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By on Dec 20, 2015 at 9:21 PM (Edited Dec 20, 2015 at 9:22 PM)

A couple of notable changes in today's 9.2.28 Beta 2 release.

I've added more microdata markup for the reviews w/comments page so that google recognizes each individual review someone writes of a listing on your site. This improves the chances of google showing the review in their results with a link to your site.

At Admin -> Members -> Settings there's now an option to select a password reset method. When password encoding is set to none, the original password is emailed to the member, but that's bad practice. When passwords are safely encoded it's impossible to email the original password to the forgetful member. The normal method has been to autogenerate a new password to send to the person. But this could be bad if someone maliciously resets your password. You could enable security questions to help prevent that, but now there's another way. Select the "send link" password reset method and instead of emailing you a new password it'll email you a link you can click to go to a page which will allow you to set a new password.

By on Dec 10, 2015 at 1:44 PM

One of today's changes for the upcoming WSN 9.2.37 is a set of new template variables that provide easier ways to reference files attached to an image in a specific order (the sort order set on upload/edit). There's now {LINKTHUMBIMAGEX[number]}, {LINKTHUMBURLX[number]}, and the associated boolean {LINKHASFILEX[number]}. You can pair these with the preexisting {LINKCAPTION[number]} and {LINKHASCAPTION[number]}. If you want to show the third image on a listing, and include the caption only if it's present, here's all you have to do now:

To change the thumbnail size away from the default, add width and height parameters... 500 width by 400 height for example:
{LINKTHUMBIMAGEX[3 <,> 500 <,> 400]}

This can be very useful if you want to position large thumbnails in different places on the details page, with information around them.

By on Nov 21, 2015 at 1:52 AM

WSN has had an "add from web search" option for a while which can be very useful for filling up a directory with websites appropriate to a category. For a business directory, however, it would make things a lot easier if WSN could determine the address and phone number of the business which each search result references.

With the cooperation and forethought of the website owner, the geo.position and icbm meta tags can help. These meta tags allow a web page to specify its' latitude and longitude. As of today's 9.2.31 Beta 2 release, WSN now detects this and also does a reverse geocode to get the address.

Unfortunately, very few websites are currently using geodata in their meta tags. To get a few more addresses, I've used some regular expression page parsing to look for a couple of common USA address formats in pages. Also added USA phone number detection. Detection remains very spotty due to the infinite variety of ways that web pages represent addresses, but it's a start.

By on Nov 17, 2015 at 11:26 PM

Thanks to clipboard.js, I've just added cross-platform copy-to-clipboard functionality to WSN's template editor. This replaces an archaic javascript which had only been able to select the contents without copying in most browsers. Are there any other places where cut/copy to clipboard functionality would be useful?

Another change today was a formatting change to the RSS Feed template to achieve full Atom feed support by default. WSN's rssfeed.php now outputs a feed which is valid both as RSS 2.0 and Atom.

9.2.30 also brings some fixes. These includes a fix to processing template conditionals in non-mime email headers and footers (notably the default email footer with the unsubscribe link now only shows to members, as it should). Also fixed watermarking for images and added an easier AJAXy remove watermark option.

By on Nov 08, 2015 at 6:34 PM (Edited Nov 08, 2015 at 6:34 PM)

Did a lot of work on RSS feeds today. A comments url is now included in listing feeds whenever the comments switch is on and the combine details and comments switch is off. Article and topic feeds from WSN Knowledge Base and WSN Forum now include content:encoded fields to syndicate the complete article text or topic message. Any listing that has a physical address now includes the georss point field with the coordinates. On the other end, I fixed a WSN Knowledge Base bug which was affecting display of article text from feed submissions.

In the process of this work, I stumbled across the website fulltextrssfeed.com. That site will take RSS feed which only contain introductory stubs about articles and will pull in the complete article text to create a much more useful feed. Of course, you can't just do that with any feed without running into copyright issues -- but it can make the process of syndicating content between your own websites a whole lot easier.

I've demoed these changes in the WSN Knowledge Base user demo by submitting this blog as a feed: http://demo.wsnforum.com/wsnkb/blog-feed/

Let me know if you have any creative ideas for making the feed-posting system even more powerful.

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