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Spanglefish 3 Manual

Upgrading FAQ

If you already have a Spanglefish 2 website this page provides some information about why you might want to upgrade to Spanglefish 3.

Note that this website is the manual for Spanglefish 3 and is itself a Spanglefish 3 website.

Why would I upgrade my Spanglefish 2 Website?

The Spanglefish 2 system was built in 2012, and the code for it was to some extent still based on Spanglefish 1, built in 2006. Although we've made attempts to update it over the years to cope with modern smartphone and tablet browsing, that's only been partially successful and for structural reasons it's not possible to update it any more.

Spanglefish 3 is a completely new system. We've taken the simplicity of use of version 2 but built a modern, much more flexible system to provide fully up-to-date, mobile friendly websites.

So what do I get if I upgrade?

  • A much more modern looking, accessible site.
  • A site which is properly mobile-friendly, looking as good and as easy to navigate on a smartphone as it is on a desktop.
  • A more secure site - all Spanglefish 3 sites have SSL certificates.
  • A more flexible admin system. On Spanglefish 2 you can only have a single form, or a single calendar. With Spanglefish 3 you add blocks to pages and each block can be a calendar, an FAQ system, a form, a map, a gallery etc.
  • Better Search Engine Optimisation - pages, news stories, calendar events etc all have their own URLs without .asp suffixes.
  • A site built for modern social media. If someone posts a link to your new site on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter you can control how that will look and the text it will use.
  • Improved functionality - things like being able to upload multiple images, display single folders of documents from your library, better member login system, updated shop functions, much more flexible galleries, forms you can edit to suit your needs, maps with lots of options.
  • Better site navigation: 3 level menus, breadcrumb trails, in page menus, more comprehensive site maps.
  • Additional Fonts
  • Bells and whistles. Countdown timers, slideshows, the ability to show your text in columns, add news stories quickly from your phone and lots more.
  • A system which will continue to be updated in the future.
  • A site built on semantic HTML with language attributes etc.

Site Costs

Spanglefish 3 sites cost £78 per annum compared to £29.95 on version 2, but this includes an SSL certificate.

Note that there is no option to have free sites on Spanglefish 3.

Also, we require that sites have their own domains - if you don't have one of your own we can register it for you for £25 per annum.

Prices are inclusive of VAT.

Do I have to Upgrade?

Absolutely not. The Spanglefish 2 system will continue to work as it is now and your existing sites can remain on it for as long as you wish.

Upgrading 2 to 3. Will this be simple? Do you do it for us?

Upgrading from Spanglefish 1 to Spanglefish 2 was as simple as clicking a button as both systems were on the same server. Unfortunately this isn't as easy when upgrading to version 3. We've hosted this in the cloud and on top of that we've rebuilt it from scratch to allow us complete flexibility. Additionally, the photos on your Spanglefish 2 site are stored at too small a size for the new system to reasonably use.

We can do the following:

  • Copy all the pages including text across from the old site.
  • Copy your gallery and shop items (but with the small images which you'd want to reupload over time).
  • Copy items like news stories, members' profiles, calendar events etc over.
  • Copy all your files like PDFs, Word docs etc that you may have saved in your Manage Documents area.
  • Copy some of your images, but at a small size.

We can't:

  • Copy your images at a size which works well on Spanglefish 3. You should plan to reupload all your images from the originals, though you may be able to take time to do so as the small ones will do temporarily.
  • Copy your site design.

So in summary we can do some of the work but you will need to take some time to re-upload images and tidy up your site.

Why don't you supply free sites?

On Spanglefish 1 and 2 we were able to provide free sites because we could make a little money from Google advertising on those sites. The online advertising marketplace has changed greatly in the last ten years and it's no longer possible for us to make any money that way.

Are there limits to file and image sizes and numbers?

In Spanglefish 2 we limited file uploads to 500kB and restricted the number of images you could upload. There are no practical limits on Spanglefish 3, though we would reserve the right to impose some if we felt the system was being abused.

Will Spanglefish 3 sites work on old devices?

Spanglefish 3 is built using modern HTML and CSS standards and technology. It should work very well on smartphones and tablets, and on modern up-to-date browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Firefox.

If you still use Internet Explorer then:

  • You shouldn't - it's not secure
  • Spanglefish 3 sites should be useable but may not look the same as they do in other browsers.
Do Shops work the same as Spanglefish 2?

Firstly, we were always at pains to say that Spanglefish does not provide a full e-commerce facility. We add simple shop functions which will suit some businesses but by no means everyone. This continues to be the case with Spanglefish 3.

You can add a 'personalisation' option where someone can add (eg) the name they want printed on a T-shirt. You can also add options like (eg) sizes or colours.

There are some improvements over Spanglefish 2, you can have one option which changes the price, so for instance you can sell a large T-shirt for more than a small one.

Another improvement is that you have the option to allow every shop item to have its own page which is much better for search engine purposes. But if you prefer the items will appear in a popup overlay when clicked.

We are building in some additional functions, though we may decide to charge a bit more for sites which use them. Firstly we're adding the option to use a shopping cart built into your site rather than the Paypal one, (although Paypal will still be used to check out). This allow you to a) calculate shipping charges based on location and weight, and b) provide gift voucher codes so users can eg claim 10% off.

Do Calendars work the same way as Spanglefish 2?

On both version 2 and 3 the Calendar system allows you to add extended details for each entry which generates its own page.

As on Spanglefish 2 you can add multiple events such as a parish council meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Can I upload multiple images at once in Spanglefish 3?

Yes, that's built into the admin system. You can upload dozens of images at a time. And the Gallery Wizard system means you can then show a whole folder of new images in a Gallery with just a couple of clicks.

Does the Administrators System work in the same way as Spanglefish2?

There are changes to the way Administrators for sites are handled.

Firstly, there are 3 levels of users who have access to the admin system.

The lowest is a Content Editor (equivalent to Level 2 editor in SP2). These users have access to manage the text, files and images on the site, but can't add or delete other administrators or access some advanced admin functions. A Content Editor can be set to only have access to edit specific functions, like Calendars or Galleries.

The next level is Administrator (equivalent to Level 1 editor in SP2). They can do everything a Content Editor can, but can also add and delete other users and change advanced settings.

The final level is Developer. Unlike Spanglefish 2, the facilities to change the layout and styles of the site have been taken away from Administrators and are only accessible to users of this level.


There is an additional user level of Member. A member can't edit anything on the site, but they can view Protected pages when logged in, so you can have a Members Area on your site which the public don't have access to.


The other major difference to Spanglefish 2 is that if you have multiple websites you will only have one login account and password. The 'Your Websites' area in the admin system of any site you are an administrator of will allow you to jump to your other sites. You can be a Developer on one site and a Content Editor on another.

Can I add a neat FAQ system like this to my site?

Yeah! The FAQ block is just one of lots of different blocks you can add to pages on your site. To get an idea of the ones available have a look at the Blocks page on the menu on this site.

Current Gold Status

Don't worry if you have recently paid for Gold status on your Spanglefish 2 site. If you decide to move to Spanglefish 3 we'll ensure you don't lose out and will credit the new site with your outstanding balance. 

If you have an SSL certificate through Calico we'll take that into account too.

Enquiry Form
  1. If you're interested in upgrading, give us some details and we'll be in touch soon. This doesn't commit you to anything.

Page Last Updated: 15 November 2022

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