Introducing SmallBiz Dynamic – The New SmallBiz WordPress Theme

by on March 3, 2013 · 40 comments

SmallBiz WordPress Theme

I’m very excited to announce the very latest version of our SmallBiz WordPress Theme – SmallBiz Dynamic.

We’ve worked very hard on this release and the new features it represents. These new features are based on working with thousands of small businesses on their websites.

This update is free to all existing SmallBiz customers. Just log into our customer download area to grab the new theme zip file!

Here is the short-list of new features in this release:

  • New Responsive Layout – for beautiful rendering on iPad, iPhone, or any mobile device. This layout adapts to any screen size it is viewed from to provide the best user experience.
  • Drag & Drop – the new responsive layout is completely “widgetized” so you can drag & drop widgets to configure your page however you want.
  • Custom Widgets – 8 completely new widgets including image slide shows, email opt-in forms, social media icons, appointment requests, and more…
  • Full width headers – provide a foundation for more professional looking websites, no matter what screen size they are viewed on.
  • Upload your own logo – we’ve made it super easy to add your logo to the header, so that your branding can show through on every page of the site.
  • Google Authorship and Google Publisher markup – we make it easy to take advantage of the new Google Authorship markup to highlight your listings in the Google search results.
  • And much more…

Widgets Included:

Here is a list of the widgets that are included with SmallBiz Dynamic. These incredibly powerful widgets enable you to configure your site with new capabilities simply by dragging and dropping.

  1. Dynamic Image Widget – adding images to your sidebar, or any widget dropzone is super easy. Just upload an image directly within the widget, and it is automatically sized to whatever drop zone you put the widget in.
  2. Responsive Slideshow Widget – drag this widget to your sidebar, home page, or wherever you want, and add your images, set the transition type and speed, and this widget displays a beautiful image slide show that adapts to the size of the page it is on.
  3. Social Media Icons Widget – easily add icons with links to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn or other social medias sites with this social media widget.
  4. Email Opt-In Form Widget – this widget allows you to create a super simple email opt-in form on your sidebar or anywhere on your website. You can even paste your AWeber, MailChimp or other opt-in form in here.
  5. Visual Text Editor Widget – this widget brings the simplicity of rich text editing to your sidebar or anywhere on your website. Style your text, add images, links or anything else you want with this Word-like editor.
  6. Appointment Request Widget – add an appointment request form to your website in seconds!
  7. YouTube Video Widget – easily add YouTube videos to your sidebar or any other dropzone by simply pasting the URL to your YouTube video.
  8. Recent Blog Posts Widget – list your recent blog posts with this widget – you get to decide how many, and which category, and if you want featured images to display.

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And we will keep adding awesome new widgets in future releases of SmallBiz!

SmallBiz Dynamic WordPress Theme – Introduction

This short video introduces the new SmallBiz Dynamic theme, and shows the new drag and drop responsive layout capabilities.

SmallBiz Dynamic – Mobile Features

This video shows off the exciting new responsive layout of the SmallBiz theme, and also how to create mobile specific touch-enabled landing pages.

SmallBiz Dynamic – SEO Benefits

This video walks through the SEO benefits in the SmallBiz Theme. We continue to add cutting-edge SEO capabilities into the theme such as NAP, hCard microformats, Google Authorship and Google Publisher markup and much more.

SmallBiz Dynamic – Options Panel Tour

This video takes you on a short tour of the SmallBiz Option Panel. This is your “control center” for your website, and allows you to change your business information, choose your home page layout, change your fonts and colors, mobile settings and Facebook page management settings too.

Get Stared With SmallBiz Dynamic

If you are an existing SmallBiz customer, you get this new release for free.

If you are new to SmallBiz, we hope you will give it a try!

SmallBiz Dynamic is a Responsive WordPress Theme Designed Specifically to get your business online fast and ranking in the Google search results. Check it out at http://www.smallbiztheme.com.

 

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Siegfried March 4, 2013 at 2:19 am

Looks pretty solid, I like lots of layouts and widget areas.
Best Regards!

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Don Campbell March 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Thanks Siegfried – I hope you like the new widgets. We worked hard on them!

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Robert March 4, 2013 at 3:15 am

Don Fantastic theme! I used small biz theme on a few sites before. But recent changes give more possibilities. For mobile site is it possible to switch most options just to have Tap to call and Find my locations tabs active?
Good work!

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Don Campbell March 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Thanks Robert. Yes you can set up custom menus for your mobile landing pages. Is that what you mean?

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Laura March 4, 2013 at 5:02 am

I worked with this last night and I love adding images to the widgets without having to put them in the media file first and adding code! Thank you for this 1 great feature not to mention all the others!

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Don Campbell March 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm

You bet Laura – let me know once you get a chance to try out some of the other widgets. We’re super excited to see how people use them!

