What’s new in Jumpchart? Sitemap Importer

We know that working on existing web content can be a lengthy and tedious process. That’s why we built a single-page importer to make it easier to import existing page content from the web directly into Jumpchart. That’s great for single pages of copy, but what if you want to import a large website with multiple pages? We’ve got you covered. You can now import entire sitemaps directly into Jumpchart, meaning you won’t have to laboriously copy and paste content ever again.

Import Entire Sitemaps Into Jumpchart

Simply upload the sitemap or .xml file and Jumpchart will take care of the rest. You don’t have to bring the entire site with you either; the sitemap importer lets you choose which pages you want to include and which you’d rather leave behind.

Once imported, you’ll be presented with an easy-to-read wireframe containing the pages and corresponding site structure, and you’ll be free to change, edit or add to any of the pages and text. It’s just another way that we’re trying to make website planning fast and simple.

Get In Touch

If you have any other questions regarding the sitemap importer, read more about it here. Otherwise, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at support@jumpchart.com.

What’s new in Jumpchart? Content imports.

Easy Page Imports

We know how challenging it is to work with text when you’re rewriting a pre-existing site, so we made it way easier with single-page imports. Now, instead of copying and pasting the text over, you have a new option to import existing page content with a few clicks.

Import Content From the Web Right Into Jumpchart

Save time by pasting in the URL you want to import and we’ll do the rest. We’ll import and format PNGs, GIFs, and JPGs so you can see what you’re working with.

You’ll get a clean Markdown/Textile version to work from so you can reformat, rewrite, and work with the text without wasting time copying and pasting. Learn more about imports here.

Tell Us What You Think

This is a beta feature, which means we’d love to hear how you like it so we can keep improving. Have some ideas you want to share? Tweet @_paste or email us at support@jumpchart.com to provide feedback.

What’s new in Jumpchart? Files library and more.

Files organized in a line.

File Library

We’re dedicated to bringing you smart features that make web planning a breeze. Small updates may seem like no big deal, but when they shave minutes off your work day, you’ll be lucky Jumpchart has your back.

Managing Your Files In a Snap.

You’ve always been able to manage your files, but now, all of your uploads are housed in one location. You can update your file names directly from your file library, or adjust them during the upload stage for on-the-go access.

With a dedicated file library, you’ll be able to manage and organize your files, reference previously updated files, and see what items are missing.

Get to your file library from your main project page. Hover over the project you want to work on and click the Files button. You’ll see your new and improved file library. Projects with tons of pages can now handle all of that content easily.

We think this small change will help make the web planning process easier for you. Ready to see how the files library works? Log in to get started.

Choosing the Clients You Want to Work With

Freelancing isn’t all about beach days and lunch dates with friends. In fact, most of the freedom comes from being able to choose the clients you work with. Before you can choose the clients you want to work with, you have to make sure your work is up to snuff.

Create a Process

Before you hop on your first call, before you speak with your first client, get to know their needs.

1. Use typeform to send out questions, fill out a questionnaire, or create some email questions to make everything easy. This will help you vet clients before you hop on a call with them. You can explore budget, constraints, timelines, and goals.

2. Use Dubsado to send and sign agreements.

3. Use Teachable to provide free training to share valuable information, narrow down the action takers, and give your readers valuable information that they couldn’t get elsewhere.

Build Up Your Portfolio

To get the clients you want, you need to have a portfolio that the clients you want want. That’s a lot of wants, but this is a “need” sort of thing. If you have a lackluster portfolio, why would anyone want to work with you? And more important, why would your ideal clients choose you?

  • If you’re just starting out, connect with people who might want free help. Whatever your field, work with clients in exchange for reviews and portfolio cred. The more you do, the better you’ll get. The better you’ll get, the better clients you’ll have.

Connect with a Community

The best way to reach the clients you want is to connect with a community. If you’re selling home furnishings, join a design forum, sign up to contribute to a Facebook group, or start a design chat of your own.

Look for Trigger Words

Create a list of words that you do not want to hear your clients say. Scan your emails for them. If you notice that a potential client is using these words, it might be time to look elsewhere for clients. Your list might look something like this:

  • low cost
  • free
  • expediant
  • difficult

Now create a list of positive trigger words that you do want your clients to say. Some positive trigger words are like this:

  • Personal goal
  • No budget
  • Ready to get started

Write Down Your Goals

A goal list isn’t going to make you a million dollars. It’s not going to change the way people think about you. It’s not going to help you win the NBA finals. We get it. It’s not a magic pill. But thanks to a little thing called science, we know that the act of writing your goals is really important.

  •  Create “SMART Goals” according to business.gov.au. A SMART goal is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely.
  • Create specific goals that will help you attract new clients
  • Develop measurable goals that you can track with systems like Google Analytics or Moz.
  • Create actionable goals based on numbers
    – instead of saying, “I want to get new clients,” say, “I want to make $10,000 next month.”
  • Develop relevant goals that will position you in front of your ideal clients
  • Create timely goals that are targeted at exactly the right times

Market to Your Ideal Audience

Once you have your goals and systems in place, you can stop working forever. Just kidding, but you can start marketing to that ideal audience. Combine your goal list with your positive trigger words and your community marketing efforts and start conversations with your audience.

What’s New in Jumpchart? Custom Fields, Responsive Sitemap and More.

Custom Fields in Jumpchart

Custom Fields

We’ve got some new stuff to share with you! Small, yes, but they’re improvements to the way Jumpchart allows you to plan your website, so to us they are mighty indeed. Without further ado, here’s a look at some of the new features you’ll notice next time you log into your Jumpchart account.

Announcing custom fields, a feature that will allow you to customize your project so it’s as complete as you need it to be in a .CSV export.

Use it for info like mood, template style, background color, SKU, department, tags, author, or permalink URL. Pick a default value for the whole project, or adapt it per page. Your project, your call.

The goal is for Jumpchart to be a place you can organize all the information for your website project… and all means whatever you need it to mean.

Get the details and watch a video over here in the help section. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions on how to make this feature work for you!

Export to .CSV

In addition to all the other ways you can export your project (wireframe, preview, single page HTML, entire site HTMLPDF, for CMS) we’ve now added CSV to the list.

As you know, it’s a very portable and flexible file format that can be read and parsed easily by all your favorite tools. It’s super easy to custom code around, too.

Freshen up on all the export details over here.

More Sorting Capabilities from the Sitemap

Ever wished you could reorder pages right from the sitemap? Now you can.

Because with Jumpchart you do more than see the big picture.

You create the big picture.

Responsive Wireframe

Wireframe and public views are now responsive, so it’s more convenient to plan, edit and collaborate on your website project using any device. Spread it out on your desktop, or work on the go from your mobile – all without losing that big picture presence Jumpchart provides.

To Wrap Up…

We focus pretty intensely on these updates with an end goal that they’ll help you do a better job of planning your website. Because at the end of the day, website planning doesn’t have to be messy.