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Hi Aaron-

Yes, you are currently on the old version.

The themes are the same across both versions, so your overall style would not change. However, there are some feature differences. The biggest feature loss (if you move to v2) is that the widget column is not used very much in v2... there is a widget column on the new HOME page for v2, but it is comprised of smart widgets that reflect your configuration (and you cannot change/remove/add to the widgets you see there, nor add custom widgets).

I see that you have a custom widget on your current home (for podcasts), so you would lose that if you switched. If you are unsure and want to compare, I would suggest signing up for a new trial account (which is free for 14 days and requires no credit card) so you can play around with v2 to see if it will meet your needs before switching.

You can get a trial account here:

https://signup.crowdstack.com/

If you decide you do want to switch though, just let us know and we can flip the switch for you.

Hope that helps!

Ted @ Crowdstack

Hey Ted,

Thanks for the info. I'm not too worried about losing the podcast widget. My only real concern is that I know our audience really likes the fact that the "Post" button is the single point of creating content. It's my understanding that adding calendar events can't happen in that Post button any longer. Can you give me more info on that?

Can I still layer my homepage and subgroup pages in the same way - I like having the calendar stream in there. 

Also, will I still have all features like chats, forums, etc..? Are there any key features lost? Does the back end look similar for our subgroup managers?

If I switch and hate it, can I switch back? Rather than a trial version, do you know of a Crowdstack site with the Charleston theme in V2 that I can visit?

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Hey Aaron-

It's my understanding that adding calendar events can't happen in that Post button any longer. Can you give me more info on that?

Correct. The main post button only includes "main content" posts -- all of the content types that are included in the "Posts" area, including Topics, Blogs, Surveys, Database Posts, and Resources.  The calendar lives at the top level in Version 2 and thus has its own main navigation area that is quite obvious. You simply create new calendar events while you are on the Calendar. Thus, I think it is intuitive. The same goes for private messages. They are not part of the main "posts" area and thus you need to go to the Private Message area to post a new private message.

Can I still layer my homepage and subgroup pages in the same way - I like having the calendar stream in there. 

I'm not sure I understand this question. Can you clarify?

By the way, Subgroups work the same way as the main Crowdstack-- each subgroup has its own "home" page that works the same way as the main Crowdstack home page.

Also, will I still have all features like chats, forums, etc..? Are there any key features lost? Does the back end look similar for our subgroup managers?

Yes, you do not lose any content types and in fact you gain some features that are only available on Version 2 (like Pips):

https://www.crowdstack.com/about/why-version2.php

The management control panel is exactly the same (though of course there are some differences in terms of particular settings - some only apply to v1 and some only apply to v2.

If I switch and hate it, can I switch back? Rather than a trial version, do you know of a Crowdstack site with the Charleston theme in V2 that I can visit?

This site (the one you are using right now) is on v2 using the Charleston theme. 🙂 I still recommend that you set up a Trial Site so you can kick the tires on your own and really see if it will work for you. It's the no-risk way to see for yourself- and there are many interface differences between the two versions that are best for you to see on your own. There is no easy way to switch back.... we can make it happen if need be, but it would require charging a fee so we can do the work necessary to get you back. That's why I highly recommend doing your own due diligence on a trial site first.

Thanks!

Ted @ Crowdstack

Thanks Ted, to clarify that one question:

On our crowdstack homepage at connect.extension.org - the thing users see first above the content stream is a calendar listing. Is it still possible to have a calendar listing like that in V2?

I'm also asking this because I know a lot of our subgroup admins also like having their calendar stream at the top of their own home pages. 

A

Hey Aaron:

On our crowdstack homepage at connect.extension.org - the thing users see first above the content stream is a calendar listing. Is it still possible to have a calendar listing like that in V2?

No, that is not supported. The only customization option for the v2 "home" page is to add code to the top of the page via a "Top Banner", which can accept any custom code, but probably would not work for what you are doing there.

You can change your default landing page to be your calendar, however, if you want the calendar to be the primary starting point for your visitors/members.

I'd like to learn more about some of the new widgets you have available in V2. Is there a list of them anywhere?

Keep in mind that there are no customizable widgets in v2. There is a widget column on the home page in v2, but you cannot change it any way. It is a "smart" set of widgets that will adapt based on the configuration of your site - which content types you have enabled and content that is available to each member viewing it. That said, it includes the following:

-- A "welcome" widget for signed in members or a "join us" widget is they are not signed in

-- A "premium membership" up-sell widget, if you have premium membership enabled

-- "Featured" content widget- list of all featured content on your site

-- list of "subgroups":

-- "Upcoming Events" - from your calendars

-- Open surveys, if applicable

-- Online Now- list and avatars of members currently on your site

...and some more that again depend on the configuration of your site.

You cannot rearrange or manage these smart widgets... and we may be adding them to some other pages in v2 in the future, but currently they are only visible on the home page.

The thing to keep in mind about widgets in both v1 and v2, however, is that mobile users never see the widget column, since there is no room for them to do so on narrow devices. Thus, I always remind people that widget content is likely only ever seen by about 40-50% of your visitors (most sites have about half or more of their traffic via mobile devices).

Ted @ Crowdstack

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