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February 24, 2021

Looking Ahead to Live Blog 3.82: Theme Customisation

Introducing Live Blog 3.7

Looking Ahead to Live Blog 3.82: Theme Customisation

by Anna Rohleder |  February 24, 2021

Our live blogging platform comes with several different themes pre-installed, but many users would like to personalise the look and feel of their live blog at a more granular level.

This can be useful for matching the branding of the website where your live blog is embedded or simply to have more creative flexibility with your live blogging..

In our upcoming release 3.82, you will have the option to change the style of Live Blog’s default theme from within the theme settings. In particular, you will be able to change the following:

  • fonts, along with their colours and sizes
  • background colour of the blog
  • background colour of the text for embed(s), photo, and quote post types
  • maximum width of the Live Blog embed, as well as its margins and padding  

This new feature will be available for all users, at all subscription levels, and can be found in the new “Styles” tab in Theme Settings, when you are using the Default SEO Theme.  

To see the additions and improvements in detail for this release, go to the Live Blog releases page on GitHub. Want to know more about what Live Blog can do for your news organisation? Get in touch: saas@liveblog.pro.

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October 22, 2020

Introducing Live Blog 3.8.3: New scheduling and sharing features

Introducing Live Blog 3.7

Introducing Live Blog 3.8.3: New scheduling and sharing features

by Anna Rohleder |  October 22, 2020

This year we’ve seen live blogs become an integral part of real-time news coverage. Newsrooms are using them to provide updates on ongoing situations like the coronavirus pandemic, respond to breaking news and engage with their audiences by sharing through a variety of other media. 

The new features we have introduced in the latest release of Live Blog are intended to support all of those live blogging use cases and more. Our goal is to give reporters and editors greater flexibility, especially when working across time zones or as part of a remote team.

Plan your editorial coverage

The first new feature in this release is post scheduling. Previously, you could only publish a post at the time you wrote it — which made sense when covering breaking news. But now, as live blogs are increasingly used for scheduled events such as conferences and product launches, editors need to write content ahead of time. 

The new post scheduling feature allows you to write a post to be published at any time in the future. Here’s how it works. Create a new post as usual, select “Scheduled” in the lower right corner of the editing window, choose the date and time for publishing in the calendar and save it by pressing Schedule again. (Note: half-hour increments are set as defaults but you can type in a more precise time of your choosing). 

Once you press Schedule again, the post will go to the Scheduled posts queue, which you access by selecting the clock icon in the left menu bar. That’s where you go to edit, update or delete the post. Otherwise, there’s nothing else you need to do once the post is scheduled.

Because Live Blog is web-based, neither you nor your computer have to be online for the post to go live.

Engage your audience with Live Blog embeds

The second new key feature in release 3.8.3 is post sharing. With this feature, you can share a Live Blog post to any of the main social media networks by mousing over the sharing arrow or link button in the lower right corner of a post. Choose the icon of the service you want to share the Live Blog post to, and it will show the post you selected as the highlighted image and caption in front of the blog’s timeline. If a reader clicks on the highlighted post, it and the rest of the blog will open in a new tab or window.

Other improvements and updates in this release include:

  • New content filtering functionality on the front end to allow users to filter the content according to their interests. This feature can be enabled or disabled from the theme settings screen.
  • Improved ad collection rotation on Default SEO and AMP Themes
  • Improved commenting feature on AMP Theme

We also fixed a few issues with video uploads to YouTube, Instagram embeds and some button behaviour on the back end.

To see the additions and improvements in detail for this release, go to the Live Blog releases page on GitHub. Want to know more about what Live Blog can do for your news organisation? Get in touch: saas@liveblog.pro.

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April 28, 2020

Introducing Live Blog 3.8: Full GDPR Compliance

Introducing Live Blog 3.7

Introducing Live Blog 3.8

by Todd Jatras |  April 28, 2020

We understand that our clients take privacy and the security of their readers’ personal data very seriously. With the release of version 3.8, Live Blog now has built-in GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance that is simple to activate.

Websites from the 27 countries that form the European Union are required to collect consent from each reader to their GDPR-compliant data privacy policies. First-time visitors arriving on a Live Blog will see that all social media embeds (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube) on the post are shielded with a placeholder prompting them to read the site’s privacy policy and a consent button. This shield effectively blocks said social media platforms from receiving the end user’s information until they provide their GDPR consent. 

