Ellington 2.0 Feature Releases
Ellington Feature Releases¶
Below is a list of new features and enhancements Ellington is proud to have released.
Publishing: Export into InDesign¶
The Publishing Exporter is a Web-to-print integration tool built to export story content, certain inlines, photos, obits, events, and polls content from Ellington into InDesign.
Ellington’s Groups application allows users to create and maintain topic-based forums with other site users. Users can start groups for any topic, create posts for discussion, and also discuss posts from other public users.
NITF Import Logging¶
NITF Import Logging provids an easy to admin interface for troubleshooting failed story imports. Grouping each import into jobs, the new logging utility provides information about every file you attempt to uplaod.
Obituary Feature Enhancements¶
Obituary feature enhancements offer the ability to post multiple obituary types including: Obituary, Death Notice, and In Memoriam tributes. Each obituary object includes selections to identify Veterans, add service types like Funeral or Viewing, link the service to a place using Ellington Places model, post service times and dates, include images, and link to an external condolence page. Daily Obituary notifications, using the Ellington Alerts Application can be sent automatically to subscribers via text or email.
Single Thumb Vote or DownVote Options¶
In addition to an icon change on the current “Up-Vote” feature, sites will now have the ability to include a “Down-Vote” option. The down-vote feature can be activated by a settings change that needs to be completed by Ellington administration.
Mobile Browser Detection and Redirection¶
This application is set to detect if a user is using a mobile or tablet device when visiting your website, and redirect the user to the correct subdomain (your mobile or tablet subdomain). An iPhone or Android phone will be taken to the mobile site, an iPad can be redirected to a tablet site.
Moderation Queue & Flagging Tools¶
Ellington’s upgraded moderation feature makes it possible to evaluate user-generated content prior to it being viewed by the public. If a user has been marked as “moderated”, their content goes into a queue for approval before reaching the site. Likewise, if you wish to keep an eye on new users, you can send their first few comments into the queue for moderation.
UGC (user-generated content) Photos allow users to post photos within comments or blog entries and access their photos on their user profile. It will also be possible for staff members to select user photos for story inlines or create Photogalleries of user photos.
User Activity Stream & Notification Preferences¶
Site Users will be able to view an activity stream that details their actions and the action of their friends on the site via their user profile. They will also be able to customize email notifications of friends activities.
Ellington’s Debate application allows a newsroom to showcase a debate in a format that is easy to follow and permits the audience to vote on the pundits as they present their arguments.
Ellington’s Layouts application is a quick and dynamic tool for creating in depth topical pages. Utilizing drag and drop functionality content can be placed and arranged on a page in a matter of clicks.
Granular Permissions and Content Federation¶
This allows user permissions to become site-aware, meaning one single user could have permission to edit content and section fronts on one site, but only be able to contribute photographs to a second site. Implementing granular permissions still allows for an open database, where users can see content that goes to all sites on an installation, it simply restricts which objects can be added and edited based upon site. These site-aware permissions can be taken a step further using Content Federation, which allows you to isolate access to not only add and edit, but even see content between sites.
We have increased your arsenal against online spammers! We’ve added the option of implementing the spam monitoring tool Akismet, and also the option of adding Captcha’s to your comment forms.
Front End Versioning¶
Ellington’s story detail pages can now display previous versions of a story. This useful tool can be used in developing stories such as breaking news and sporting events.
HTML within Blogs¶
With the application of our new mogrify_html templatetag, staff members and staff blogs now have the capability to input raw HTML within a blog.
Threaded comments allow users to reply directly to an already posted comment, enhancing discussion on your site.
Enhanced Email Editions¶
Ellington’s e-mail editions have been updated to allow you to select the day and time e-mails will be sent as well as allow you to preview your email prior to sending.
Ellington’s Content Versioning functionality provides the ability to recover old or deleted versions of content via the Admin panel.
HTML5 Video Player¶
The Ellington video player delivers HTML5 video to desktop and mobile devices.
The Twitter widget is a simple way to return a list of recent tweets by a user or a list. All you need is the URL to the API endpoint so the widget can pull the data from Twitter and display it in your markup.
Elington is proud to announce our integration of oEmbed. This added functionality will automatically embed content from popular sites such as YouTube and Amazon.com into blogs, comments, reviews and answers.
Batch Photo Upload¶
Ellington now allows for the delivery of batch files of photos into our database via either FTP or WebDAV.
Multiple Blog Enhancements¶
Ellington’s handling of user accounts with multiple blogs has been updated for better usability.
The “send an alert” page (located at /admin/alerts/send/) has been modified to allow a different message to be sent to e-mail vs. SMS. There are now two text boxes, one for e-mail and one for SMS.
XML Sitemaps inform the major search engines what content on your site is available for indexing.
External Feed Infrastructure¶
External feeds allows for the inclusion of any type of external feed (RSS, ATOM, etc.) into a template. Click below for instructions and a template example.
The Answers Application¶
Answers is a user forum which allows users to discuss local topics like shopping and other selected Categories or Sets designated by the Administrator.