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Menus & Pages Settings

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We have made some simple updates to our menus and pages editor.

It is easier than ever to move menu items around and add new links, pages and dropdown menus.  View the updates in the settings area of your TeamPage, this update is available on all themes.

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New: Quick Way to Email Your Team

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Need a quick way to email your team?  We’ve got you covered.

If you have setup a custom domain name or subdomain for your name, you can now easily reach your entire team – from your email account.

Any team member currently allowed to communicate with the team can now do that – simply by emailing everyone@subdomain.teampages.com or everyone@manage.customdomain.com.

We already are monitoring it for abuse and people faking email addresses, but let us know if you have any trouble.

Sponsor Improvements

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We’ve just completed some minor upgrades to our sponsor system.

  • Any new sponsors, or any sponsors that are edited after today, will be able to use textile markup in the description.  Remember, the description only appears on the sponsor listing page.
  • The sponsor listing page gets its own settings link, which should save you from having to track down where to adjust the number of sponsors that get displayed.
  • We’ve made it easier to show all of the sponsors at one time.
  • We’ve made it easier to cascade organization, league and club sponsors down to teams, or to just cascade individual sponsors to teams.
  • Finally, you can also order your sponsors.  Now, you can define sponsor levels and assign sponsors to those.  Sponsors at each level will randomly sorted, but will come before sponsors in the level beneath it.  You can also not bother naming your levels and just assign rankings to your sponsors.

Please explore the new “Settings” link found on your sponsors page to see what’s changed.

If you need to find ways to showcase another sponsor in a bigger way, we’ve seen clients use custom widgets for this.  Drop us a line if you have any feedback.

Video Upload Support!

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For a long time now, you’ve been able to share links from YouTube or Vimeo. Now, we’re happy to announce that TeamPages Users will be able to directly upload videos to their site! We know that video lends itself very nicely to the action packed nature of sport, and with most cellphones now capable of capturing good quality video, we hope to see many users taking advantage of this new feature.

Here’s a quick look at how it works:

 

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If you’re familiar with how adding videos worked in the past, you’ll notice that the options have changed a little. Now, you can choose whether your new video is going to be a link to a video on the web, or a direct upload from your device. The link option works exactly the same as it always has, but what happens when you click on New Upload?

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At long last! We’re ready for you to share all the videos you’ve been saving up. Have some highlights from your recent game? No problem! Want to show your team a new drill you’re going to be running next practice? Easy! Right now we’re supporting uploads of up to 5GB in size, or 30 minutes in length.

When you press the “Choose File” button, a window pops up which allows you to select a video file from your device. Just like always, you can set a title for the video, as well as a description if you so desire. If you’re uploading from a team, club, league, or organization, you’ll have the option to notify your subscribers via email that you’re uploading this video. Once you’re happy with all of the specifications, just press the green upload button in the corner to start the process! Much like other sites which allow video uploads (such as YouTube) you will have to stay on the current webpage until the video is done uploading to the cloud. After it uploads, we will also have to process the file before it’s ready for you to watch. Although this processing part can take a little bit longer, fortunately you’re able to freely navigate around while it’s doing so. In fact, we’ll even send you an email once it’s ready!

From the main videos page, there will also now be an option to download any videos that were uploaded by the page owner. Gone are the days of trying to email around highlight videos to everyone on your team, and having to deal with 10MB filesize limits. Now you’re able to upload it in one place and allow everyone to grab it as they will.

Mobile Support

Mobile Support

A growing proportion of videos are now being shot on cell phones or tablets. Fortunately, you won’t have to go through the hassle of transferring the video to your computer before you can upload it, because the video upload page runs great on mobile browsers (just like the entire site!)

We’re really excited to release this feature, and hope to see you all putting your best videos forward. Happy uploading!

 

Even More Improvements to the Communication System! Pt. 2

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In part 1 of this series, we introduced and showcased the new communication feature that made it easier to send a message to players who have completed a form. If you missed the 1st part of the series then it will be helpful to read Part 1 first.

In part 2, we’re moving away from forms and taking a look at the new tracking message read status feature. This new addition allows you to see detailed information about players who have viewed your message on TeamPages or in their mail client.

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Let us walk you through a step by step tutorial on how this feature works.

Step 1: Creating  a new message

Before we can do anything, we need to create a new message. To create a message, navigate to your inbox by clicking on the mail icon, located in the top right corner, and selecting the ‘INBOX’ link form the drop down menu (indicated by red arrow on the screenshot below).

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Once you reach your inbox click on the ‘NEW’ link (indicated by red arrow on the screenshot below) that will take you to the new message page.

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Step 2: Sending new message

Now that we have reached the new message page (see screenshot below), we’ll send a demo message to a couple of players.

To message a player, begin by typing their name in the ‘To:’ box. A drop down menu should appear which allows you to add that player as a message recipient (for our demo message, we’ve attached 3 different recipients indicated by 1 on the screenshot below). Now that we have our recipients ready, we can fill in the title and body of our message (indicated by 2 on the screenshot below). Finally, to enable tracking, make sure to check the ‘Track read status’ checkbox (indicated by 3 on the screenshot below). When you are satisfied with your message, click on the green ‘SAVE’ button (indicated by 4 on the screenshot below) to send the message.

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Step 3: Reading message

In this step, each recipient that is part of the message from step 2 will read the message.

Let’s begin by logging in onto the 1st recipient’s (‘Oleg Matvejev 3′ from the 2nd step screenshot) TeamPages account. Afterwards, navigate to that account’s inbox and open the message that we sent in step 2. By opening the message on TeamPages we marked that message as read.

