New Release: Widgets, Multiple Templates, and more.

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Widget Example from Questionland Seattle

This release adds some major new features.

Widgets

We’ve added widgets for your users. When a user goes to their profile they will see a “widget” link. This takes them to a page where they can personalize a widget for use on their site/blog. The widget displays their profile picture, provides a feed of their Q&A (optionally), and lets people ask them questions. People asking questions are taken to the users profile on your site. There they can direct a question to that specific person and/or open it up to the community.

The widget should increase traffic to your site while providing a nice tool for your users to make their sites/blogs more interactive. It also gives you the opportunity to make your site the home for Q&A. We will be enhancing the user profiles in a future release to further the idea of people/businesses having a “home” on your site.

Multiple Templates: Desktop, Mobile, Widget…

You can now create different templates for different contexts/browsers. You can add templates as needed, but the standard ones we expect you will use are:

  1. Site Template – this is the one you use now and is set up for full screen browsers.
  2. Mobile Template – you can use this to create a template for your mobile users. Typically you’d remove all non-essential content, reduce image use, scale up fonts, etc. We detect the mobile browser and serve the correct template.
  3. Widget Template – this allows you to style your widget to fit your brand.

User Interface:

  • The option to be sent updates about events has been moved to the registration screen so that people can opt-out at sign-up. Previously it was only in the profile and some people were unaware of the fact that the could opt-out there.
  • Users can’t vote for themselves.
  • Entering questions in ALL CAPS converts to lower case (no shouting)

Admin:

  • User search now searches email as well as username.
  • You can now re-categorize questions in bulk directly from the “posts” list. This is great if you decide to add or change categories.
  • We added a check/uncheck all posts in the posts list.

SEO/Social Links

We’ve added a new tag called {{ page_description }}. This tag contains the content from the elaboration part of the questions – if that is blank it defaults to the category name. By adding it to your page/title description you can further enhance SEO, but it also improves the content shared in social links. Now when someone posts to Facebook it includes the elaboration of the question as well as the title.

Performance

The images used for voting and navigation have been replaced with CSS styles to improve performance. This will not effect the look except perhaps in some versions of Internet Explorer where the rounded corners will be square.

Bug Fix:

Questions remaining in deleted categories were generating non-critical exceptions. This has been fixed, but you should still not delete a category that contains questions. Just archive it.

Other minor bug fixes related to badly formatted Q&A

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