July 9, 2020

Using the Grid, Guides and Rulers

Whilst working on a web page it can be valuable to enable guide boundaries, rulers or the grid. To change the manual settings select

View->Guide Settings in the menu.

90 Second Site Builder provides a grid that will assist you align your web page objects. The grid spacing may be set at any size. The grid includes a Snap To feature that once you place them close to the lines, you can use to align objects automatically.

Guide borders can be useful to make sure all objects on the page stay between specified dimensions.

For example: If you design your webpage to get 1200 pixels wide, place the Guide borders to the very same values so it’s easy to keep your content centered in the page design.

Rulers allow you to organize components symmetrically. To exhibit the rulers, choose View->Rulers from the menu web grid host.

It’s also possible to add Ruler Guides to the page to align objects. Go to: Menu->View->Ruler Guides. You can transfer the ruler to a different position later.

To Eliminate the ruler guide, right-click the manual and select Delete guide from theweb grid host

Context menu… or just drag it back to the ruler (out of the canvas workspace).

Center in browser

Most specialist internet sites are designed so that they will look good on different display dimensions. Because 90 Second Website Builder uses absolute positioning for many elements, they can not be stretched across the width and height of a page, since that would distort the contents of the page.

Here are a few hints to your designing your pages so they are displayed in the Middle of the browser and also look good:

Set the Page properties to 1200 pixels wide

Enable the Guide Borders and set them to the Exact Same size.

Be sure all page content remains between the manual borders

 

No matter what I wished to do, I had to consult the Help section so as to determine how to take action. Here we come to the contradiction inherent in the version of this Grid. Its whole reason for existing is to automatically create sites for its customers (and are the easiest possible way to build an online presence). Something meant to be instinctive and eloquent should not send its users they would like to do something trying to find the FAQ!

On their home page, The Grid admits their platform is glitchy, and that”couple years from now, and our buggy small baby will… You’ll just have to discover.” It’s hard to ask people to plop down $100 or more for a product which promises to be better, even when we take them at their word.

However, I digress. Once you figure how exactly how to feed content to the AI that generates your website, you are going to discover that content can only be added in blocks, or”articles” as The Grid identifies them. These articles are spaces where you could insert text, pictures, and links. The AI of the Grid then determines to exhibit your posts for greatest effect. While (as I will explain) it’s difficult to do more with your posts than display images and text, the websites created with everything you input do tend to be fairly attractive. You could put together a good photography with everything The Grid gives you site.

the grid

Another thing: Understand how The Grid guarantees two”calls-to-action” per website? Not something that’s been a part of website building for years, and promoting link buttons as though they are some type of next-generation layout wizardry, is in keeping with The Grid’s predilection for achievement. To believe that we’re permitted not one, but TWO of them!

Characteristics

As I said, when adding articles to your website, you’ll need to take action in the context of constructing a post. Images and text are added however if you’re hoping to have the ability to easily add attributes along the lines of those stodgy website builders give you, prepare for disappointment. The single native features you can add to your articles are maps, code blocks, HTML blocks, and these magical”call-to-action” buttons.

If you would like to actually add anything more sophisticated to your website, like eCommerce, you are going to have to get it done by using your existing PayPal (or even Etsy, or Shopify, etc) accounts and using promo codes to display products from your shop. If you would like to bring a contact form, you are going to need to go through this procedure to add a contact form via your Wufoo account.

This brings us again to the central contradiction of The Grid. I should not need to mess with codes and third-party accounts to set a contact form up on my website. The vast majority of web site builders — these lumbering dinosaurs just waiting to be disrupted by automated internet design — allow you to set up matters in-house with a minimum of fuss. It’s difficult to fathom that The Grid exists to make website creation simpler faster, and painless, but in reality directs you to set up a bunch of accounts with sites to add capabilities that are basic. We can chalk this up to the youth and immaturity of The Grid, but as it stands, you’ll need to put in a lot of additional work to make anything. And”extra work” was precisely what The Grid was supposed to create unnecessary.