Welcome to this month’s edition of Rainmaker Platform News!
Back on October 6, Chris Garrett and I hosted a webinar about Rainmaker’s Learning Management System. We really enjoyed the experience, which was buoyed by the huge amount of great questions submitted by Rainmaker users like you.
I always appreciate these opportunities to hear the questions you have about the platform first-hand, and then to answer them so you can take that next step forward with your site.
If you want to watch the replay of that webinar, which begins with a 9-step tutorial on setting up a basic course using Rainmaker’s LMS, it is available on-demand right here:
Okay, let’s jump into this month’s update.
53 (count ‘em 53!) bug fixes are coming
Sometimes I bury the bug fix announcements at the end of these newsletters or release emails. The reason for that is they are perpetual — we’re constantly tweaking features to make them better and more useful — so they rarely stand out above new feature introductions.
But this month, I want to make special mention of the impending tidal wave of bug fixes, because so many of them are in direct response to questions/comments/concerns that you have submitted to support.
The Rainmaker Platform will only reach its potential when we work together in such a way. So please know that we appreciate your feedback, we consider it, and we act on it.
Now look forward to a bushel of important bug fixes when the 2.9 release rolls out. (We’ll detail some of the specifics in the accompanying release email.)
New Feature: Member Switching
As you know, while I handle much of what we do for the Rainmaker Platform from a marketing perspective, I am also a user — and not just for our Rainmaker Digital sites, but for my personal sites too.
And this upcoming new feature has me pretty stoked.
Because it’s all about empathy.
What the new Member Switching feature will allow you to do is step inside the shoes — or to be more accurate, the eyes — of your site’s members.
With just a few clicks in your dashboard, you will be able to see your website as your members see it … without having to take the annoying and time-consuming steps of logging out of your admin account, and then logging into separate test accounts.
The first step toward creating a better experience for your members is understanding what their current experience is. Member Switching makes it simple to do this, saving you time and hassle.
New Feature: Clear Cache Option
You know how sometimes a blessing can be a curse? Or, put another way, your greatest strength can sometimes be a weakness?
Well, in the case of Rainmaker, you could argue that these statements occasionally apply to our caching technology.
It’s undeniable that one of the reasons Rainmaker delivers such great performance in terms of page load speeds is because of our sophisticated caching infrastructure. Serving cached pages is great the vast majority of the time — but every now and then it can be a slight problem.
Consider the situation when you are updating your site’s design. You add a bit of custom CSS and you want to see how the changes look on the live site. So you save your changes, open up your site in a browser, and … everything looks the same.
Did your changes not save properly? Did they not take effect? Are you taking crazy pills!? No, no, and no.
The most likely culprit is simply that the cache hasn’t cleared yet.
Previously, you had to request a cache clear through support. But with the new Clear Cache feature, you’ll be able to clear your site’s cache right from your dashboard.
So when you make a change that you want to take instant effect on your live site — for you and all of your visitors — you just clear the cache, and then subsequent pages visited will load fresh with all your updates included.
These two new features, plus the bug fixes, will be included in the upcoming Rainmaker Platform 2.9 release.