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Website Alerts and How We Do Them

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You’re not going to guess what the Web Services Team did a lot of this week.  Maybe you are.  This past week we published a bunch of alerts on credit union websites about this virus thing everyone is talking about.  A people virus, not a computer virus.

Luckily, CU*Answers Web Services was prepared for this.  We’ve published special alerts on credit union websites before for things like weather related closings, power outages or telephone troubles at branches.  If your credit union website is on our WordPress with SiteControl platform, we have the ability to turn on Notifications Bars.

ChiPhone website screenshot with Notification BarNotification Bars appear at the very top of your website to highlight an important notice for your members.  These notification bars are highly customizable and mobile responsive.  Here’s a screenshot of a site with a live notification bar enabled:

If you have a need for an alert to your members on your site — and who doesn’t this week? — let us know.  We can enable this feature and the content is manageable in your WordPress dashboard.  Also we’re happy to add the content for you, just let us know what you would like it to read.

New Rateboard Shortcode Features!

Today we’re rolling out an update to our SiteControl Platform that adds a few new features to the rateboards shortcode.example rateboard output. these are not actual valid rates.

Our rateboard shortcode now supports additional attributes; title, round_rate, round_amount, strip_zeros.  Setting the title is useful in cases where you have used the “filter” attribute to show a specific subset of your rates.  The round_rate, round_amount, and strip_zeros attributes give you more control over the decimal place precision the rates and min/max amounts display, and can strip trailing zeros off the decimal value to simplify the output.  In addition, the ratetable order and orderby shortcode attributes now work the same as the already worked for the ratecard shortcode, allowing you to sort by various fields.

The new Shortcode features usage is documented here.


Valley Educators Credit Union Launches New Website

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Congratulations to Valley Educators Credit Union for launching their new site! Complete with rotating banners, an embedded Google Map, and site search, this new site blends functionality with ease of access to create a great member experience. Check it out here!

WordPress 5.4 Update Coming End of This Month

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I’m sure you are not all tracking the development life cycle of WordPress, luckily you have CU*Answers Web Services who is.

The next update to WordPress is currently being beta tested and is expected to roll out at the end of March.  Our CU*Answers Web Services hosting infrastructure will begin deploying this update as it becomes available.  These automatic deployments and updates help keep your website secure from the ne’er-do-wells who out and about probing at websites for vulnerabilities.

We do not anticipate any problems with this WordPress update.  The focus is on continuing to update the Gutenberg Block editor.  This is a new way to edit your website content.  CU*Answers Web Services has been trying this new editor on some new site builds as well as some internal sites.

Read more about what is coming up in WordPress 5.4 in this WPTavern Article.

Heartland Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

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Congratulations to Heartland Federal Credit Union for launching their new site! Complete with beautiful inside pages built via the Gutenberg editor, easy links to become a member and make a loan payment, featured rates, and site search, this new site blends functionality with ease of access to create a great member experience. Check it out here!

Network Maintenance February 18th

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On Tuesday morning, February 18th, from 1:00 – 6:00 AM ET, we will be performing internal network maintenance. During this time, there may be brief network interruptions to the following services:

  • It’s Me 247 online and mobile banking
  • Hosted web/mail sites and
  • It’s My Biz 247 online banking