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    3 comments  ·  Wishlist » Online payments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    @Oleg,

    Now that you are able to generate SSL certificates on the fly with Let's Encrypt, even custom domains can be SSL encrypted. This is a good step in the direction of allowing the payment process to occur under the domain of the customer, rather than a third party payments page.

    Removing the need to bounce to an outside domain name with wholly different branding is a good user experience boost, and also will allow tracking of goal completion in Google Analytics.

    It's a good thing, and I hope you will consider this for future improvements to optimizing the ecommerce experience in Wild Apricot.

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    I worked on a break down of the steps we usually follow when helping a customer migrate or get running on Wild Apricot. There are several major smaller projects to make the site come together. There are a few areas that can be automated in particular around defined a default set of custom fields and the standard look and feel/messaging on the home page and color schemes. It would be ideal to have a site look a bit more like your own once you get a trial going (including colors and logo).

    The attached breaks down the steps and our estimate time that the configuration takes, and I used "variable" for time when the scope of the task is quite variable.

    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    In my estimate, if you include a test phase, there are about 60+ discrete steps to properly setup a Wild Apricot account. This includes various data, website and configuration options. It is by no means trivial, but a simpler account setup, maybe from a set of "vertical" target segments would be a good idea.

    As you all know I have some thoughts on this.

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    2 comments  ·  Wishlist » Security / Privacy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    I'll add my vote to this request. When adding a custom domain to a Wild Apricot website, the assumption is the account is now being paid for and online payments are available. It is therefore surprising that SSL has to be requested and configured with extra steps, instead of it being the default. I'd like to see SSL be procured and installed as soon as a custom domain has been successfuly set as the default domain for as site. All traffic should be redirected to the custom domain as soon as the SSL certificate is installed. The current process of having to ask for one to be manually installed is just extra resources put upon WA support folks that really can be eliminated with some automation of the Let's Encrypt mechanism Wild Apricot is already using.

    The benefits are many:

    1. Sites are default SSL encrypted for all activities
    2. Sites are better prioritized by Google due to SSL being on by default
    3. Any private data shared on a Wild Apricot site is encrypted such as searches, comments and any form data that is submitted.
    4. In the future credit card transactions could be placed directly into the site rather than needing to go to a separate payments.wildapricot.com website, which can confuse users because they effectively leave the website where they started the transaction, a very non-standard behavior for most ecommerce websites.

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    @Bryan - Why not just subscribe to uservoice and link it into your site or embed it into a Wild Apricot page. That is what this service is

    uservoice.com

    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    I second this idea - need to be able to up and down vote comments on discussions and be able to float popular comments "higher" into the discussion tree. Sort of like this Wishlist forum actually :)

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    To be sure we have identified an approach that seems to work but it does require temporary downtime which is not always allowed or appropriate.

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    A few other notes on this -- one should allow a decimal point in the extra charge calculation to allow fractions. We use this field with a x 1.00 multiplier to collect donations as part of a membership. If you want to collect a 182.42 membership you can enter 182.42 into the extra charge calculation field but decimal points don't work so we need to run down and edit in the invoice system afterwards to add the remaining amount. This doesn't support the ongoing ability for the member to self-renew with the exact amount.

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    There is a potential issue with the way Wild Apricot currently delivers emails. It appears that the system is configured to "spoof" a sender address. When using a custom domain DKIM and SPF records are added to DNS for the custom domain but that does not always ensure successful email deliverability.

    What could be improved is if an undeliverable email can be optionally re-delivered through a functioning real mailbox (rather than spoofing). This has several pieces of added value:

    1. Emails will be delivered on behalf of a real mailbox that has storage space and hopefully good email profile. That mailbox must be configured under the custom domain name applied.

    2. Because emails are sent through the SMTP server of the mailbox email deliverability should increase.

    3. This could be an option to improve email deliverability as spam filters prefer real mailboxes as senders rather than the sender and from emails being different (as is the case now).

    Because some hosts do not want hundreds of emails sent through an SMTP server there may be some constraints here. Also there is an added cost for a higher level of email deliverability that may be desired.

    In concordance of this request maybe it should be possible deliver an undeliverable email through an alternate SMTP server that is configured optionally by the Wild Apricot admin.

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    It would be also nice to present documents in a "magazine" format like issuu.com does.

    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    This is a pretty nice implementation in jQuery -- I wonder if it can be made available in a File Browser gadget -- could be really useful. This code is GPL

    https://www.abeautifulsite.net/jquery-file-tree

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    11 comments  ·  Wishlist » Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    By the way I can see that with Integromat it may be possible now to push messages into slack based on a certain type of event that has occured in WIld Apricot.

    https://www.integromat.com/en/integrations/slack

    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    Dear Team Mobile,
    The ideal situation would be to use Wild Apricot credentials to automatically add yourself to a pre-configured Slack workspace. That way if

    1) you are not part of the workspace, you can automatically become part of one with 1 click from a link or button on the WIld Apricot website

    2) if you are already part of the workspace the link just takes you to the workspace, and logs you in if you need to login automatically

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    I would add a couple of more features for blogs.

    1) Have the ability to add an excerpt that would show in the recent blogs gadget (this should be an option). So the excerpt could be added for each blog separately from the content and whether it shows or not in the gadget for recent blogs

    2) Similarly show a featured image in the blog entry. Have the ability to set an optional featured image, and have the ability to show that image in the recent blogs gadget.

    A new blog gallery gadget could make use of the exceprts and images much better than a recent blogs gadget. The gallery could be a carousel or a grid like show of blog posts. Could be quite powerful way to feature content.

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    Alex Sirota commented  · 

    If you're going to support the ability to create a link field why not just go full route and support an HTML field which allows the embedding of a subset of HTML code like <a> <strong> <a href> some formatting and also <embed> tags. <img>

    This would enable you to put all sorts of content into the membership field and enable rich media to be available. This will also solve the issue of profile photos not being large enough since you can create a Photo album.

    I daresay putting a field like this in will actually let you design a more custom profile page without having to modify the underlying template in some cases.

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