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Feb
23

2.7.8 Updates

Author natatkinson    Category Development, Updates     Tags

The internet moves fast, and we are making updates right now to be ahead of the curve.

  • Videos that are uploaded will now be encoded as MP4 instead of Flash. The Flash format is essentially dead. We will also be converting all of the current videos in the system to mp4 as well. This will allow all your users (especially on mobile devices) to view videos without any extra headache.
  • HTTPS: all sites will soon be loading over secure https instead of unsecure http. The Internet is moving in this direction and we wanted to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Speed improvements: with the https upgrade, some other upgrades were necessary. The side effect is faster code! We already have the code-base optimized pretty well, but you will notice a small speed boost with the new updates!
  • Emojis: We’ve added some to the training log (spice up those logs)!
  • Comment Listing: There is now a listing of all comments made in the admin section so coaches can monitor more easily

Other than those changes, we will keep making progress on your requests and making you and your team’s experience the best we can! Thanks for using SteepleWeb!

Aug
24

2.7.7 Update

Author natatkinson    Category Development, Updates     Tags

2.7.7 Change Log (Requester shown in parenthesis)

Added:

  • Redshirt options for athlete class on roster (Augustana)
  • Custom ordering of banner images
  • Training Log Weekly Report: Can now view who hasn’t logged (Plainfield North)
  • Training Log: Show users other than Athletes (Highland Park, EIU)
  • Database: Search by class (Plainfield Central, Jones College Prep)
  • Training Log: Import entry from Nike+

Other:

  • New Report: Points. Excel export of points by Athlete/Meet (South Elgin)
  • Duplicate results managed by database
Sep
10

Update For Posting Meet Documents

Author natatkinson    Category Development     Tags

We’ve heard feedback from our coaches that sometimes posting meet documents is confusing, especially when it comes to know the privacy and where the documents will be posted. So we’ve revamped the interface for adding documents.

  1. On the old interface, there was a 2nd select box for “sub-type” when posting a meet document, we’ve removed that and put the options right in the type select.
  2. We’ve added a Visibility/Privacy option that makes it super simple to understand where your documents are posted
    1. Public (Anyone can access the document, and if you’re posting a meet document, it will be posted on any team SW site that has the meet on their schedule)
    2. Public-Limited (Only posted on your team’s SW site, but no login required to view the document)
    3. Private (Only posted on your team’s SW site, must login to see. Any user with an active account can access document)
  3. We removed the “Make Public” box

So we removed a few elements from the form and condensed it all down into the new Visibility/Privacy option. We think you’ll find this much less confusing.

Nov
11

2.7.2 Update

Author natatkinson    Category Development, Updates     Tags

An exciting update with some requested features, reports and better user experience.

You can now easily upload and insert images and files into the text-editor in the admin panel. This goes for news articles and custom pages and is available to our Silver & Gold clients. Many coaches have requested so we are happy to finally bring the functionality.

Also available for Silver & Gold clients is Mass Texting. This allows coaches to send a text message (SMS) to all their users right from the admin panel! Read more about it on our support site.

The Training Log gets two nice updates! First, Custom Mileage Boards allows coaches to create a leaderboard for a certain date range. This is great if coaches have a summer mileage challenge or something similar so everyone can see where they stack up instantly during the date range.

You can also export your custom mileage board (or choose a custom date range) to our new Team Mileage by Athlete Report (Excel download). Coach Derks of Plainfield, IL gave us his template to emulate, so we hope you like it.

And some other small updates include seed checking when making entries for meet registration. This will check entries made by coaches to ensure the mark they enter is within a reasonable range for the event. Meet hosts also have the option to require (or not require) seed marks.

Finally we’ve added some duplicate prevention in for athletes. So if you are adding athletes to your team, you might be prompted if we detect an athlete similar already in our system. This is to reduce athletes being added to the system multiple times.

Jun
27

Adding Your Requests (2.6.2)

Author natatkinson    Category Development, Updates     Tags

After getting your feedback this spring (and just a couple weeks ago on our coaches survey), we’ve made many updates you’ve asked for.

  • Meet Notes just for your team
  • Updated the prospective athlete form for high school
  • added a ‘notes’ field for each result. This is a 140 character field to add any comment about a result
  • Default distance of routes in the training log. This will auto populate your distance when adding an activity after selecting a route
  • Custom pages now have the option to be ‘private’ so only your logged-in users can view those pages.

We’ve also updated the text editor in the admin panel and training log which will hopefully provide a better experience. It is also a step in the direction of providing a more rich experience with the text editor and allowing users to easily insert images and other files.

Many of our coaches also liked the option of ‘mass texting’ – be able to send a text message to all their athletes from the admin panel. We’ve completed step 1 of this process: allowing your athletes to enter their phone number and cell phone provider and also opt-in to the texting. So if you’d like to utilize the mass texting when we finish implementing the feature you will need to make sure your athletes/users opt-in and provide their information. They can do this from their profile.

We enjoyed another season of working with all the coaches and we are preparing for cross country this fall. Please keep in touch and let us know what you’d like to see in our next update of SteepleWeb.

Nate, Brad, and Scot

Mar
27

Your March Update (2.6.0)

Author natatkinson    Category Development, Updates     Tags

Our latest SteepleWeb update (2.6.0) brings some consistency to results import, especially for our high school teams. When you import results from a high school meet, you will choose which teams match up to the team ID’s from the import file. From there if no athlete ID’s were imported, then the system does a automatic match based off name and team, but allows coaches to manually make changes. There were some minor bugs that were also fixed with importing imperial marks for field events and running events sometimes being marked as relays.

