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!