The Proofreader's Parlour
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Those of you who have used Weebly to build your websites may be unhappy with the design of the standard footer. In my case, the colourway didn’t match my overall design and I wanted to add links to important pages on my site.
Making good use of the footer is especially important if you have pages with information “below the fold” – users who scroll down may lose sight of the links on your menu bar, and that makes it harder for them to navigate to related pages on your site at their own convenience.
You can also use your footer to link directly to pages that aren’t navigable from your main menu. Or you can highlight specific pages in more detail. On my site there isn’t room on the main menu to write the full name of my blog, so I use the footer to provide this extra detail. Some of my footer links are repeats of what’s available on the top menu, but they’re key pages for me so I want users to be able to find the information in several places.
To change the standard footer is easy enough. Simply hide it! Then redesign your own footer from scratch. There are two ways, each of which is determined by when you set up your Weebly site. The difference is small and occurs at point 4 below.
1. Open up your Weebly website so that you can edit it.
2. Select the Design tab.
3. Select Edit HTML/CSS.
4. Scroll down through the code until you come across the footer code. If you created your website a year or so ago, the code may look something like the following. In this case, simply change the already available visibility code to "hidden".
If you built your website more recently, and since Weebly introduced a number of upgrades, the footer code may appear as follows:
In this case type the visibility code yourself, as outlined in red below.
5. Then save and publish your site.
6. Now you can add your own footer and links using Weebly's text boxes and linking tools. I elected to use the footer to highlight the following on my site: details, portfolio, subject areas, frequently asked questions, my blog, a copyright notice and a link back to Weebly's main site.
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