Coaches: Send Invitations for Recurring Events!

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Coaches: The moment you’ve been waiting for! We’ve listened to your feedback and we’re happy to announce a new feature for coaches using the Demosphere TeamNet app to communicate with their teams.

Coaches can now send invitations for recurring events. This is a great option for events like regular weekly practices.

Additionally, your members can now update their availability status for all events, including recurring events, on behalf of themselves and their child.

Now, when you are creating or editing a recurring event, you’ll see the familiar “Invitees” field to invite any/all members of the team to the event:

 

Selected invitees will get an invitation email and a push notification on their device upon saving the event. Invited members can then set their availability for all or each individual event from the team view after signing in to Demosphere TeamNet app. Parents can also update the availability for their child from their own dashboard.

NOTE: Remember to update your TeamNet mobile app via the App Store or Google Play to ensure you and your members can take advantage of this new feature!

We value your feedback! Please comment below with any feedback you have about this feature, or any additional features you’d like to see added!

Custom Team Fees Are Here!

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Have you ever wanted to setup custom team fees for different teams within the same age group? Demosphere has listened to your feedback and we know that many competitive youth sports organizations often charge different fees for different teams based on several factors such as coaching expertise, number and cost of team events, region, and other options team managers and/or coaches elect.

As a result, we are excited to announce a new feature: the ability to attach custom team fees to any team in any season!

Demosphere Administrators can now create and bind these custom team fees to the teams directly to ensure the appropriate fees are charged to each player who is accepting a team invitation. You can setup a variety of fees including registration fees, coaching fees, uniform fees, late fees, or any other custom team fee you can dream up!

First, create the custom team fees in the fees and discounts area when managing your season. Next, create your teams for each grouping in your season structure. From there, you can turn ON the team invitation feature and add as many custom team fees as needed to each team. Once you invite the players to the team, those who accept their invitation will be charged all fees associated with the season, as well as any custom team fees that you have added to the team for which they’re registering!

The addition of this feature is just one more example of how Demosphere works to continuously improve our solutions to meet the evolving needs of our users.

We’re proud to deliver this important feature that has been requested by many of our clients – we care about your feedback, and your success! If you have additional feedback and/or feature requests, please pass them along to us at support@demosphere.com.

Have a great season!

Usability Improvements for Managing Field Permits

Demosphere has recently made some significant usability improvements to streamline the workflow for users managing their field permits!

Adding and editing field permits no longer requires a page load so users can quickly and easily manage permits within one screen. This improvement greatly reduces the amount of time spent on managing this area of the system.

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Additionally, we’ve enhanced the interface of the list of permits by incorporating our Data Grid functionality, allowing users to quickly search, sort, edit, clone and even export all field permits:

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Demosphere is committed to continuous improvement of our systems to ensure we’re delivering leading-edge technology to all levels of users.

Looking for more improvements? Give us your feedback today by contacting support@blog.demosphere.com!

Every Site Is Easy-To-Navigate With WebWriter!

Primary Website Goal: help website visitors find the content they’re looking for as quickly as possible.

Something as simple as placing your navigational menu in a common location on the site – either horizontally across the top or vertically down the side – can save your visitors significant search time.

Using obvious labels that describe what will be found on each page can help keep visitors on the appropriate page for longer periods of time.

Having too many items in your navigation bar can be overwhelming to users. Narrowing down the options to seven (or fewer) assures each page receives ample attention from visitors in their decision making process.

Does your site’s current navigation follow the above best practices?

Make sure your website is user-friendly and easy to navigate by constructing intuitive navigation menus of your own.

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Start From Scratch

An often overlooked yet effective way to build your navigation menu from scratch begins with the Site Map.

Demosphere suggests constructing your site’s departments in the Site Map section before creating the navigation menu on your page for two main reasons:

  • Building the Site Map can give a clear description of the site’s layout in one visual and an idea of how your site will flow. Drag-and-drop to rearrange departments and subdepartments to solidify the infrastructure before adding menus.
  • Creating your Site Map before setting up your navigation can facilitate the process when adding menu items. Menu items can be drawn directly from a completed Site Map rather than manually added.

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Manage Design Templates

Once your Site Map has been set up, begin building your navigation menu within the Page Templates section.

After the navigation has been created in one of the templates it can be cloned in the remaining templates. You will not have to rebuild the navigation menu for each.

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Select one of the templates to work with and locate the top horizontal navigation menu. If a menu already exists within the navigation bar, click the blue edit button in the righthand corner to make changes to the existing options.

If no menu exists, create a brand new menu by clicking the green Add Content button and select the Navigation Module option.

A Menu Display Preview dialog will appear, allowing you to set your menu items, publish options, and clone instances.

Build With Item Types

Menu items can be built directly in this window with three different Item Types.

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Menus can be built using Links or grouping pages in SubMenus. Adding pages as links on the menu bar will redirect visitors to that page when the item is clicked. Submenus will display dropdown menus when a visitor hovers over the item.

Links appear next to a blue link symbol in the Menu Builder, while SubMenus appear next to a folder image with green dropdown arrows.

However, if you have already created your Site Map, selecting the Copy from Site Map option can cut down the time spent creating menus.

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When using the Copy from Site Map item type, you are able to Select a Department from your pre-made Site Map. Selecting one of the departments will automatically add the department, as well as links and subdepartments associated with that department.

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For example, copying the Travel department from the Site Map will also add the Boys and Girls subdepartments along with their corresponding links.

Copy each department from the Site Map to the navigation menu options to save time manually adding link URLs and duplicating the Site Map structure.

Once the navigation menu has been saved, menu items will appear on your page as links and dropdowns according to the specifications that have been set in your Menu Builder.

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For more information on your website’s navigation and menu items contact Demosphere Support at support @ blog.demosphere.com!

How Did They Do That: Images

A picture is worth a thousand words – and with the new and improved Image Content Item in the WebWriter® Content Management System, sharing photos has never been simpler.

One of the newest organizations to join the Demosphere Network, Parkland Soccer Club, is taking full advantage of the new content types within the WebWriter® System to show-off their players and keep the website looking great!

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Want to share images of your own to add life to your website?

Here’s how it’s done:

1. Add New Content

The WebWriter® CMS lets administrators add eight variations of new content types to their website. To create images as seen above, select the Image option. The System allows for unlimited images and articles to be added to any site.

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2. Select Your Image

An Image dialog box will appear, allowing administrators to customize their image settings. After creating a Title for the image, choose to display or hide that title from Public View simply by checking the corresponding box. Upload photos directly into the system from your computer by browsing through your saved folders. Finally, set the image to serve as a link by including an optional URL and selecting whether to have it open in the same or separate window.

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3. Set Display Options

The WebWriter® Content Management System offers two display options for Images. Choose between having the image display directly on the website or provide a link that leads to the full image.Display Options

 

4. Publishing Options

The publishing options within the WebWriter® System give administrators the option of publishing images immediately to Public View, leaving the articles Pending for future decision, or setting a Publishing Timeframe for time sensitive information.

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5. Arrange Your Photos

Once published content items appear on the page, administrators can then move each item around using the System’s drag-and-drop functionality. To take advantage of the intuitive movement, simply hover your computer mouse over the content item you would like to move or make changes to. The option to move, edit, or delete will appear.

Changes appear in real-time on the website.

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And there you have it – the simplest way to add images to any page or section on your website! Keep up the good work Parkland Soccer Club!

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Interested in more information about the WebWriter® Content Management System or how to add images of your own? Reach out to Demosphere today at sales@blog.demosphere.com for a free demo!