You can now add Recurring Events in the Tendenci Events Calendar Module!
When you add an event in the events calendar, you will now see the checkbox option “Is Recurring?” beneath the Date and Time info. Checking this box will display recurrence options for the event (see screenshot below).
Note that once created, each occurrence of the event will be a separate Event record in Tendenci that you can edit and users can register for.
This week, our team rolled out the following updates to the Tendenci software!
Theme Editor Saving Just Got Easier!
When updating in theme editor, you can save as you’re working and the editor stays on the current line. You know your work has been saved because a little message pops up next to the save button.
WYSIWYG Update – Maintain Proportions on Images
We fixed some glitches in the WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) editor so you can now resize images in the editor easily. Just update the value you know (Width or Height) and leave the other blank – make sure the “Maintain Proportions” box is checked and then click “Update Image.”
WYSIWYG Update – File Gallery Improvements When Importing Media
When uploading media to a page, the “File Gallery” tab shows you all the media uploaded to that page. If there are a lot of files uploaded to a page, this page can get long and take some time to load. Our team created a new File Gallery using AJAX that loads 10 files at a time (and loads 10 more as you scroll through) for much faster loading!
One of the benefits of the Tendenci CMS is that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is baked in to the code. Also, Tendenci allows you control over backend SEO tags like Meta, Alt tags, and Title tags from the interface with no coding required.
This webinar video is about 40 minutes long and covers what you need to know when it comes to optimizing your Tendenci site for SEO!
The automatic SEO features built into Tendenci
What custom SEO features are available in Tendenci
Last night, Tendenci Programming Manager John-Michael Oswalt was on the 5 PM CW39 NewsFix newscast commenting on the government’s maintenance of the Healtcare.gov website – and what it takes to make changes to a website of that scale while it’s active.
“With a website of this scale, with all the different pieces that are talking to each other, there’s lots of little things that can go wrong and slow things down.”
“When people know the road’s going to be out, they plan for an alternate route. And they plan around that. So this is going to give them some time and relieve hopefully some of the pressure of the public trying to get into that site and really hammering them with traffic.”
Twestival = Sharing Online Community Love Offline!
Twestival was born in 2008 out of a desire for people who are connected online on Twitter to connect offline for a good cause. It has since grown from that first meetup in London to a worldwide presence where local Twestivals happen in communities across the globe. Twestival organizers have raised over $1.83 million in total to support 307 charities! Wow.
Twestival Houston: Supporting a Great Local Cause!
Each year, Twestival Houston is organized by local volunteers. The Twestival team puts the vote up to Twitter to choose a local charity to support. This year’s nonprofit recipient was the Ronald McDonald House of Houston – who also happens to be a Tendenci client (their new site is in development, look for more coming soon!).
The event was full of local beer (courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Brewery), local food, live music, and lots of opportunities to support RMH Houston with donations and raffle prizes!
HUGE THANKS to Mandy Graessle (aka @favouritethings) and all the volunteers for all their hard work on putting this event together!!
Here are a few of our pictures from the event:
Tendenci Team Carla Fiorito and Caitlin Kaluza with RMH Houston Marketing Coordinator Catie Tuley!
Messages to the Kids and Families of RMH Houston
Our team got in on the raffle – ticket sales went to RMH Houston as well!
Live music + local beer from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company at Twestival Houston 2013
I was so happy to be able to attend my first TEDxHouston event this weekend. TEDx is the collective of local independant events organized in the spirit of the TED Conference and its motto – Ideas worth spreading.
2013 marked TEDXHouston’s fourth annual event, and Schipul was among the sponsors. Speakers ranged from astronauts to artists, and included a diverse group of local scientists, sustainable farmers, engineers, magicians, poets, and cancer survivors.
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – John F. Kennedy
What are “the other things” that we still wish to accomplish? The TEDxHouston speakers gave their insight.
It was a day full of fresh perspectives and lots of brain candy. My favorite quotes from the event are listed below. (Disclaimer: These primarily came from my notes, with a few from the tweets of other #TEDxHouston attendees – so I apologize if I get any words off in my note taking!)
