SteemPress 2.5 Update: Guest accounts, design improvements and dashboard for user settingssteemCreated with Sketch.

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Today we're happy to bring perhaps our biggest set of updates to be launched in one go. We've worked hard over the past week to bring together some ideas we've had on the drawing board for quite some time, and hope you will be as excited about them as we are.

As always we appreciate your honest feedback and do not hesitate to ask any questions in the comments!

Guest accounts

Perhaps the most significant update is the new ability for visitors on your blog without a Steem account to leave a comment and like on your posts. The goal here is to lower the barriers to entry for visitors to engage with content, thus improving the engagement on the blogs of our users, as well as to smoothen the onboarding process of new users to Steem.

To interact with content as a guest, the user will first need to sign up by providing a display name and an email address similar to most default WordPress comment sections. This will in practice result in them creating a SteemPress account which can be used to log in and engage with other content on any other blog using SteemPress similar to other comment apps such as Disquz.

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The current sign up page for site visitors looking to join the discussion in the comment section

The new a sign-up and log-in pages are accessed directly in the comment section in a new bar which also serves to inform site visitors that the blog they're on is published to Steem and what benefits that can provide them with as content consumers.

Once new users are logged in, our interface will continuously remind them of the added benefits they could get by also creating and connecting a Steem account to their SteemPress profile. Whether it is by seeing others earn rewards on their comments in the comment section, or through us reminding them by email or in their profile settings page.

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The new SteemPress log in and sign up bar now found across our blogs

Guest comments to Steem

Steempress will now also allow guest comments to be cross-posted to the author's Steem articles. This will be done through our own account (@steempress-io) with a reference to the blog where the comment was written and the display name of the guest account who made the comment. This is important in order to ensure seamless integration of the comment sections on both the author's own blog and on their Steem posts across various Steem interfaces.

Visitors on your blog will now be able to join the conversions taking place on other Steem front-ends and have Steemians reading their comments on steemit or steempeak be able to see and reply their comments which can again be engaged with on your website.

When a guest comment is written on your WordPress blog, it will be written as a comment to the same article on the Steem blockchain by a SteemPress account

We plan on using any rewards earned on these comments to onboard new users to Steem. While the feature is not ready yet, we are earmarking all rewards for the specific SteemPress account that wrote comment text which earned them. The current idea is to provide guest users with additional incentives to engage by informing them through the UI that they will be gifted a free Steem account once their guest comments have reached a certain total value (likely to be 5 STEEM). Hopefully, this will add a touch of gamification to both incentivize constructive comments, as well as making it fun to get a Steem account. The user will also be informed that they can claim these rewards instantly once they have connected a Steem account to their profile.

Comment settings and moderation dashboard

You can now also access a new user dashboard with settings and moderation tools for your comment section. The settings can be found at steempress.io where you've previously gone to find the post queue settings. Please note that this is a very early version and will receive frequent updates over the course of the next few days and weeks. However, with the new guest comment system being introduced, we thought it would be beneficial for you to have at least some basic moderation tools.

Settings window

This tab will provide general settings options that will apply to the comment section on your blog. Currently, this only includes 2 options namely how comments on your blog are sorted by default and whether or not you want to require manual approval for guest comments to become visible on your blog and cross-posted to Steem.

The two default settings are currently for comments to be sorted based on value similar to how it is on Steem, and for guest comments to be posted without needing manual approval.

User Blacklist

We know that for many SteemPress users, not all comments made to their post on Steem is also desireable to display on their blogs. That's why we made it so that you could hide a comment from your blog by downvoting it on Steem. The new user blacklist will enhance this feature by providing you a dedicated dashboard to manage the blacklist. Here, you can see a list of the users currently on it, and remove them if desired. You can also add new users to it by entering their Steem account name.


The blacklist dashboard as it current looks in our blog settings page found on steempress.io. Please note that this is work still in progress.

We also plan on including a "favorite" or "trusted" rating, which you can give to users whose comments you'll be wanting to include automatically whilst still requiring manual approval for the rest.

We hope that these tools will prove to be increasingly useful over time, as this list will also provide an overview of those that have interacted with your content in the past! Maybe you would like to re-engage with Steemians who used to comment on your content months ago but no longer visits?

Comment moderation dashboard

The new comment moderation dashboard lists all comments that are currently waiting for moderation or that have already been moderated by you on your blog. Meaning that if you enable the option for guest comments to require manual approval, all of them will appear here before eventually being displayed on your blog once approved. The list also includes any comments you've decided to "hide" using the drop-down menu in the comment section. You can also change any of the moderations that were previously made.


list of moderated comments currently hidden from the comment section. Expect more "actions" to come in the menue

Improved comment section design

We also made a series of improvements to the general design of our comment section following some of the feedback from our last post, as well as following our design plan explained in the post. We really want to deliver a product that can fully replace the default comment section that comes with most WordPress blogs with one that is powered by Steem and one that can compete with other ready-made comment sections out there in terms of both appearance and features.

