Friday, July 28, 2017

version2 has a new website

The dynamic team that created and maintains SiteTogether has launched a new website! The new site showcases the strengths of the version2 team as designers, developers, marketers and innovators. If you have a few spare minutes, check it out:

There are some fun features, controls and great examples of the work that this team does, including SiteTogether.

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 Roadmap

SiteTogether continues to improve with new features and enhancements. Here's our roadmap for new features. We welcome all input about the system, what you'd like to see improved and what features you need:

Q2 2017 - Friendly URLs.
Right now a good portion of content is delivered though URLs with variable strings. Example: /schedule.cfm?class=115172. We plan to implement friendly URLs (URL rewriting) to make the site function via URLs that are formatted more like /schedule/YouthSwimLessons/

Q3 2017 - Upgrade of the Page Editor.
This is an upgrade of the code behind the WYSIWYG editor in the admin area. The current editor is several versions old. The upgrade is necessary for compatibility, security, and reliability.

The following new features are on the map but do not have a definite launch window:

Improved Reporting.
Up to the minute reporting of Info Requests by day and branch.

Sub-Navigation Sorting.
Ability to manage the order of links in sub navigation.

Page Versioning.
The ability to preview pages as you author and revert pages to previous versions.

Orphaned File Finder.
Find older PDFs and images that are no longer useful yet may still be indexed by search engines.

100% Responsive.
Right now the main site and mobile site are "Lightly Responsive" in that they are both built using Responsive web design but have fixed width limits. The main and mobile sites draw on the same source data, so eventually these two versions will become the same pages.

Site Search.
We believe that search is what gets used whe organization fails. However, there are times when it is faster when you need something specific.

Other pending new features are top secret. :)

Is one of these a high priority to you?  Is there something missing? Please leave a comment or reach out and let us know.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cosmetic update and fix

Brand change is complete!

We're officially operating as SiteTogether! The name change to SiteTogether is now universally applied on all backends. There's no change in functionality with this update, but users will see the SiteTogether name and logo throughout the management area.

Class Display Fix

We also took this opportunity to make a tweak to the class listings in the management area. There has been a buildup of "junk formatting" in class descriptions as a result of copy/pasting from Microsoft products. A filter was incorporated to the front-end last year to preserve font appearance, but the junk code may have been causing problems on the backend as well. The problem appears to have affected IE 9 and lower browsers when viewing extraordinarily long class lists. To solve this, a filter has been placed on class descriptions on the backend display and into the description add/update process. This should be a non-destructive way of fixing any sluggish performance or formatting issues.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Peashooter/CSTwo is now SiteTogether

I helped create Peashooter in 2007. It was a major undertaking. The goal was to create a system for YMCAs that was easy for users to navigate (especially in terms of finding classes) and easy to maintain and update. Over the past 9 years the system has necessarily evolved with changing technology and the input of numerous users and managers. Each update made the system a little better.

For almost a year I've been in a role where I'm not just maintaining the system, but charting it's course into the future. I want to make Peashooter better -- more useful. I want to make Peashooter the best way a YMCA can manage its online presence.

The way you contact us has already changed and the system will continue to change and improve. It makes sense to take this opportunity to reflect on what the system does and how we refer to it. What the system does best is let your entire staff manage online content without fear and with expert help when needed. It's a system that lets your staff and our experts make a SiteTogether.

Along with re-launching as SiteTogether, this month we'll be rolling out a major improvement in security and in SEO. The update includes an improved login process, default canonicalization of www. URLs, and always on HTTPS. This is just the beginning of big things for SiteTogether. We'll be sharing a road-map of future features and improvement and asking for feedback from all of our users. Thank you for choosing Peashooter/CSTwo and SiteTogether!