The web team has gone dark the past three weeks, both physically and emotionally. We've been busy re-writing the entire Site Builder help site. Now, after applying flowery prose to more than 100 pages, after amassing enough screen shots to build a PowerPoint of Mass Destruction, we are pleased to announce that the Site Builder Help pages are complete!
Not only do we explain how things work, often to an acceptable degree, we also put together a list of best practices and attempted to defined how things can be used rather than just how they work. Were we successful? We invite you to be the judges.
Another new feature was unleashed on Site Builder 3. This one gives you the chance to erase the past. That's right, all of the problems of yesterday, gone with the click of a checkbox.
Site Builder 3 allows you to put ratings on each one of your pages. Go to Page Properties and enable ratings to place a "out of five stars" or "helpful/not helpful" poll at the bottom of your page. Users can then tell you what they think.
Now you can erase these opinions (only after you've improved the contents of the page, of course!). Simply go to any page that has ratings enabled and has received at least one rating. You'll now see the "Current Rating" and a checkbox that will reset it.
Additionally, if you're wanting...
Mike Poe and Ray Lucas, part of ANRCS's media team, recorded our Site Builder 3 training on October 27, 2010, in Davis. They used Adobe Connect and a camera to capture the essence, the very SOUL of Site Builder 3. Although I can't bring myself to watch the presentation, I've heard it is almost adequate.
You can now view the class in its six-hour entirety. I know what you're thinking: how about a "Director's Cut" with an additional four hours of footage. Maybe a gag-reel? Someday, folks, someday.
Site Builder Training is AWESOME Training
In response to my own blog post, I've added another option to Spotlight Stories. In the Spotlight Group editor, you can now choose to add a link to "View All." This will bypass the story and take the user directly to the list of all stories.
Hopefully, this will assist those of you who would like to invite users to view more than just the one random or most recent story added.
I've received a few inquiries in the last couple of days regarding the use of "random" in some Site Builder assets (notably, the Spotlight Stories). The option allows the page to display a random story each time that page is called.
The question I get is 'why, then, does the same story often show up,' and how 'can you (Dave) fix it.'
Let's take a look at how the function actually works before I make any comments on why we do it the way we do.
Basically, a random function will pull a number from between 1 and whatever limit you assign....