USEv4 is Done!

I am very proud to announce the immediate availability of USEv4, the latest generation of sports clubs websites. This generation features a massive amount of enhancements and new features, lots and lots of which are below:

  • New design – Completely re-done layout with all the latest CSS trickery and web 2.0 graphics.Designed to focus your view on the content and yet have every option at your fingertips. Features collapsible menus, lots of fancy transitions and auto-completing forms
  • Facebook logins – Associate your account with facebook and use that to log in and out of the site. Your profile will then be read from facebook and notifications will be sent to your account! (pending a minor change)
  • New Gallery – Pictures now feature tagging and are organised into albums. There are also shared albums that anyone can create, edit and add to.
  • Improved editor – USEv4 integrates with the TinyMCE text editor so it’s easier to create more colourful messages
  • Improved squad selection – much-improved selection process
  • More efficient – All this extra functionality for very little extra downloads
  • Templating system – USEv4 uses the Smarty templating system, allowing different designs to be made easily
  • Many, many, many bug fixes….

Version 4.0 will be the last major revision (unless anyone wants to but it??? Anyone?) though there may be additions to it, and there will be bug fixes of course (if you find any, contact support@steel-software.com), but as I start my job on Monday, support will be limited until I get settled.

So, what does this mean for the clubs? Well, I’ll be sending out invoices in the next few days for this year’s upkeep and as soon as I receive payment you’ll be upgraded to v4.

For the average user, once your club has received v4, all you have to do is click the button that looks like this:
This will then ask you to log in to facebook, accept the application and then find your username in the list. If you’re not on the list then you can register from that page.

I’ve updated the security settings so that current committee members have access to everything they need.

I’d love to hear you comments on the site and any suggestions that you have. Any feedback is better than no feedback so leave a comment in this post or if you’re registered, post on the sheffieldhockey.com forums!

That’s all for now. I hope you all enjoy the website as much as I enjoyed making it

Steve AKA Girder

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Currently Eating: Home-cooked food!
Hours til I start my new job: 36

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Steve Workman

Steve Workman is the Head of Web Engineering at Yell. He is also an organiser for London Web Standards is an occasional public speaker, talking about web performance and web standards

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