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Wild Apricot Updates August 2008

Dmitriy Buterin 25 August 2008 0 comments

The most recent Wild Apricot update was released on August 11th — see more in our July blog post and on the Wild Apricot release history page. The update went without much trouble. The biggest challenge was to reconcile our HTML code changes with some very complex CSS customization some of our clients have done on their sites. We have been working behind the scenes to review and update each and every client site that uses CSS customization — one by one — but we still missed a few sites where the formatting was messed up on several pages. Our support team worked to address those issues ASAP, and we were able to deal with all the cases brought to our attention within a couple of days. Apologies to those of you affected!

Our next release is in active development until end of August. Then we will go into a few weeks of testing, with late September as our target release date. Here is what you can look forward to seeing in that update:

  • Human-friendly URLs. For example, your 'About us' page can now have a link like yourdomain.org/about_us — instead of yourdomain.org/Default.aspx?PagID=12345. This helps with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as well as in transferring your domain from your old website to Wild Apricot. Read more in our discussion forum.
  • Group functionality — the ability to create ad-hoc groups of members and set up webpages that are accessible to those groups. Up until now, you could only create restricted-access pages for specific membership levels. This was not flexible enough, and now we have a much better solution. Now you can create any number of 'groups' in Wild Apricot — such as 'Board of Directors', 'Membership committee,' etc. You can assign any member to one or several of these groups — while keeping his membership level and membership renewal date intact. And then you can create website sections that are accessible only to these groups, quickly email everyone in any one group, and so on. Read more in this forum thread.
  • One new design theme — 'Orange Notebook.'
  • Further enhancements for invoicing workflow that we started in the previous release
  • Of course, there are many other small improvements and bug fixes.

Coming up next:

Even though our next update is not until late September, we are already planning and thinking about the subsequent update. Here is our current thinking on the key enhancements to focus on:

  • We have to continue our work on invoicing workflow — there's lots more to address to make this really smooth and convenient for you;
  • Finish the page management function and move on to horizontal menu options;
  • We hope to finally start development on what we call ' Single contact database' — rolling up current separate tables of members, donors and event registrant into one master database. This will enable many other enhancements which have been requested by many of our clients;
  • More design themes;
  • Rich-text formatting of customizable emails;
  • Continue with the Group functionality being released in 2.36.

Your ongoing feedback is highly appreciated. Please keep it coming, through our online discussion forums:

  • Roadmap — check out what we've already got planned, and add your comments and cast your votes to help us prioritize them.
  • Wishlist — to add new requests not yet in our roadmap.

Based on how much feedback each item generates and on how well a particular request is defined — and reconciling this with other priorities (driven by system performance, security and overall product vision) — we schedule these items into upcoming releases.

Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

Posted by Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

Published Monday, 25 August 2008 at 2:07 PM
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