SiteWizard Company Blog

By SiteWizard LLC on 7/14/2014

We wanted our customers to know about a major server upgrade that we performed over the weekend (July 12, 2014).  We migrated all of our website, database and email servers to new hardware with double the processing power (more CPU cores) and nearly triple the RAM.  We also moved to the latest-and-greatest operating system and database software to take advantage of better performance and enhanced security features.

What this means to our customers:

  • Faster performance on their websites
  • More capacity to handle a higher volume of website visitors
  • Faster performance on the webmail system
  • Enhanced security to prevent attacks before they start

Thanks for being a SiteWizard customer!  We are always working hard to improve our services.  Let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your experience.

By SiteWizard LLC on 10/1/2013
We are pleased to announce a major enhancement to our DNS infrastructure.  We recently implemented a third party multicast DNS service called DNS Made Easy.  This transition has already taken place, but we wanted our customers to be aware of the new benefits of our website services. What is DNS? DNS stands for Domain Name System.  It is the "backbone of the Internet" responsible for domain name lookups.  In short, DNS maps domain names to servers on the Internet.  When you type a web address in your browser (example: "www.example.com"), your computer connects to DNS and requests the IP address for that domain name (example: "192.168.1.1"). Here is a video with more details on how DNS works, and why it is important: What is Multicast DNS? Previously, SiteWizard was hosting its own unicast DNS in a single data center in Chicago, IL.  Lookups were fast enough whenever someone would visit a SiteWizard website from the eastern United States.  But lookups could be slow if someone visited from a distant location, such as the Pacific coast (CA, HI) or another country....
By SiteWizard LLC on 10/1/2013
We are pleased to announce that all of our subscribers have been upgraded to SmarterMail Enterprise version 11.  Here are a few notable enhancements in this version: Performance Increases - Version 11 includes tremendous performance increases, particularly with the webmail interface.  Although the webmail design looks similar, it loads and responds much faster. Webmail Design Customization - The design of the interface can be easily changed through the Settings > Personalization dialog.  This allows organizations to change their colors and various display elements to match their branding. Greater Calendar Control - Users can now set the default view for their calendars (either daily, weekly, monthly, or all appointment views).  Users and domain administrators can also set the auto-clean feature to clean out old entries, ensuring the best performance of the system. Improved Spell Checking - The spell check engine has been redesigned, greatly increasing the accuracy and adding grammar support. ...
By SiteWizard LLC on 8/31/2012
SiteWizard LLC is proud to announce the release of an upgrade to the Language Translation feature of SiteWizard CMS.  This module has been updated to replace Yahoo BabelFish with Microsoft Bing Translator.  This new automated translation system has higher quality translation and supports more languages.  It now supports 34 languages, including: Arabic Arabic Bulgarian Bulgarian Chinese Chinese Czech Czech Danish Danish Dutch Dutch...
By SiteWizard LLC on 7/12/2012
SiteWizard LLC is pleased to announce that we have added more than 30 new backgrounds to the Full Screen Photo section of the Skin Designer.  To view the new options, log in as an administrative user and go to Admin > Skin Designer.  Choose the Page Background tab and select Full Screen Photo from the list.  The new images can be found in the photo selection box.

