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This was really fun. The Bride's family was dressed in Green and the Groom's family in White. The Bride's Mom fell a week or so ago and broke her ankle. she is the one in the wheelchair, although she was able to stand for pictures. These are great fans and they are looking foward to buying season tickets and watching Mean Green history. They've already made some Mean Green history by holding their wedding at the new stadium. It was windy Saturday, but everybody seemed to have a great time. I hope to see them in September when we beat Houston.

Thanks to the Bride and Groom.

Go Mean Green

UNTflyer
It appears that the university is launching a new marketing and branding initiative.

**NOTE** They are NOT looking to change any logos, graphics, or colors.

http://pps.unt.edu/s...itiativeRFP.pdf

Here are some key quotes from the RFP:

Project 1: Brand Platform Development

"UNT seeks assistance in the development, implementation and launch of a distinctive and substantive brand platform to improve the university's competitive position for mind and market share."

"development and launch of a distinctive brand platform and framework"

Project 2 - Football Stadium Promotions & Marketing

"UNT seeks assistance in creating ―must see‖ awareness of the university's new football stadium"

"assistance in building and energizing a football season-ticket fan base that drives ticket sales; and counsel on building sponsor affinity"

"Counsel and possible assistance with sports news media, expanding UNT's reach within the DFW region and beyond"

Project 3: Evaluation and Development of New and Social Media

"UNT seeks assistance in the development, implementation and launch of a comprehensive social media program to engage the university's many constituents"

Project 4 – Evaluation and Plan Development of News Services

"UNT seeks assistance in the review of its established news service/media relations program"

"UNT seeks to strengthen its comprehensive news service program and processes to gain more visibility with its target audiences"

UNTflyer
It appears that the university is launching a new marketing and branding initiative.

**NOTE** They are NOT looking to change any logos, graphics, or colors.

http://pps.unt.edu/s...itiativeRFP.pdf

Here are some key quotes from the RFP:

Project 1: Brand Platform Development

"UNT seeks assistance in the development, implementation and launch of a distinctive and substantive brand platform to improve the university's competitive position for mind and market share."

"development and launch of a distinctive brand platform and framework"

Project 2 - Football Stadium Promotions & Marketing

"UNT seeks assistance in creating ―must see‖ awareness of the university's new football stadium"

"assistance in building and energizing a football season-ticket fan base that drives ticket sales; and counsel on building sponsor affinity"

"Counsel and possible assistance with sports news media, expanding UNT's reach within the DFW region and beyond"

Project 3: Evaluation and Development of New and Social Media

"UNT seeks assistance in the development, implementation and launch of a comprehensive social media program to engage the university's many constituents"

Project 4 – Evaluation and Plan Development of News Services

"UNT seeks assistance in the review of its established news service/media relations program"

"UNT seeks to strengthen its comprehensive news service program and processes to gain more visibility with its target audiences"



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Harry
All templates are capable of using template tags, and as such when you edit any type of template, there will be a "template tag help" link. Clicking this produces a sidebar (there is then a link in the sidebar to open a separate popup) that details all of the template tags you can insert to include IP.Content data within your template.

However, with database and article templates, there are additional variables that are passed into the template to allow it to manipulate and display the HTML that represents the content. For instance, different data is retrieved and available when you are looking at a list of articles compared to when you are viewing a single article. You need to know what these variables are in order to be able to properly modify the template to display data in the manner you want, and as such, a template variable help popup is available that will detail the variables available for each template type.

When you are editing a template, click on "template variable help" and a new window opens displaying the variables you can expect to be available to the template with a short description of each variable. If you get stuck, this help window can help shed some light on the variables that are available, what values they should contain, and how you can use these variables to your advantage to build a more dynamic and useful interface for your database.

Harry

What Is A Frontpage?

By Harry, in GoMeanGreen.com,

IP.Content 2.0 uses the term "frontpage" to refer to both the homepage of the Articles module, and the landing page of each individual category. We have introduced this new navigational structure to better allow you to showcase content, while presenting it in a standardized format that your users will be able to understand and jump into without assistance.

Firstly, you will now be able to define "frontpage" templates in the ACP for the Articles module. IP.Content 2.0 will ship with 3 defaults:


1x2x2 Layout
This layout will display articles in a traditional "news" style layout.
Blog format
This format will display articles in a blog-style format.
Single column
This layout will force articles to display in a single column, one per row.

You can use one or more of these frontpage layouts, or you can create your own. Experiment with displaying articles in different formats on your homepage to determine which layout your users like best.

