Everything listed under: Features

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • New Feature: Enhanced Mobile Support for Photo Galleries

    Today, we're announcing another fantastic new feature on the Radium3 platform — enhanced mobile support for photo galleries. Viewing photo galleries on your mobile device or computer has never been better!

    What's New?

    Photo galleries and product detail pages now support an upgraded lightbox overlay experience. Not only are the images, captions, and image navigation elements properly aligned and optimized for mobile devices, but we also support the common mobile gesture of swiping between images. As an added bonus for desktop/laptop users, you can scroll or use the mousewheel to move between images as well.

    Enjoy the new features. There's much more to come!

  • New Feature: Improved Page Bar with Design Editor Access

    Today, we're making an update to the Radium3 Page Bar which includes one click access to the Design Editor from any page on your site. Check out the details below.

    The New Page Bar

    The Page Bar is the small toolbar which is visible at the top right of your browser when you're editing a web page with Radium3. The Page Bar has been around since we launched the new user interface a while back, but today we're giving it an update.

    First off, the tools have been reordered. On the far left you will now see the Add Page icon. To the right of that you'll see the name of the template the current page is using and the opportunity to change that template. To the right of that you'll see the Preview icon then the Customize icon (this is the new one, see more below). And finally, at the far right, you'll see the Page Settings icon.

    The New Customize Icon

    The new addition to the Page Bar is the Customize icon, which looks like a paint brush. Clicking this icon launches the Design Editor with the current page's template automatically loaded up. This is a big shortcut that saves several clicks in the process of accessing the Design Editor from your pages.

    The Page Bar's Customize tool also shows up on dynamic pages like blog posts, calendar events, and product detail screens. For these pages, the Customize tool will launch the Design Editor and load up the template that is used to display the detail content for these dynamic pages. Please note that on dynamic pages, the Page Bar contains less options — only Preview and Customize are included at this time.

  • New Feature: More Ways to Display Product Options

    Radium3's built-in store functionality got a new feature today — new, improved ways to display your product options.

    Previously, all product options were combined into a single dropdown list on a product's detail page. So, if you had a shirt that came in three colors and each color had four sizes, customers had to select from a single dropdown menu displaying every possible variant of that product.


    New: choose from three display options on the product settings screen.

    Now, you have a choice in how to display your product options. You can set each product to display its options in one of the following ways:

    1. Single Dropdown List
    2. Multiple Dropdown Lists
    3. Radio Buttons

    Method #1 leaves things just like they've always been. In fact, all products that existed before the upgrade have retained this setting. So, nothing will change on your products unless you specifically choose to change them. Here's a look at a product using method #1 to display its options.


    Options displayed as a single dropdown (current method).

    Method #2 creates a separate dropdown list for each product option. The customer can then combine the options to specify the variant they are looking for. In this scenario, it may be possible for a customer to create a combination of options that doesn't actually exist or that is out of stock. If they do this, the "add to cart" button will disable and will change to say "unavailable." Here's a look at method #2.


    Options displayed as multiple dropdowns.

    Method #3 is just like Method #1, except instead of displaying the variants in a dropdown list, the system displays them as radio buttons. For shorter lists of options, this might be preferable so the customer can see all of the options at once.


    Options displayed as radio buttons.

    Ready to Go Inside Your Radium3 Account

    This new feature is already live on your Radium3 website. To see it, simply edit any product on your site and look just below the variant box for the "Display Style" setting. Again, no action is necessary if you want to leave things the way they've always been. This upgrade simply gives you additional options for displaying your products.

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