ActiveRain Updates - 7.23.13

Reblogger Ginny Gorman
Real Estate Agent with RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate

ActiveRain Changes You May Have Missed This Week!

One never knows what is in store for us as the wizards behind the scenes of AR make our blogging life easier.  Just so you can review the changes this week I thought I would re-blog them.  And another hats off to the AR crew who make our blogging lives fruitful.

One of my favorite fixes is the discard draft which, I agree, was way too easy to get rid of.  My RI real estate posts in draft have 'bit the dust' unceremoniously because I was sleepy eyed and was too fast on the button.  So thank goodness there is a reminder now before you hit that infamous delete button!

Check the latest and greatest list out and have a wonderful today!

ActiveRain just released a bunch of fixes today without any downtime to you.  Our mission is to make your life easier and keep this platform running the very best we know how.  

There's a process that happens when something is broken on AR.  A staff member finds it or has it brought to our attention by one of you.  We quickly create a ticket in our BugTracker system and the IT team is immediately notified.  Sometimes I think, can't they just fix it real quick? But it doesn't work like that.  They have to carve out the time to work on it, research the problem, find the fix and implement it.  Then we have testing, quality assurance (QA) and more testing before they can close out a ticket.  Our releases are happening every 3-4 weeks and depending on how much time our IT team has, is how many fixes we'll see. The IT team stresses major QA because in the past, fixing something without it, causes something else in the 'Rain to break.  And we just can't have that! So again, and always, thank you for your patience with us while we work the process and get things running again smoothly.

Here are a few that made it in today's release:

Borders - This one affected many of you and we apologize for the work arounds.  You can now add and save borders on your photos once again.

Feature Contests - All current/featured contests will now display when clicking 'Resources' -> 'Contests.' 

Profile Pictures - Photos under 600x600 can once again be uploaded.  Also, profile pictures should now be displaying correctly in the Daily Drop.

Mobile Access - The 500 Internal Server Error stemming from accessing AR on a mobile device has been fixed.  

Community Page Images - The images that were not displaying correctly will now do so.  

Discard Draft Confirmation - It was a bit too easy to discard a draft so we've added a confirmation click to make sure you really want to get rid of that blog post.  We've moved the button up just a tad to make sure you don't accidentally click it when hitting an icon in the tool bar.

Follow - You may have noticed awhile back we changed 'Subscribe' to 'Follow.'  As the world changes, so do we.  We missed a few spots and have updated all Subscribe/Subscribers to Follow/Followers.

New Profile Pages Coming Soon!
If you haven't heard yet, AR is going to be releasing new profile pages in August.  They look HOT and are very customizable.  I can't tell you how many meetings and experts have been brought in to make sure the calls to action and layout best captures the leads that come across your page.  IT has been working tirelessly on these pages and I just can't wait for the roll-out!



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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information. I have deleted posts by mistake in the past.I had not noticed the change from subscribe to follow.

Jul 23, 2013 09:13 PM #1
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

thanks Ginny I missed this of course. Since it is hard to be everywhere all the time and still with clients, it is easy to miss all the goodies around here.

Jul 23, 2013 09:29 PM #2
Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

Ginny, I did catch this last night when I was very sleepy eyed (LOL) and it is great to know. Can't wait to see the new profile pages. Normally I would have missed it so thanks for the reblog.

Jul 23, 2013 09:48 PM #3
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Ginny: The best part was, it all happened with nary a glitch yesterday.  Good to see the AR staff working hard at improving services for our benefit.

Jul 23, 2013 09:58 PM #4
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

Thanks for this repost- I missed the original- I like it most knowing that all of this was done with having to shut down AR.

Jul 24, 2013 12:39 AM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ginny, I saw this, and glad we again can have frames around our photos uploaded, they looked naked.   Waiting to see what the profile changes are, will be interesting.

Jul 24, 2013 02:07 AM #6
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Ginny, I sense when things have gone awry in the back lot of AR.  My visual is of a team of Oompa Loompas scurrying to repair a break in the wall.  Relative to other sites I visit their response for fixes is unsurpassed.

Jul 24, 2013 03:46 AM #7
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

They are doing such a great job of putting new things up for us...

Jul 24, 2013 03:50 AM #8
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

I missed the original post, thank you for the re-blog. How neat is that, I like the positive changes.

Jul 24, 2013 08:46 PM #9
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

I love these updates too, thank goodness for the discard draft fix!

Jul 26, 2013 05:31 AM #10
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