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The current appearance of the SteemPress comment section after recent improvements

What's new

We've gone a long way to try and make the comment section feel like it is a natural part of the website on which it is displayed. By removing the surrounding borders, sidebar and also adding a comment counter at the top left, this should hopefully make the comment section look more integrated with the website.

No more slidebar

The previous comment section had a slide-bar on the right-hand side to allow scrolling through the comments. Many users told us that although functional, it didn't look good on their blog since it made the comment section look more like a widget and not a part of the website. We've thus changed how the comment section interacts with the website, where you'll now instead find a button at the bottom of the comments to "show more" which will expand the whole window downwards. Thus it creates the feeling of being on and interacting on the same page, rather than inside a window.

User ranks

The blog owner can now also choose to display a "ranks" of users below their profile picture in the comment section. For now, this will only apply to the author themselves to distinguish them from others. While this is quite basic for now, much more functionality will be added to this feature soon. As blog owners will be able to create their own ranks such as "Member", "Subscriber", "Moderator", "Superuser", or whatever they think is relevant to their website or would be appreciated by their userbase.

Colors

We also added a bit of colours to the design. Most notably is the rewards which we've made green in order for it to stand out more. After all, the rewards are what makes Steem unique and gets the attention and curiosity of new visitors (note that we've also added the option for the blog owner to set at what dollar amount the pending rewards will become visible at all to prevent the opposite effect when there little or no votes on the post or comments).

Including the user ranks will also add a bit of color which the blog owner will be able to select themselves based on what they think will look good on their website(s).

Other added features and updates

  • Option to add a link to your WordPress blog at the top of your Steem article rather than at the bottom.
  • Further improvements to the SEO protection of your blog (more on this in a separate post)
  • Completely reworked steempress.io in preparation for coming updates and more advanced user settings and dashboards.

As always, if you have any questions then please visit us on our discord channel!
To download SteemPress, find our plug-in at https://wordpress.org/plugins/steempress/
To vote for our witness, either use SteemConnect following this link or find us on https://steemit.com/~witnesses.

Thank you for reading this far and for being interested in SteemPress!

@Fredrikaa and @Howo

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Nice move with the guest accounts! That is the same route we went with TokenBB and I believe that it is a good one. I'm glad other projects adopt this concept :)

Yes I think Steemit and others should have had that from the beginning to let more people start to engage and interact through their websites. It's a win for the user, the authors and the website which gets more traffic. Then you can provide a more gamified experience for people to obtain and claim a Steem account later, which is harder to get as a spammer, can be fun as a user, less costly for the provider, and also a way to let people learn some Steem before being given all the fancy stuff.

Brb, we're going to implement it on our website 😎

Awesome! Tell me how you found it, or show me how it looks when it's up and running! :)
Also, feel free to join our Discord linked at the end if you have any questions or suggestions!

We are very excited to join this beautiful platform. We hope to have our account at Steempress as well, hopefully you can help us with that.
Thank you so much for everything you do to make things easier and better at Steemit. @fredrikaa / @howo
Estamos muy emocionados de unirnos a esta hermosa plataforma. Esperamos tener nuestra cuenta en Steempress también, esperamos que usted pueda ayudarnos con eso.
Muchas gracias por todo lo que haces para hacer las cosas más fáciles y mejores en Steemit. @fredrikaa / @howo

Sounds good! Make sure to drop by our Discord channel if you have any problems, questions or just want to be part of the community :)
Link to our Discord: https://discord.gg/bfF8a5q

Ok, amigo, thanks @fredrikaa
We will ask you.
We send you a big hug from Venezuela.

Thank you for this. Although I won't use some of the features, it's good to know they are there. I really am so happy to be able to post to Steemit from my wordpress blog - it's the best interface with Steemit. IMHO.

Thanks again for all your hard work @frederikaa and @howo

Fiona

Glad to hear that you're happy to be using SteemPress!
May I ask what features you're not planning to use and why?
Thanks in advance for any feedback!

It would probably only be the multiple user option that I'd not use, actually. So sorry if I gave you a bit of a start! I do very much like the features you're proposing especially the option for a link to the WP blog at the top of the post, and the way that when a Steemian is mentioned, it picks up the correct url.

Based on your comment, I went to look at my most recent post and what it looked like on WP. I did notice that an images in the comments haven't pulled through and just the URLs show.