An “Excel Import” of results is now available – a highly requested feature. We have created an Excel template that we tried to make as simple as possible, but it’s also somewhat rigid in order to ensure that the data you are importing will go into the database correctly and match up correctly to each athlete. You can import results on a per meet basis and the sheet comes loaded with your rosters for your default year. Please give us some feedback on this – we expect your brutal honesty. :-)

Other than that, we improved meet registration by allowing you to type in email addresses of visiting coaches and have them receive an email that we’ve written for you that contains the step-by-step instructions for them to get their team registered for your meet. Additionally, over the past few weeks we’ve been improving the entire meet registration process as we’ve had more teams use it and we’ve received more feedback.

We also added an Excel export of your schedule from the admin panel and we plan to add an nice looking PDF export option as well. If it turns out nice, we’ll probably make these available from your schedule & results page for all your site visitors to access.

We continue to work to bring your requested features to life, such as registering for meets by event (as opposed to by athlete). We are also working on making steepleweb.com more alive with data. We plan to have team listings, results from your meets, and a searchable results database.

Nate, Brad, and Scot

Feb
5

2.5.9 Update

Author natatkinson    Category Development, Updates     Tags

Today we pushed out a rather small update, but track & field season is upon us, so we wanted to get these changes out quickly.

We’ve made some small improvements to all the tables in the admin panel – the page and any search terms you’ve used will be saved as you are working. So if you are returning to a long list of results, the page will pick up where you left-off.

Upon request we’ve added an option to have separate schedules for male/female (if your site is co-ed). We’ve also added an option to make your roster private – so users will have to be logged into your site before they can view your rosters.

Lastly we’ve made updates to meet registration to make it simpler and added options to choose between metric and english measurements for field event seeds.

Please continue to send us your feature requests and we will implement them. We will continue to strive to make SteepleWeb the best tool for your team.

Nate, Brad, Scot and Gaby

Jan
23

2.5.8 Update

Author natatkinson    Category Development, Updates     Tags

A lot of the work in our latest release (2.5.8) has been behind-the-scenes stuff and overall database management work. We’ve spent time going through our database and developing tools so we can merge duplicate meets/teams/athletes and keep the data organized and clean which will give teams a better experience when running reports.

Online meet registration also had a lot of features added to it and is easier than ever for you to host meets and allow team to register for your meets. It’s super easier for other SteepleWeb teams to register for your meets, and just as easy for non-SteepleWeb teams to register – check out our help section on meet registration.

We fixed an issue with the template logos (mostly affecting the Champaign template) defaulting back to the SteepleWeb logo and we made sure coaches/admins had the ability to to set results as Varsity, JV, and, Frosh. And you can now export your roster as a file for HyTek Meet Manager, so if you are hosting a meet with online meet registration, or if another team is hosting a meet and using HyTek (and no meet registration), you can save yourselves the time of entering your roster and just import it from your SteepleWeb site. Check out this quick video for an example.

We enjoyed seeing lots of you the ITCCCA Clinic earlier this month, and it was especially nice to put a face to a name after being in email contact with many of you but never actually meeting you. We also had quite a few teams join the SteepleWeb team – so we are excited to welcome them on-board!

We also have an intern working for us as a designer. Gaby is the newest addition to our crew and we are excited to see the awesome stuff she designs. Look forward to some new templates and a nice looking results database on steepleweb.com!

Nate, Brad, Scot, and Gaby

Nov
22

2.5.7: Integrating Social Media

Author natatkinson    Category Development, Updates     Tags

2.5.7 will be releasing shortly (you can always see what version you are running from the footer of your admin panel!), and it’s got some goodness for ya.

-The admin panel has some very minor changes, with some more ajax on form fields and athlete roster data all consolidated to the athlete edit page. We’ve brought back the “Sponsor” widget, which allows you to put a sponsor’s “advertisement” on the frontpage of your SteepleWeb site. This is a great way for teams to make some extra money and involve their sponsors.

We’ve integrated social media – both at the team and user level. At the team level, if your team has a Facebook Page, you can connect you SteepleWeb site with that page. So anytime you post a document/link, announcement or news article to your SteepleWeb site, a post can automatically be posted on your team’s Facebook Page. At the user end, your users can now connect to their Facebook and Twitter accounts and after adding a training log, they can have a summary post to their Twitter or Facebook feed.

User permissions have been changed once again, but this time with the utmost flexibility. You can now create your own user groups, and assign users to those groups. You can set permission for each group, but most teams should be fine with the built-in user groups provided by default with your SteepleWeb site.

For our Gold level teams, we’ve created some nice Excel team reports for athletes and meets. Having a report in the Excel format is great since most coaches are using Excel already for their own reporting.

Looking for some different features? You can always suggest new features on our support page!

Oct
13

2.5.6: Bringing Features Back

Author natatkinson    Category Development, Updates     Tags

Our latest update brings some features back from our beta days. The ‘Remember Me’ box should now be working – so you shouldn’t have to login as often anymore. Athlete names are now linked again in news articles to the athlete profiles.

We’ve added some shortcut keys (sometimes it’s the small things)! When you are on a news article, you can use your next and back arrow keys to move between news articles. Same on the meet pages, and in the training log. Give it a try, you’ll like it.

And before the cross country season is out, we’ve added a new results entry method in the admin panel. We pushed it out now so you’d have a chance to use it before the cross country season is done and we can get some feedback. Give it a shot, and let us know what you think!

Lastly, we’ve added a step to uploading banner images that will allow you to upload any size image and then you can crop the image how you wish, and it will automatically be resized in the correct ratio and size.

Hope your seasons are going well, good luck in the postseason!

Nate, Brad and Scot