ActiveRain Release Notes for June 8, 2015

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Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain Corp.

Hi Rainers,

Our latest round of updates, fixes, and new features was released on Monday, June 8th.  This release did not require any downtime on the site and was finished around 1PM Pacific.

Our primary areas of focus were:

  1. Building out the Notifications and My Home functionality for your mobile phone.
  2. Redesigned registration flow for new members.

Here are the changes that you will see in this release:

 

Notifications

  • AR-455 We added the orange notification alert to our mobile website to notify you as others engage with your content.
  •  AR-451 The My Home page is now available on mobile phones!  Keep up with all of your notifications while you are on the road.
  • AR-452 When an ActiveRain member or site visitor submits a contact form on one of your pages, the message page and details are immediately available on your phone.
  • AR-462 We updated the navigation menu on our mobile site to include the new "My Home" page.
  • AR-459 On our desktop site, we added the "date received" field to messages that you see as people connect with you via contact forms on the site.
  • AR-461 We fixed a bug that was blocking notification emails to be sent when a member is tagged in an answer.
  • AR-490 We updated the link in our "Comment Notification Email" so it takes you directly that comment within the blog post.

 

New Member Registration

  • AR-302 We updated the look and repaired a number of small bugs on the registration form that real estate professionals use to create their account on ActiveRain.
  • AR-303 We redesigned the page in our registration workflow where a new member decides if they want a free account or a paid RainMaker account. The sales messaging was clarified and the overall experience was simplified.
  • AR-471 We added an "order confirmation page" to serve as a receipt for our users when they upgrade to a RainMaker account.
  • AR-472 We now email a receipt to members when they initially upgrade to RainMaker.
  • AR-319 We created a new series of onboarding emails designed to get our newest members active in the community faster.

 

Activation

  • AR-460, AR-464 We added a new step to the Activation Workflow (both desktop and mobile) that requests a member photo, company, and primary market at the earliest point possible so they look great on the site.

 

Question & Answer

  • AR-450 The "Answer Comments" are now visible as soon as the page loads to make them easier for our members to discover.
  • AR-465 We changed the sort order on "Answer Comments" to display oldest to newest for a better conversational flow.
  • AR-372 We added logic to the question pages that will hide the "Type Your Answer" box after a member leaves their answer on their question.
  • AR-483 We fixed a newer bug that was causing the same 10 answers to keep showing up every time a member clicked "Load More" on our mobile question pages.

 

Blogs

  • AR-515 Updated the "Last Change Saved" time stamp on a draft blog post to be more comprehensive by including saves via auto-save, the Save button, clicking Close, clicking Publish, and clicking Schedule. This is part of an effort to solve why a small group of members are seeing inconsistent results when saving their blog posts.
  •  AR-446 We repaired an issue that was making it difficult to tag certain members in blog post comments. Thank you, John McCormack .
  • AR-442 We fixed a bug that was preventing certain members from adding a widget on their outside blogs.

 

Followers

  • AR-470 We fixed a bug that was breaking the Follower Page when a member was following a deleted account. Thank you, John Novak .

 

Stats Page

  • AR-492 We made a change on the new Stats Page so the values "0" and "-"  (which are basically the same thing) are no longer sorted at opposite ends of the spectrum. Thank you, Tammy Lankford .
  • AR-513 We fixed a bug on the Stats Page that was only allowing members to sort from high to low in the "Short URL" column.
  • AR-489 We addressed a small bug on our new Stats Page that was discarding the keyword search when a member sorted the columns in their search results.

 

Other Great Stuff

  • AR-485 We updated the sort order on our Top Bloggers page so it displays the members with the most followers at the top of the list.
  • AR-499 We updated the logic on the Leaderboard to show the total number of both public and members-only posts. Before this release, it was only reporting on public posts. Thank you, Andrea HoffDomin .
  • AR-469 We added the "Sign Up" button back on to the the website header following a two month test with a different approach.
  • AR-519 We fixed a very strange bug that was limiting the number of blog posts by people you follow that were presented on the Blog Home page. Thank you Liz and Bill Spear for the big assist on this one.
  • AR-522 We did some database cleanup on a number of accounts that were showing the text "&amp" instead of a good old-fashioned "&" symbol on member names, companies, and taglines. Thank you, Lynn B. Friedman .

