Monthly Archives: October 2013

//Introducing WordPress Plugin – Shdlr Integrate

Introducing our, much awaited wordpress plugin – ‘Shdlr Integrate’. This plugin will help conference owners to integrate Shdlr schedule in their wordpress sites. The plugin works for the free as well as trial accounts.

As you will see below Shdlr Integrate is very easy to use.

Only authorized person can publish the schedule

Plugin includes a security check to prevent your schedule from unauthorized hands. You need a token to integrate your schedule.

Wordpress Plugin - Shdlr, get token

You can get the security token from your Shdlr Admin Panel. In customize Website page within Embed tab you will find a new section WordPress plugin. Use this token to integrate your schedules. In case you want to regenerate new token click on button Regenerate Token.

Just below Token you will find a link ‘Get WordPress Plugin’ click this link to download Shdlr Integrate.

Integrating schedules in your wordpress site

Once you have installed the plugin. In the WordPress Dashboard click on Settings > Shdlr Integrate.

admin_page

Admin UI

Paste your token here and click on Validate & Save. If your token validates successfully plugin will generate shortcode for the Conference related to your account.

validate_token

Valid Token

There are several options in Schedule Type to customize which schedule view, choose one, copy your shortcode and paste it in a page or post and publish

Thats it. View your page

List View

List View

Try out various schedule type options and chose the one which suit your site the best

//New Features And UI Tweaks

Introduction

So after a bit of feature freeze months we are back with new features as well as a few UI tweaks.

New Features:

– Schedule View Draft Mode:

Previously the conference schedule had to made public (published) in order to get the look and fell of how the schedule will look on the conference view page. So we decided a draft mode for the conference schedule was necessary. Now every user will have a complete view of how the conference view will look without publishing the schedule.

– Hide Empty Halls:

In addition to the hide empty rows, we added this feature lets the user hide the halls which will be empty for the day.

– Export Schedule in CSV Format

After reviewing some of our feedbacks it was found that an export feature for the published schedule was needed. So we added that.

Now the end user will be able to get a CSV export for the published schedule. The CSV will contain:

  1.  Talk Title
  2.  Talk Description
  3.  Speaker Name(s)
  4.  Hall Name
  5.  Talk Timings
  6.  Talk track and type

UI Tweaks:

– SignUp Page:

For an application, it is important that the sign up (registration) happens with as few steps as possible. Though in shdlr.com it was a 3 step process,

– Filling up the sign up form
– Using the credential generated to login.
– Enter Conference details to the setup wizard.

We thought can be made better, so we combined the 3 steps to just 2 steps. Now when the end user fills up the sign up form they are directly logged in, and can continue entering the conference details to the shdlr conference setup wizard (which is now the final step).

Also, there is a typealong feature in the sign up form which will generate the conference url alongside as the user keeps typing. This will help the get a better idea of how conference url will look even before signing up.

– Scheduling Page:

The admin side in which the magic happens has also gone through a handful of changes, keeping in mind the end user experience. In addition, to some popular demands from our users.

– New Smart Alert Modals replacing confirm boxes

We retired the default confirm boxes from the admin area, which appeared on each major actions like deleting or publishing etc., and used to asked the same question “Are you sure ?”, with just options of “Yes” and “No”.

Now, say hello to “Smart Alert Modals”. Hereafter every confirmation for those actions will be detailed with what will happen exactly if the user approves it.

SmartAlert

Moving on to the conference schedule page we added a few UI tweaks which will help make the task of scheduling talks one step easier.

– Add a new talk from anywhere while scheduling.

The idea was allowing the user to add new talk while scheduling them simultaneously. Just drag drop over the hall and the time slot for the talk and now the pop-up window contains 3 options:

A) These are the old ones :-
– Schedule this Talk/Break (This is for existing talks of course)
– Edit & Schedule this Talk/Break (This is for editing an existing talk while scheduling)

B) This is the addition to the arsenal
– Add & Schedule a Talk.

This feature is also there while editing a scheduled talk. Previously it was just replacing a scheduled talk with a different un-scheduled talk. Now, add a totally new talk over a pre-existing scheduled talk right there from the schedule page.

– Added support for accented characters

shdlr.com now supports accented characters. Maybe we are not multilingual application (yet!) but totally support multilingual data.

– A couple of shifting of pages took place.

A) Accounts Settings Pages now contains –
a) Personal Details (Edit)
b) Admins (Add/ Edit/ Delete/ View)
c) Delete Conference -> Delete action for the conference

B) Customize Website now contains –
a) Display settings for the conference
b) Custom Css settings for the conference
c) Theme Setting for the conference view
d) Embed Code Generation along with help.
e) Publish/Unpublish Settings for the Talks and Speaker Gallery

– Default unscheduled/scheduled talks and Speakers

We added two default talks and speakers for every conference.

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