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We're always working really hard to bring you new and exciting features to Eye on Spain. We also make plenty of mistakes so we want to use this blog to keep you up to date with what's new (and what's wrong) with EOS.

EOS SITE UPDATES Nº9
19 January 2015

Well, here we are just into the new year and with a new functinality update.

 

The first update is the "following" functionality. It have been improved and extended to blog posts, so not only can you follow thread comments and blog post comments, you can also follow bloggers/blogs.

For threads the only difference is graphic, it now looks like this and can be found at the top of the thread. Simply select ON/OFF

 

 

 

For Blogs you will find the same functionality at the end of the blog post  where you can follow the blog or the comments on a particular post. So there is now no excuse for missing a post from your favourite bloggers!

 

Secondly and well overdue is the "PREVIEW"  functionality for bloggers. Now you can preview your blog post before publishing live. This means you can get it looking perfect before anyone else sees it!  At the end of the "new post" screen you will now see that there is only a preview button. When you click on this it will take you to yout preview post. If you are happy, you can publish directly or schedule from that point. If not, select edit and continue editing. 

 

Lastly you have control over all your subscriptions via your Account Panel in "my account". There you will see "my subscriptions" enabling you to see and deactivate all your "follows" in one place:

 

 

If you have any questions or need some help just leave a message or pm the moderators.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 



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EOS Update : How to embed a photo into the text of your blog post
26 September 2014



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EOS SITE UPDATES Nº8
26 September 2014

Hi All!

Some of you may have noticed the new image tool / photo album functionality. We hope it will be much easier to manage your photos from now on and it should iron out problems we had in the past. Naturally there are a couple of new steps that need to be taken into consideration, please take note of the points in the diagram :

 

We have also published a long awaited post scheduler! So you do not have to write your posts all in one go now! You can save as you go or if you are going on holiday and won't be touching your blog for a while you can schedule posts to be published while you are away - see diagram : 

 

 

If you have any questions please leave a comment or PM  the moderators @

 eos_moderators

 

Thanks!

 

 

 



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EOS SITE UPDATES Nº7
23 October 2013

Hi

Yes we have been very busy working away on the site since our last update and although some of the updates may not be visible to the naked eye, they will certainly improve your experience on EOS. These are the latest updates :

 

1. New Spam detections systems: We have now added an even more complex spam detection system to the site to block spam content on forums,blog comments and their titles,article comments and their titles, thread titles etc This system will be permanently updated as spammers are always finding ways around the detection systems. If one does slip through the net, it should only slip through once and will then be blocked from that point onwards. If you are experiencing spam comments on your blog or view spam comments on any page from now on please feel free to send a PM to the moderators (eos_moderators) and they will block it. Hopefully we will catch them in time and you will be none the wiser :-)  Since launching the new system we have already blocked dozens of spam comments on blogs, threads and new threads so it seems to be working well. Any feedback is welcome. We have also launched the capability to block IP addresses so this should prevent spammers from returning under a different name, unless they find a new IP... but it will make life a bit harder for them :-)

2. Photo Management :  We have made a few improvements to the photo management system within the text editor, this will be more useful for the bloggers as they will be able to organise their photos and have the ability to move or delete them from their files when needed. But probably the most significant update is the ability to change the image name before saving the photo in its file. This will enable you to upload images from any device : ipad, smart phone etc which normally give each image the same title (image.jpg or unknown.jpg). The system does not let you duplicate images with the same name, which meant you had to upload images from your PC, modifying the image title before uploading otherwise the new image would have replaced the previous one with the same name. Now you can upload the image from any device and change it online, then save it or publish it directly. So you will now be able to do all your blogging from a tablet or any mobile device.

That's it for now, more on the way ! :-) 

Thanks

 

EOS TEAM



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EOS SITE UPDATES Nº6 - LIKE A BLOG POST
25 September 2013

The latest additions to the site are the following :

1- We have now added the possibility to "LIKE" a blog post.... If you dislike it just stop reading and read something else or leave a comment, but be polite at all times!  :-)

As many users do NOT use Facebook we have added our own functionality. So please, please make an effort to "click" on the LIKE button if you enjoyed the post, it really helps the bloggers and encourages them to write more. It will also help them identify what is enjoyed more by the readers. So if you appreciate the time and effort that the EOS BLOGGERS put into writing and above all value their content, please show them your support by "liking" their posts. We may use this information in conjunction with the "views" data and comments to establish a ranking of the most popular blogs on EOS in the very near future.

2 - The functionality of LIKES & DISLIKES has now been added to the Community forums as well.

 

Thanks....more on the way!



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EOS Site Update Nº5 - "LIKES & DISLIKES"
12 September 2013

 

         

Many of you have probably noticed this new functionality on the forums. Quite simply put it allows you to like or dislike a post. Once you have liked or disliked a post a link will appear saying : Liked by you (remove) so if you change your mind or make a mistake you can remove your opinion or alter it. This functionality is only available to EOS Members, readers who are not registered can not Like or Dislike a post. We hope this will also give the opprtunity to the thousands of EOS members who do not normally get involved in threads actively, an opportunity to share their opinon on the quality of the content posted. So if you feel a post was helpful or even funny please "like it" and if you think it was not very helpful please "dislike" it. All likes and dislikes are anonymous but we will be keeping a tally of the likes and dislikes per member as we "may" decide to tie the number "likes" in with the number of stars a member has beside his or her username in the post header. This way they would have more credibility as it wouldn't just depend on the number of posts someone has written but the quality of their posts would also influence their star rating. Hope you all like the functionality....as always there is more on the way...