 

We appreciate all of the feedback you provide and enjoy seeing all of this development work put to good use.  

Don't forget to login on your mobile phone to see the new mobile features.

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Rainmaker
1,053,096
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

It just keeps getting better and Better...My profile and Blog looks great on my iPhone, Thanks!

Jun 08, 2015 11:14 AM #11
Rainmaker
1,505,323
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

AR is becoming better every day. Thank you for the update.

I did not know that you counted only public posts  before.

Jun 08, 2015 12:07 PM #12
Rainmaker
669,422
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Guess we will check it out. Happy when the exterminator kills the bugs. Just part of the computer world.

Jun 08, 2015 12:18 PM #13
Rainmaker
1,317,707
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

The Active Rain staff an techies are always making improvement.  Thanks to all of you.

Jun 08, 2015 01:44 PM #14
Ambassador
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Love the profile requirements to make new members more recognizable and make it easy for us to associate them with their location.

Jun 08, 2015 02:13 PM #15
Ambassador
4,305,293
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kris Neese - thanks for all the changes - and that too, without a downtime!

Specially, I am glad to see some changes in Q&A section! 

Jun 08, 2015 03:32 PM #16
Rainmaker
699,027
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I think it's terrific that you are handling all of the upgraded technical issues for us BUT it's not just the behind the scenes it's also stopping Realtors from leaving ActiveRain and hiring a new "Bob Stewart" to keep us all motivated and bring new ideas to the former boot camp.  Why have you not helped us in that matter?  Do you not read that we're all talking about falling numbers of members and also falling quality of the blogs????????

Jun 08, 2015 10:13 PM #17
Ambassador
925,108
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

Kris Neese thanks for the continue hard work in decreasing the Bugs on Active Rain. 

Jun 08, 2015 10:19 PM #18
Rainmaker
3,306,106
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Thanks for the update on the updates... I wonder if this was tied to my issues the other week

Jun 08, 2015 10:37 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

You've been busy! My head is spinning trying to absorb all of this information!

Jun 08, 2015 11:23 PM #20
Rainmaker
240,635
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Thank you so much for all your efforts on improving upon an already awesome experience!

Jun 08, 2015 11:26 PM #21
Rainmaker
658,270
Pat & Wayne Harriman
Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499 - Wallingford, CT
Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate

Great job to AR staff and the Rainers who assisted in squashing these bugs and keeping AR moving forward!

Jun 08, 2015 11:41 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Bug hunting is getting to be a specialty with AR..Keep baggin the bugs!

Jun 08, 2015 11:56 PM #23
Rainer
302,830
Doyle Davison
Hawaii -Surf City Realty 714-968-6767 - Huntington Beach, CA
30 years as your Concierge services listing broker

I did not realize there were so many bugs in the system.. are our accouts and info safe. what encryption is being used to protect data?

Jun 09, 2015 02:15 AM #24
Rainmaker
1,590,569
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Thanks for the fixes & to all the scouts out there.

Jun 09, 2015 04:29 AM #25
Rainmaker
300,490
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

Great work - received a mobile update today and though it was glitching since it was a lead but I couldn't pull it up on my phone for some reason.  When I got back to my desktop, it shows that the item was not accessible with additional details (possibly deleted as spam).

Jun 09, 2015 04:43 AM #26
Rainmaker
1,545,776
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Great upgrades for those bugs. BUT- I can log in on my iPad but I can't log in on my iPhone ... Please fix that bug!

Jun 09, 2015 06:07 AM #27
Rainmaker
2,162,473
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

None of this is an issue with me, that I know of. Sounds good!

Jun 09, 2015 06:11 AM #28
Rainmaker
1,431,643
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I appreciate the fact you are constantly on top of things and making improvements.

Jun 09, 2015 08:55 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Kris Neese FYI there are some issues on top bloggers page.  It is not showing correct date for last post.  It looks like it is showing the date the person joined.

Also, not sure if you purposely eliminated the top 2.

Jun 10, 2015 09:43 PM #30
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