Upon agreeing to the GDPR privacy statement, all social media embeds within the blog will load and become visible. This one-time consent agreement will be saved and applied for each user to all parallel live blogs on that site. 

Additionally, the text of the consent agreement is configurable for each site, and can be customised according to various blog themes with links to their respective data protection policy. With the introduction of GDPR compliance, readers now have control over the personal data they want to share. 

Improved syndication features in Live Blog 3.8

Our live blogging platform now has a new tagging functionality that supports syndication of specific topics or kinds of coverage in news by labelling and filtering content in the following ways:     

  1. Add single or multiple tags to blog posts  
  2. Filter content based on specific tags through Syndication
  3. Create output channels that deliver content based on certain tag(s)

Additional improvements

We have introduced a new process for deleting live blogs whereby they are not deleted right away but only after 3 days.  Blogs marked for deletion are put in a separate tab for review, allowing users to retrieve blogs they may have deleted by accident.

We also have a new Global Settings section to manage Live Blog’s general configurations.

To see the full rundown of 3.8 features, as well as a complete list of bug fixes and performance improvements for this release, visit Live Blog on GitHub. If you have any questions about the latest updates to Live Blog, contact us: saas@liveblog.pro

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December 19, 2019

Introducing Live Blog 3.7

Introducing Live Blog 3.7

Introducing Live Blog 3.7

by Todd Jatras |  December 17, 2019

With the release of version 3.7, Live Blog users now have greater control over the management of their content: how they track, syndicate, and even delete it. Ease of use and seamless integration with newsroom workflows has never been better with the industry’s leading live blogging platform.

Live Blog’s new tagging functionality allows editors to apply single or multiple tags to a blog post and filter content based on those tags. Creating syndication models and output channels with new this new feature makes it easier than ever to identify and share blogs between news organisations. 

If you’ve ever hit the delete button and immediately regretted it, you need no longer worry about accidentally losing content. Deleted blogs will no longer vanish instantly, but will stay in the “trash” for three days by default. 

Live Blog 3.7 also features a new Global Settings section where you can conveniently manage all Live Blog general configurations. We’ve implemented a new setting that allows you to adjust the default privacy status for YouTube video uploads, and that can be conveniently accessed here.

To see the full rundown of 3.7 features, as well as a complete list of bug fixes and performance improvements for this release, visit Live Blog on GitHub. If you have any questions about the latest updates to Live Blog, contact us: saas@liveblog.pro

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October 9, 2019

Win More Readers with Custom Posts for Covering Sports

Live Blogging soccer game

Win More Readers with Custom Posts for Covering Sports

by Todd Jatras |  October 8, 2019

All good journalism answers the 5 Ws: who, what, where, when and why. When it comes to covering sports, “how much?” or “how many?” is the other big question that preoccupies fans. Your live blog can cover all the bases: helping fans keep track of their favourite players on and off the field, along with the points they score in the game.

We recently enhanced Live Blog’s coverage options for sports with custom posts to report on football player transfers, as well as the score in tennis matches.

The two main transfer windows during the year for European football, at the start of the year and again in summer, are ideal times to start a live blog for player trades. You can also get creative and use Live Blog for a variety of other real-time updates on matches, players and league standings.

 

For tennis matches, we have a new custom post that highlights the players in the match as well as letting you update the score in real time.

 

And this is just a sampling of the creative options available for covering sports. Another possibility, if you cover the American sports leagues, would be to have a custom post type for the draft season in basketball or American football. (For the technical details of creating your own custom post types, see the documentation on our wiki.)

And for more tips on how to make the best use of Live Blog’s scorecard for any sporting event, you can read this blog post or watch this short video.

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August 7, 2019

Key Features of the Live Blog Reporter Mobile App

The Latest Updates for our Live Blog Reporter Mobile App

Key Features of the Live Blog Reporter Mobile App

by Todd Jatras |  Aug 7, 2019

Today’s journalists are on the move more than ever and require as much flexibility as possible in publishing their coverage of live news events. That’s why we’ve updated our Live Blog Reporter app with new features designed to enhance the blogging experience, and for greater integration with newsroom workflows.

If you’re new to Live Blog, you’ll still need to set up your blogging presence on a computer, but after that quick process, most reporting tasks can be handled with ease from a mobile device.

Download the Live Blog Reporter App (newly updated for Android and iOS) onto any connected mobile device and you’ll be able to effortlessly manage, publish and edit all of your blogs while on the go.

