Gadget to show recently updated pages
users have no way of knowing which webpages have been recently updated - unless administrator manually creates a page informing them of updates.
Some kind of module/widget which can be inserted onto any page and which dynamically would show most recent updates.
1) ideally track which pages users has already seen.
2)What's the best way to show updates? Simplest idea: Top 10 mostrecently updated pages. For each page - show page name, date updatedand user who updated it (probably show this only to logged in members,not to the public)
Terry Holbrey commented
We would find that a great advantage on our site as we have over 80 activity groups within our community.
A great place for this feature to appear would be on the "greeting page" (that would be the page that a member is automatically sent to after signing in).
I would appreciate comments/feedback from others on this idea.
Moving to wishlist for now - need much more definition before we can plan development.
Connie Clem commented
Excellent idea. Love it - great for site and organization managers as well as general membership.
This makes sense, I will add this to our list of future enhancements.
It is pretty big though so it will be a while before we get to this one.
FYI - we plan soon to start publishing current top 50 requests to let people vote and contribute to them - so that we ensure our priorities are aligned with what clients actually need.
Another handy feature offered by our current website provider is a list of the most recently updated pages on the website. This helps frequent visitors to find the new stuff without having to pick and poke through a large site. Here are some suggestions on how WA could implement this:
Version 1: A simple list of 10 page links (number customizable when setting up the functional page) that have been recently updated. It should also list the date when that page was updated. Clicking on the page title would take the user to the top of that page. The list generator would need to be smart about what pages are listed; pages not accessible at the user's member level should not be listed.
Down the road options:
Check boxes to include sections on the functional page for most recent events, blog posts, discussion topics, etc. with the appropriate links.
Option to show the first few lines of text from the new pages (like Outlook's AutoPreview function).
A note that appears for users that have not logged on that additional pages may be listed once they log on/sign up. Valid only if this functional page is placed in a Public access area.
Add a "Track Updates" check box to the web page edit control dialog (just below the page name and the visible check box). Defaulted on, this determines if this particular page should be included in the Updated Page list. This way frequently updated pages and bulk updates can be manually excluded and not clog up the list.
It would be useful to visitors to be able to see which pages have been recently updated. We already have the information available to administrators. Perhaps we could have a widget which would list the most recently updated pages giving their title and the date/time of update.