Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: Who wants a nice little treat?

Lori Halley 18 June 2010 0 comments

My wife is a pastry chef.

Yes, it's as awesome as you think.

But it's not all cake and ice cream. There's a lot of detailed work that goes into what she does. Everything from breads to puddings are treated with chemistry-like precision. Everything has to be accurately measured, kept at certain temperatures, monitored while it's being combined and baked, and even after everything is complete there's still a chance that some little external force can undo the entire thing.

But when it works, it's delicious.

One thing that she makes from time to time are petit fours. These are small little deserts, but are often very meticulously crafted. There's a lot of detail that goes into them, and there are times I'm not too sure if I should eat them or admire them. We all know which side is going to win in the end though.

And it's like that with our development. There are always the really big features, the ones that you can see right away and are visible from space. But there are always some features that might look small but might be just the thing you've been looking for. Even though they are small doesn't mean we've spent any less time or care with them.

The first of these is the ability to create anchor links inside a web page. Sometimes you might have a long page such as rules of order for a meeting or your organization's charter. People might only want to go to a certain section of the page. You'd have to scroll down the page to the section you wanted, or do a search for a word or phrase that you knew that was in the section. This isn't very user friendly and you could still miss the section you want if you aren't paying full attention.

In the next release, we're adding Anchor links to the Link functionality when you're editing a web page. Now you can create an "anchor" which is a area on your webpage (like a specific rule) that you want people to be able to go directly to. You can also create links that go directly to those anchors. There will also be a function that looks for all the anchors on the page and dynamically creates a table of contents for the page.


 

Another addition to links is the ability to create a link to an event. While event links are created as part of the event calendar, you may want to increase its visibility by mentioning it on another page and featuring a link to the event from there. We're currently working on changes to the Insert link function that include the ability to create a link directly to an event with just a click of the mouse.

 

The last little treat I'll talk about today is a new gadget. There are services like Wufoo that let you create a form and give you some HTML that you can enter on your page. We're going to be including a gadget that lets you put that HTML into a nicely formatted area of your page,

 

Three little options, each in its own perfectly formed little feature, each taking what you could have done by fishing around with a lot of code and testing and letting you do it with the click of a button. If that isn't Membersho Management Magic, I don't know what is!

Speaking of magic, there's some of it being conjured on our forums:

Until next week, bon appetit!

 

Originally posted by gvalentino 

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Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 18 June 2010 at 2:21 PM

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