ActiveRain gives the "Green Light" on Customizing - ActiveRainCustomizer.com

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ActiveRain Customizer Update

For the past week, I have been working with ActiveRain to move the ActiveRain Customizer from Dakno's servers to ActiveRain's servers. The ActiveRain Customizer website has been temporally disabled until the move is 100% complete. Rest assured that all blogs that have been "customized" will continue to maintain their design during this transition. Don't worry, the ActiveRain Customizer isn't going away. If anything, this move will allow us to offer even more tools to enhance your ActiveRain Blog (My Company is already cooking up a few new ideas). The AR gods tell me that they expect the Customizer to be down only a few more days. Stay tuned!

It’s here. Version Two of the Active Rain Blog Customizer - complete with ActiveRain's approval.

As many of you may know, I recently found a way to customize ActiveRain blogs. The original approach required knowledge of CSS and HTML. This led me to create the ActiveRain Custom Blog Generator. It gave users the flexibility to create customized ActiveRain blogs without having to edit CSS. While it did make things easier, it still wasn’t "Realtor proof." Incorporating images was cumbersome and there was no way to preview the new look of your blog. At first, I didn’t really think much about it. After all, this was just a side program I wrote over the weekend. And, trust me, I am not a programmer! But, the comments kept pouring in and more and more people were contacting me with questions – including the guys from ActiveRain. I called them back, nervous that they would be sending me a C & D. Their response was quite the opposite. ActiveRain loved the concept so much they wanted to partner on the project.

If You’re Going to Do It - Do It Right

Now that I had the okay from ActiveRain, I quickly began to think about how I could really make this a valuable tool. I reviewed all the feedback and suggestions from my blog and started developing Version Two of the Custom Blog Generator. Keep in mind, this new website is still in Beta. But, feel free to use it and give us your feedback. Below are a few new features that you will notice with the new version.

Your Own Control Panel

You now have the ability to "save" your design theme. This means if you want to make an edit to the design of your ActiveRain blog, you just login to your Customizer Control Panel and make the change. Your existing design settings are automatically loaded. When you have completed your edits, you simply click save. You no longer have to paste the updated code snippet into your ActiveRain Blog!

Image Uploading

One of the most requested features was the ability to upload images. The ActiveRain Customizer now does exactly that. You select a graphic from your computer and the system handles the rest!

Blog Color Preview

The ActiveRain Blog Customizer also gives you a real time color preview of your blog. This means that you can design your blog without having to continually go back and forth between your blog and the Control Panel. And remember, even if you decide to change a color later on, you can login and make the change. Your ActiveRain blog will instantly update with the new color – without having to paste in a new code snippet.

Let Me Know What You Think

I would love to get your feedback on the new version. In the coming weeks, we will be wrapping this project up and handing it off to ActiveRain. They liked it so much; they want to make this an official ActiveRain feature!

We are still calling this a "beta" version so let me know if you encounter any problems. And remember, if you want to stay updated concerning enhancements to the New ActiveRain Customizer, just click here to subscribe to my ActiveRain blog.

Thanks,
Brad

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Rainer
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Douglas Fischer
East Oahu Realty - Selling Honolulu, Hawaii Condos - Honolulu, HI

Wow!  The great folks at Dakno are at it again.  Looks exciting.  Thanks for your continuing efforts.

Nov 12, 2009 05:37 AM #353
Rainer
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Douglas Fischer
East Oahu Realty - Selling Honolulu, Hawaii Condos - Honolulu, HI

Wow!  The great folks at Dakno are at it again.  Looks exciting.  Thanks for your continuing efforts.

Nov 12, 2009 05:37 AM #354
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Brad,

Awesome idea and plan. Now, it will take me awhile to absorb it all but it is definitely worth absorbing.

Thanks for being so creative.

 

Dec 04, 2009 04:56 AM #355
Rainmaker
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Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Brad,

Awesome idea and plan. Now, it will take me awhile to absorb it all but it is definitely worth absorbing.

Thanks for being so creative.

 

Dec 04, 2009 04:56 AM #356
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Keith Sellers
Sellers Real Estate - Kalamazoo, MI
Greater Kalamazoo and Lakeshore

Sounds like a hit.  Will just depend on cost, or, *ahem*, excuse me ~ the "investment."

Mar 10, 2010 07:47 AM #357
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Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

This is great.  Is it easy to use because I need help with this.  I will let you know if I get stuck... and is that ok to let you know or by now is it available?

Mar 11, 2010 04:55 AM #358
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Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI
REALTOR®, CRS, GRI

Sounds like the right changes have been made.  I am going to have to play around with this.  Thank you!

Apr 02, 2010 01:22 AM #359
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Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI
REALTOR®, CRS, GRI

Sounds like the right changes have been made.  I am going to have to play around with this.  Thank you!

Apr 02, 2010 01:22 AM #360
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Mark Gridley
eXp Realty, Reinventing the National Real Estate Office! - Fountain Hills, AZ
TecKnow Real Estate Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ

Is this live again?

Apr 12, 2010 08:13 AM #361
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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA
SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP

Brad,

I have been away for a bit and need to get back on track here in AR.......I need all the help I can get, thanks.

Apr 16, 2010 01:28 AM #362
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

I am anxiously waiting!

Thanks

Aug 25, 2010 01:31 AM #363
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

I am anxiously waiting!

Thanks

Aug 25, 2010 01:32 AM #364
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

I am anxiously waiting!

Thanks

Aug 25, 2010 01:32 AM #365
Rainer
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

I am anxiously waiting!

Thanks

Aug 25, 2010 01:32 AM #366
Anonymous
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Thanks for u r information

its very useful

Sep 15, 2010 07:08 PM #368
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Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

I just found this in a search. Wonder if it still works? I'll check it out.

Dec 17, 2010 01:21 PM #369
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Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hey, Brad,

You posted it in 2008?!?!?! and I just found it. Lucky me :) I will definitely check it out. Bookmarked your blog and will read it tomorrow. Thank you!

Good night.

Nov 10, 2011 03:33 PM #370
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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
Very cool! I'll have to check this out!
Jan 23, 2013 02:18 AM #371
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Olga Vasquez
Park Regency - Granada Hills, CA
Olgasells

Thank you for the info. I will check it out.

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Brad, are you still in business? Need some help with my tag lines when I make a blog comment.

Will reach out. 

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