Perhaps this is a glitch, but in case you want to see what I mean, here is the link to that WP post
https://www.fionasfavourites.net/2019/07/30/a-stew-is-a-stew-or-is-it/

Hope this helps

Hello, this is not a glitch, it's done on purpose in case someone puts an offensive image or an image that's just too bit to be shown correctly.

Perfect. That makes sense!

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Congratulations for the development, I had the chance to update today and visit steempress.io :) By the way, the pic with the steempress' blacklist is awesome!! ;)

Cool! Hope you'll like it and find the new look to be good :)
Let me know if there are any features you would like to have, or if there is something you think could be done better!
Steempress.io will look very different soon ;)

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Hi, @Fredrikaa, thanks!! I've been thinking in a couple of things. It would be good if you can totally control the tags that you set for the post in the steempress options on the post creation page, there you'll can see your default tag(s) of the plugin settings and keep them, or change them if you need. I would like more control with the autovote option, like percentage for the vote and time delay.
And finally, I have doubts about this "license key":
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What key is that? What's it's function? Is it necessary?
Thank you very much for your attention, and always the best vibes for the Project!! :)

I would like more control with the autovote option, like percentage for the vote and time delay.

Interesting, we'll add that to our backlog

The license key is not necessary, it's here for a future feature that we hope to release soon ;)

Thanks for your attention, @Howo! I'll be visiting your discord channel for some issues whit the default tags!!
Congratulations for the good work!!

We dont have any issues with the default tags on our wordpress sites...{????}

My plugin don't change the default tag, is set in spanish forever, no matter how much I change it in different browsers or reinstall the plugin!! :( (However, I've not checked it in a while if changing tags works again).

Is your site in Spanish? I added a google translater to my wordpress plugin so it doesnt matter what language I publish in, anyone can read my websites. Just a suggestion. Good luck!

Steempress will now also allow guest comments to be cross-posted to the author's Steem articles. This will be done through our own account (@steempress-io) with a reference to the blog where the comment was written and the display name of the guest account who made the comment. This is important in order to ensure seamless integration of the comment sections on both the author's own blog and on their Steem posts across various Steem interfaces.

Great job, i always wondered about guest accounts, i wish you could even set the custom guest comments to have a beneficiary reward oir maybe just track how much the comment makes, discounting steempress own upvote , but perhaps give the guest comments an EMAIL a month later with a link to redeem some steem maybe over @banjo and discord for small amounts, they can buy a steem account from https://steem.ninja if they need an account

Thanks for the positive feedback!

We plan on allowing the authors with a pro-version of steempresdto set a custom benefactor on guest comments on their blogs. This also to incentivise them to vote more frequently on nice comments.

perhaps give the guest comments an EMAIL a month later with a link to redeem some steem maybe over @banjo and discord for small amounts, they can buy a steem account from https://steem.ninja if they need an account

This is being worked on right now :). The email reminder will be done as you said pretty much and we will also remind the guest users through our UI that they can get a Steem account to claim their pending rewards at any time.

Yes yes yes! Now we're talking!

I'm gonna update the plugin and try it out!

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Thanks! :) Looking forward to having your opinion and feedback!

The guest account feature and comments that show up on chain are killer. Nice job. 👍

And putting dan on the blacklist, oh my sides 🤣

Thanks for that!

And yeah, who wants Dan to write on their blogs?!

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Excellent! These guest accounts is what will make the difference in onboarding, I believe, if enough projects will include them. Will you also offer the guest the option to buy a new Steem account at once or down the road, if he/she doesn't want to wait before the necessary amount piles up through upvotes?

Will you also offer the guest the option to buy a new Steem account at once or down the road, if he/she doesn't want to wait before the necessary amount piles up through upvotes?

Yes, this is one of the things we are working to implement next :)

lol I have no clue of the context of my comment in that screenshot xD

great job @fredrikaa and @howo, glad to hear that hackathon paid off!

Rofl, pretty sure I made that one up in the design draft.

How dare you put words in my mouth!!111

Since you're saying so much random stuff I thought nobody would be able to tell the difference, including you :p

@fredrikaa, I have some questions can you give me your discord account? =/

Sure! It's Fredrikaa#6070

To be honest, I was first a steem user, and seeing that many were using steempress, I decided to create a blog with one of the services that were already gone. So I've been posting only on my steem profile, but sometimes I feel that I should recreate a blog, not because I want to received a vote from you, but because it would be a new source of traffic to my content.

The question is: is there any plan to provide the complete service in the future?

The value proposition I like the most about Steem is giving the people full ownership and control over their content and social account, and what better way to do that than to also own your website where you can benefit from the traffic? So I really get you!

The question is: is there any plan to provide the complete service in the future?