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Geoff March 4, 2013 at 5:32 am

This looks awesome and I can’t wait to get into it. I’ve actually got a site to build for a client this week, so this is perfect timing.

I’ve got kind of a bigger picture question. I have taken the Smallbiz theme and turned it into a directory type of site in a couple of markets.

What I’ve successfully offered small businesses is their own ‘exclusive’ page on these local sites that I’ve put together.

Now, the home page does NOT have my personal address or business address entered. Actually, it has only the City, State and Zip entered. No physical address.

The pages for the businesses include their address. So, in one market I’ve got a site with over 20 pages that all have a different address on them.

Does that hurt them at all? My site is ranking great, so I’m not seeing anything negative from a site with a bunch of different addresses, but do you think it impacts their rankings on their personal sites that I link to. (FYI, these are all pre-existing sites. I haven’t built any of them for the clients).

And, I do use the ‘Address’ style when I put in there address.

Thanks for this GREAT theme and the consistent updates. Love it so much!

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Don Campbell March 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

Hi Geoff, no I don’t see any problems with that approach. It sounds like a smart way to do it.

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eileen lonergan March 4, 2013 at 7:36 am

I love the responsive theme and built my first site on it: http://www.cherrybuildingnewbedford.com/ It was very easy to execute, I really loved the feature that allowed me to upload slides straight into the widgets – much easier than uploading in the media files, then setting the code. Thank you E2W!

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Don Campbell March 7, 2013 at 12:27 am

Nice site Eileen – I like that image slider, the images look great.

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Scott Howard March 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I’ve built many sites and used many templates etc and the small biz theme is the most reliable, functional and best tech support. If you haven’t used SmallBiz yet this is the one, no need to look any further.

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Don Campbell March 7, 2013 at 12:27 am

Wow thanks Scott – I appreciate your kind words!

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mark Sandman March 5, 2013 at 6:48 am

I’m a new user of Small biz theme and very pleased with it. The two things that were on my wish list were a responsive theme (Thank you!) and the ability to format the font for the H tags within the theme. Are there any plans for this? This would significantly add to the creative options verssus being limited to Arial or individually formatting each heading. It would also expend the ability to apply Google web fonts to the headings as well as text.

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Don Campbell March 7, 2013 at 12:29 am

Hi Mark – thanks. Yes we’re very excited about the responsive layouts, and have plans to even push this further. We are looking at your request for the H tags as well.

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James Martell March 6, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Awesome job! I am always amazed with your offerings. The upgraded theme looks great! Keep up the good work!

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Don Campbell March 7, 2013 at 12:29 am

Thank you James!

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Tony Pearl March 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

Don,
First off, I’m a HUGE fan of your SmallBiz Theme – LOVE it!!

I’d recently finished building a site for a client using v3.9, and enjoyed the experience of putting it together (after I got thru the brief learning curve).
Just when I was thinking how awesome it would be to have a responsive design, BAM! You go & do it.
I’m consistently impressed by your commitment to the development & evolution of this theme, and believe it’s one of the best designs in existence. And it’s only getting better.

I have a couple quick questions, if you’d kindly indulge me…
1. This Responsive theme is fully capable of replacing the latest v3.9, right? That is, we could simply choose to build a site with the SmallBiz Dynamic vs. v3.9, correct? That’s how I understand it, but I just wanted to ask the master to be sure. :)

2. What would you suggest for building sites for clients who have MORE than 1 location & want to get traffic not only to their site, but also direct people to the appropriate location of their facilities (ex. a tire sales store w/ 5 locations around a city)? As it is right now, there’s only one map/address marker (Unless I’m missing something).

Thank you so much for answering my questions AND for doing such an awesome job w/ this theme, Don! :)

Respect,
Tony

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Don Campbell March 13, 2013 at 9:45 am

Hi Tony – thanks for the kind words!

To answer your questions:
1. Yes, SmallBiz Dynamic is a complete WordPress theme, so you can use it or SmallBiz v3.9, either one or the other for your website.

2. For sites that handle more than one location, create a location page on the site for each physical location with the business name, address, etc. You can easily put a map on any page and just create landing pages for each of these locations. Then you can point to them from your business Google+ page (you can have one of those for each physical location too.)

I hope this helps.

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Kimberly March 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm

This theme is so impressive, awesome work Don! The use of widegets is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, I’ll definitely be using this theme. Sliders tend to be a little problematic on many themes, you seem to have solved this problem, so easy to use! Love love love it.

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Don Campbell March 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

Thank you Kimberly!
We worked really hard on those new widgets, and the slider is definitely a favorite right now. Especially because it is responsive and will adjust its size to fit any dropzone you put it in.

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Paul wilson March 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Can you change the background colour?