Let’s have a look at the great new features:

Reporter now supports direct-to-YouTube video uploads, which will expedite the video-posting process, making videos shot in the field immediately accessible to your whole team.

Another cool feature: posts can be saved as offline drafts and published later, a useful option when working in areas with limited or no internet connectivity. Journalists’ posts can either be published directly or sent to editors for approval.

Additional updates:

  • App users can now access their Live Blog timeline to edit existing posts
  • Users can pin and highlight posts directly in the app
  • A new post type for coverage of sporting events (availability of this feature depends on the user’s subscription plan)
  • A faster log-in process. In the past some users had to insert a specialised URL like dpa-api.liveblog.pro in order to log in. Now, after we updated to the new version, this -api was deprecated, and they just need to insert the instance name, i.e dpa.liveblog.pro

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May 8, 2019

Ending the Endless Upload: Add Videos to Your Blog Faster with Live Blog 3.6

Ending the Endless Upload: Add Videos to Your Blog Up to 40% Faster with Live Blog 3.6

by Gregory Bruno |  May 8, 2019

For many bloggers, video is the pièce de résistance. Competition for eyeballs online is fierce, and relevant video content is often the difference between clicks on your posts or on someone else’s. When slow upload speeds frustrate the proceedings, potential audiences go elsewhere.

Previous versions of Live Blog required users to toggle between metadata, processing steps, and cross-posting. But after much hard work, Live Blog version 3.6 has streamlined this process. With this beta release, direct video uploads to YouTube can now be managed directly from the Live Blog editor, meaning that seconds once lost to agonizingly-slow upload speeds can now be spent actually blogging.

“Videos are among the most popular pieces of content on our clients’ blogs, but until the rollout of 3.6, users needed to juggle two systems to get their videos published. No longer,” said Live Blog product manager Evgeny Deulin. “By enabling direct uploading to YouTube, Live Blog users will see their videos published and viewable faster than ever.”

We wanted to quantify just how much extra time this new feature would save bloggers. So, after creating a blog in our in-house testing platform, we hit start on the stopwatch and began uploading a 17 second, 34.5 MB snowboarding video of yours truly (which will remain forever hidden for vanity reasons). In our test it took about two minutes for the full video to process via the new beta uploader, and after attaching a quick headline and description, we were able to share it with colleagues in under three minutes (2:55).

We then compared this with the amount of time spent uploading, tagging, and publishing of the same video to YouTube (with the same stopwatch running), followed by embedding to our Live Blog demo instance. From start to finish, that two-step process took more than five minutes (5:17) to complete. Bottom line: when it comes to publishing videos on your blog, Live Blog 3.6 can slash upload times by more than 40%.

Version 3.6 comes with several additional bug fixes and performance improvements; you can see the full changelog and list of fixes here. We have also prepared a how-to guide on how to connect a Live Blog instance to your YouTube account.

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January 15, 2019

Introducing Live Blog 3.5

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Introducing Live Blog 3.5

by Anna Rohleder |  January 15, 2019

Building on the usability and performance improvements that made Live Blog version 3.4 even more flexible and easy to use, we have added great new features for collaboration and managing content, as well as ads, in version 3.5.

New features include:

  • Post Flagging – indicates a post being edited which makes others aware of who is working on those posts
  • Default SEO Theme and AMP Theme now supports more than two levels of nesting/inheritance.  
  • A new repository of custom post types: https://github.com/liveblog/custom-post-types

Improvements include:

  • Improved blog notifications when new posts are created by team members
  • Team subscription allows a new maximum number of themes
  • Better image handling, especially for image galleries
  • Easier social sharing, including Facebook and AMP-compatible tweets
  • Unpublished posts are easier to find and manage
  • Improved display of ads, across a variety of themes

Be sure to contact us if you have any questions about the latest updates to Live Blog: saas@liveblog.pro

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June 12, 2018

Meet Live Blog 3.4

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Meet Live Blog 3.4

by Gideon Lehmann |  June 12, 2018

Over the past few months, Live Blog has become increasingly popular as its features have grown more powerful. Recently powering the Eurovision Song Contest’s official live blog, Live Blog version 3.4 is filled with useful new features and improvements that make tools even easier to use, including:

