An improved process for completing competitions has been established. This system uses a layout similar to the Remote Judging Selection Page. This will be implemented over the coming days.
A three step wizard then takes you through the process:
- Choose Finalise or Publish
- Select the type of competition – Print or Digital
- Select the competitions to action
Accessing this new process is done using a single link on the Competition Management page called ‘Finalise and/or Publish Competitions’ .
This will replace the two Finalise and Publish options currently in place.
Follow this link to see screen shots of the process.
As always, your feedback and comments are appreciated.
As detailed in my last post, an improved remote judging process has been introduced.
One of the main aspects of this new system is the Remote Judges Home Page. On this page the judge is given access to the competitions to be judged. As with many pages on your website this page has the small MyPhotoClub logo in the top right, signifying that it may be updated at anytime and should not be edited by the club.
To place club specific information on the page a ‘text-block’ is provided. This is a bit like a page within a page. Several pages in the website have such a text-block. To edit the text block go to the WebMaster page and there is a link to Go to the Text Block area at the bottom of the page. The text blocks are named the same as the page they reside on. Simply edit them like a page or post.
Having a competition judged remotely (online) is a very important feature of the MyPhotoClub solution. The process of having a judge register, then follow a link to become a judge and then go back to the email each time to access a competition was pretty clunky so an improved process has been establishd.
The main points of the new system are:
- The judge does not need to register – you either select their existing account or create one for them.
- The judge is sent a generated email which contains a link to a Remote Judges Home page. The link automatically logs them on. You receive a copy of this message.
- This page contains links to all the comps you’ve selected for them to judge.
- Once the comp is finalised/published the link disappears from their home page.
- There are now next / previous buttons on the comments page to simplify moving from image to image.
Accessing this new process is done using the same link on the Competition Management page called Competitions judged remotely.
If you wish to test this go to Demonstration site > Competition Management> Competitions judged remotely. Use email@example.com as the judge, or create one with an address ending in @noemail.com
Below are screen shots of the email and home page.
A new system for displaying and commenting on images has been introduced. To access the galleries go to View Image Galleries under the For Members menu.
The new system uses the same commenting system used on posts and allows for comments to be edited. A notification is sent to the owner of the image when a comment is made.
All previous comments have been carried into the new system.
For Remotely judged EDI / Digital competitions, entrants will receive a message containing the judges comments when the results of the competition are published.
Click on the two images in this post to see what the new pages look like.
For clubs that have a grade structure, a number of changes have been implemented to improve the grading workflow.
Recap: When a new member joins they are placed in the NotGraded group. The new member welcome message points out that they need to load images into the grading form so for the club nominated grader(s) to assess. Under the Committee > Grading menu item, the Grader(s) can see the images loaded by the new member and set their grade.
The improvements put in place are:
- The member’s Grading page now has a list of the graders for the club. The member just needs to click on their email address and send them a message that they wish to be graded.
- Under the Committee menu there is now a single Grading page. This page has three options:
- Grading for new members
- Change the grading of a member
- Add or remove committee members to/from the Grader group. This group is displayed on the member
Please have a look at your club website and confirm that the correct graders are in place and adjust as needed. Also go to the members’ grading page and consider editing the text on the page to reflect your club’s grading process.
On your website you will see a new item on the far right of the menu. MyPhoto Clubs & Comps takes you to a page that lists all the websites that are on the MyPhotoClub network.
The aim of this page is to inform your members of the competitions available and re-inforce that their username and password works across any of these websites.
This page also has recent posts from all the active clubs and competitions, and points out how to register to receive these posts by email.
A responsive menu system has been added to make your website easier to navigate on a phone or tablet.
For these smaller screens the menu disappears, and a menu icon appears:
Tapping or clicking on the menu icon, reveals the menu. Tapping or clicking anywhere on the page closes it.
One of the major features of the MyPhotoClub system is the Image Gallery. WIthout the need to upload, sort or manage files by a committee person, each competition or event your club conducts has a gallery that contains all images uploaded during the entry process.
When a person registers on your website they are creating an account that enables them to login to any competition or club website hosted by the MyPhotoClub network. Their next step is to either join your club or enter your competition.
To prevent potential problems and frustrations if they later attempt to register a second time at another MyPhotoClub website, a ‘thank you for registering’ message is sent to the newly registered person, providing them with details on what registering has created for them and what the next steps are.
Here is a link to a sample message sent from a camera club.
Each clubs’ message can be edited to adjust their needs.
The Pay Membership Fees page has been refreshed to accommodate more payment methods. It is located in the yourname’s Details menu and allows a member to either record that they have paid their fees by one of the following options:
- Cash (the need to enter a code has been removed)
- Bank Transfer
- Part of group (family) payment.
- PayPal – in this case the fee is actually paid online.