• New Magic Drop Technology

    Everyone loves magic, and we've got a new trick of our own to share with you today. We're calling it Magic Drop Technology and it's live and running on your Radium3 website right now.

    Drop Files. Save a Bunch of Steps. It's Magic!

    Magic Drop allows you to drag files from your computer and drop them directly into any region on your Radium3 website. Radium3 creates the appropriate elements and adds your dropped content to it, saving you a whole bunch of steps in the process. Currently, Magic Drop works with image files and zip files containing image files. Magic Drop will be expanded to support additional file types and additional elements in the future.

    Drop a single image file and Radium3 will create a new Image Element containing that image. Drop multiple image files and Radium3 will create multiple Image Elements, one for each image. Drop a zip file containing multiple images and Radium3 will create a single Image Element as a gallery with multiple images.

    This is just the beginning for Magic Drop technology. Stay tuned for updates on its development. For now, give it a try. We think you're going to love the magic!

  • Upcoming Database Server Upgrades

    We're always hard at work to keep Radium3 at the top of its game. We roll out upgrades and improvements to the system on a near-daily basis, the vast majority of which go unnoticed behind the scenes. But occasionally, we need to make a change that requires a service disruption. When that happens, we do everything we can to minimize the impact of the change and give you a heads up so you know what's coming. One such upgrade is coming up this weekend as we make some huge improvements to our database servers. Take a look at the details below.

    A Giant Leap for Our Database Servers

    We'll be completely replacing all our database servers this weekend with brand new machines. This improvement in hardware and software is huge and will continue to keep Radium3's infrastructure well ahead of the fast-growing demand on our resources. This type of operation can be quite invasive, but our team has been planning and testing for this event in order to create a process that will minimize service disruption as much as possible.

    We will begin this upgrade at 12:01am CDT (GMT-5) Monday morning, October 15, 2012. We anticipate a maintenance window of approximately 30 minutes, but we encourage you to plan for at least an hour. Our team will keep you updated throughout the upgrade process via our system status page

    We do not anticipate any downtime for public-facing websites during the upgrade process. Visitors to your websites should be able to view them without interruption. However, you will be unable to login to your websites during the upgrade window. If you are logged into your website when the upgrade begins, you will be logged out and any unsaved changes will be lost. Additionally, website visitors who attempt to post comments or complete forms on your website may experience errors during the upgrade window. We apologize for this inconvenience.

    Thank you for your understanding and your continued support of Radium3. We look forward to continuing to serve as your website partner.

  • New! Disqus Comments Integration

    Another big boost for the Radium3 blog element went live today. We've added built-in integration with Disqus, the world's leading commenting and discussion platform. Simply check a box on your Radium3 blog element settings, enter your Disqus ID and Radium3 will replace its built-in commenting system with the Disqus system. Disqus plugs into your Radium3 website seamlessly. Users never leave your website when they interact with your blog posts via Disqus.

    When using Disqus comments, you'll get access to Disqus's full set of features, including:

    • Real-Time Discussion.
    • Threaded Comments.
    • Social Sign On.
    • Integrated Moderation.
    • Moderation Dashboard.
    • User Analysis and History.
    • Spam Control.
    • Word Filtering.
    • and more...

    Using Disqus comments will require you to set up a free Disqus account. For full details on setting up this new feature, see our support article regarding Disqus comments.

  • New Mobile-Friendly Design: Slate

    We're excited to bring another fantastic, mobile-friendly, responsive design to the Radium3 platform. Slate is our newest addition and it's available at no cost inside your Radium3 account. Check out images and more details below.

    Slate is a beautifully intuitive template created over months of planning and design, with each element of the CMS handcrafted in its display. Slate features some stunning extras such as a highly-polished sidebar region on its homepage which can be used to create a sophisticated display of recent blog posts, upcoming calendar events, and more. As with all of our recent designs, Slate offers a fully responsive display that adapts to fit beautifully in browsers of any width, whether on desktop computers, tablets, or smartphones. 

    We are sure that businesses, churches, and organizations of all types will find Slate a simple and smart tool for creating a refined website. To check it out, log in to your website and click "Design" on the top toolbar. Then click "Gallery" and look for Slate in the list of featured designs. It only takes a click to preview the design, apply it to your website, or even download the source code to modify on your own. Plus, as always, you can customize the design in the Radium3 Design Editor as well.

  • Powerful Image Editing and Effects

    We've got an amazing new addition that we know you're going to love. Introducing powerful new image editing and effects built right into the Radium3 Image Element. Check out the details below.

    If you haven't checked out the new Image Element yet, you might want to review this post which includes our Image Element video. It's an amazing new element that makes it incredibly easy to drag and drop high resolution images that get displayed at the right size every time.

    Today's release enhances the Image Element, giving you the ability to edit your images and apply brilliant effects, filters and more right inside the Radium3 platform. You can use these powerful tools on any image uploaded to the Image Element, including single images, photo galleries, and slideshows.

