The Open Mic Just Got a Major Facelift! The Open Mic Community Update - August 2017




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    Hi friends! I hope you all having a wonderful Summer!

    We’ve been quite busy in the past couple of months (and in the past few weeks in particular), working really hard on making The Open Mic even better for you.

    We hope you’ll enjoy this nice little roundup post with all recent features and improvements to our tiny platform.

    Check out our brand new home pageĀ 😍

    We love design! We love design that looks great and offers awesome functionality.

    With our new home page it feels like we’re launchingĀ The Open Mic 2.0!

    We made a lot of changes and improvements under the hood to make sure we place your content front and center.

    Here are some major changes:

    • Clear call to actions right on the home page, inviting site visitors to join the community (if they’re translators) or use our directory (if they’re clients);
    • Filtering options that would allow you to choose what you want to read: Everything, Featured or Articles from People you follow;

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    • Articles are now displayed in a beautiful list with 3 columns and Title, Featured Image, Short Description, Category and Author Avatar and Name.
      A clear call to action button makes it super easierĀ to open and read articles, while you can also click on author’s avatar and go to their profile and/or click on Category and go to category page to read similar articles.

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    • New site footer (!) – you can’t imagine how long we’ve been waiting to add it;

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    • New category pages with clear explanation of what a particular category is about. CheckĀ this out;
    • New Contribute to the blog button on the home page and category pages to encourage people to contribute to our awesome blog;
    • New and super good-looking author box under articles;

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    • The author box also displays social media icons that lead to author’s social media accounts so you could connect with them;
    • View Profile or Send Message buttons allow you to send private messages or view profiles of our authors – very handy if you want to thank them privately or ask a question;
    • New Related Posts section displays other interesting articles that you might want to read;

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    • Better mobile experience! We’re making The Open Mic mobile first by adding new fluid and responsive mobile menu, along with other improvement that make browsing from your phone a lot more enjoyable;

    And, of course, we made tons of under the hood improvements to make your reading experience even more enjoyable. We really hope you’ll love the new look of The Open Mic!

    New cover images on our social media accounts and new taglineĀ 😃

    Howdy friends! We’re doing some teeny-tiny re-branding across all of our social media account to better reflect who we are and what we do.

    Here’s our new cover image:

    And our new tagline: The Open Mic – Where translators share their stories and where clients find professional translators.

    What’s the point of such re-branding, one might ask.

    Well, we feel with our new and exciting direction that we’re taking with the launch ofĀ The Open Mic for ClientsĀ and our new design, we need to emphasize what is it that we do in order to make it easier for our awesome site visitors extract the most value from our platform.

    We hope you’ll love our new tagline and cover images!

    Check out our new user toursĀ 💡

    We love improving user experience, but you probably know that by now. šŸ™‚

    In our latest attempt to improve site’s interactivity we’ve created a few self-guided user tours and added them at various pages around our website.

    These tours are super helpful and explain the basic functionality of our platform and how certain things work.

    If it all sounds complicated, check outĀ Simon’s profileĀ to see what we mean (just make sure you open it in private browser tab. You’ll see a pop-up tour that explains how our profiles work. It’ll look something like this:

    Pretty awesome, right? We have even more tours all around our website, so feel free to explore and find them all. 😃

    New progress barĀ 📏

    Wanna know how far you’re into the article? Well, our new progress bar does exactly that!

    Now, when you’re reading an article on The Open Mic you’ll notice a thin blue progress bar below our menu that shows how much you’ve left to read.

    Very handy for those awesome long form posts. And here’s a quick GIF that shows you how it looks:

    Pretty cool, eh? 😍

    New mobile menuĀ 📱

    We got a brand new mobile menu.

    We know that at least 50% of our readers come from mobile and our menu has always been our weakest link.

    Well, not anymore! Visit The Open Mic from your mobile device and enjoy our new, super fluid and responsive menu.

