November updates to SMILE Tools for HE Digital Pro’s

This month we've released a lot of updates to some of our backend tools like Hijack and Content Flow. We've even released a portal, where you can request new, upvote and subscribe to features, and get updated as we release!

Content Flow

Image of the Content Flow plugin patch by SMILE. A blue crest shape with the title and wave shapes to demonstrate flow

Earlier this year we renamed Border Control to Content Flow. And since then we’ve been pushing the project forward much faster. In this last month, Content Flow has been completely re-written, and the new structure is allowing us to develop more rapidly. In fact, we’ve already squashed 14 bugs!

Here are some highlights from the new features:

  • You can now specificy mandatory moderators.
  • Moderators can now send their work for approval from other moderators too.
  • But Moderators now have a skip workflow function, to avoid review!
  • OR support – You can now select multiple moderators, and when any one of them accepts your changes they go live.
  • Can now exclude users as moderators, useful when you want most users of a role to moderate but not all.

image Content Flow November updates,Hijack November updates

Hijack

We’ve been busy beavering away on some hefty Hijack updates, and we’re hoping those will be with you by the end of the year.

But one new feature that is available on request, is the ability to add your own users. Yes, that’s right – no more raising Service Desk requests! We’ve addressed some really weird and frustrating user experience moments in the WordPress Add User screens, and it’s ready for our users. Simply ask us to enable “Site User Manager” to start using it and we’ll show you the ropes.

Next month, we’ll be beginning work on our next iteration of Hijack. And your feedback helps us to prioritise what to work on next. So, get upvoting your favourite features!

We’re beginning a bigger push to standardise the look and feel of our backend work now too. You can begin to see this in Site User Manager, and also in the settings pages for Content Flow, and we’re excited to roll this out in more places over the coming months.

If you want to take a look at our roadmaps, feedback on our tools, or subscribe for updates – take a look at our feedback portal.

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Nathan Monk
I'm proud to work for some of the world’s most influential brands that shape cities and define lives: Universities and colleges. I provide advice to forward-thinking senior leaders on how to exceed their organisational targets by creating user-focused, digital-first strategies.