    To access the image editing tools, log into your site then locate an existing Image Element or create a new one. Select "Add or Edit Images" from the Image Element's menu and you'll see thumbnails of all the images currently stored in that Image Element. Clicking a thumbnail will load the image editing tools for that image (you can also click the "edit" link below the thumbnail). 

    Once loaded, you can use the vast collection of image editing tools to make your changes. You can crop, adjust, resize, apply filters, color correct, and much more. All of your changes will be previewed live for you right in the interface. You can undo and redo changes as long as you are working inside the image editing interface. When ready, click the "Save" button to process your changes. Once you save the image, your original image file will be replaced with the modified version and your new, edited image will appear in the Image Element.


    Advanced effects and filters are just a few of the many available image editing tools.

    Please note the image settings that used to be accessed via the "edit" link (captions, descriptions, links ... etc.) can now be accessed via the small information icon at the lower right of each thumbnail. Of course, you can still reorder your images by simply clicking and dragging any thumbnail to a new location.

    We're very excited to bring you this incredible upgrade. It's already up and running inside your Radium3 account at no additional cost. If you haven't tried out the new Image Element yet, I highly recommend you take some time to discover all it has to offer. Uploading, managing, editing and displaying brilliant images and galleries on your site has never been easier. We look forward to seeing all the ways you make use of the new Image Element.

  • New Responsive Designs and More

    This week, we're adding two new mobile-friendly, responsive designs to the Radium3 platform plus a nice little feature on the Radium3 store. Check out the designs and the details below.

    Two New Designs

    Spread and Vanity are the names of two new designs now available inside your Radium3 account (see screenshots above). To access them, log into your Radium3 website and click "Design" in the top toolbar. Then, click on the "Gallery" link to view all available designs. From there, you can apply these designs to your website and even customize them with our design editor.

    These new designs are fully responsive and will automatically adjust to look great on screens of any size, from smartphones to tablets to retina monitors.

    Per-Variant Handling Fees

    We've also added a new feature in the Radium3 store. You can now specify handling charges for your products at the variant level, so that each variant can have a unique handling fee. Handling fees are bundled into the shipping charges that the customer sees. Customers don't see how much of their shipping charge is made up of handling fees.

    Enjoy the new designs and features. We've got much more on the way so stay tuned!

  • The New Image Element

    Properly displaying images on your website can be a challenge. Radium3 has worked hard to make this task as simple as possible. But with websites being viewed on mobile phones and other devices, including high-resolution retina displays, the challenge becomes even greater. We're up to the task, though, and today we're announcing a new element that puts Radium3 customers even further ahead of the curve. It's the new Image Element. Take a look at the video and read more about it below.

    AdaptiveImage Technology: The Right Size Every Time

    Simply drop your high-resolution image into the new Image Element and Radium3 will display it at the optimal size for its placement on your site. Not only that, but Radium3 will also detect if the user has a retina display and, if so, will upgrade the resolution accordingly. Drag the Image Element to a new region and its size is automatically updated. The Image Element even accommodates responsive design, resizing the image dynamically for browsers at any width on any device, including mobile phones.


    The new image element with a single image automatically output at optimal dimensions

    The Image Element's AdaptiveImage technology is very advanced with a lot of things happening behind the scenes. We won't go into all the details here, but suffice it to say that this technology ensures fast, accurate loading on small screens such as those found on smartphones, while still accommodating the needs of even the highest-resolution monitors. It all happens for you automatically. You can simply upload a single image and we'll take care of the rest.

    You can disable our AdaptiveImage technology by changing the element's settings. Doing so will cause the Image Element to output the image file exactly as it was uploaded in all cases. Of course, it is enabled by default and we recommend you leave it that way for best results.

    Drag and Drop Right Onto Your Page

    Another big upgrade with the Image Element is the ability to drag and drop one or more images right onto your page. Whenever you add an Image Element, you'll see a drop zone which invites you to drag in your images. The drag and drop functionality is available for all browsers that support it, which is most all modern browsers except for Internet Explorer. 

    Of course, you can also simply click the drop zone to upload through a file system as well. Uploading this way has been improved to allow the selection of multiple images in most browsers by using cmd+click (ctrl+click in Windows).

    Single Image or Photo Gallery

    The new Image Element will be replacing our existing Photo Gallery Element, and it will include all of the current Photo Gallery functionality. Uploading a single image will cause the Image Element to function as described above. Uploading multiple images will automatically convert it to Photo Gallery mode. If needed, you can force a single image to behave as a Photo Gallery by checking the "Force Photo Gallery" box on the advanced tab of the element's settings.

    When we launch the Image Element, all existing Photo Galleries will be automatically converted to Image Elements and will continue to function exactly as they have been functioning.

    Launch Details

    The Image Element is scheduled to launch next Thursday, August 23, 2012. We wanted to give you advanced notice so you would be prepared for the change. We look forward to bringing you the new Image Element. Please let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

  • Four New Mobile-Friendly Designs

    We've added several brand-new designs to the Radium3 platform over the past couple of weeks. These designs are not only beautiful to look at, but they also utilize responsive design techniques, meaning they are created to work well on any device including desktops, laptops, iPhones, iPads, and other tablets or mobile phones.