  • Enhancements to our advertisement management system based on configurable output channels. Ads can now be placed easily into a Live Blog’s timeline in a configurable frequency for both our Default and AMP themes. This means that you’ll be able to make more profit from advertisements with readers now engaging with ads on their phones.
  • Updates to our text editor will result in a much smoother editing experience. When it comes to editing text that has been copied and pasted from external sources, our text editor will now remove the unwanted original formatting of the text. This will save you from having to fix the formatting in your post before publishing.
  • Thinking about archiving or deleting several blogs at once? You’ll now be able to select several at a time and do so, rather than spending time adjusting the settings for each one individually.
  • The user commenting feature is now available for the AMP output, so you’ll also be able to engage with your readers directly through their phones by incorporating their comments into your live blog. This increased user engagement won’t only benefit the content you produce but will also help to popularise your live blog in the long run.
  • Our customisable Live Blog themes can meet any need. We’ve always made sure that our live blog themes are adjustable to fulfil the requirements and branding of different organisations. In version 3.4, we’ve introduced blocks that allow you to override certain components of your chosen Live Blog theme while still maintaining the desired elements, even when new updates become available.

We’ve also been hard at work increasing the test coverage of our software, inheriting the latest version of our mother project Superdesk with its improved UI and updating our API documentation to make sure it functions well with our new features.

We are already working on our next developments to Live Blog. Here are three things that are under way for future releases:

  • Direct video upload
  • Automated creation of AMP-compatible output channels
  • Improvements in regards to data privacy and embeds

Be sure to contact us if you have any questions about the latest updates to Live Blog: saas@liveblog.pro

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June 28, 2017

4 Features to Cover Sports Like a Champion with Live Blog

4 Features to Cover Sports Like a Champion with Live Blog

4 Features to Cover Sports Like a Champion with Live Blog

by Anthony Covalciuc |  Jun 28, 2017

The 2017 Champions League tournament is well underway, and as it nears its June 3rd finale, it’s time to ask yourself: do I have the necessary tool in order to provide football supporters with all the updates, images, and analysis that they crave? Not to worry if you feel unprepared, Live Blog is here to help.

Not only is the Champions League one of the most prestigious tournaments across the globe, but in recent years it has become the most watched annual sporting event in the entire world (the 2016 final had more than 300 million viewers). Supporters want the latest information fast, and Live Blog allows editors to supplement conventional live coverage and deliver text, images, video and social media content in real time, ensuring maximum engagement.

The latest Live Blog release comes fully-equipped with new tools and features to boost your live blogging efforts and enrich the experience for your followers.

Scorecards – Visualize Your Live Data

Live blogging about a sports event requires presenting data in a comprehensive and meaningful way. The most important pieces of information in this regard are the current score of the game and the final result. Use the Scorecards tool to inform your viewers who scored a goal and in what minute. You can also use this tool to divide teams into “Home” and “Away”.

4 Features to Cover Sports Like a Champion with Live Blog

Adding score cards to your live blog.

Custom Post Types – Provide Real-Time Statistics of the Match

As we’ve mentioned in a previous post about election coverage, the free-types management tool provides creative freedom over how to present information relevant to your coverage. When you cover the Champions League or another sporting event, statistics such as possession, corner kicks, fouls, bookings, and shots can all be illustrated however you and your editors decide. Enhanced, real-time stats illustrated with graphs, charts, and graphics make games more interactive while increasing the audience’s connection to their team.

It’s important to note that custom post types must be configured as part of an initial effort. If you have the skills or people in place, great, you are ready to go! Otherwise, you can enlist the help of Sourcefabric’s development team and we will get the post types you want up and running in no time. Also in the works is a set or package of custom types available to all Live Blog users on Github.

3 New Features Raising the Bar for Live Blogging

Include statistics to your live blog.

User Comments – Engage Your Fan Base

Football supporters love to be part of the action, so make certain that they are able to participate and offer their own insights with the User Comments feature. Viewers who also share streams, highlights, or social media directly from their game-watching experience help your blog to gain popularity and increase exposure.

4 Features to Cover Sports Like a Champion with Live Blog

Easy to review and approve user comments.

Native and Remote Ads – Monetise Your Coverage

The ability to include advertising in your live blogging software – either from a third-party provider or ones you have made yourself – increases revenue for your organisation. Football supporters are an engaged audience who are loyal to their club. Additionally, their love of the game and for an organisation is handed down from generation to generation. Advertisements during your broadcasts can include sponsorships or in-house products and services that will bring in money for your organisation. You can consider supplemental ads for merchandise or even to purchase tickets to the next match, enticing your viewers to take the next steps to support their club and bringing you more revenue in the process.

3 New Features Raising the Bar for Live Blogging

Monetise your live blog with advertisements.

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