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How-To Video: Create a New Site

posted by kevin on 9/4/2008 at 9:56 AM

This is the first of many how-to videos that we'll be creating.  In this video, we demonstrate the simple 3-step process of creating your customized website with XL Communities.  Upcoming videos will demonstrate features of our product, such as creating an event, using the Premium Services wizards, and much more.

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2008 Qtr 3 is Live

posted by kevin on 9/2/2008 at 11:25 PM

We've been working hard on adding exciting new features and we're happy to say that the latest version of XL Communities (2008 Qtr 3) is now live on our servers.  The focus of this release was to add greater flexibility to some features and give you the opportunity to promote more interaction on your sites.

Blogs

Now you can increase the interaction on your site by allowing your members to blog and provide news on your site.  We've added a Blog section to every user's profile page and it's very simple to create new posts and have them available on the site's Member Blogs page.  Take a look at the screen shots below.








Custom Payment Pages

We've always allowed you to accept payments for memberships, events and teams.  Now you can create custom pages for any type of payment that you can think of.  Want to accept donations for things like scholarships, hardships, unexpected emergencies, etc?  Now you can and it's very easy and completely customizable.  You can even determine if the amount is fixed or determined at the time of payment.  There's a million ways you can use this new feature and we can't wait to see all of the great ideas.  In the Admin Tool, look for the "Custom Payment Pages" link near the bottom.  Here's a screen shot.



Photo Galleries

We've spruced up the photo galleries with a very cool photo viewer.  Check out the screen shot below and then take a look at your galleries.  Don't have any photos uploaded yet?  Get on it as this is a great way to show everyone how great your group is.



Team Enhancements

We've heard from you that you need more flexibility with the team roster questions and we think you'll like what we've done.  You can now choose to show or hide the standard questions and add as many custom questions as you feel are necessary.  You can even decide what type of response you want from your users.  Simple Yes/No question, choose a radio button.  Have more options, try the drop down box.  Play around with it and let us know what you think.



Bug Fixes / Enhancements

In addition to the items we've mentioned above, we've made some other minor enhancements that we'll write additional blog posts about in the future.  We also fixed some minor bugs that popped up throughout the quarter.  We want to continue to give you the best possible product so please let us know if you find anything that we missed.

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