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Don Campbell March 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

Hi Paul,
Yes you can do this in the SmallBiz options panel – there you can change the background color of the header, footer, and content body.

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Elena Grace Flores March 13, 2013 at 7:41 am

The Smallbiz Dynamic’s mobile and SEO friendliness plus the interactiveness are superb. Applause to the makers who managed to create such theme that made these features very easy to install and execute.

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Don Campbell March 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

Thank you Elena!
I feel like we’ve got the best of both worlds for mobile in this release – a responsive layout that fits any device, and custom mobile landing pages if you want a different page displayed on mobile devices.

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Jay Williams March 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Don, I been with you guys for over 5 years now and each new version of your SmallBiz WordPress Theme just gets better and better.

I have to say this is your best yet. Thanks for listing to what we ask for over time and adding these features. Thanks again and keep up the GREAT work.

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Don Campbell March 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Thank you Jay! We worked very hard on this and it means a lot to hear you say that.

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Tia Dobi March 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Hi Don,

As a direct response copywriter and marketing advisor… I’m looking for an easy to use WP Theme with 2 differences than I’m seeing in the marketplace:

1) Need large font headline and subhead vs large graphic real estate at top of each page

2) Need almost unlimited or extremely long form (i.e. 3,000-5,000 words) page length/capability.

Does you theme have those options?

Thanks!

Tia D.

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Don Campbell March 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Hi Tia,
SmallBiz does allow for large text or graphic/logo header. And any WordPress Theme will give you the ability to create very long blog posts and pages.

If you give me an example of what you are looking for I will be more specific.

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paul March 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

can you change the background colour from grey to say Blue?

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Thomas March 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Paul,
yes you can change all colors within the SmallBiz Options Panel.

Feel free to email us at support@expand2web.com for personal support if you have further questions.

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Tony Pearl March 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

@Paul: Even though Don already answered your question, please allow me to help you find exactly what you’re looking for – Don covered how to change the background color around the 2:00 minute mark in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLKsuysopT0&feature=player_embedded

If that link doesn’t come thru – it’s the LAST video on this page – the one titled:
“SmallBiz Dynamic Wordpress Theme – Options Panel Tour”

Hope that helps!

—Tony

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Don Campbell March 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thank you Tony!

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Jeanne April 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Don,

I have a number of existing SmallBiz customers. This new theme is not an upgrade so what would be the best way to move an existing customer over to the new Smallbiz theme?

Thanks!

JD

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Thomas April 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Jeanne,
other than having a “different look” there is no advantage of moving existing sites to SmallBiz Dynamic.

If a customer wants a different look you could install SmallBiz Dynamic. You would need to rebuild the homepage, your pages and posts content will not be deleted, but you may need to reformat your content due to the wider theme width.

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Jeanne April 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I have a customer that had emailed me prior to receiving the announcement of the new dynamic theme – she wants a responsive website. Would I uninstall SmallBiz then upload and install the new dynamic theme?

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Tom Mitchell May 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Don,

I appreciate the free Lite version and I hope to upgrade in the future.

I have one question your Support staff could not answer. I wanted to use the FB Like page widget, but when it loads in my page, the Title for the Widget is a Link, and therefore, appears as a link (color and underlined like a link), not looking like the other widget titles.
Can you please tell me how and where I can change the code so the title of the widget is just Text – Like Us on Facebook! instead of a link?

Sorry to bother you, but I want this to look right, and therefore, so do you.

Thanks,

Tom

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Thomas May 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Tom,
thank you for getting in touch with us.

We offer personal email support to all of our customers.

Please email us your website URL to support@expand2web.com

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Tony Pearl August 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

Hey Don,

Ok, after having adequate time to work with the awesome 3.9 Responsive theme, I have what I consider to be a very strong suggestion to improve one important feature:

For the Menus, could you PLEASE have an option to make the MOBILE MENU have an Accordian style that EXPANDS to see the submenu items, rather than simply appear how it does now – where it just shows the sub menu links (in a way that’s not as attractive as it could be)?
-And maybe have a small icon (e.g. “+”) that shows that this Main menu item will expand to show the sub-menu items.

I hope that makes sense, and I hope that you’ll consider adding this feature soon …Or at least show us how to add it to the existing theme (what code to add & where).

Thanks for your consideration & keep up the good work!!
-Tony

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Cyan August 28, 2013 at 7:11 am

Hi,

How can I make the header background narrower? There is a big space below the image on the header across the screen.

I’m using the Smallbiz Dynamic theme, Image Rotator w/Sidebar layout.

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Thomas August 28, 2013 at 7:50 am

Cyan,
thank you for getting in touch with us.

The answer depends on your theme version and other settings.

We offer personal email support to all of our customers.
Please email us your website URL to support@expand2web.com

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