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For the 2nd recipient (‘Oleg Matvejev 2′ from step 2), we’ll open the message using a web-based email service. When you open the message’s notification email, you are marking it as read.

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For the last recipient (‘Oleg Matvejev’ from step 2), we’ll mark the message as read using read receipts (keep in mind that read receipts are not supported by most web-based email services and are only available for certain mail clients such as Outlook and Thunderbird). In our case, we’ll open the email message using Thunderbird client. Once the email message is loaded, a read receipt header will appear that allows us to mark the message as read. Click on the ‘Send Return Receipt’ button to mark that we’ve read the email message (indicated by the red arrow on the screenshot below).

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Step 4: Read Status Verification

Let’s check if anyone read our message. Open the original message from the message sender’s inbox. If you look at the bottom right corner of the message, you’ll see a new link telling us that our message was read by 3 people (indicated by red arrow on the screenshot below).

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Press the ‘Seen by 3 people’ link from the screenshot above to see more information about the people who have read your message. A new popup window displaying information about the users who have read your message will appear.

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We hope you enjoyed our previews of new communication features. If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback about these features, please let us know in the comments below or in any other convenient for you way.

Even More Improvements to the Communication System! Pt. 1

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Two months ago, we introduced a new messaging system that made it possible to communicate with TeamPages on the go. As awesome as that features is, we’re not done improving our communication tools just yet!

In this blog post, we’ll examine a new feature that allows you to send a direct message to collected form results in a click of a button. Then in a subsequent blog, we’ll take a closer look at the new tracking feature that makes it possible to track players that have read your message.

Before we dive into this feature, we need to understand what forms do on TeamPages. A form is a custom page accessible in the ‘FORM MANAGER’ section of your team, club or league settings menu. A form’s primary job is to collect results. For example, many teams, clubs and leagues use forms to collect payments or gather players contact information.

As great as forms are for collecting results, it wasn’t always easy for managers to contact players who have completed a form. In the past, you would have to take all the email addresses collected by a form and send a message to them manually. As you can imagine this process was tedious and prone to mistakes. To solve this issue, we’ve added a one click button that sends a message to players who have completed a form.

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Let’s take a closer look at this feature in a step by step tutorial.

(Note: In this demonstration we’ll be using a team. That being said, you can do everything that this tutorial outlines using a club or a league)

Step 1: Creating New Form

Click on the ‘SETTINGS’ link (indicated by 1 on the screenshot below) on your team’s page. Once the ‘TEAM SETTINGS’ page is loaded, click on the ‘FORM MANAGER’ (indicated by 2 on the screenshot below) in the settings sub menu. This will take you to the ‘FORM MANAGER’ page from where you can create a new form. Press on the ‘ADD’ link (indicated by 3 on the screenshot below) to create a new form.

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Continuing from the step above, we’re now redirected to the ‘CUSTOMIZE YOUR FORM’ page (see screenshot below). This page allows you to create and modify your form. For our purposes the form will only have two email fields, but you are welcome to add any other fields that your form might require. When you are satisfied with your form, click on the ‘CONTINUE TO NEXT STEP’ green button (indicated by 2 on the screenshot below)

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Step 2: Publishing your form

Customize your form until you reach ‘STEP 5: PREVIEW AND PUBLISH’ (see screenshot below). On this page click on the ‘PUBLISH FORM’ green button (indicated by 1 on the screenshot below) to publish your form.

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Congratulations, you have published your form! Your form is now live and can be accessed by other users using the form’s link (indicated by 1 on the screenshot below). Even though your form is published, it’s not collecting any results so, users will not be able to submit any information just yet. To make your form collect results, click on the ‘Collecting Results’ bubble (indicated by 2 on the screenshot below).

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Step 3: Creating dummy results

In this step, we’ll take a role of a player that decided to submit their contact information to our created form. Begin by clicking on the form’s link from the step above (indicated by 1 on the screenshot above). Depending on number of fields you’ve added, you should see a form that looks something like the screenshot below. To create our dummy result, we’ll fill in both email fields with two different emails (indicated by 1 on the screenshot below). Once both emails are filled in, click on the green submit button (indicated by 2 on the screenshot below). We’ve just created a form result that can be accessible using the ‘RESULTS’ link in ‘FORM MANAGER’ settings area (see screenshot above).

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Step 4: Sending a Message

At this point, we want to send a message to email addresses that we’ve submitted in step 3. Begin this process, by going back to the ‘FORM MANAGER’ settings page. Once you arrive there, click on the ‘MESSAGE’ link (indicated by 1 on the screenshot below).

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The ‘MESSAGE’ link from the screenshot above will take you to a familiar new message page (see screenshot below). A more observant reader might notice that there is already a recipient added to this message. This is your form recipient. By default you are sending a message to all email addresses that the form has collected. However, you can adjust bubbles and send the message only to a particular email field (indicated by 1 on the screenshot below). Likewise, you can add another recipient to the message by typing their name in the ‘To:’ field. (Note: You cannot add another form as recipient )

Our recipients are ready and it’s time to fill in the message’s title and body (indicated by 2 on the screenshot below). When you are done composing your message, click on the save button to send the message (indicated by 3 on the screenshot below).

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Step 5: Verification

Let’s verify that the message was sent correctly to all submitted emails from step 3.

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Hooray! Each email address has received the demo message.

Some Possible Gotchas:

  • You can only send a message to a form that has an email address field.
  • Users can reply to the form’s message using their mail client. However, only the message sender will be able to access the form’s message and all associated message replies on TeamPages.

This concludes the first part of the series that examines new communication features. Join us for the next part as we showcase the new tracking message read status feature. Click here to read Part 2