Articles must be set to "Show on front page" in order for them to display on the homepage frontpage.

In addition to the homepage frontpage, each category has it's own frontpage. The category frontpage functions identically to the homepage frontpage, except for two important factors:


Only records from within that category (and it's subcategories) will be displayed
The "Show on front page" setting is not honored for the category frontpage

You will be able to easily review and manage the articles set to display on the frontpage from a new section of the ACP labeled "Frontpage Manager". We feel that this new area of the articles section will help showcase important articles and increase user interaction with your articles section.

Harry

Media Management

By Harry, in GoMeanGreen.com,

The media module in the IP.Content 2.0 ACP section allows you to quickly and easily manage multimedia files you may need to use with IP.Content. While you can certainly upload your files through FTP, or link to offsite files, you may find it easier to upload the files using the media section of the ACP, and then copy the links for use within pages, templates, and blocks.

From within the media module, you can create folders, upload files, move files and folders, rename files and folders, and delete files and folders. Files can be listed and you can click on a file to view it (or right click on the file to copy the link).

This simple tool can be a timesaver when you simply need to upload an image quickly for use within a page template. The media folder is defined in the media_path.php file in your forum root directory, giving you the freedom to move and organize your paths as needed.

Harry
With IP.Content 2.0, articles and custom databases can now mirror a topic to the forums when a new article or database record is submitted. In doing so, IP.Content can also utilize that automatically-generated topic as the comment "storage" for the article or record. When a comment is submitted to the article, the comment is actually stored as a reply to the topic. Similarly, replies made directly to the topic in the forum also show up as comments for the record.

This new functionality can be enabled at a per-database and per-category level. You can specify separate forums for each category in your article section, for instance, or you can turn off forum commenting for a specific category, while enabling it for all others.

A few additional configuration options, such as allowing you to automatically remove the topic when the record is removed, and specifying a prefix and/or suffix for the topic title so that your users can more easily identify that such topics were stemmed from the articles section help round out the feature, giving you better control over how these automatically posted topics are handled.

These new forum cross-posting capabilities allow the administrator to better tie in articles with the forums, giving you better opportunities to expose your content to a wider audience. Additionally, forum management of comments provides for easier maintenance and stronger managerial options of the comments, utilizing IP.Board's powerful, proven feature set.

Harry

Sharing links

By Harry, in GoMeanGreen.com,

IP.Board 3.1 introduces a new feature that is available for any application to make use of: sharing links. IP.Content 2.0 makes use of this new feature in the custom databases (and articles) modules to allow you to more easily expose your content to a wider audience.

Along with supporting sharing of your content with third party services such as Facebook and Twitter, you can now also send an article via email, print the article, and download the article easily by clicking the appropriate icon under the article body. The additional printing and downloading features allow the content to be shared, online as well as offline.

Within the articles module specifically, the article image that you upload when posting the article (optionally) will automatically be flagged for use with Facebook when someone uses Facebook to share the link. This ensures that the correct image is the one Facebook displays to other users. Similarly, we pull out an appropriate extract of textual content for Facebook to use as well. If the user is logged in to Twitter or Facebook, sharing the content becomes even easier, not requiring you to even leave the site.

We hope that by providing tools to make it easier to share content on your site, your content will be exposed to a wider audience, bringing you more traffic and making your content more easily and readily available to the world.

Harry
Beginning with IP.Content 2.0, you can now promote forum posts to your articles section in IP.Content.

The administrator can configure the specifics of this feature in the ACP under My Apps -> IP.Content -> Promote Article Settings. You can turn the system on and off, control which groups can copy and move posts to the articles section, and specify a few other details for the feature. A new hook is included with IP.Content which adds a button to each post labeled "Promote to Article". This button only shows up if you have permission to use the feature based on the ACP configuration.

When clicked, the button will take you to a new form where you can formalize the details of the new article. You can tweak the text and title, upload an image, and specify other pertinent details. If you are able to both move and copy posts to the articles section, you will also be asked which type of promotion you wish to use. Upon submitting the form, IP.Content handles the rest.

This new feature can be used to showcase important content otherwise hidden in your forums by pushing this content to your frontpage. It is then up to you whether you want a copy made in the articles section (leaving the original post in tact), whether you want to actually move the post to the articles section, and whether you want any cross-linking left in place. With such powerful options, we are sure you will find many uses for this new promotion tool in IP.Content 2.0.



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