At MagLoft, we provied simple ways to run your digital magazine web-app. You can either host it with us (e.g. https://www.magloft.com/app/examplemagazine), or hook up your own domain name using a CNAME DNS record (e.g. http://read.examplemagazine.com).

But what if you want to further customize your Web-App? Let's say you woud like to ...

  1. Use your own SSL certificate to run your web-app on a HTTPS website.
  2. Customize the look and feel of your web-app.
  3. Add custom elements to the web-app, like feedback forms, additional links, etc...

Good News: With MagLoft you can download and customize the Web-App to solve all of the above. Let's walk through it step by step.

Download your Web-App index.html

  1. Follow the instructions here to download the index.html file of your web-app. This file contains everything you need to run your web-app on your own server.
  2. For now, just save it to your desktop.

Preparations

Before we start making changes to your Web-App, let's make sure we're all set up:

1. Open the index.html file in your Browser, preferrably Google Chrome. If your Web-App shows up, everything's good.


2. Open the index.html file in your Text Editor, preferrably VS Code, Sublime Text, or Notepad++.

3. Find the closing body tag </body>, and add some lines just before. This is where we can add all of our changes:

Once you're all set, let's go though some Examples.

Examples

Change Shelf Background

In this example, we'll change the Background Color of the Shelf to a dark gray tone.

<style>
  issue-shelf { background: #444444 !important; }
</style>

Change Subscribe Button

We can customize the Subscribe button that is shown on the top-right of the screen. Note that this button only shows up if you have Subscriptions set up.

<style>
  paper-button.btn-subscribe { background: #386cb1 !important; }
  paper-button.btn-subscribe span.issue-shelf { display: block !important; }
</style>

Change Sidebar Background and Text Color

We can customize the Sidebar to use a dark-gray background color, and show all text in White color.

<style>
  #contentContainer.app-drawer { background: #444444  !important; }
  .app-drawer-button, .category-list li { color: #FFFFFF !important; }
</style>

Change Issue Preview Bar Color

You also have full control over the issue preview cards. In this example, let's change the bottom bar to a blue background with white text.

<style>
  .bottom-bar.issue-shelf-item { background: #386cb1 !important; color: #FFFFFF !important; }
</style>

Add a custom Link Button

Finally, you can add any additional HTML to your website. There's a lot of great services out there that allow you to embed custom code, like social media links, Live-Chat, Feedback Forms and other great goodies.

<a class="custom-link" href="https://www.magloft.com/" target="_blank">VISIT WEBSITE</a>
<style>
  a.custom-link { display: block; position: fixed; bottom: 0; left: 0; z-index: 1000; padding: 8px; background: #386cb1; color: #FFFFFF; }
</style>

Go Live

Once you've customized your Web-App and are happy with the results, all that's left to do is to upload the index.html file to your server. This is also an easy way to run your web-app via HTTPS, if your website already supports that.

Need Help?

Note that we're happy to help you with any customization or technical issues. We've got a splendid Team of developers that can get the job done for you. Just send us your customization needs and we'll get back to you with a Quotation.

Pssst: Thanks for reading all the way to the end! As a reward, feel free to copy/paste the following snippet to add fancy social media buttons to the page:

<!--from https://www.buttons.social-->
<style>.buttons-social { position: fixed; bottom: 0; right: 0; z-index: 1000; padding: 8px; text-align: right; width: 64px; } .buttons-social > a { display: inline-block !important; width: 48px !important; height: 48px !important; margin-top: 8px; } </style>
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