    As with all of our included designs, these responsive designs are free to use on the Radium3 platform. Simply visit the Design Center by clicking "Design" on the Radium3 toolbar. Then click on "Gallery" to access all of our included designs. Look for these four new designs, called Haus, Great-Air, Great-Goods, and Great-Scape. You can apply them to your website with a click!

    We hope you enjoy these new mobile-friendly designs. We've got several more designs scheduled to roll out in the coming months so stay tuned!

  • New Features: Hotkeys, Open Graph

    Over the last few days, we've rolled out a couple of new features on the Radium3 platform. Check out all the details below.

    The ESC Hotkey

    Radium3's first Hotkey went live last week. The ESC key can now be pressed when visiting any Radium3 site to accomplish the following:

    • If you are not logged into your website, pressing ESC will take you to the login page and, once logged in, it will redirect you to the page you were previously viewing. This is the fastest way to get from viewing to editing a particular page on your site.
    • If you are already logged in, the ESC key will toggle between preview mode and edit mode.
    • If you are logged in and viewing a settings screen, the ESC key will cancel and take you back to the page you were previously viewing.

    Facebook Open Graph Integration

    Radium3 websites now provides automatic integration with Facebook's Open Graph. If you're wondering, "What is Facebook Open Graph Integration?" just know that it helps make your web pages look better when people like them or share them on Facebook.

    This new feature also makes it possible for you to control which image is used by Facebook when you or others share a link to your page. Here are a couple of points to keep in mind:

    • If you upload a website logo on the website settings screen, that logo will be used as the default image on your home page and as one of the Open Graph images on all pages of your site.
    • The first image in the first element of your main region will be used as the default image on all pages of your site.
    • If you don't want to mess with any of this, don't worry! We'll do our best to pick the best images for Facebook to use automatically.

    We hope you enjoy all the new features. There's much more to come so stay tuned!

  • New Feature: Blog Pingbacks

    We've got another great new feature to tell you about. Blog Pingbacks launched this morning on the Radium3 platform. Existing blog elements will have Pingbacks disabled by default so if you want to use them, you'll need to manually enable them (more on this below). Moving forward, any new blog elements added will have Pingbacks enabled by default. Check out all the details below.

    What Are Pingbacks?

    Not to be confused with "Pings" (which we rolled out a few weeks ago), Pingbacks allow a blog to automatically link back to any blog that links to it. Here's a simple overview of how it works.

    You publish a post on Blog A and in that post you include a link to a post on Blog B. Blog A pings Blog B to let it know about your link. Blog B automatically responds to the ping, usually by publishing a comment on its own post containing an excerpt from and a link back to the post you published on Blog A. Through this method, blogs can sort of pat each other on the back and say "Hey, thanks for the link and here's a link back to you," in an automated way. It also allows a post's comment thread to bring thoughts from outside articles into the discussion.

    Of course, for this to work, both blogs have to support Pingbacks. Radium3 now supports sending and receiving Pingbacks and will interact with any other Pingback-supporting blogs.

    How to Enable or Disable Pingbacks

    There are three new settings related to Pingbacks in the Radium3 platform. Here's a look at them:

    Under Blog Settings -> Basic Tab -> Comments Section  you will now find the "Prevent incoming pingbacks" setting (see below). Checking this box will prevent your blog element from responding to any incoming Pingback requests from other blogs. This means your blog won't automatically create comments linking back to other blogs when it detects incoming links from other blogs.

    Under Blog Settings -> Advanced Tab -> Pings Section you will now find the "Prevent pingback requests to urls referenced in blog posts" setting (see below). Checking this box will prevent your blog from sending pings to outside blogs you link to in your posts, thereby preventing those blogs from automatically linking back to you.

    Under Blog Post Settings -> Advanced Tab -> Comments section you will find the "Lock pingbacks to this post from now on" setting (see below). This allows you to override the blog-wide settings at the post level and prevent an individual blog post from responding to incoming Pingback requests.

    Enabled by Default on New Blogs

    The Pingback features went live this morning and all new blog elements created from this point forward will have Pingbacks automatically enabled (meaning all checkboxes described above will be unchecked by default). However, in order to prevent any unwanted changes to your existing blogs, we have disabled Pingbacks on any blog elements that were set up prior to this morning's release. If you wish to enable them, you will need to uncheck the boxes described above on the settings for your blog elements. You'll only need to change the blog-wide settings (the first two above) as we have only disabled Pingbacks at the blog level and not the blog post level.

    Treated as Comments

    If you enable your Radium3 blogs to respond to incoming Pingbacks, Radium3 will generate comments for any Pingback requests it receives. These comments will be treated as any other comment would be. They will be subject to the comment moderation settings you have enabled and you will receive email notification about them (if you have notifications enabled for comments). Also, you can moderate and delete Pingbacks just as you would any other comment.

    Enjoy!

    We hope you enjoy the new blog Pingback features. Look for more features in the weeks to come!

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