By Amit Regev, SBSH Software | September 9th, 2010 | View Comments
Over the past few months we’ve implement new design changes to our web-site and forums to help more users locate our announcements posted in our forums more easily. Such announcement posts include new application updates, new releases and so forth – basically all posts that are relevant to a large group of our users.
After running with our new site changes for a few months, we’ve seen a great increase in users who never knew they can enjoy free updates for our apps even after they register the application – users that are very happy to find more details about new updates we release and new features they can enjoy for their registered apps! However, many users are still finding the forums system somewhat complex for navigation and finding those release posts isn’t straightforward as it should be. This led us to the decision that it’s time to introduce a new interface that will be dedicated only for company and application announcements (both new releases and application updates).
This is where our new SBSH Blog enters!
As of today, SBSH Blog will be a one place stop for all new application release, minor updates and general company updates!
On the right we’ve placed several tools that will help you focus your reading only on the apps you are interested in – including the Categories list that you can use to read only on specific apps/platforms, and the search box. The categories box will include new categories as we start posting new releases here during the upcoming weeks.
Our new SBSH Blog doesn’t mean we’re closing our forums, not at all – we are defining more accurate roles that will help users find the information they want more easily. Looking for latest releases information and company updates – visit our Blog. Want to post a bug report, technical question or just chat with other SBSH users about new feature ideas – the forums is the place for such live discussion
Our new blog link: http://blog.sbsh.net. Links to the blog are also added as we speak to our main web-site and forums.
Already registered to our forums? You can also login to our blog!
With over 130,000 registered forum members, we really didn’t want to ask all of you guys to re-register at our blog once again. It wasn’t simple, but, if everything goes well, users that are registered to our forums should be able to login to our blog using the same login details right away!
If things goes super well, assuming that you have an avatar defined in your forums account – you should also see it along side with your replies at our new blog automatically!! If you don’t have an avatar defined at our forums, the blog tries to pull your gravatar, before falling back to the no-avatar image.
If you get a chance, please post some welcome greeting to this thread so we can check that avatars are indeed working properly.
Another important change you will notice is guests posts – unlike out forums, guests can post at our blog. Since we would like to reach to all of our users with new releases, we decided to allow guest posting – to encourage more users to ask questions and give feedback.
To minimize spam, guest posts require moderator approval, which means it can take a bit until they are shown (until we’ll implement a good automatic moderation engine). Registered members can post without moderation approval. Although guest posting is allowed, we will really appreciate if you could post as a logged in user – this helps make the discussion more personal and fun for all of us!
Just getting started
Our blog is still new and many enhancements will be added in the next few weeks. Please forgive any hiccups as we continue to develop and improve our blog, site and forums!
For those with a bit more technical expereince, the blog is powered WordPress – so if you have some ideas for cool WP plug-ins that can be useful for our blog and users I’d love to hear about it! Let me know of any plugins that you think will be useful and I’ll be glad to see if we can add it to our blog too.
Stay Tuned and stop by to say hello
This is pretty much it for our first blog entry at the new SBSH Blog!
There are several new releases and announcements that were delayed since we wanted to launch our new blog first. This means you can expect some really exciting announcement to be here over the next couple of days – and of course we invite all of our users to stay tuned!
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts, new ideas for features you would like to see implemented with the blog and any other ideas! If possible, it will be great if you could stop by to say hello at our new blog – so we’ll know our forum members can post at the blog too and about your overall expereince with the new blog.
Have a great day!
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