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New chunk from Wapple: Shops

Today sees the addition of an exciting new chunk to Wapple Canvas – the shop chunk.

For anyone wanting to display a listing of their products, be it either a one off list, or a list of categories, or a list of items inside a category – it’s all now possible.

You’ve got a load of options to play with:- display thumbnails next to product titles; upload separate thumbnails for each category; options for pagination and of course as with everything ... Read more

Input image submit buttons

If you’ve ever tried to design a nice submit button for your mobile site, you’ll know what a pain it is.

One option is to design it with CSS – add a border here, a background there, and you’ll get something that looks a little bit like a button. Take advantage of some CSS3 features such as border-radius and maybe a gradient background and you can come up with something really nice.

But what happens on phones that don’t handle CSS3 (or ... Read more

404 pages on Canvas powered mobile sites

We’ve added a great new little feature into Wapple Canvas recently – the ability to design and create a page in your site, and assign it as a 404.

So if someone hits your site but ends up on a URL they shouldn’t, you can now create a handy 404 page that might have links to your sitemap (or even a Sitemap chunk on it), a link to the home page, or anything you want.

You can edit your 404 page exactly ... Read more

Got a lot of text? Paginate it!

Got a lot of text? Paginate it!

If you want to split a text chunk over a number of pages, just include [/pagebreak] in the body of your text and pagination links will split the text over multiple pages. Simples.

You can even control the text of the pagination links in the labels page of Canvas.

Upload many site graphics quickly in Canvas – just zip ‘em!

Uploading graphics to your site is pretty easy, but if you’ve got a lot to add then it can be quite time consuming. To make things a little easier we’ve added the ability to upload a zipped collection of images and have them automatically added you your site as individual site graphics.

Just zip up your graphics and upload that file where you would normally upload an image file. Once uploaded, the zip file will be unpacked and each image will ... Read more

Canvas Campaign Groups

As part of our overhaul to Canvas reporting (more on that soon), we’ve created a new feature in Canvas called Campaign Groups.

What it allows you to do, is create a group with a name, then place your campaigns into these groups.

We’ve got some fancy new reports coming soon that will display your campaigns grouped together in a really nice way – but for now, start creating your groups and place your campaigns into them.

More dynamic rules..

As we’ve talked about previously, we have some awesome dynamic activation and suppression rules.

They allow you to tailor chunks of functionality so they only appear on specific versions of a particular mobile operating system – and up to now, we only enabled it for the BlackBerry OS.

We promised that there would be more, and indeed there are! We have added the following operating system rules:

iPhone OS
Web OS
Windows Mobile

In addition, we’ve added a dynamic rule to test for the vendor ... Read more

Phonecall chunk with International dialling

Previously, with the phonecall chunk, you’ve not been able to specify an overseas number – or rather you have, but no-one from overseas can dial it.

You now have an option in Wapple Canvas, and an element in WAPL that allows you to specify a +, or 00, or whatever your international dialling prefix is. It’s labelled up as “International Prefix” in Canvas, and it’s <prefix> in WAPL Read about how to use it with your own scripts here, but for ... Read more

Bing Search Near Me

Stuck for something to do when out and about? Or maybe you’re desperate for a pizza but don’t know where to get one?

Well all these problems and more have been solved with the latest chunk to be added to Wapple Canvas.

It’s called the Bing Search Near Me chunk and is an integration with a number of technologies from those clever folk at Bing. It allows you to search for locations near to you – pizzas, restaurants, golf clubs, fitness centers ... Read more

Improved Image Processing with Wapple Canvas

We’ve been busy at Wapple Towers lately – creating a new image processor that make your Canvas powered sites look even better, allowing you to retain your brand that much more impressively!

We now take advantage of mobile handsets browser capabilities – if they support transparent PNGs, and you’ve uploaded one, we deliver it. And we’ve increased the quality of images that are delivered too, so if you have a good quality PNG at around 1000px wide, you’ll get some stunning ... Read more