Sandcastle Release 1.11 | Sandcastle

Sandcastle Release 1.11

Information about the eleventh release of Sandcastle

Sandcastle Platform Updates:

  • Developing Infinite scroll on basic content: This update will now change the way basic content is viewed on Sandcastle sites that have infinite scroll turned on. Infinite Scroll will connect content that matches configured parameters so that it displays in a scrollable stream.
  • Adding new Outbrain widget below content on infinite scroll pages: This update creates an outbrain widget that will match the SOLR widget for recirc. This will give a consistent experience for users on the site as they go through the infinite scroll.
  • Adding Omniture tracking to infinite scroll pages: This update will allow for better content analysis and give additional parameters for the Analytics team to provide guidance to each brand that is using infinite scroll.
  • Adding GA tracking to infinite scroll pages
  • Adding comScore tracking to infinite scroll pages: This update will allow comScore, Nielsen, and Quantcast to accurately track content that is being referenced through infinite scroll.
  • Adding Nielsen tracking to infinite scroll pages: This update will allow comScore, Nielsen, and Quantcast to accurately track content that is being referenced through infinite scroll.
  • Adding Quantcast tracking to infinite scroll pages: This update will allow comScore, Nielsen, and Quantcast to accurately track content that is being referenced through infinite scroll.
  • Remove Zedo from infinite scroll pages: This update removes Zedo from appearing on infinite scroll pages. This is part of removing additional variables while trying to track the performance of infinite scroll itself.
  • Updating po.st share icon links to change with infinite scroll content: This update will ensure that the po.st social bar will share the content that is currently being viewed, instead of the content that started the infinite scroll stream.
  • Updating basic content to have full width titles and galleries: This update changes the layout of basic content so that the title, subtitle, by line, po.st social bar, photo gallery, and or video will expand to the full width of the content area of the site. This will push the right rail beneath the aforementioned content areas and will match up with the body content area.

Administration Interface Changes:

  • Creating global config page for admins to turn infinite scroll on/off: This configuration option will enable or disable infinite scroll as well as define the parameters that are used to pull specific content together.
  • Allowing infinite scroll edit admin links to change with infinite scroll content: This feature will allow editors to view content through the infinite scroll and edit the specific piece of content they are currently viewing.
  • Allowing the ability to switch between outbrain and solr recirc on infinite scroll pages: This update will give the Sandcastle site the ability to have SOLR as their main source of recirc below basic content, while falling back to Outbrain if the content has not yet been indexed.
  • Adding the option to choose solr and/or outbrain for recirc on infinite scroll pages: This update will give the Sandcastle site the ability to have Outbrain as their source of recirc below basic content.

User-facing and Performance Changes:

  • Removing solr from infinite scroll page right rail and make right rail ad position sticky: This feature will remove recirc from appearing in the right rail and display beneath basic content. The ad position (R1) will become sticky and follow the user through the entire piece of basic content.
  • Limiting solr recs to 4 on infinite scroll pages: This update will display four pieces of SOLR related content below basic content, instead of the five that will display on Sandcastle sites that do not use infinite scroll.

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