We would like to try and keep everyone up to date when we make a site change, we have a lot of users and customers and it would be a shame for some of these new features to slip under the radar. So here we go in no particular order:
We had a slight problem figuring out how many tenders we had, so we altered a few of the scripts we use to calculate this data and now you should find the tender count accurate all the time.
As great as the old header was, we felt that it was time to change it, make the information more readily available and easy to use (that is what header navigation is for after all), now we have all the major links to site content in one place.
Testimonials and Typical Enquiries
We have a lot of people using the site to order things but also a lot of customers with nice things to say about us, so we have added this data to the sites publicly, so that people can see how well our platforms are working for them. Just check the new headers for the links.
We have changed the way our system works and given our editors the ability to write what we call ‘Multiple Summaries’ for your articles. Meaning we can give every article we post an individual ‘wrap-up’ based on the category that it is in.
We have also added what we call the ‘Article Toolbar’, available at the bottom of every article it a quick list of functionality regarding the articles. The ability to contact a company, email it, print it or even share it socially. Why scroll to the top when you can have it right when you finish.
Additionally, when a site visitor is viewing a supplier article, we now show other articles from the same supplier making the sidebar content incredibly relevant.
Yes, we know, super boring, but it has to be done and after some script re-writting and bit of tweaking here and there to timings, we reckon we have the sites running about 10% faster overall in terms of page load times, not bad when you consider the sheer size of these platforms.
If you visit any of the newsletter signup pages like the one on Airport Suppliers you will see you now have the ability to view an archive of all previous newsletters, get a taste of what we offer before you sign up.
We have now given all our site associations the opportunity to add a complete listing page with the same amount of data as our suppliers, hopefully providing you with far more information concerning associations around your sectors.
Site suppliers have always had the ability to add PDF’s and white-papers, but now we have them all under one banner in the new White-papers section. Easy to search and categorised in an A-Z fashion. Hopefully this will enable you to find what you are looking for quickly and efficiently.
We though long and hard about this one, but in the end we decided that every supplier on the sites will now have the abilty to add their own twitter feeds into their sidebar. We don’t always have the most up-to-date information (arebeit by a few days), so now you can rest assured that when you post something out into the twitterverse, it instantly appears on your profile too.
We have changed the way we display the company information (the supplier who created the gallery), and made it easier to understand and more importantly easier to access.
Again, after much debate we have now added another way of searching our suppliers, you can now show a complete list of categories in an A-Z fashion. We know how helpful the catergory system is, but sometimes people just want to flick through a list alphabetically.
That’s about it for now, there are many many more changes coming in the coming months and as and when we get them deployed to the production servers, we’ll update you here.