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After6 Services Celebrating Its Sixth Birthday

On January 11, 2011, After6 Services LLC was granted its corporate charter.  So today marks our sixth anniversary.

We’re really proud of the work we’ve done with the Movable Type and WordPress content management systems, the many cloud services we integrate with those CMS platforms, and particularly our recent work with Node.js, AngularJS, and Apigee BaaS to produce our new RinkAtlas visual ice hockey arena directory.

Thanks to our customers and friends around the world who have done business with us over the past six years.  We hope we’ve helped you communicate and connect with your customers in many useful and exciting ways.

After6 Now Provides WordPress Services

After6 Services is pleased to announce that we are now providing services on the WordPress web publishing platform. Our focus in choosing components for new WordPress sites will be:

  • usability for non-technical users,
  • security,
  • scalability, and
  • maintainability.

Balancing these goals on a complex platform like WordPress is a challenge.  But, after an entire summer of research, we rebuilt and relaunched the After6 Services website on WordPress.  We’re using a well-supported theme called Make from The Theme Foundry.  We’ve built three sites with Make and its companion WordPress plugin called Make Plus.

The Make / Make Plus combination provides great usability for WordPress users that don’t code, and really amazing page design speed.  We spent all summer on research, but completely migrated our site to WordPress and modernized its look and feel in less than 48 hours.

After6 Now Provides WordPress Services
After6 Now Provides WordPress Services

The reason we chose to build our website our Make Plus is because it lets us do templated page design without code.  This means that we can assemble predefined objects like sliders, banners, galleries, and post lists into pages, and publish them quickly.  This sort of design productivity has been difficult to impossible to achieve with Movable Type over the years.

Lack of these features on our website has been holding After6 back in terms of getting its message out to both new and existing customers. When we work with customers, we want to give these features to them as well.

The things that After6 has done well in the past, possessing a deep knowledge of the publishing stack, providing outstanding technical advice and operations know-how, and fully committing to customer success has already been brought over to our WordPress practice.  We look forward to recommending WordPress themes and plugins to you that are well supported and easy-to-use, to make website building and customer communications fun again.

If you’d like to work with us on a new website, a website relaunch, or a new campaign based on well-designed landing pages and Salesforce integrations, please contact us at customer.service [at] after6services.com.

Movable Type Upgrade to Version 6.1.2 or 5.2.13 Strongly Recommended

Earlier today, Six Apart announced the release of Movable Type 6.1.2. This new version of Movable Type supercedes Movable Type 6.1.1, which was found to have quality assurance problems.

After6 Services strongly recommends upgrading to Movable Type 6.1.2 when possible. The Movable Type 6.1 upgrade contained Version 2.0 of the Movable Type Data API, which adds important new functionality for customers who run applications that interact with Movable Type through JavaScript.

If you want After6 to perform a Movable Type upgrade for you, please visit the Movable Type Upgrade Service page on our website.

If you are still using a version of Movable Type prior to 6.1, read on for our recommendations. Read more

SuperAssets for Flickr: Upgrade Required to Continue Successful Use

Attention SuperAssets for Flickr users. Flickr is deprecating the non-SSL endpoints of the Flickr API on June 27. We created a new version of SuperAssets for Flickr that makes all Flickr API calls via SSL.

SuperAssets for Flickr Version 1.02 is now available and is required for all users to continue successfully using the plugin. In addition, it’s the Flickr::API2 Perl module must be updated to version 2.08 or later. This update to Flickr::API2 is what enables SSL connections to be established.

Update to SuperAssets for Flickr Coming to Address Flickr API Protocol Change

Attention SuperAssets for Flickr users. Flickr is deprecating the non-SSL endpoints of the Flickr API on June 27. We are working on a SuperAssets for Flickr update that will make all API calls via SSL, and expect to release it in time to make the transition.

An issue has been created in our Github repository that will be updated as we continue to work on the update, Update SuperAssets for Flickr to Access Flickr API over SSL.

If you have questions or concerns, please engage us on TwitterFacebook, or via the After6 Services Help Desk.

Upgrade to Movable Type 5.2.7 Strongly Recommended

Earlier today, Six Apart announced the release of Movable Type 5.2.7. This new version of Movable Type supercedes Movable Type 5.2.6, which was found to have quality assurance problems.

After6 Services strongly recommends upgrading to Movable Type 5.2.7 when possible. The Movable Type 5.2.6 upgrade contained a fix for a security vulnerability, and we would have characterized that upgrade as mandatory if a bug hadn’t been identified soon after release.

If you want After6 to perform a Movable Type upgrade for you, please visit the Movable Type Upgrade Service page on our website.

If you are still using Movable Type 4.38, read on for our recommendation.

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Movable Type 6.0 Released at Movable Type Idea Exchange

Movable Type 6.0 was officially released Wednesday at Movable Type Idea Exchange in New York City. The new features of Movable Type 6 appeal mainly to developers and sophisticated end users who invest in the development of either mobile productivity applications or widgets for the Movable Type Dashboard:

  • Productivity Features Aimed at Users
    • Google Analytics Integration: Easily and quickly view blog and website access statistics.
    • Dashboard Redesign: Includes the addition of the “Site Stats” widget, the Message Center, and the “This is you” widget relocation.
    • Message Center Widget: A new dashboard widget that displays alerts such as system messages, plugin and application updates and security warnings.

After6 Services has upgraded its website to Movable Type 6. We will be testing all of our plugins and themes for compatibility.

SuperAssets for SoundCloud Updated to Version 1.0

We’re pleased to announce that SuperAssets for SoundCloud, our Movable Type Asset Manager extension plugin that interfaces with SoundCloud.com, has now reached Version 1.0.

This version makes the name of the plugin consistent throughout the code and the documentation, and fixes a minor user interface problem in the Add SoundCloud Track dialog.  It also changes the license underwhich the plugin is released from the BSD Two-Clause License to the MIT License.

Movable Type Demo at Fueled Collective in NYC

On August 28, 2013, I demoed Movable Type 5.2.7 for the inhabitants of Fueled Collective. Fueled is an co-working space in the Prince Building, in SOHO, New York City that was created by a mobile app development company known as Fueled.

Welcome to Fueled Collective

I talked about:

  • History of Movable Type
  • Web technology pioneered by Six Apart
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Flexibility of the Platform
  • Gave a demo of Movable Type

About 50 people attended in the demo, sponsored by Six Apart, who is a Fueled Collective member.  Six Apart provided lunch and gave away an iPad mini to an attendee who was selected in a raffle.

The Fueled space is really unique.  It’s one floor above the Foursquare offices, which gives you the sense that success in the social media space is all around you.

There’s tons of desk space in the collective, and constant activity– at least whenever I am there.  I’m looking forward to going back and using it as a base of operations when I meet with our New York City-based clients.