    New minimalistic look for signup formsĀ 📧

    As you probably now, any blogger publishing on The Open Mic canĀ connect their MailchimpĀ account and add a signup form to their articles.

    After some pondering we decided to freshen up the looks of those forms. So… behold the magical transformation!

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    Pretty magical, eh? 😍

    New forms are super clean and minimalistic, yet they do grab your reader’s attention.

    We really hope you’ll enjoy using them!

    New Feature Requests pageĀ 💌

    Love The Open Mic? 😍 Want to make it extra awesome? Suggest your features and let us know what you want us to build next!

    VisitĀ this pageĀ to add your feature requests or vote for existing suggestions!

    You can also find this page in Menu > Need Help? > Feature Requests.

    We useĀ CannyĀ to collect feedback and feature requests, so make sure to use one of your social media accounts when suggesting or voting on new features.

    Spice up your Open Mic profile with social media feedĀ 😎

    Want to make your Open Mic profile extra special?

    You can now embed a cool-looking social media feed to help your colleagues and clients connect with you on social and share your social media post directly in your Open Mic profile.

    This new integration is powered byĀ Juicer.

    Check out this how-to video to learn more about it:

    Some other minor tweaks and updates worth mentioningĀ 👍

    • New fields of expertise:Ā Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights, Mental Health,Ā Archaeology, Museums, Cosmetics Industry & Beauty;
    • New associations:Ā Houston Interpreters and Translators Association,Ā Slovak Association of Translators and Interpreters,Ā Israel Translators Association;
    • We’ve added Product Reviews categoryĀ (thank you,Ā Pieter,Ā for this suggestion);
    • Another great milestone for The Open MicĀ is launchingĀ The Open Mic for Clients! Finding professional freelance translators has never been easier! Learn more about this exciting new direction inĀ this blog post;
    • We’ve added American sign language to the list of languages (thanks to the awesome suggestion fromĀ Ruann);
    • We fixed a bug with our map – now you can add your latitude and longitude to add your profile to our awesome global map of translators and interpreters;
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    We hope you’ll enjoy those nice little improvements and changes.

    If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to make The Open Mic even better for you, please, share them in comments or on our dedicated page for feature suggestions.

    Dmitry Kornyukhov

    About Dmitry Kornyukhov

    Founder of The Open Mic. Video game localization specialist. I help video game developers, game publishers and localization studios bring their projects to the Russian-speaking gaming community.

    17 thoughts on “The Open Mic Just Got a Major Facelift!

        1. Yay! I’m really happy to hear it, Elena! It’s tough to make design choices as everyone have different taste, but I think in the long run this will prove very useful.

    1. Congratulations Dmitry and well done! I really like how the changes came out, the page looks crisp, welcoming and very user friendly. Thank you for creating this wonderful space for all of us to collaborate and get to know each other.

    2. Looking good! Thanks for all your efforts, Dmitry, and for giving us translators a home šŸ™‚

      If I may add another suggestion: When I receive a message, I would love to be able to read (and maybe even reply to) it without having to leave my email provider and signing in here. Would that be a possibility at all?

      Again, thank you for all your hard work <3

      1. That’s a good suggestion, Marianna! Unfortunately it’s not possible at the moment and I’m not sure if this is something that could be easily implemented without some complex (and very expensive) development.

        The reason why you need to log in is because we developed a messaging system on our platform and you need to be logged in order to read, send and reply to messages (the same principle applies to other social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter). Are you having troubles logging in or you simply don’t want to leave your inbox? šŸ™‚

        When I was building a messaging system and the entire platform the whole idea was to make is as secure and hassle free as possible. Perhaps, leaving email is not ideal, but our notifications contain a direct link to the messaging section, so it should be that hard. You just click it and it takes you straight to messages where you can type your reply šŸ™‚

        Anyway, I’ve added your suggestion to our Feature Request page, you can upvote it there and if we decide to build it, you’ll get an email notifications. You can find all Feature Requests here: link to theopenmic.co

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