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by Steve Testone on July 23rd, 2014

You may have already noticed that today we launched a huge update to SnapPages. We've spent the last year watching people use our product and listening to feedback from both our users and various reviews we've recieved. Over this period of time, one thing became very clear: SnapPages is very easy to use, but the whole "apps" thing was confusing first-time users a bit. As a result, in our ongoing quest to make SnapPages the best it can be, we are introducing the new and improved dashboard!
The main goal behind this update was to simplify and streamline the whole process. We've integrated all the core functionality of SnapPages into one easy to use dashboard. What this means is that there is no longer separate Pages, Themes, or Blog apps. All of their functionality has been grouped together into the new dashboard. The apps that we deemed "secondary" are still available in their current "app" state. You can find them in the dashboard in the section appropriately titled "Apps".

Although this is a major change, (if you've used SnapPages before) you should feel right at home. The Themes section of the dashboard is almost identical to the orignal Themes app, and the Blog section has mainly recieved a fresh coat of paint, but functionally works the same as it did in the blog app. The biggest difference is the Pages section of the dashboard. 

Pages

All of the functionality of the Pages is still in the dashboard, but the interface is completely different. We've removed the preview pane, because we found that it greatly slowed down the overall editing experience and it seemed to confuse new users. We've also added the ability to edit page settings right from the dashboard instead of needing to open the page in the editor to do this.

Blog

As mentioned earlier, most of the functionality of the blog app is the same, but we've updated the UI to be much cleaner and more efficient. It's also a lot friendlier to tablet users, as we've done away with many of the "mouse over" interactions. So tap away!

There is one new feature in the Blog settings that a lot of our active bloggers are going to love, and that's the new integrations with the Disqus commenting platform. We found that our commenting system works great for most users, but for those that have a large number of comments, it becomes more difficult to moderate. You can now use the more advanced Disqus platform with your blog posts to solve this problem.

More to come...

A big reason that we are driving this update is to pave the way for some awesome new things that we will be announcing shortly... be sure to stay tuned for more!


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6 Comments

Pam Auble - July 23rd, 2014 at 8:03 PM
I like the new look! Is there any way to modify the view so I can see it in list view again?
Steve - July 23rd, 2014 at 9:59 PM
There isn't currently a list view option, but it's a great suggestion. We'll see if it makes sense to add it in a later update. Thanks for the feedback, keep it coming!
Pam - July 26th, 2014 at 12:45 AM
Thanks! I'm a left-brain person, so the picture layout is harder for me to use. :)
Michael Harr - July 23rd, 2014 at 9:56 PM
Totally dig it! Nice work:-)
Philip - July 30th, 2014 at 8:31 PM
Sorry Steve but I don't like it. We have over 100 pages and the large graphic blocks are far more difficult to navigate than the previous left columnar names list. Couldn't we have a choice to view at least smaller picture blocks say, something similar to windows explorer display options?
Javier - August 4th, 2014 at 3:01 PM
I liked better the other orientation. Even for indentation purposes I think works better. Agree with Philip suggestions.
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