We've been hard at work making improvements to the website over the summer. Some things you'll see, many you won't, and a whole lot of things that help our staff better connect you to projects. We know some of you are interested in what we're doing when it comes to leveraging technology, so we wanted to share what improvements and changes have been made. For those that aren't into the technical details, just know we're constantly investing in making your experience the best we can.
Added new project status type to better describe why a project was cancelled:
- Cancelled - not needed
- Cancelled - not responsive
- Postponed / Cancelled - Funds Not Available
Added new project categories:
- Leaf Raking
- Wheelchair Ramp
- Wheelchair Ramp Improvements
Added typeahead and autofill functionality for admins to the Request Help page. The "firstname" and "lastname" fields will try to match a previously entered person and auto fill their information if selected.
Adjusted the project map to display your location in relation to the currently available projects.
Adjusted banner height to fit more content on page
Improved site security
Allow registered users to invite their friends to join NeighborLink via the dashboard.
Added the Super Admin role. All current Admin role users have been upgraded to Super Admin role. The differentiator comes from our work here at NLFW where on occasion we have Super Volunteers that we trust that could use more access to our data reporting tools or project management features. This improvement gives them some additional functionality that Admins had before. All previous Admins are now Super Admin and retain all the “operations” oriented functionality that we had before.
Updated permissions required for management functionality.
Revamped the projects map to include a list of the closest projects to you. The map no longer zooms out to include your current location.
Implemented recurring project notices. Every two weeks that a project has not been updated (until 75 days after last update), a phone call is made to the project submitter, asking them if their project is still a need. If the submitter does not have a valid phone number in their profile, an email attempt is made instead. This feature will be the reason for so many potential phone calls this evening.
Allow basic users and volunteers to submit photos for a project while creating the project. Administrators for the affiliate will be notified when photos by these users are uploaded and can approve or delete them on the project page. The primary image for a project will default to its first approved photo.
Fixed the News and Projects sliders links on the home page.
Fixed the video page showing a site error if a Vimeo account isn’t setup.
The login page will now display an error message if an incorrect username or password is entered.
The login page will now return to the last viewed page upon successful login.
Nonexistent pages will now direct to a 404 page.
Fixed the dashboard notification “View this project” links.Completion of the signup page now redirects to a "Sign Up Was Successful!" page instead of a 404 page.
Video descriptions no longer have <br/> in them.
The service events section on the dashboard is no longer duplicated.
Reduced the maximum photo size to 20 megabytes.