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    I read the link you posted. First, I do have to say I appreciate the mea culpa. The fact that you guys are laying it on the line and letting us understand all the mistakes and blemishes is very refreshing. And while I know it is too late to turn back now, I hope the WA team has learned a valuable lesson. And that is, get the basic stuff right before trying to move in to all the fancy payment systems and financial modules. Most people use a hosted solution because they do not have a lot of money to build a ground up site nor do they have the technical know how. So although I am sure many of your clients are taking advantage of some of your more advanced features, my guess is that the majority are just trying to carve out a basic web site. Your model of trying to be all things to all people has landed you at jack of all trades, master of none.

    wchester commented  · 

    This is one of the more active topics I have seen on the boards. With so many people wanting this feature, why isn't WA giving it any attention? Like many other users have mentioned, we have all but abandoned our Forums because we cannot generate any traffic. Trying to tell everyone what forums are out there and how to subscribe is a real pain to the non-savvy user. Why not let the admins have control over their own site? With such short-sightedness as this, forcing users to restricted access pages when they login, and not being able to hide menu items without going through silly workarounds, we are looking for a new hosting solution. There are so many obvious areas that the admin should be able to control. In a time when the web is so wide open to easy access of content, WA is 10 years behind the time, lacking some of the most basic web site design 101 features. Too bad.

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    24 comments  ·  Wishlist » Members  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    I think you have it right. Each group has a separate setting for access rights. Some allow users to change their participation. Others are locked down by the admin.

    wchester commented  · 

    Um, what he said above. It's pretty self explanatory as to what the solution is. As far as over-dramatic, OK...I'll give you that. But if a function does not work as you advertise it, then I would say it is a fatal flaw. In your Help file on Groups you say, "This function gives you the ability to organize members into groups - such as 'Board of Directors', 'Volunteer Committee', etc.". So you make HOA groups like ours hopeful that you have built in functionality with us in mind. Then a few paragraphs later you write, "Here are the main ways you can set up Group participation control:...2) Member access: View only. In this case members will see their groups via their profile - but can not change it. This is the most common setup in our experience." What's the point of groups if people cannot join them? And on the flip side what's the point of restricting pages to group membership if everyone can opt in? If this is the most common setup then the former contradicts the latter in regards to usability.

    Like I said, this one should be self-explanatory.

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    208 comments  ·  Wishlist » Emails  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Sorry for the late update.

    The first step was finished and emails can now be carbon copied to contact’s alternative emails. To do so the contact fields which store the alternative emails must be explicitly marked on the email setting page.

    Unsubscribing will unsubscribe all alternative emails simultaneously because they all belong to the very same account. The person clicking “unsubscribe” is warned about this on the unsubscribe page.

    For now we paused the development of this feature. but not for good. :) So I’m changing this wish status back to “collecting comments”.

    Thank you everyone for a valuable feedback.

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    This would be a great addition. I echo the original post.

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    143 comments  ·  Wishlist » Events  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Even though it is not a direct implementation, I hope this could be helpful:

    We just launched integration with Integromat platform, which helps to build automated workflows. We also provide several templates for quick start, and one of them allows to copy google calendar events into WA events. So if you share a google calendar for events submission, then the scenario could copy submitted events into your Wild Apricot account.
    You can try this integration by this link https://www.integromat.com/en/integration/2275-copy-google-calendar-into-wild-apricot-events

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    So can anyone recommend any calendar services that will integrate nicely into WA (even though we moved to Wild Apricot to get away from the band-aided web site). We have tried Google calendars...not integrated enough. I have seen a few other suggestions on here but none have made the cut yet. Come on WA, this should be basic stuff.

    wchester commented  · 

    Regardless of the site type, HOA or not, I am still shocked that a simple calendar function is not available on WA. Makes me appreciate our current HOA host which I had been cursing up to this point. I think you ought to make it more clear in your summary literature that the event planning function does not allow for simple calendar entries. Or maybe I am the only person that made the assumption that if a detailed Event planning calendar function was included that by default a regular calendar was achievable. Call me crazy.

    Regardless, kudos for your quick response.

    wchester commented  · 

    After not being able to find an answer to my calendar question I just posted a new thread. Then I continued searching and found this thread. I think what Rhonda said above is right in line with what I am looking for. We are an HOA with the need to have several different calendars that show simple events or reminders without any need to set other parameters. For example, the Pool chairman should be able to easily go into the pool calendar and add swim team dates or pool party reminder on certain days. And the Tennis chair should be able to add simple entries to days on her calendar as well. The Events Calendar does not fit this bill. And the Monthly Calendar template is really just a static table with no features such as numbered days, scrolling from month to month or being able to change views to weekly, daily, monthly. Isn't a large part of WA's clientele HOAs and clubs? This feature seems like a no brainer and I am in disbelief that a simple calebdar is not built in. Am I missing something? This is easily a requirement for any HOA of decent size and is a deal breaker for us to use WA as our peremanent solution.

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    Trying to figure out the exact same thing. The point of the dynamic cascading menus is to be able to hide a very detailed site architecture in a compact method of navigation. If the site is going to statically display these child menu items on each page, what is the point of having dynamic menus?

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