It's been very long in the making, but Version 5.0 is now on the final stretch!
Development work has just a few more weeks to go – though it will still take several months to do all the reviews, testing, and data conversion, so the best case for launch is October.
Today, I am sharing screenshots and descriptions of changes coming up in Version 5.0. You might have seen some of them before – but you may notice how much the interface has been refined!
10 new features you'll find in Version 5.0
In the current version of Wild Apricot, the layout of each page is predefined by the theme, so all site pages have to use the same layout (unless you have access to a web designer who can do complex CSS and theme overrides).
In Version 5.0, you will be able to create and use multiple templates on your website. For example, you'll be able to create:
- a homepage template that doesn't have a standard menu and uses a different, bigger header
- special landing page template without a header, footer, or menu
- member pages template that uses a different header
- default page template for other pages
You'll be able to easily place any kind of content (some text, social sharing links, sponsor logos) in any area of the template – let's say above the login box – and it will get displayed on all pages that use it:
Control page access of any page directly
Instead of having to create "restricted access section" pages and then place other pages under them, in Version 5.0, access can be controlled directly for any page:
In Version 5.0, all page edits are saved into page history and you can restore any of them if, for example, someone made an inadvertent mistake and messed up the whole page.
You can also restore any old version as a new page. Maybe you've updated a page with totally different content but then decide you want the old content to appear on your site as well but on a separate page.
When you delete a page, it now goes to "Trash", so that restoring an accidentally deleted page is much easier now than having to scream and run to our support.
Creating and formatting complex layouts
Version 5.0 makes it much easier to create complex layouts of any page – including manually adjusting individual column widths.
For any gadget and any cell in the layout grid you can customize its margins, background color or image, etc:
Direct navigation in the backend menu
In the current version, you always have to click on a section (let's say, Contacts) -- and then click on the page you want to use within Contacts (e.g. Advanced Search).
In Version 5.0, you can navigate directly from any page to any other page.
You will be able to archive any list of contacts in one click. For example, let's say you want to clean up your member database and get rid of all Free members who haven't logged in in the last year.
Google maps gadget
The new Google Maps gadget makes it easy to display locations, for example in your event description.
Facebook feed gadget
You will be able to easily display your Facebook feed on your Wild Apricot website.
Social sharing gadget
You can edit your main page template to have social sharing buttons displayed on every page on your website under the menu.
As you see, Version 5.0 will offer significant improvements in the way you set up and customize your Wild Apricot site. Stay tuned for launch date and more details.