|Radio Userland has appointed Steve Kirks as its Product Manager to jump-start enhancements to the Radio Userland blogging tool. First up are some new themes, layout cleanup, improving upstreaming, comments moderation, improvements to usage stats, and upgraded documentation.
Improvements that Sloggers think are most needed per my survey last year include:
- Streamlining blogroll (‘navigation links’) maintenance, flagging of links recently updated, and auto-verification of links
- Archives that display more than one day at a time
- Easier ability to put HTML in comments, and to preview comments
- Ability to display comments below the main post (for those that want to print out both)
- Ability to change the appearance and content of individual Categories without having to fiddle with code in the ‘www’ folder
- Simplification and improved documentation of Outlining
- Google search bar addition (to search the blog’s archives)
- Ability to post just the headline and/or selected extract from a long post on the main blog page, with a link to the rest of the article
- A Table of Contents for your archive
- A Directory of all Radio Userland blogs (in which users could update their own profile), and other community-building tools
- Making the product more ‘foolproof’ and easier recovery after a hard disk crash
- Group blogging
- Ability to maintain a blog on more than one computer, with synchronization
- Improved features for remote posting over the Web
To their credit, Radio has introduced some of the additions and improvements requested in my survey already, including Trackback and a WYSIWYG editor for Mozilla users.
This is a great development. What else is needed? (Yeah, I know, better service, though I confess I’ve found the service good). I’ll bundle up all the comments and send them to Steve, or you can e-mail him directly from his blog’s Radio category.