12 Inspiring Moments from #TEDxHouston 2013
“Comedy is a contagious emotion.”
– David J. Neff (@daveiam), on why everyone should do stand up comedy once in their life
“There’s nothing like your first career panic attack.”
I recently had the privilege to speak to a group of local students working with the Hashoo Foundation – an organization that works on human development and poverty alleviation projects in Pakistan.
The students are specifically working on putting on and promoting their annual Culture Shock Charity Show to support Plan Bee – a Hashoo project that supports a beekeeping collective in Pakistan where one of the few income opportunities for women is beekeeping.
Note: The show will be held November 16 at the Talento Bilingue de Houston. Check it out or donate to Hashoo at hashoofoundation.org!
The students are primarily using social media personally, so we focused on how organizations use social media to advance their cause – and specifically on Facebook and Twitter.
This morning we watched Jeremiah Andrick (@jeremiah) on SoLoMo aka Social, Local, Mobile. Here are some of our favorite moments from that session!
SoLoMo is a Buzzword
SoLoMo is a buzzword that Jeremiah admits he doesn’t like to use, but the concept is a big one. What SoLoMo really means is the idea that the mobile device can increase and facilitate relationships with brands.
Every customer journey begins with a story – even if you’re just going to the grocery store, that is a journey. Fun fact: Most studies find that people are extremely loyal to their laundry detergent.
“Most of us are on a journey doing something” – Jeremiah Andrick
As web developers we don’t like to talk about it, but the browser tends to be a cold experience. Mobile is more personal, in the moment. That’s what SoLoMo is about.
What Multi Screen Means
Time Inc. found that “digital natives” under 30 years old switch devices (i.e. from phone to tablet to computer) 27 times per hour. That’s once every 2 minutes. For adults age 35-55, they’re switching 15 times per hour.
It’s important to understand not just who you audience is, but how they use technology as well.
For instance, Chrome saves browser history across multiple platforms so if you pick up your phone, it remembers your history from surfing your PC.
And Jeremiah played the latest Chrome commercial that tells a fantastic story of a kid using his Samsung tablet to solve a problem:
Know Your Audience
Jeremiah uses a lot of Luxury brands as examples of what not to do. Luxury brands tend to fall into the trap of thinking that because their product is exclusive they don’t need to allow consumers to buy products or even view their catalog online.
This is an issue, because 89% of women use their phone while they’re shopping. So these brands are missing out on a huge opportunity by making their products not accessible.
SoLoMo has different context within different industries. Jeremiah shared this great graph of different types of products and what is happening online with them – whether consumers are interacting with them Online Purchase or Digital Engagement.
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Mobile Matters – People Buy from Mobile Optimized Sites
Jeremiah shared stats from a recent Google Shopper Study on how much a mobile optimized site impacts your potential customers:
67% of people are more likely to buy when a mobile site works.
61% of people will leave if the site is unfriendly.
#SoLoMo Advice – Top 3 Takeaways!
Listen Before you Build – Stay away from trends, try to find what will stick around.
Metrics > Hypothesis > Experiment > Act
This tends to be harder in an agency because clients want fast results
Start with education on why it’s important
Remember what Lord Kelvin said – “If we can’t measure it, we can’t improve it”
At the End of the Day, It’s About Customer Centricity!
I recently presented on the topic of Trends in Association Communications Tech to the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) 2013 National Conference in Oklahoma City. We got such great feedback from the topic that we decided to turn it into a PDF download covering trends in Association and Membership websites! I hope you enjoy!
The whitepaper is broken down into the follow subcategories:
Mobile Trends – Including how people are accessing the mobile web in 2013 vs. the past.
Content Trends – Tips for creating content that is VISUAL and easy to share.
Membership Trends – Trends in online advertising to get in front of potential members!
Social Media Trends – Tips for creating highly shareable content!
Web Analytics Trends – New data tools we can’t live without.