Peter McCormick

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About Peter McCormick

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  1. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Financial/statistical data reporting   

    I posted these suggestions early in 2013 but thought I'd bring them up to the top of the pile again, as this is critical for anyone trying to run a business using Nexus. 
     
    Feature requests for 4.0:
     
    We need the ability to  generate tabular reports  of new signup and renewal revenue, # of new signups and renewals, # non-renewals, renewals coming up -- all by time period, giving the sum total in units and money, and exportable to .xls, .csv, etc.
     
    We receive payments by check from some customers so have a separate payment gateway set up for that.  These are not considered "transactions" so are not included in the limited reporting available now.
     
    We also need the ability to  search members and Nexus customers/transactions   by multiple criteria  (customer type, location, membership status, etc) and then generate reports, send bulk email, etc to each found set.
     
    it would also be valuable to be able to set up  historical reports  of total membership levels, income, non-renewals etc so these can be tracked over time.
     
    While I'm at it, it would be helpful to be able to  pre-date future invoices  for advertising, etc, i.e. if an account is to be billed quarterly, then be able to set them up in advance and have them go out automatically on the specified invoice date.
     
    Since I'm on a roll here, how about the ability to  tag invoices for advertising commission sales  (we do have commissioned salespeople) so we can run a monthly report on advertising invoices paid that month that are subject to commission, and then tabulate commission at x% rates.
     
    I'm sure there's more, but that's enough for now.  I would appreciate any advance knowledge of to what extent these are addressed in 4.0.
     
    Thanks.
     
  2. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Newsletters   

    False alarm. Turns out it was a skin selection thing.  You can go ahead and delete this.
     
    Thx.
     
  3. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Newsletters   

    I've been using Newsletters regularly (and successfully) for a couple years now, but I've recently encountered a problem.  
     
    We upgraded to a new server and skin set and now the HTML preview has no content other than the header and footer. Even the manual content blocks are empty. The plain text preview is OK.
     
    I checked the skin_newsletter templates and all are as before.
     
    Another weird thing is that every time I edit the newsletter header and/or footer HTML content, a line break is added.  Save it four times and four line breaks are there.
     
    If I use "inspect element" to check the HTML preview in Google Chrome, there are several lines of <!-- isHtml:1 --> and <!--no data in this master skin-->
     
    Any suggestions?
     
    Thanks.
     
  4. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Is Twitter eating away at your forum traffic?   

     
    Don't know exactly; it's an anecdotal feeling. But I see some individuals who were more active on our Forum in the past now tweeting away, even at the expense of their own blogs.  Some have posted on their blogs that they have intentionally migrated to Twitter for ease, convenience, etc., so I have a sense the same applies to the Forum.
     
    Some on the Forum have questioned whether that platform is becoming obsolete, i.e. not catering to the "7-second attention span" that seems to be prevailing, particularly among the younger set.  Admittedly it's a three- or four-step process to get into the Forum, and it's not the most conducive to use on a phone.
     
    We are starting to promote our Forum advertising-wise, along the lines of "For serious answers to serious questions..." or "When 140 characters just doesn't do it...".
  5. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Is Twitter eating away at your forum traffic?   

     
    We're a paid membership site with plenty of content, so the rub with Twitter is more a matter of perception among prospective members/forum participants... although we are seeing some current members cave in to the short attention span syndrome and move some of their activity to Twitter.
  6. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Is Twitter eating away at your forum traffic?   

    Wondering how many of you are finding your forum traffic slowly (or not) eroding due to Twitter and other social media.
     
    We're not at crisis stage but the trend is there.  While Twitter is fine for what it is, there's certainly not the in-depth exchange, conversation, camaraderie that comes with a forum.
     
    Anyone have any ideas -- tech, marketing, promo, other -- for stemming the tide?
  7. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Multiple ACP windows/tabs?   

    Seems like a simple thing but it has bugged me for a long time:  the (seeming) inability to keep two ACP tabs or windows open at once to toggle between them, as when copying settings for a new content db, page, etc.  Opening a second tab logs you out from the first.
     
    Am I missing something, or is there a workaround?
  8. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Newsletters   

     
    The issue resolved itself today.  No idea why it misbehaved yesterday (and I tested it five or six different times).  Sorry to bother.
  9. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Newsletters   

    I have three newsletters set up, one drawing from Forum content, one from Calendar and the other from various Content databases.  They have been working fine for several months.
     
    As of this morning, when 'Previewing as HTML', the header and footer appear normally but there is no content in between .  "Previewing as Plain Text" works properly.
     
