A Placeholder is an object in Xara Web Designer which you replace
with another embedded object. A Placeholder can be replaced with HTML
Code, a Flash file or another graphic file. This allows you to embed a
great number of services directly in to a Xar...
WHAT IS WEBSITE PUBLISHING?
The act of uploading your web page or site to your web server to allow
the browsing of the page/site is known as publishing. Xara Web
Designer enables you to publish your web pages to your web space
directly from within the pr...
There could be a number of reasons why your publish operation from Web
Designer/Designer Pro is not successful, and the "timeout" or other
error messages could be down to any one of the reasons below. Please
WHAT CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE BACKGROUND HANDLING?
It is now very easy to apply custom background styles to your page.
Effects such as single images that fill the browser, header and footer
areas that span the browser width, linear and graduated bac...
This article applies to:
* Web Designer 10 Premium & above
* Designer Pro X10 & above
If you have registered your website with Google Webmaster Tools, you
may have received an email about your website not being optimized for
mobile users. This coul...
WHAT ARE GOOGLE FONTS?
Google Fonts is an online collection of open source, maintained by
Google that allow you to install them on your computer for use in
design as well as website work.
ARE GOOGLE FONTS AVAILABLE IN ALL VERSIONS?
WHAT ARE WEB SAFE FONTS?
Earlier versions provided a 'web safe' set of fonts that could be
used on your website. These were a small selection of fonts that were
common to most web browsers and so you could be confident would work
You can link to any text or object anywhere in your website by
creating an anchor link.
Begin by applying a name to the object you want to link to (known as
Click on the item (which can be a graphic or some text) with your
Xara allows you to apply a link to any object. Simply select the
object you wish to apply an email link to, open WEB PROPERTIES from
the UTILITIES menu and click on the LINK tab.
Select the radio button labelled LINK TO WEB ADDRESS and enter the
Xara Web Designer, Photo & Graphic Designer & Designer Pro allows you
to apply page title, description and keywords for each individual page
in your document. Additionally a default title, description and
keywords can be applied globally to every page ...
Click on the titles to view the answers
CHECK THAT THE OBJECT IS ON THE CORRECT LAYER?
Generally all objects in your web page that you want visible all of
the time should reside on the MouseOff layer.
If you have placed objects on the Page Background...
All the templates use a small set of theme colors, and various shades
of those theme colors. These can be edited as a way to very quickly
and easily re-color your whole website. These are called 'Named
Colors' and appear on the left side...
Alternative text (known as Alt text) is displayed by a web browser in
place of an image when the browser fails to retrieve the image.
Internet Explorer displays the Alt text even when the image is
sucessfully retrieved by the web browser when you hover...
MY PAGE IS NOT APPEARING AT ALL ONLINE AFTER PUBLISHING
If you are getting a 404 (not found) error, a blank page or other
similar result, this can be down to a number of factors below:
* Confirm you have published to the correct sub-folder on your ho...
It is common to want to open a web page you are linking to in a
different window to the window you are viewing the current web page
This is easily achieved in Xara Web Designer from within the Link tab
in Web Properties. Select an object you ha...
This is a misunderstanding of the point of Xara Web Designer. Our
goal is to provide a tool for designers, not programmers, to have
absolute freedom to place anything anywhere, and to offer the first
truly accurate WYSIWYG freeform design tool, that de...
If you encounter the error 'The Server name or host could not be
resolved' when publishing from Xara, please initially check to ensure
the FTP Details you have entered in the Publishing tab are correct.
Note, hosts will often provide you with a host...
FROM VERSION 11 ONWARDS
Yes, Xara does support secure (SFTP / FTPS) connections. Please see
article on how to publish via secure FTP
This problem can affect customers running Windows 8.1.
Selecting to preview your web page can result in the browser window
displaying a blank page rather than the page you selected to preview.
A possible cause of this problem is your antivirus softwar...
Incremental publishing is supported since version 6. When you
initially publish your site, the entire site is uploaded to your
server. Subsequent edits to your document will cause only those files
that have changed to be uploaded.
Incremental publishing ...
Web servers will transfer you to a particular directory when accessing
the server via FTP. This may or may not be the directory to which you
should publish your website, and will depend on which directory your
host has configured as your default. As an ex...
iOS devices (iPhone, iPad etc) have no concept of a mouse pointer or
mouse-over. Therefore sites exported with versions prior to MX
required the site visitor to click on a button once to see the mouse
over and a second time to invoke the link. This his...
Xara allows you to link to objects in another layer than the main
This is useful for a variety of reasons and could for example be used
to cause a larger version of a photo to display when mousing or
clicking on a small version (phot...
Internal Program Error 58.w.fi.nd can be displayed during a publish
operation from Web Designer. The warning is shown towards the end of
the publish operation.
The error occurs when publishing from a PC running Kaspersky Internet
Security. The publi...
Any objects in your website document that have a link applied to them
within the Link tab in Web Propeties will display this dialog when
they are selected.
Nav bars also display this message for the button on the nav bar that
you have clicked on.
This idea is relevant in technical worlds such as programming, but is
not applicable, or practical, in the world of design-led solutions.
(The idea was invented by programmers, not designers!) Websites are no
different from any other visual media, such...
This is not true at all. Search engines index the text and do not
take into account any specific HTML tags when indexing your website.
The text, not the tags or the level of heading, is what matters and is
indexed. Many experts have even suggested that...
Xara Web Designer supports both Active and Passive FTP. The program
will try Passive FTP initially and if this fails then switch to
Some web page creation software allows you to create a template page
which you can edit and have the edits applied to all the pages within
There is no need to have a template page in Xara . The program allows
you to have multiple pages...
This only affects a few niche browsers. Most browsers have moved
beyond 'resize text' style of zoom towards full page zoom (like Xara
and most other page layout programs have always had in fact) which is
much more accessible (because it zooms everythi...
This is necessary to explicitly control the positioning and the
length of the text strings and allows the text to render at the same
length in the browser as you see in the program. Our primary goal was
absolute WYSIWYG, as accurate as we can get it.
If you have exported or previewed your site and notice that you cannot
click on an object that has a link applied to it, it may be because
you have an objects bounding box on top of the linked object in the
To resolve this open your des...
Since version 6, all links pointing to the current page are removed
and if they have a rollover state, then the state is made permanently
This behaviour can be disabled by applying "NoAutoHighlight" name to
the object with the link.
Xara allows you to design material from scratch. You are therefore
not restricted to using one of the many templates found in the Designs
Gallery and have complete creative freedom when it comes to design.
The Xara full width slider (File > New from Content Catalogue >
Components > Image Resources > Photo Slideshows and Galleries > Xara
Slideshow Widget) now supports the option to make photos span the
width of the browser from version 12.6.
To turn this o...