SiteWizard always strives to bring you the best technology and service.  We hope you enjoy these new features.  If you have questions, please submit a support ticket through the Support Website.
By SiteWizard LLC on 7/12/2012
SiteWizard LLC is pleased to announce that we have upgraded our customers to SmarterMail Enterprise version 10.  This new version adds the following features: New Mobile Interface for Smartphones A light, yet fully-functional interface created exclusively for smartphones that makes managing email, calendars, contacts, tasks and notes on Android, iPhones and Windows phones easier than ever. The new mobile interface is perfect for times when you can't use a mobile email client, like when you need to check your schedule on a colleague's iPhone or want to check your email on your spouse's Galaxy II. Support for Multiple Contact Email Addresses Expanding on SmarterMail's already robust contact management tools, users can now add additional email addresses for every contact in their address book. These additional contact email addresses will even sync across multiple devices when using technologies such as SyncML, Microsoft ActiveSync, SharepointSync, Exchange Web Services and others. Support...
By SiteWizard LLC on 6/6/2012
SiteWizard LLC is pleased to announce the following enhancements to the Bible Search module: YouVersion - We have changed our Bible Search to use youversion.com. More Languages - The module now supports over 100 languages. More Versions - Over 300 Bible versions are available. Better Layout - The new layout is very clean and modern. IE Scrolling - The Internet Explorer auto-scroll issue has been resolved. Browse OT/NT - Users can quickly click on the book lists for OT and NT on the search bar. Start Page - Admins can control the page that is first displayed to users.  Options include:  Old Testamant Book List, New Testament Book List, Genesis 1, Psalm 1, Matthew 1 and John 1. SiteWizard always strives to bring you the best technology and service.  We hope you enjoy these new features.  If you have questions, please submit a support ticket through the Support Website....
By SiteWizard LLC on 5/25/2012
SiteWizard LLC is proud to announce the following enhancements to the Slide Show / Content Rotator Module: Width Detection - When you first set up the Content Rotator module, the width of your website (as set in the Skin Designer) will automatically be detected and set for you.  This takes the guesswork out of determining the appropriate width.  This width setting assumes that you are adding the module to one of the image panes (ImagePane01, ImagePane02, ImagePane03) so that the Content Rotator will span the width of your page.  You can still use a custom setting if you are placing the module in a different location. Slide Preview - The Slide Preview area has been moved for better visibility and a more intuitive design experience. Background Preview - A preview tooltip has been added to the background image selection.  Hover over an image to see a larger preview. New Controls - Some of the controls on the slide settings have been changed to more closely mirror the Skin Designer, particularly...
By SiteWizard LLC on 5/25/2012
SiteWizard LLC is pleased to announce the following enhancements to the Language Translation Module:
  • Flag Size Selection - Now you can choose from two different sets of language/country flags so that the icons are either minimally intrusive or more obvious.
  • Module Settings - The module settings screen has been redesigned to follow the design pattern of our other modules.  Inline help text has also been improved to provide the most user-friendly experience.
SiteWizard always strives to bring you the best technology and service.  We hope you enjoy these new features.  If you have questions, please submit a support ticket through the Support Website.
By SiteWizard LLC on 5/25/2012
SiteWizard LLC is pleased to announce the following enhancements to the Social Bookmarks module:
  • Google+ Integration - We have implemented a new sharing / bookmark layout that supports Google+ (Google Plus) along with Facebook and Twitter share counts.
  • Module Settings - The module settings screen has been redesigned to follow the design pattern of our other modules.  Inline help text has also been improved to provide the most user-friendly experience.
SiteWizard always strives to bring you the best technology and service.  We hope you enjoy these new features.  If you have questions, please submit a support ticket through the Support Website.
By SiteWizard LLC on 5/10/2012
SiteWizard LLC is pleased to announce enhancements to our Newsletter Editor.  Based on user feedback, this tool has been redesigned so that navigation is easier and more intuitive.  This will allow our customers to get up-to-speed using the Newsletter Editor quickly with less training.

To use the updated Newsletter Editor, log into your website with an administrative login and go to Admin > Newsletter Editor.  If you have questions, please submit a support ticket through the Support Website.  Thanks for your business!
By SiteWizard LLC on 5/2/2012
SiteWizard LLC is proud to announce the following enhancements to the Maps & Directions module:
  • Location Name - Choose whether your location name is passed to Google Maps.  This allows users to fix incorrect map marker information that is sometimes displayed by Google Maps.
  • Module Width - Control the width of the map and directions widget.
  • Map Height - Adjust the map height for a big or small area.
We hope that you enjoy these new customization options.  If you have questions, please submit a support ticket through the Support Website.
By SiteWizard LLC on 3/17/2012
SiteWizard LLC is proud to release version 2 of our Skin Designer tool.  Skin Designer Enhancements: New Interface - The Skin Designer interface has been completely redesigned with JQuery.  It is faster, more intuitive and easier to use than ever. New Backgrounds Background Library - Includes more than 800 background images. Full-Screen Photos - Over 100 full-screen background images give a professional look to your website. Custom Color - Use a custom color to match your company's colors.  You can also set your background to white to break free with a "borderless" design. Custom Gradient - Use two custom colors to create a gradient. Custom Image - Upload your own custom background image and control resizing, repeating and alignment. Page Width - Control the width of your page.  Reduce your page width to show off your Full Screen Photo background, or increase your width to fit more content on the screen. Transparency - Adjust...
By SiteWizard LLC on 1/19/2012
SiteWizard LLC is pleased to announce that we have upgraded our customers to SmarterMail Enterprise version 9. This new version adds the following features: Improved Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail SmarterMail 9.x includes support for Exchange Web Services, a newer data synchronization protocol that will eventually replace the outdated MAPI protocol, as Exchange Web Services allows for faster communication between an email client and the mail server. Available as an optional add-on at the server level, Exchange Web Services seamlessly syncs SmarterMail messages, contacts, calendars and tasks to third-party email clients like Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac, Outlook 2012 for Windows and Apple Mail on Snow Leopard and Lion. Instant Messaging Allow users to chat with other users on the same domain with SmarterMail's built-in instant messaging server. Whether they use webmail or another XMPP-supported IM client to communicate, a user's chat history is archived and searchable,...
By SiteWizard LLC on 10/20/2011
You may have noticed some recent changes to SiteWizard CMS. We are proud to announce the following enhancements:

