Monthly Archives: December 2018

EBN UI changes on Settings page

We are introducing more changes to the UI. This time we have touched the Settings page. We felt that there is too much information on one page so our main goal was to divide those settings into more logical sections.

Now, instead of having just one “Settings” page, we have three pages:

  • Account Settings
  • Billing Settings
  • Blog Networks Settings

On Account Settings, you can update your personal information like email, full name, password and API Key. At the bottom, you also have credentials to the mailbox.

Billing Settings is where you can see on which plan you are currently on. You can also update your payment information, change subscription (upgrade or downgrade) and cancel your subscription.

We have also moved the Blog Networks Settings to its own page where you can add, update or remove Blog Networks.

Besides splitting the Settings page, we’ve also polished the design so that it is more consistent throughout the site.

WordPress 5.0 update

The WordPress 5.0 is the biggest release of the year. With the controversy surrounding this release, we’ve decided to disable our automatic update feature until all kinks have been resolved. You can still manually update the WordPress core, at your own convenience. 

What’s in the new version and will it affect EBN?

The WordPress 5.0 update will not affect how our users use EBN. We will still take care of security, regular daily backups, and your blogs’ uptime.

Like other releases, the 5.0 update packs minor bug fixes, changes, and improvements. But what’s stirring polar reactions from everyone is the biggest update – the Gutenberg Editor. This update is going to raise a lot of activities in the next few weeks as everyone learns to contend with the new editor.

With the Gutenberg update, it will most likely affect themes and plugins too which is why we highly recommend testing things first (can’t stress this enough) before pushing forward with the update.

Until the dust settles and we’re sure that our users will not wake up with broken blogs because of the update, we will keep the automatic feature disabled.

EBN UI changes on Blog List and Activity

A few days ago we’ve pushed some UI changes to the Easy Blog Networks app. The goal of these changes was to polish the existing interface and to remove elements which we feel aren’t needed. To avoid any unnecessary confusion, we will review those changes one by one and explain our thought process behind it.

Blog List Changes

Blog List changes

Let’s start with blog list view. We’ve moved the “Add New Blog” button from the blog list table in the main section to the left panel on the top. We’ve also made it bigger so it is more convenient to click on it. Below it, we’ve modified the look of the “Blog Usage” and “List Blogs” elements to match the updated look and feel.

The information is still mostly the same except for one minor thing – we hide filters that only have one option. For example: If you have all your blogs with correct DNS, then we will hide “By DNS” filter, but if you need to update the DNS for any of your blogs you will see the “By DNS” filter.

In the center of the page, we’ve swapped pagination and search because it feels more natural.

We’ve also polished those elements. In the blog list table, we’ve removed the “Network” and the “Added” columns. “Network” information is already available in the left panel via the List Blogs filters and “Added” information is not that important to be shown on the blog list page. You can find this information in the blog’s Info Page.

We’ve also removed the “Info” button in the last column of the blog list table because it had the same functionality as if you were to click on the domain link in the “Blog” column. So here we just removed duplicated functionality.

The last two minor changes were to the indexation and health icons in order to make the design more consistent.

Activity Changes

Activity changes

On the Activity page, there was only one minor modification. We’ve replaced the “Mark all as read” button at the bottom with the “x” mark in the top blue notification on the right. This feels more natural because you don’t have to scroll to the bottom in order to mark all notifications as read.

More changes will come in the next few weeks mainly to Blog View and Settings page. We will provide you with regular updates on our progress.

We hope you like the changes, and if you require any further information, feel free to contact us.