Redesign and upgrade wrap-up
Here are the new site features (though there are so many that I may forget some):
1. Complete redesign. A generous and anonymous usability expert contributed the redesign. The main features are: 1.) The quick links box at the top, so the links that posters use most often aren't buried in a menu; 2.) Horizontal menus, with a site-wide menu at the top, and a personalized menu under it; 3.) A three column layout with space for ads. I like it a lot, and I'm very grateful to the anonymous designer.
3. Various restoration of function Polls now work again; search now works again -- and as a bonus, you can subscribe to a search as an RSS feed!
4. Events and calendars. There is a new content type: Event, for, well, events at a place and time. Fill in the start and end dates, and the event will also appear on the site Calendar. I hope this feature will prove useful to activists, especially health care activists but heck, if you're going to post on the Metropolitan Opera's performance this coming Saturday, then have at it!
5. Better navigation (it is to be hoped). The All blogs and all comments (and my blogs and my comments) menu items make navigating to new and old posts easier. Though these functions were available in the earlier version, they were buried. Now they are easier to see. And the new Views module should enable us to continue to roll out more sophisticated ways to navigate the site.
6. Better administration. Under the hood, there are a great many improvements that make the blog easier to manage.
Lastly, there are three features that I hope will become PB2.0 friendly.
First, the calendar function, mentioned above. These provide a way for people to take action at a given time (based on posted material).
Second, the groups function allows people to form groups -- like birds of a feather sessions, or SIGs -- and post to them, whether publicly or privately, and to track posts by group. So there could be a knitters group. Or a winemakers group. Or an AETNA group. Start by creating a "Group Node".... And take it from there, or ask me ;-) (Functionally, a group is a bit like a forum,
Third, I hope to shortly roll out some tools that will enable users to link the "product" content type directly to their PayPal account -- in other words, to sell stuff. (And give a PB2.0 microlending program a cut).
Oh, and I'm going to try the chat module again. Maybe the problems were caused by all work I was doing under the hood with caching.
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