Backgrounds, New for 2009
Posted by CatholicWeb Admin on 08 June 2009 04:53 PM
New for 2009, EZWeb SiteBuilder now has the ability to customize not only the website background, but the window background as well. Not sure what the window background is? The window background refers to the extra space on the sides of your website that you aren't using. For example, an 800 pixel wide site viewed on a monitor displaying at 1280 by 768 resolution, will have a little over 200 pixels of empty space on each side of centered web page. Now EZWeb has the ability to put backgrounds in that space, giving your website complete control of the backgrounds.
Let's take a look at a few examples.
Now that we have seen a few examples, lets take a look at an EZWeb example. The Diocese of St. Petersburg uses a custom header, a light tan website background color, and a darker contrasting tan window color. Here is the breakdown of the components:
Notice how the website background color fills the webpage content area, and anything outside that area is filled with the window background color. In addition to a solid color, you now have the ability to apply any image as well. We have prepared a few examples that use the above sites as models. Take a look at the examples and consider now what is capable for your site. All of the demos are built on 800 page width. To see the window background area, your screen resolution will have to be at least 1024 x 768. If you are unsure how to change your screen resolution, visit this article on eHow.com covering "How to change your screen resolution."
Now, how can you take advantage of this new feature? We have added the two backgrounds section right where you normally find them, under Color Scheme on Step 2. Underneath the Background section, you will notice two sections. One for the original website background, for which you have options for stock background, custom background, and solid color. The new section is labeled Window background, and has the same options. The section looks like this:
Lastly, you can now add a solid color border to your website. This border can be controlled right beneath the window background. You have the option of using a pixel width of 1 to 5, as well as the color. Borders can be helpful in defining edges, and creating contrast. As you may have noticed, several of the demo designs above have a border color defined. All of them are using size 1 pixel.
Experiment with the new section and see if it is something you can use to make your site better. Many of today's top sites use a solid white background, and a solid white window background. Other quality sites tend to use a soft or light website background, with a darker contrasting window background. Ultimately, your site is whatever you want it to be. Enjoy!