Development Report Q2 2015
Bigger team, stronger platform
In this last quarter, we welcomed three new back-end developers to our team and they went off to a flying start. Let’s take a look at what they have helped deliver in the past three months.
Attention grabbing headlines
Everyone spends a good amount of time on perfecting headlines and the corresponding ‘slugs’ of releases. That is why it is essential to have a lot of options to present them using advanced headline modules. Our development team has delivered multiple updates in Q2 to make sure headlines keep grabbing attention in PressPage newsrooms.
For example, the new ‘related’ option in the headline module allows our users to quickly add a module which displays similar stories that already exist within the newsroom. Furthermore, the block headline layout now also supports dynamic loading of headlines. Another update to the headline module significantly increased performance and will have a positive impact on SEO.
Our team also improved the archive of headlines, which can now be configured to show featured images and the first paragraph of releases, resulting in a more visual and lively overview.
Get the word out
In our distribution flow, we encourage the use of social media channels. To make sure these are put to optimal use, we added notifications through the general notification system that inform users on the status of social posts.
Another development in the social arena is the introduction of the new Facebook plugins. Our team had some concerns at first, as Facebook seemed to ignore limitations concerning design. However, they were resolved after our team (and many other development teams) provided them with feedback.
Leveraging your media
A lot of people are looking for media files of our clients. That is why we spend a significant part of our R&D on functionality to manage and present media.
The new Media Library (3.0) is a result of that and brings massive design, usability and performance upgrades with it. Dynamic filters and improved caching provide audiences with a seamless and interactive experience to discover a brand’s media. In the PressPage Manager, our team added support for TIF(F) files as this file format is often used by photographers. We save the original for download and convert to JPG for use within the newsroom. Copyright options within the Media Manager have been expanded to support different rights for individual media items.