We’re excited to announce that in early July 2020 we will be releasing a new SoCast Theme, SoCast 3.0. This theme will be released on a per client basis by request after it has been made available. This theme includes many new and exciting functions and features, some of which will also be included in our existing themes.
The following upgraded changes will be taking place on the SoCast platform for all themes, in order to make way for our new Theme 3.0, coming the week of July 6th 2020. Further Theme 3.0 specific updates will follow in the coming days ahead.
Features & Changes To Existing Themes:
(New) Now Playing Element: Our new ‘Now Playing’ element can potentially help increase audience engagement and tune-ins on the website. It includes a built-in listen live button,and layouts similar to the blog layouts you’re already familiar with. It can be inserted nearly anywhere on the website, e.g. blog content footer, pages, side bars, etc.
Knowledge Base Article: https://socastsrm.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/FAQ/pages/1382645875/Now+Playing+Element
Tickers: Previously referred to as ‘Headline Ticker’. Our new ticker option ensures that audiences are kept informed and up-to-date with the latest news. Improvements include new custom text features in all tickers that can be used for custom or third-party notices, e.g. announcements, closures, weather advisories, government advisories, etc. As well as new style options to allow you to tailor your tickers for specific uses.
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(New) Content Footer: The Content Footer will appear below the content area on all blog posts, above the website footer. The content footer can be used to help increase audience engagement by showing more relevant content and call to actions. New template options are available with recommended layouts for news, music, and programming, plus a new fully customizable content footer template option. The Content Footer replaces the existing Content Discovery Tool. After these theme updates, you will no longer be able to edit the Content Discovery settings.
However the front-end will remain intact for existing Content Discovery sections in blog posts until you make a change to the content footer drop-down.
Knowledge Base Article: https://socastsrm.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/FAQ/pages/1388150847/Content+Footer
Minisite Headers: Minisite Headers allow for you to create a single page website within your current website. The Minisite Headers will remain where they currently are in the back-end, however it will no longer be considered a ‘header option’ and will have its own section within the page and blog editors. Minisite Headers will now also have the ability to be added to both pages and blogs, and can be added in addition to, or instead of a page header.
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Social Settings: Previously, social icon links for your website theme were added under Website > Website Settings > Theme. We have moved these to Social > Social Settings > Account.
Website Advertising Settings: The Website Advertising Settings will remain where they currently are, however they will include an updated look and feel similar to other areas of the platform, and can be found under ‘Ad Units’. The list of ad units now display only the available units for each website theme.
We’re very excited to show you what we’ve been working on and can’t wait for you to get access to SoCast Theme 3.0 and show your listeners an even BETTER version of you!
If you are interested in our new theme or have any questions, please reach out to the support desk: Support@socastdigital.com
-The SoCast Team