Improved Admin Interface The administrator interface has been redesigned making easier to use and more intuitive. The system now employs modal dialogs (floating windows) for most administrative tasks, allowing you to edit content without leaving the page. This provides a faster "inline editing" experience. Settings have also been reorganized using tabs and collapsible sections making it easier to find the setting you want without scrolling through a long list of options. Overall, the new admin interface has greatly improved the ease-of-use of SiteWizard CMS.

Updated HTML Technology All website designs (templates) built via the Skin Designer have been upgraded to XHTML with HTML 5 tag support. Previously many skins were running HTML 4 which caused Internet Explorer to run in "Quirks Mode" which turned off the latest HTML / CSS features. Now the latest web standards have been implemented...
By SiteWizard LLC on 5/17/2011
SiteWizard LLC is pleased to announce that we have upgraded our customers to SmarterMail Enterprise version 8.  This new version adds the following features: New Message NotificationsWith new messages notifications, users receive a notification that they’ve received a new message no matter which section of the interface they are viewing. Users can click on the notification to open the message or view the message from their inbox. Improved Contact SharingUsers can now download, save or send contact details in .CSV or vCard format, making it easy to share the email address or phone number of a friend or colleague in their SmarterMail address book. Touch-and-go FunctionalityEmailing a contact, mapping an address or adding an email address to your contacts list has never been easier. SmarterMail 8.x introduces clickable addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for click-to-map, click-to-call and click-to-mail functionality in messages, contact details, calendar items, tasks and notes. Improved synchronizationSmarterMail...
By SiteWizard LLC on 11/20/2010
SiteWizard is happy to announce that we have increased our disk space limits for all SiteWizard CMS subscription plans.  We have more than doubled the web server space and email / file storage space.
By SiteWizard LLC on 11/15/2010
SiteWizard has upgraded its Video Gallery module.  Our latest version includes the following new benefits:
  • iPhone / iPad Support:  Support for iPhone and iPad devices.
  • Baseline H264 Profile:  Encode to "Baseline H264" format for support on mobile devices.
  • Improved Video Encoder:  Better quality video encoding with smaller file sizes.
  • HTML 5 Support:  Support for the HTML 5 video tag for browsers without Flash.
  • Media Center Module:  New module provides simplified display with video browse, watch, rate and comments.
  • Category Hierarchy:  Categorize your videos using parent/child category relationships.
By SiteWizard LLC on 11/15/2010
SiteWizard LLC has completed our email software upgrade, providing all our SiteWizard CMS customers with SmarterMail version 7.3 Enterprise Edition.  This latest update adds multiple software fixes, minor enhancements and security improvements.  See the SmarterMail Release Notes for more details.  http://www.smartertools.com/smartermail/releasenotes/v7.aspx
By SiteWizard LLC on 11/15/2010
SiteWizard has added a new module for SiteWizard CMS:  PayPal Subscriptions.  Now you can easily add recurring payments* to your website.

Features include:
  • Simple subscription setup wizard.
  • Ability to assign roles upon receipt of payment, allowing you to designate "subscribers-only" content.  Require subscriptions for downloads, video galleries or any content on your website.
  • Set subscriptions to a limited number of payments (useful for installment plans) or until the subscriber cancels.
  • Ability to offer free trials.
  • Sends relevant subscription emails to you and the subscriber.
  • Support for PayPal test environment ("PayPal Sandbox").
* Requires a PayPal account with Recurring Billing option.
By SiteWizard LLC on 8/30/2010
SiteWizard LLC is proud to announce the arrival of our new Customer Support Portal at http://support.sitewizard.net/.  This system currently allows our customers to submit tech tickets to our support staff.  It also includes a knowledgebase which is available 24/7 for our customers to get answers to frequently asked questions.  In the coming months, we will be filling the knowledgebase with articles and help videos to keep you moving with your website.  Thanks for your continued patronage.  We strive to provide the best service possible for all of our customers.
By SiteWizard LLC on 8/25/2010
In preparation for the release of our new SiteWizard Content Management System (CMS), SiteWizard LLC has moved all current customers to new, more powerful servers.  Our dedicated servers are hosted at a tier-1 facility with redundant power, redundant Internet connections and multiple daily backups.  This will serve our current and future customers with fast and reliable websites, allowing SiteWizard to scale up to an indefinite number of customers.  We look forward to providing you with the best service possible.