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What’s new in August 2018 (v1.13)

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Watch the webinar for a complete look at what's new:

Your new community portal is here: MyCity

MyCity is a premium module. Get in touch with us if you want to install it.

If you purchased our Local Directory module prior to this release, log a support ticket with us to start migrating to MyCity.

This release, we’ve introduced MyCity to help you create site content hand in hand with your community.

MyCity is a portal that you set up as a separate site to your primary one, and that anyone in your community can access. Your site visitors will create their own MyCity accounts and log in.

Once they’re logged in, you decide what tasks they can do: submit events, business pages, directory pages—or all of the above.

You control everything about your MyCity portal, from the tasks available to what workflows pages go through before they’re published. Your MyCity will be completely unique to your community.

See a demo, or check out the MyCity help topics for more information.

Add maps to any page of your site

In the My Area module, you could already show a map of things like events and waste collection. Now, you can create detailed maps that show anything you want, that you can use on any page of your site.

Some map ideas to inspire you

  • The location of all the events in a festival
  • Planned road closures
  • Zones that are affected by an emergency
  • Ward boundaries

A map showing a road closure. The closed road is marked in red.

See a demo, or visit the Maps help topics for more information.

More control over categories in My Area

In the My Area module, you’ve now got the flexibility to add multiple categories for the one content type by using map layers. For example, you might want to create two categories within Parks: one for parks, one for recreation. That way you can make each one visually distinct on the map. You can even hide a category if you need to.

A map with different categories filtered out.

See a demo, or check out the My Area help topics for more information.

Personalise your system email templates

You told us you wanted to be able to change the default text and styling of emails the system sends (for example, when content needs reviewing or has been deactivated). Now, you can.

You can change the subject, from name, from email and body text (More > Email Templates > System Email Templates). You can also choose a header colour, add your own logo, and pick a signature, all on a per-site basis (More > Site Management > choose site > Settings > Email).

A customized Point Russell email template.

Read more about how to manage emails sent by OpenCities

Extra fields on event pages

You’ve been asking to do more with the Events module, and we’ve heard you. Here’s what’s new:

  • No location needed—If your event doesn’t have a specific location, it’s not a problem. You can still publish the page.
  • Social media links—You can now add social media links to your event.
  • Image galleries—Now you can quickly create an image gallery within an event page, instead of linking the event to a separate image gallery page.

An event page that includes social media links, an image gallery, and no location.

See a demo, or visit the Events help topics for more information.

We hope you enjoy OpenCities 1.13!

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