9:35 AM EST
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Monday, 17 January 2011
Facebook Like Box is now available

Along with the two new Site Builder Styles we released earlier today, we also just released a brand new Facebook "Like Box" add-on.

With this new add-on, if you have a Facebook fan page, you can have your Facebook news feed, a like button and a block of your followers show up on your website. 

Now you can update your Facebook fan page and the updates will instantly show up on your website too!  That's far less work to keep your visitors informed.

Posted by team-blog at 3:27 PM EST
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In the meantime...
Mood:  a-ok

While we're still doing testing on some bigger releases we have planned, we wanted to announce that we've added two new styles to the Site Builder.


Brown Grunge

style 1

Soft glow

style 2

Expect a lot more coming from us soon!

Posted by team-blog at 11:07 AM EST
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Thursday, 30 December 2010
150 Site Builder Templates
Mood:  energetic
Topic: Site Builder Updates

We hit a milestone today.  With today's addition of 9 brand new templates, the Angelfire Site Builder now has 150 template styles to choose from!

Here are the latest 9 for you to check out...



Aqua Lines


8 bit

Bingo Zone

Dark Pink


Working Comp

Posted by team-blog at 12:54 PM EST
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Friday, 10 December 2010
Significant Bug fix for the Angelfire Site Builder
Topic: Bug Fixes

Repost from the Angelfire Club:

This afternoon (Wednesday the 8th) we released a bug fix for the Angelfire Site Builder that we hope will clear up any lingering issues with the error: "Module no longer exists"

The bug fix does two things specifically:

1. It puts the Add-on Module frame back around anything that was broken before so that at least you can A.) see what it was and B.) delete it and re-add it if you like. That will almost always fix the issue.

2. It also allows the content to appear on the published site. That ought to prevent things like images not appearing on the published site but instead just showing a blank area where the image (or guestbook or counter etc) ought to be.

Posted by team-blog at 8:32 AM EST
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Monday, 22 November 2010
Three New Site Builder Styles
Mood:  a-ok

Hey everyone,

While we've been releasing new templates for our Site Builder, over the last few weeks, we're going to ramp up the production of styles as we head into the new year.

Kicking off this week, we have three new template styles for you.


going green


black bird

If there's a particular template style you'd like to see, start a new thread in the Angelfire Club or post a message on our Facebook wall and tell us what it is you're looking for!


Posted by team-blog at 5:05 PM EST
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Wednesday, 17 November 2010
2 New Site builder Add-ons
Topic: Site Builder Updates

Good morning.

Late yesterday, we released two brand new add-ons to our Site Builder tool.

Now, you can add a Flickr photo album and a last.fm chart to your Site Builder websites.

They're both really easy to use.

Go to the add-ons tab in the Site Builder and drag and drop the add-ons to where you want them to show up on your page.

Then, click the edit tab that displays when you hover over the add-ons, after they have been placed on your page, and edit your user information, how many images or music tracks you want to display on your page, and some other optional data, and you're done. 

Now you can easily share with the world your choice in music and get your already-organized flickr photo albums onto your website.

That's all for now, but we have many more new features coming down the pipeline, so stay tuned!

And as always, thanks for using Angelfire!

Posted by team-blog at 7:51 AM EST
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Thursday, 4 November 2010
Busy behind the scenes
Mood:  chatty

Hey everyone,

Can you believe it's November already?  The new Angelfire has been live for a little over a month now, and we wanted to say thanks to everyone for being members for all these years and a hello to all the new members we've had since our relaunch!

While we don't have any big updates for you today, (although we did release a brand new Site Builder style!) we just wanted to let you know that we've been working really hard on developing some new features for our tools, and are developing some brand new add-ons to help your websites grow and reach more viewers than ever before.

On a final note.  Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to use our new feedback form.  We've received some really nice comments from some of you, and some other comments that make us just want to work even harder to bring you the best experience we can.   

Just an FYI though.  The feedback form goes to a totally different department than our support ticketing system.  So if you have a problem with how Angelfire or your website work, please go to our Help Section and open a Help ticket.

Posted by team-blog at 4:04 PM EDT
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