Announcement: Part 1 of the NE1 Web Builder Upgrade Trilogy

NE1 Web BuilderThis announcement is for all of you who use the NE1 Web Builder which comes with all of OurChurch.Com’s web hosting packages.  If that’s not you, feel free to take a coffee break… or continue reading with envy… your call.

While you were lounging around at the beach sipping daiquiris (non alcoholic, I’m sure) all summer, our team was hard at work creating a trilogy of improvements to the NE1 Web Builder.  If it wasn’t already after midnight this is where I would insert a bad movie pun.  But since I’m short on functioning brain cells let me just say that over the next week, we will be rolling part 1, which includes 4 major improvements.

1) New Image Editor

Currently, if you go into the asset manager and click the “edit” (pencil-like) icon next to an image, it launches a basic image editor that enables you to resize, crop, and rotate images. We’re ditching that image editor and replacing it with an awesome image editor provided by pixlr.com. This image editor can do just about everything except bake brownies. Use it to add text, reduce red eye, adjust brightness and contrast, make your boss look like he’s posing in a fun house hall of mirrors, plus dozens of other filters and adjustments. The most commonly used features are intuitive to use and there are video tutorials for the more advanced features.

2) New Image Galleries

Big improvements are on the way for the image gallery as well. The new version will enable you to:

  • Arrange images in a gallery by simply dragging and dropping them where you want them
  • Set the size of the thumbnails
  • Set the number of images per page
  • Set the number of images per row
  • Hide comments

The Gallery module comes in the all Gold, Silver and Bronze hosting packages, so if you’ve got a Free or Starter package now, you’ll need to upgrade to get the new gallery.

3) User Access Manager

The User Access Manager is a completely new module that enables you set up multiple administrators for your website. Not only that, but it enables you to determine exactly which pages and modules each person can edit.

Want to give your senior pastor access to post to the blog but don’t want him to be able to change the site template? You got it! Want to give teachers the ability to update pages just for their classes? Your wish is our command! Want to set up a second administrator and give them access to everything so you can go on vacation ignore all calls from your boss? Done!

The User Access Manager is gold. Literally. It’s available exclusively in the Gold package.

NE1 help icon4) New Help Icons

As if that wasn’t enough to get you dancing a jig, you’ll soon notice “Help” icons next to the title of every NE1 Admin page. Click it, and it will magically take you to the help page for that admin function.

Rollout Schedule

The plan is to begin rolling out these improvements this morning (Friday) to NE1 sites in Gold, Silver, and Bronze hosting packages. If all goes well, Free and Starter packages sites should begin seeing these goodies by the middle of next week.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, give us a shout here on the blog or via our help desk.  We hope you’ll enjoy this epic adventure!

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

3 Responses to “Announcement: Part 1 of the NE1 Web Builder Upgrade Trilogy”

  1. A lot of benefits to these new features. Excited to see how they will help our partners (customers) reach their goals and dreams!

  2. I do not have all my blogs, only 10. i thought they were all archived. please let me know. thanks