AM Updates: Media Player, Blogs, Form Wizard - Radiant

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Posted by Ray Majoran

As part of our ongoing mandate to provide churches and ministries with the best service possible, we are pleased to announce five new updates to AdvancedMinistry.

1. Media Player: You can now choose a different media player background image. Before today, even though you could skin your media player however you wanted, you were stuck with a purple/blue image for your media player background. Now you can choose from one of seven backgrounds (that include a wide variety of color options). To choose a different background, login, edit your AM 3.0 template and click on the “Media Player” tab. You will now see an option to choose a different Media Player Style.

2. Media Player: When you upload an audio/video file to your website, you have the option to choose a “Supplementary File” to go with it (i.e. a Sermon Notes PDF file, etc.). When a user visits your site, they can listen/watch your file and download the Supplementary File. The problem with this is that many users don't know what “Supplementary File” means, so we've now given you the option to rename to something more user-friendly (i.e. “Sermon Notes”). To make this change, login and click on “Edit My Media Files”. Then edit the media file that you want to change and scroll toward the bottom of the page. There you will see a new field called “Supplementary Download Friendly Name”. Change the name and click on Submit.

3 Media Player: For those of you that like to embed AdvancedMinistry videos throughout your website, you will notice that AdvancedMinistry chooses a still-frame from your video to use as the thumbnail image. You can now change that thumbnail to one of your choosing. To make this change, login and click on “Edit My Media Files”. Then edit the media file that you want to change and scroll to the bottom of the page. There you will see a new field called “Alternative Preview Image (for Embedded Media)”. Choose the JPEG image that you would like to use.

4. Blogs: Instead of just featuring the names of your blogs on your front page, you can now feature your most recent posts, listed by title. This should help substantially for those users who are trying to use their front page as a relevant portal to their blog. To make this change, login and click on “Edit My Blogs”. You will see the option listed under “Home Page View”.

5. Forms: Rather than just sorting all of the custom forms on your Forms page by the date that they were created, you can now sort them any way you like. To make this change, login and click on “Edit My Forms” followed by “Sort Forms”. You can then drag and drop the forms in the order that you'd like them to appear.

Enjoy!