Much has taken place over the last few weeks with Press Publisher. Numerous feature requests have been added, and yet another WYSIYG text editor has been installed.
Start with the Text Editor.
A few weeks ago, we installed an open source Text Editor that truly worked great in the latest and greatest browsers (Internet Explorer 7 and FireFox 2+). However, and anything older, it was a disaster. Rather than saying you must upgrade your browser, we just installed a new Text Editor and moved on. The TinyMCE editor is without question the industry standard editor supplied/integrated with with the highest end Content Management Systems (CMS). So, we bought and installed it, now the world is turning again.
At long last we have added the PayPal subscriber integration to the system. This feature allows Press Publisher Users (Gold and Platinum Packages) to set a price for subscribers to their website. You can set either a Monthly or Yearly price. What the user will need is a “Business PayPal” account. The reason is website owner is taking payments. When this is the case, PayPal needs to authenticate you, not to mention, so you can get the money you are taking in from your subscribers.
On the sbscriber side, there are a few notable additions. Subscribers can manage thier subscription, profile, and password. There is now a Password Recovery/Reset feature for subscribers (not to mention, we now have this for users of our CMS too!). If you have set a price in the system for subscribers, they will have to subscribe with PayPal to view the “Private” Articles in your system. However, if you have some private and some public Articles, they can subscribe without paying. This will allow the subscriber to post comments.
Let’s talk Comments and Blogs.
The comments and multi-user blogs are completed in our development site and now just need to be moved over to the live site. What “Multi-User blogs” really mean is that you can have as many “Bloggers” as you want. Each Blogger is set up as a “User” in your control panel. You grant them “Blogger” Privilages and now they can log in to the CMS control panel and manage ONLY their own blog and comments
Sweet! Of course, the admin, can monitor and edit all the blogs on your system. You can have as many Blogs/Bloggers set up in the system as you wish. All with full comment integration.
We heard the cries and we now have a new text editor. The main issue that we were facing with the previous on is the usage on FireFox and Copy/Pasting from MS Word. The Paste From Word feature only worked in Internet Explorer. This meant when you copy and pasted from MS Word in FireFox, along came a nightmare of ridiculous code that only a Microsoft application could produce. Don’t get me wrong, I use MS Word, but the code still produced major, ongoing formatting problems for users.
After trying dozens of different WYSIWYG text editors, we finally chose an open source application. This was not just about cost. The previous text editor not open source and required a license to use. We wanted a simple, efficient and versatile application that would integrated well with our application.
So, all users should now keep this in mind when copy and pasting from MS Word. There is a new Icon in the Text Editor, it looks like a little “Broom” This will “Clean” the code that is pasted into the editor. You will first HIGHLIGHT ALL THE TEXT in the editor and then click the “Broom Icon” or “Clean HTML” Icon. The next screen will look like this below and give you several options (you can just leave the default check boxes as they are). Just click OK and you are done. This will clean up the text/html and you will see perfect results in both Internet Explorer and FireFox. Enjoy!
The time is at hand when Press Publisher goes from being a simple magazine publishing system to a unique and powerful tool that will allow magazine publishers to truly create a community and profit from their online publication.
We are only days away from the release of an integrated paid subscriber feature that works with PayPal. This will allow any of our users to allow for people to subscribe, for a fee, to their magazine. You can still keep the subscription free and still choose which articles will be public or subscriber only.
In addition, we have completed the article comments and will be inserting them in very soon. But with this addition, we will be adding multi-user blogs. What does this mean? It means you, the magazine publisher, can create unique users/bloggers who will each have and publish their own blog on your website. Each of your writers/bloggers will be able to log in, post to their blog, moderate their comments, and NOT have access to the rest of your magazine.
A note about comments. Visitors to your website will be able to see/read the comments on your website, but they will have to subscribe to add a new comment. There will always be a basic (free) subscription available so visitors can post comments. But there will also be an additional subscription (free or paid with a paypal subscription), if you choose for subscribers to have unique access to your subscriber ONLY content.
To further amplify these new additions, there will be additional blocks for recent comments and recent blog posts highlighted in the sidebar . . . a common feature seen on the largest mainstream online publications.
Next Up! Directories . . . Stay tuned for more details.
It has been a dream for longer than any of us can remember; integrated “paid” subscriptions. With the help of a new Press Publisher Partner, integrated paid membership management is only a couple of weeks away.
Yes, we have an optional upgrade for the “advanced subscriber system” available, but this is not a fully integrated component, but is instead, a third party add-on to the press publisher system. Let there be no doubt, the “advanced subscriber system” is a far more robust membership management system than what we are incorporating with this new add-on, with a slew of features that will only be available with this optional upgrade. However, it is a far more expensive and time consuming solution to implement.
Our new integrated subscriber/membership management system will integrate with PayPal to allow the magazine publishers on our shared network the option of offering paid subscriptions to their magazine. It will automate the process of setting your PayPal account info (your PayPal email address) and the subscription price of your online magazine. Our system will monitor whether the subscriber is active or not and allow access accordingly.
Each user will still have the option of individually defining Articles as Public or “subscriber only”, or not requiring payments for subscribing at all. This exciting add-on is just one of several that are coming your way. It is an exciting time for us, and we hope, for online publishers everywhere.
Like the shoemaker’s children, we’ve been doing our best to complete the redesign of our own, Press Publisher website, there never seems to be enough time. We have gone back and forth with designs and finally, at long last, we have released the new site. The original has served us well, but was not a feasible solution as our service and needs grow.
Next stop, tutorials. We’ve heard your cry and we are now working on detailed video tutorials of every aspect of the system. Between new template designs for the system and the tutorials, we have our hands full.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new design. Please drop us a note with any comments on the new design Hello@PressPublisher.com
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