November 2015 Monthly Release Notes

The November 2015 maintenance release was dispatched to all HandsOn Connect customers on November 24, 2015.  In addition to bug fixes, it included two new features.  Here's the details on new features and the bugs that were addressed:

Feature 1:  One Step Project Sign-up for new and unlogged volunteers

Feature 1:  One Step Project Sign-up for new and unlogged volunteers

The new one-step sign up functionality is controlled in Control panel / Site Configuration / System Default.   It replaces a setting that was here previously labeled "Re-direct to Opportunity Detail Page"  If you previously had "re-direct to opportunity detail page setting checked,  one-step signup will now be enabled instead for you instead.  If the box was unchecked previously, one-step signup will not be enabled at this time.  You can manually update this setting based on your business needs.  

For existing volunteers - signup and login will be one-step, no matter which setting you choose. However, for new volunteers who register, the system will perform differently depending on the setting:

Here is the functionality this setting controls:

If "Allow one-step Signup" is checked:

If "Allow one-step Signup" is checked:

When this setting is set to true (checked) - and a volunteer clicks a "Sign Up" or "Express Interest" button (or the equivalent sign up with a team links) - the system will, as before, prompt them to either login or register.

If you log in: Successfully logging in from this widget will both log you in AND trigger the sign-up button as if you had been logged in when you first pressed it.  You will be prompted with custom questions, team sign-up steps, or a sign up success page.   There will be no need to press the sign up button again.

If you click on Register:  You will be taken to the registration page, and upon completing and submitting the registration form, instead of being redirected to the sign-up page (as before), the sign-up button for the opportunity you had clicked on will be triggered and you will proceed automatically with the remainder of the sign-up process (custom questions, team selection) or simply reach the Project Sign Up Success Page.  There will be no confusion or need to once again click sign-up after you complete the registration.

If "allow one-step Signup" is unchecked

If "allow one-step Signup" is unchecked

When this setting is set to false (unchecked) - and a volunteer clicks a "Sign Up" or "Express Interest" button (or the equivalent sign up with a team links) - the system will, as before, prompt them to either login or register.  

If you log in: Successfully logging in from this widget will both log you in AND trigger the sign-up button as if you had been logged in when you first pressed it.  You will be prompted with custom questions, team sign-up steps, or a sign up success page.   There will be no need to press the sign up button again.

If you click on Register:  The user will be taken to the volunteer account registration page, and after submitting the registration form, the user will be taken to the Volunteer Registration Confirmation Page.   Any custom instructions you've provided to volunteers will be displayed here.   From this page the user will have the option to return to the 'previous page' they were on before registering or to "complete signup".   Clicking on complete sign-up will take them back to the opportunity to continue the sign-up process.

NOTE: The help text for this setting wasn't updated to reflect the new functionality.  The text in help still refers to redirecting to the previous page (it's old functionality).  This help text will be updated in the next release.

The buttons that appear on the volunteer registration confirmation page will vary depending on how the volunteer arrived on the registration form.

Feature 2: Sign up button no longer appears to a logged in user if they are already signed up for an occurrence.

Feature 2: Sign up button no longer appears to a logged in user if they are already signed up for an occurrence.

Previously, volunteers who were signed up for an occurrence,still saw a sign up or express interest button, even if they were already signed up for an occurrence.  Clicking on the button returned a pop-up error message.   Now, as shown above, user will see a message indicating they are already signed up, and a link will allow them to go to 'my account' where they can manage their existing sign up.

Bug Fixes in November Release:

Fixed: Creating connections administratively for a partner managed opportunity did not always send sign-up notifications to the Opportunity Coordinator.

Request Fulfilled: Hitting the enter key on registration page for volunteers or organizations, did not submit the form. You had to click on the Submit button.  The Enter Key will now submit the form.

Request Fulfilled: Hitting the enter key on Business Page invitation code field did not submit the form. You had to click on the Search button. The Enter key will now initiate the search.

Fixed: Creating custom skills or skill categories created odd spacing in the names of new skills and categories.  Normal spacing will now result.

Improved: Basic portal error messages were obscure and not understandable to users.  New error messages have been added that will clarify errors when they occur.  Additional usability fixes in basic portal to prevent double submitting forms. (Note: If you encounter any error messages you find particularly cryptic, please open a zendesk ticket with the details and we will continue to refine error messages in the portal).

Fixed: The registration page for volunteers has been retitled "Register for a Volunteer Account" - to avoid confusion between "Signing up for a volunteer opportunity" and "Registering as a volunteer."

Improvements to 'real time' search publishing.  Fixed a number of scenarios where publishing an opportunity or occurrence would not update search until overnight. Opportunities published will now appear in search within 10 minutes.  (Note: Please report circumstances for any scenario where opportunities or occurrences do not appear in search.  Open a zendesk ticket with as much detail as possible on how the opportunity or occurrence was created and/or edited, with the URL from the admin site of any opportunity or occurrence that is not appearing in search as expected.  Thanks!)

Under the hood improvements to prepare for December's mobile-responsive site release.

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