Tuesday, March 29, 2011

All New Southern Maryland—This is Living Site


On Tuesday, March 29, 2011 we launched the third generation internet presence for the Southern Maryland—This is Living magazine.

In addition to the visual enhancements, there are many functional changes:
  • Articles are now categorized.  So, for example, you can now view a page of all articles about local people or historic places.
  • There is a RSS feed for the entire site, as well as individual feeds for each category (as mentioned above).
  • Each article employs social networking links.  Share your favorite stories on Facebook and Twitter.
  • You can now comment on any story.  Thank the writers or add additional details to the story.
  • A widget in the right column shows you the most recent stories and which stories are most popular with other readers.
  • The sponsors, who are instrumental to making the magazine possible, are now high-lighted throughout the site via the Featured Sponsor box.
Please note, if you were linking to a page on the old site that all page addresses (URLs) have changed.  All files were moved to the /archive/ directory.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Update to Announcements

I have just completed several updates to the Announcements, mainly for the Obituaries and Weddings:

— The menu of other announcement sections no longer uses a drop-down menu.  It is now a horizontal text menu.

— The layout of the Obituaries and Weddings has been tweaked to make the information flow better and to improve the aesthetic appearance.

— The RSS feeds for the Obituaries and Weddings have been upgraded so they pass the W3.org RSS validator.  The Obituaries feed now also include the photo where present.

— There is now a mobile version of the Obituaries at http://somd.com/announcements/obits/m/ . It has been tested mainly with an iPhone.  Feedback is welcome from users of other SmartPhones.

— Readers can now leave messages of condolence in the Obituaries.  You can use your login from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Disqus, or post as a guest.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Classifieds Accepting Credit Cards Again

Classifieds.somd.com is accepting credit cards once again. An automated system update early this morning broke our capability to process cards. All is operation as of approximately 2:00 p.m. Friday.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

somd-centric Twitter List

We've assembled a list on Twitter for all non-commercial Southern Maryland-related tweeters (or is that twitters?) to make it easy to get a somd-centric view of what's going on in the tri-county area. The link is: http://twitter.com/somdcom/southern-maryland

If we missed your group/school/church/agency/team/etc's Twitter feed, please let us know by sending a note to support(at)somd.com. You can see the members the list is following at http://twitter.com/somdcom/southern-maryland/members

If you want to place a widget on your website that will display the latest tweets from this somd-centric list, like the one just below, visit http://twitter.com/about/resources/widgets/widget_list, enter "somdcom" for the username and select the "Southern Maryland" list. When you're finished tweaking it to look the way you want, just copy the code and paste it into your page at the desired location.

somd.us Now Fully Integrated with Google Services

Our somd.us Services are now fully integrated with Google's full product line.

What this change will mean for somd.us E-Mail users:

* Access to many more Google products. You'll soon be able to use all the Google services that your administrator allows you to access with your somd.us account.

* New sign in option. You will be able to sign in to Google services from the regular sign-in pages (like http://mail.google.com/). Your username is your full somd.us email address.

* Data ownership. All data contained in somd.us Google Apps accounts continues to be owned by your organization, and is subject to somd.us's terms and conditions. Learn more

For more information, we encourage you to review the Transition Checklist. The Google Help Center also has answers to many common questions (note that you won't be able to view the full Help Center until you've been transitioned).

What is somd.us?  A way for you to have full access to Google Services and a somd.us E-Mail Address.  Apply for an account at http://somd.com/somd.us/.  We manually review all account applications to ensure they are only assigned to local residents and no spammers.