We are working on 2 different pro-versions of SteemPress. Can you elaborate a bit more on what you mean by, and would expect from, a "complete service" ?

The management of a blog and always have it online, requires certain skills and time that sometimes I do not have, when I paid for timeets I was happy because the technical part was "attended" even if it was a subdomain I was happy.

And that is what I mean, if there is any plan to someday offer the host service, it does not matter if it is a subdomain, but offered by you I would use it and pay for it, with full confidence in the project.

It's more likely that we would partner with a third party hosting provider to offer an all-in-one hosting + SteemPress setup service. At least we don't plan on doing it all ourselves just yet.

Personally, I would recommend Fastcomet as a hosting provider. Their 24/7 support is awesome if you need help to get started.

But it's cool to hear that you would pay for such a service! Noted:)

Very cool, guys. Thanks for your hard work. This has become a really amazing tool.

  • For registration, would it be possible to use the username for the site if they're not on Steem, rather than having them register another account with SteemPress? We want to grow our userbase anyways, so it really makes sense to have them register with our site in order to comment. This could also negate the need to use the WP comment section at all. That's the only reason we keep it. Otherwise, we'd just use yours.
  • In addition to the author being able to edit their footer, would it be possible for the hosting site to be able to add their own branding and any pertinent information at the very bottom? We'd like to have the link back to the original post in that section too, so we can edit it to fit consistently for branding purposes... and to make sure SteemPress remains linked as well. :)

Again, fantastic work. You guys really pulled this off nicely. Thanks for all you do.

Thanks for the great feedback and happy to hear that SteemPress is adding value to you guys!

For the first point, we're already on something that should accomplish what you're asking for. The main question is how we package it and make the experience seamless and easy for the user. It's a bit challenging to have it work exactly the way that you suggest, but I'm pretty sure the end result will be more or less the same.

The second point should be easy enough!

Bitching, fucking a. I didn't read much past the "guest accounts" as that put a giant grin on my face and I almost want to go over there and try it, but can I give up one comment to some guest account, I don't think so even though it seems you thought of everything like saving the rewards until the user joins, which sounds like a challenging task, I imagine the comment is, reserved to a certain email.

More proof every single day that this place is on the cusp of blowing up. From skimming through the rest it looks like you guys are motivated to deliver. Thank you for showing others how it's done.

#exemplify

Haha glad you're as hyped as we are about this :)). Keeping track and score of rewards are not that difficult tbh, the main challenge will be to give new users who still don't understand Steem an optimal onboarding experience to the point where they want to claim those rewards.

Flattered to hear how you think we're setting a good example!

Congrats steempress team! 💜

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Thanks! :) Hope you'll like it.

this is awesome, steempress change my live, i hated to be posting on my blog and then on steem, steempress really makes this easy

Awesome!

Thank you for providing this feature. It will definitely help drive engagement in STEEM. I appreciate the work done.

Amazing update!! 🚀🎉

Thanks! :D It sure felt good to finally hit that "Post" button ^^

wow very cool i actually build wordpress sites

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Sounds cool! Any examples you would be proud to share? :)
Would be cool if some of them could benefit from using SteemPress!

I love this idea, would it be possible for new accounts to be activated sooner as well?

Thanks! Yes, users will be able to connect a Steem account to their profile as soon as they have one. We'll also allow them to purchase one directly too at some point. Right now, it's just a way to let people onto Steem without the risk of allowing spammers to get accounts easily for free.

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Congratulations @steempress!
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there can be used it for that cause that improvements can be handle this dashboard cause that reason can be respond and make them mad about this

Hi , I downloaded the Andriod version of WordPress, but I find it difficult to install my steempress plugin. Any help?

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You can only install SteemPress from the browser, ideally on a desktop. The Android app, as far as I know, is only really just an interface to wordpress.com (which is something entirely different than "WordPress".

Any guide?

Very nice new features.

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Great changes! Progress looks good.

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Hi Steempress team, excellent update!

I have a doubt, why in my last two posts I have not received your support in votes from your account? =(

Indeed touched me

Highly rEsteemed!

Thanks for the good feedback

un fruto muy grato de una gran recompensa o un trofeo como pocos una fuente inagotable satisfacción y orgullo.

Bravo on the recent upgrades to Wordpress plugin! All 6 of our sites upgraded seemlessly. Upvoted!

Thanks for the post.

Very nice. This absolutely will give Steemit more exposure.

You can see it live on our latest Wellness post about Honey: https://greathealthwellness.com/how-to-use-honey-for-cuts-and-wound-care/

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Thanks! Would be happy to hear more from you on what you believe we can do to bring more value to Steem. Feel free to DM me on Discord anytime.