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What's New in Xpand Portal 3.2

Feb 18, 2019 news Xpand Portal
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Version 3.2 of Xpand Portal introduces the following features and improvements:

Overhauled Notifications functionality

The User Notifications functionality has been improved:

  • Added a possibility to receive notifications about changes on the records on the Xpand Portal, including those that originate from synchronization with an external system, such as an ERP system.
  • Implemented various types of notification subscriptions:

Direct Notifications subscription – The portal member can manually subscribe to changes on a specific record on a page where the notifications functionality is enabled.

Template-based subscriptions – These types of subscription are based on a subscription template, which defines which fields will be tracked for changes, what are the conditions for triggering a notification, what the title and body of a notification will include, and whether it will be shown only on the portal, sent by email, or both. Subscriptions based on a template are created and turned on in CMS (back-end) with the possibility for portal member to edit the subscription details if allowed. Template-based subscriptions include the following subtypes:

All Records Notifications subscription – Portal members can subscribe to changes on all records on any page (in any of the selected fields), related to a certain portal entity. This type of subscription is enabled after the portal member configures and saves the subscription settings from the Manage Notifications window.

Date Condition Notifications subscription - Portal members can subscribe to changes on a page with the following condition that triggers a notification: the field value in a specified date field(s) must be equal to a specific date. This type of subscription is enabled after the portal member configures and saves the subscription settings from the Manage Notifications window.

Condition Notifications subscription - Portal members can subscribe to changes on a page with the following condition that triggers a notification: the field value in a specified field(s) meet the specified criteria in the condition. This type of subscription is enabled after the portal member configures and saves the subscription settings from the Manage Notifications window.

  • Added a possibility to create a notification subscription using a template.
  • Provided the possibility to choose which fields should be tracked to trigger a notification when subscribing to changes on a record.

  • Added a possibility to send email letters about new portal notifications, with data from the record or simple text.


Expanded filtering options for date fields

The filtering possibilities on grid paged have been expanded with new options for date fields – you can set a filter where a date should be the today’s date, within the current week, or within the current month. 

In CMS, there is a possibility to set filter by date field value using new options. These filters are applied upon opening a page.


Unlocked regional settings

Data format can now be configured on three levels:

  • Field level - data format in the field settings has the highest priority and will be used if it is specified for a field.
  • Member settings - data formats configured in the Data format field on the Settings tab on the portal member settings have medium priority and will be applied only if data format on the field level is not configured.
  • Site localization settings - data formats configured in the Data format field in the site localization settings have the lowest priority and will be applied only of the data format was not configured in the member settings or in the field settings.


A configurable set of action buttons for detail pages

A configurable set of action buttons has been added. This enables you to add commands that do the following (command captions are customizable):

  • Save – Saves the changes on the detail page. This command has two variants:
    • Close the detail page after saving and open the parent page
    • Stay on the detail page after saving
  • Delete – Deletes the record
  • Enable/Disable Notifications – Toggles the subscription to changes on the record on or off to enable or disable receiving notifications about changes
  • Send Email – Allows you send an email with data from the record or simple text as well as file attachment. This command has a wide variety of settings to set up default email values or use a predefined template. There is a possibility to set up an email recipient to be automatically filled in using any individual email address or choose the needed email from a set of addresses available on the portal (for example, portal contact emails). You can choose to have changes on the grid page saved automatically before sending an email.

The Send Email action can be added to grid pages as well.


Expanded possibilities of customizing the page layout directly from the Front-End

Expanded the possibilities of editing all Xpand Portal pages directly from the Front-End. New editing possibilities enable portal members to do the following directly from the Front-End:

  • Reorder page elements by dragging
  • Change element width with a resize arrow
  • Navigate from a portal page in the Front-End to its settings page in CMS


New types of content blocks

New types of content blocks have been added that you can add to dashboard pages on the portal:

Gauge tile – Provides a possibility to present aggregated data in the form of a gauge HyperText Markup Language (HTML) block – Provides a possibility to add text, images, hyperlinks, macros, pieces of code as well as apply text formatting.

Video block – Provides a possibility to embed a Youtube video into a portal page.

Image banner – A banner image that will be displayed on the home page. The banner may have text or links on it.


Expanded aggregation possibilities of cue tiles and charts

The aggregation possibilities of cue tiles and charts have been expanded. Now, in addition to the possibility to display the number of records, data displayed in cue tiles (as well as new gauge tiles) and charts can be aggregated as follows:

A sum of all values of a field will be calculated and displayed in the tile. Select a field the values of which will be summed up on all records.

- The average of all values of a field will be calculated and displayed in the tile. Select a field the average values of which will be calculated on all records.

- The lowest value of all values of a field will displayed in the tile. Select a field the lowest value of which from all records will be shown.

- The highest value of all values of a field will displayed in the tile. Select a field the highest value of which from all records will be shown.

For detailed information about Xpand Portal, visit our help center.


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