posted this on December 07, 2012 09:29
In an effort to improve the user experience, over the last few months we've made some changes to the way our products look and behave. This started with the introduction of SP Passport and has continued with the latest update to SP Membership. At SportingPulse we feel the facelift we have given to the Membership system is an exciting one and whilst it may take a moment or two to get used to it, we are sure you'll appreciate the enhancements.
Outlined below are the major elements in the Membership system that have been updated and revitalised and how they will look. While this is slated as a refresh of the current system and its functionality, you will notice that there are a couple of handy features added to the new system.
The first thing you will probably notice when you sign in to SP Membership v6 will be the new navigation. To provide neater navigation and more space for the member tables, the old left column navigation has been rebuilt into a series of drop down menus. The key aspects of your database (Members, Competitions, Clubs, Teams) have been placed across the top of the page and all relevant functions for those elements have been grouped together. It is an intuitive change to the menus and provides a smoother navigation process.
Switching between levels (Association/Club/Team/Member) has been simplified with the 'Level Selection' drop down list prominent at the top of the screen.
2. The Dashboard
Important information is now up front such as key contacts and tasks that require your attention. You can also see at a glance how your SP Membership database is evolving with a configurable series of graphs. These can display things like membership numbers, players by gender, clearances and registrations, to name a few.
3. New Grids
The grids for Members/Competitions/Clubs/Teams have been updated with a cleaner look and giving greater flexibility in how to view your data. Columns can be resized and sorted alphabetically or numerically. All records can be displayed in one grid or set a limit for faster processing.
4. User Interface
Clearly labelled buttons have replaced icons so you know exactly what your options are. Many elements have added spacing and/or padding to give a clearer delineation between your options and your data.
5. The Search Box
The inclusion of an improved search function will be sure to make things quicker and easier when navigating through your database. Situated at the top right of the page, the search function allows you to search for any members, clubs, teams or competitions in your database as you type.
The ‘Advanced Search’ that is available in the current system will also be available in the new version 6 of Membership.
6. Full Screen
The ability to set your database screen to a full screen is a new function that has been added. With computer monitors continually getting larger, this will allow you to dynamically fit your database to the full screen width of your monitor.
7. Member Profile Page
The Member Profile page will neatly group member information together and list all member functions and options across the top menu. You will notice that for quick reference, a member's record will now clearly list a members registration status for the current season.
While there is some new functionality available in the Membership v6, the overall look and feel of the database is the significant update. As of 12th December 2012 the new system will be available interchangeably with the current system, so if you’d like to give it a test run and even switch to the new version 6, you can. You’re welcome to continue using version 5 for the time being, however from February 6 2013 the new version will be implemented for all users.
For further information on more of the basic processes that will change with Membership Version 6, click here.
Keep an eye on our support site for further articles and instruction on the new Membership Version 6.