What is Showit 5?
After a year and a half of development, we have a total reboot of our software. We started over from the ground up to develop a new platform based entirely on HTML 5. In the past, Showit Desktop was a downloadable app, but Showit 5 is a web application, something that you use right inside your browser. When we launch we’ll be using Chrome specifically, so you do need to download Chrome if you don’t already have it, but you do not have to install Showit 5.
Will the launch of Showit 5 update Showit Desktop?
Why use Showit 5?
We love what we’ve been doing with Showit 5! It is allowing users to build awesome websites through the use of some really great tools. There are some particular standouts, though, that you won’t be able to find elsewhere and that will give you the freedom to have a truly unique site that reflects your brand.
The first is side-by-side desktop and mobile website building. This allows for you to do some really fun things with designing and sharing content between your desktop and mobile designs.
The next is interactivity inside of something we are calling Showit Canvas Views. This interactivity allows for a natural flow of content and a high level of creativity and originality for how information is displayed.
And this last one is huge! People often ask how they can customize their blogs to look like their Showit sites, and now you can. Showit 5 can generate a WordPress theme to use for your blog so the blog will match the rest of your site. Showit 5 will allow you to create a theme directly from the application so there will be total fluidity between your site and your blog. You get the power and flexibility of WordPress with the design freedom of Showit. We are very excited about this.
Do the designs from Showit Desktop move to Showit 5?
The design of how we originally built Showit Desktop didn’t incorporate scrolling, but the current trends for web design are moving towards scrolling. That is something Showit 5 implements really well, but it changes the way your navigation and layouts work, and it means that your original Showit designs don’t necessarily translate well into Showit 5. We tried moving some designs over and we just didn’t like the results, and we didn’t want to try to guess for you how you would want the design to look. If you’ve gone through the process and the hard work of deciding what you want your design to look like, it’s fairly straightforward and easy for you to move many of those elements over.
Can my media and photos be moved over to Showit 5?
Because of the wide use of large screens and retina screens now, the images that were sized for Showit Desktop sometimes aren’t big enough for Showit 5 and how we’ll be displaying images moving forward. We really want you to be able to bring in the images you want at the highest viewing quality. Behind the scenes, Showit 5 is going to be generating all kinds of sizes of images that will make them look really nice on both mobile and desktop screens. To take advantage of that, we wanted to let you bring in the media you want instead of just moving over what you already have. It’s wonderful getting to showcase your work through large, full-resolution images, and Showit 5 allows for this in a way Showit Desktop did not.
Will my Showit Desktop site go down when I login to Showit 5?
Your current website won’t be affected when you login to Showit 5. We’ll continue to support Showit Desktop. If you love your site, we are not forcing anyone to change. If you want to take advantage of Showt 5 with a Plus Site or your main site, you can use them side-by-side. You’ll choose whether your URL is Showit 5 or Showit Desktop, and it will allow you to transition domain-by-domain as you feel ready.
Will Showit 5 cost more?
We are including Showit 5 for free with a Showit Desktop subscription. It costs nothing more to add Showit 5 to your account. Two additional pricing levels are available to transition to. More info on our pricing page.
Will there be Plus Sites with Showit 5?
Yes, we will still provide unlimited Plus Sites controlled by a single domain name.
How will SEO work in Showit 5?
A lot of the designs lean towards a longer scrolling site, which is actually great for Google SEO when you have a lot of good content. We’re following best SEO practices with how we structure content, so it will be SEO-friendly. If you have a WordPress blog that you hook to your site, it works even better as you continue to create content.
Ready To Publish Your New Showit Site?
In the top left corner of Showit 5, navigate to "Site Settings". This will pull up your site and blog information. Next to "Custom Domain" be sure to select your primary domain from the list so your new site design will be published to replace your Showit Desktop site.
If you currently have a blog hosted with us, be sure to select your blog domain under the "Blog" tab in your Site Settings.
*Contact the Support Pros to get the Showit Plugin up to date and compatible with Showit 5 on your blog.