    We upgraded to 3.4.4 last week.  I have recached the skins, etc.
     
    Any ideas?
  10. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Export Member's Emails   

    It would be very helpful if we were allowed to select multiple member groups using CTRL/Click rather than only one group or all.
  11. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Renewal reports   

     
    Reporting in Nexus is seriously deficient on all fronts for anyone considering using this to run a business.  Unfortunately I was remiss in investigating reporting capabilities before jumping in whole hog with Nexus and Content in addition to IP.Board, so now I'm left guessing.
     
    We need the ability to generate tabular reports of new signup and renewal revenue, # of new signups and renewals, # non-renewals, renewals coming up -- all by time period, giving the sum total in units and money, and exportable to .xls, .csv, etc.
     
    We receive payments by check from some customers so have a separate payment gateway set up for that.  These are not considered "transactions" so are not included in the limited reporting available now.
     
    We also need the ability to search members and Nexus customers/transactions by multiple criteria (customer type, location, membership status, etc) and then generate reports, send bulk email, etc to each found set.
     
    it would also be valuable to be able to set up historical reports of total membership levels, income, non-renewals etc so these can be tracked over time.
     
    While I'm at it, it would be helpful to be able to pre-date future invoices for advertising, etc, i.e. if an account is to be billed quarterly, then be able to set them up in advance and have them go out automatically on the specified invoice date.
     
    Since I'm on a roll here, how about the ability to tag invoices for advertising commission sales (we do have commissioned salespeople) so we can run a monthly report on advertising invoices paid that month that are subject to commission, and then tabulate commission at x% rates.
  12. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Content: Navigation Menu   

    Enable drag-and-drop re-ordering of child menu items.
  13. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: iPad Problem with Skin   

    Anybody have any resolution on this?  I'm experiencing the same thing with a custom skin on iPad (Safari and Atomic). 
    Content appears to be aligned hard left rather than centered (right margin is doubled). The header bar and branding strip don't extend the full width (right) of the nav bar. The nav bar doesn't extend the full width of the browser window. The footer background also doesn't extend full width; rather, is also left-aligned with no left margin.
     

     
    This seems to be OK on larger monitors with Chrome, FF and IE, even when the screen is manually resized below the 960px minimum set in css.
     
    I'm running v 3.3.4 with content and nexus.  With the default IP.Board theme, I also noticed some funky behavior on some content pages with the margin not centering on iPad, although the header was OK.
     
    My layout settings are this:
     
     
    /* LAYOUT */ #content, .main_width { margin: 0 auto; /* Uncomment for fixed  width: 980px;*/ /* Fluid */ width: 1024px !important;     min-width: 960px;  } #branding, #header_bar, #primary_nav { min-width: 960px; } /*#header_bar .main_width, #branding .main_width, #primary_nav .main_width { padding: 0 10px; }*/ I would appreciate any guidance on this.  I have screwed around with just about all settings I can think of.  My head is going numb.
     
    Thanks.
         
  14. Peter McCormick added a post in a topic: Need overview of IP.Content development methodology...   

    [quote name='P15-D24' timestamp='1348253245' post='2311256']
    Read the tutorials and still don't get it...

    Sorry to say, stick around... you still won't get it. I've been managing the front end of a serious website for almost 20 years, know my way around basic HTML coding (but only rudimentary mySQL and PHP). have created numerous websites for friends and associates using both plain html and Wordpress, but IP.Content continues to baffle me. I keep hearing how great and powerful it is, but getting there is next to impossible for anyone less than a hard-core coder.

    I also have been trying to migrate a non-CMS membership website (which has used IP.Forum for six or seven years) into IP.Content/Nexus/Blog with the help of an IP-fluent programmer (who has been doing the data conversion into Nexus). The further I go the more I'm lost. Counter-intuitive, botched/batched together with bubble-gum and bale wire, little/poor documentation, little-to-no help here on these forums (because few succeed with Content enough to learn it sufficiently, I guess). It's a horror show. Nightmare. For anyone who has used Wordpress (which is all that IP.Content etc isn't), this is incredibly frustrating. How the developers can market a product and expect mass adoption with so little documentation or assistance is beyond me.

    If Wordpress had a decent forum and membership options I would have been there months ago. But here I am, dragging my *ss and slogging through Content. One side of my head is flat and bloody from bashing it against the wall.

    I've been through so many learning curves over the years that I continue to hope this is like others, that weeks and weeks of frustration will lift and it will all suddenly make sense. Not there yet.

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