Please give us your feedback and leave a comment.

Thanks

Eos Team



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Eos Site Update Nº4
03 September 2013

Hi all ! :)

These are the new updates to the site which have gone live. More changes and improvements are ont he way as we are constantly working to improve the site in all areas.

1. No HTML or emails are permitted in blog comments or name fields on blog comments. This will contribute to reducing spam comments.

2. It is now configurable who can comment on your blog/articles. When you activate a new blog or edit a blog you can choose if registered or non registered users can comment on your blog. If you choose registered users the comment procedure is much faster for the reader as they do not have to fill in the "captcha" texts and numbers. All comments then can be traced to a user so spam should be a thing of the past and if it does happen we can block the user. If they are not registered they will be invited to register, if they want to leave a comment. If you allow non registered users to comment, anyone can leave a comment. We are working on more features to control spam from this area too so your blogging experience will be the best possible.

3. People who now leave a comment have the option to select an email alert, which will let them know that the blogger or someone else has left a reply/comment on the same post they have. This will help improve traffic to the blogs and also facilitate the quick response to comments left by readers. This only works for registered users and any one who wishes to remove themselves from this alert at a later date can do so by clicking on the link in the email alert that they receive.

4. The problems with modifying your avatar and viewing it in "my profile" have been corrected and this functionality now works perfectly.

5. Bloggers/Users now have their own photo folder to store and edit their photos. You access this folder by selecting the image icon in the text editor and it will take you to your user folder where all your photos are stored and can be reused without uploading again. Now you only have access to your folder and not the multiple folders that were visible before. This makes it much more user friendly and easier to control.

That's it for now, more on the way :)



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EOS Site Update Nº3
25 July 2013

These are the latest updates to the site which have gone live today. If you were to experience any problems please let us know. There are many more improvements on the way which we will inform you about as and when they go live. Thanks!

1. There is now a drop down menu to select the correct forum category when you create a new thread. It is now not necessary to go to the Spain Discussions page to select the forum category. You can create a new thread in any forum and allocate the correct category before submitting the thread. 

2. We have upgraded the text editor as the previous one was becoming obsolete and this should solve many problems with text sizes/fonts/paragraphs etc apart from that it looks a lot better :)

Please let us know if you have any issues, there are a couple of issues with uploading images to blogs/threads which we are working on at the moment...

3. A warning triangle has now been added above the Message text box on the post pages in the Community Forums to remind members to adhere to Forum rules, before it only appeared on the general forum.

4. All posts by the Official EOS Blog will now appear with an orange title in the latest blogs list so that you can locate our posts more easily and keep up to date.

5. Articles are now available to users who are not logged in which will increase readership. If you wish to present an article for publishing please go to this page:

http://www.eyeonspain.com/submit-article.aspx

 

Thanks  more on the way...  :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 



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EOS Site Update Nº2
16 July 2013

 Here are a few more updates whihc have been made to the site, just a few from a long list of improvements still to come. Thanks for all your comments, all points will be taken into consideration and some are already on the way.

These are the recent updates :

1. Contact Us/FAQs link added to the second line of the top main menu bar.

  To facilitate contact with us and to find answers more easily, before it wasn't easily accessable so we added an extra link.

2. Warning Triangle above Message text box has been added to New Thread/Forum Reply pages to remind members to remain polite and adhere to Forum Rules when posting....hopefully it will work as a quick reminder before posting something inappropriate!! If someone does decide to ignore it don't be surprised if you are edited or the post is deleted. 

3.Captcha spam protection added for when users comment on Blogs or Articles.

This will avoid spam comments on blogs and posts whihc have been a problem in the past. Before, writing the Capital of Spain was the only hurdle for a spam comment....not very difficult really. So this should knock all spam comments on the head.

4.List this blog on My Profile tick box option under Edit/view blog settings.

You can choose whether to add or remove your blog from your EOS Profile and run your EOS Forum Profile separately to your blog user name. As some members would rather interact on the forum under their Nik and publish under their real name on the blog. This now allows you to do so. All you have to do is select or deselect the option in your Edit/View blog settings control panel.

These are just a few little improvements but there is some really great stuff coming shortly to improve threads, blogs and 

We'll keep you updated :)



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EOS Site Update Nº1
12 July 2013

 We have been working hard recently to make some improvements to the site and will be continuing to do so over the next month or so. The first improvement to be launched was a Blog Approval System for new blogs. This has been active for over a month or so and seems to have achieved its objective: filter out Spam Blogs. Any new blog now must be approved by us before going live on the site and must have at least one post for it to be approved. To date we have filtered numerous spam blogs and avoided them clogging up the latest blogs list, so sorry...no more posts on Canadian duck feather coats or the latest Japanese parts to tune your car!

Over the next month we will be launching new improvements and we will let you know as they go live.

 

Thanks

 

Eos Team



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