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Friday, June 28, 2024 3:23 PM

Enhancing Your Website's Background with EverWeb

Creating a visually appealing website doesn't have to be a complex endeavor, especially with EverWeb, the easiest web site builder for macOS and Windows. EverWeb allows anyone to design beautiful, responsive websites without a single line of code. 

One of the key features that can make your website stand out is the ability to customize your web page and browser backgrounds effortlessly. Here's how you can leverage EverWeb 4.1 or higher to create the perfect backdrop for your website.

Setting Up & Customizing a Browser Background With EverWeb

The browser background is the canvas behind the content of your pages, offering an additional layer of design to your website. With EverWeb, you can customize this on a per-page basis or use a Master Page for a consistent look across your site. Here's a step-by-step guide to setting your browser background:

  1. Choose Your Background Type: EverWeb offers three main types of browser backgrounds: Color Fill, Image Fill, and Video.

    • Color Fill: For a simple, solid color background, click on the color swatch in the Page Settings tab to access your document colors or use the color wheel for more options.
    • Image Fill: To use an image, select "Image Fill" and choose an image from your Assets List or upload a new one. EverWeb offers several customization options, including Original Size, Tile, Stretch, or Scale to Fill, alongside vertical and horizontal alignment. The Scale to Fill option will provide a full screen background image that looks great on Desktop or Mobile Devices.
    • Video Background: For a dynamic background, you can use an external video URL, a local video file, or choose from platforms like YouTube or Vimeo. EverWeb allows for video looping and positioning, giving you the option to include full screen animations behind your website content.
  2. Customization Options: Depending on your selection, EverWeb provides tools for precise control over your background's appearance, including manual scaling for images and settings for video playback on different devices. This means on mobile devices you can prevent a video background from displaying while it plays beatifully on a desktop computer.

Setting a Page Background in EverWeb

While the browser background adds a layer behind your content, the page background is what appears directly behind the content itself. EverWeb's flexibility in this area allows for creative design choices:

  1. Background Options: Choose from None, Color Fill, Gradient Fill, or Image Fill. Each option offers unique visual effects, from solid colors and smooth gradients to striking images.

    • Gradient Fill: This option allows for a smooth transition between two colors, with customizable direction and angle, adding depth and dimension to your page.
    • Image Fill: Similar to the browser background, you can select an image for your page background and customize its appearance with options like Scale to Fit, Tile, or Stretch.
  2. Additional Effects: EverWeb lets you add shadows to your page background, providing a sense of depth and framing your content beautifully.

Practical Tips for Background Customization

  • Master Page Efficiency: Utilize a Master Page to set backgrounds that you want to be consistent across multiple pages, saving time and ensuring uniformity.
  • Preview and Publish: Always use EverWeb's Preview or Publish functions to see how your backgrounds look in action, as some effects won't be visible in the editor.
  • Optimization for Performance: When using large images or videos, consider the impact on your site's load time. Opt for external hosting platforms like YouTube or Vimeo for video backgrounds to minimize file sizes and loading times.
  • Testing Is Key: Especially with video backgrounds, it's essential to test how your website performs across different devices and browsers to ensure a seamless user experience.

EverWeb empowers you to enhance your website's visual appeal with customizable backgrounds, making it easy to create a professional and engaging online presence. Whether you're aiming for a minimalist aesthetic with solid colors, a dynamic feel with video backgrounds, or anything in between, EverWeb's intuitive design options put the power of creativity at your fingertips.