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Boost for Newpage Custom Domains πŸš€

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
Enhancement
Newspages

We have introduced a technical enhancement that elevates speed, security and the ease of configuring custom domains for your Newspages.

Previously, if you wanted to use a custom domain like updates.acme.com for your Noticeable Newspage, you were required to set up two DNS records: a TXT record to verify domain ownership and another to link to Noticeable's servers.

As of now, Noticeable utilizes Cloudflare's extensive global infrastructure for managing custom domains, simplifying the process. The need for a TXT DNS record for domain verification is eliminated. If you've previously set up a TXT record beginning with _noticeable, it's now safe to remove it. You'll only need a single CNAME record pointing to custom.noticeable.news, which you likely already have if you've configured a custom domain before.

Leveraging Cloudflare's infrastructure enhances the speed of HTTPS certificate issuance for your custom domain and reduces network latency with its presence in over 250 regions worldwide. Additionally, loading times get a boost from early hints support, and security is strengthened with the enforcement of at least TLS 1.2 and support for TLS 1.3.

It's important to note that Cloudflare employs the Google Trust Services certificate authority for signing TLS certificates. If you encounter an ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH error with your custom domain, it might be due to CAA DNS records that don't include pki.goog on your parent domain. Adding pki.goog to your CAA records and initiating a custom domain verification through the Noticeable dashboard should resolve the issue:

  1. Open the Noticeable Dashboard.

  2. Navigate to β€œNewspage” in the left menu.

  3. Under β€œBasic & Custom Domain”, and click on β€œVerify Domain”.

Should you have any questions or require assistance, feel free to share your feedback below or drop us a line.

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Updates for August 26, 2023

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
Enhancement

Here's a concise overview of some recent technical improvements:

  • Critical Email Duplication Fix: We've addressed a crucial bug that caused the dispatch of duplicate emails under specific and rare conditions. Multiple safeguards have also been implemented to ensure this issue won't recur.

  • Enhanced design: All Noticeable component labels now have rounded corners for a sleek, modern appearance. You still have the possibility to enforce your own styles with custom CSS.

  • Email display optimization: Emails sent by Noticeable now display better on earlier versions of Outlook. For the best quality on retina displays, use a logo height of 128px, which will scale down to 64px.

  • Faster SDK load times: In our continuous effort to optimize user experience, we’ve reduced the size of the Noticeable SDK script by approximately 40%, leading to quicker initial loading times.

  • Spam countermeasures: Due to increased spam related to comments and reactions, we've reduced the rate limit for such actions. Several spam comments have been deleted, and we're actively developing more robust spam prevention measures.

  • Subscriber list fix: Fixed a pagination glitch when listing email subscribers from the dashboard.

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Improved Image Hosting ⚑️

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
Enhancement

We're delighted to bring you a significant technical upgrade that promises to improve both your experience and that of your users. We deemed it important to share this with you publicly given the potential benefits.

From this moment on, all images uploaded to Noticeable, whether newly added or previously uploaded, are hosted on the Cloudflare Content Delivery Network (CDN) with an aggressive caching strategy.

Cloudflare's impressive network spans over 300 cities globally, which dramatically reduces latency and ensures your images load quickly for users everywhere. Our aggressive caching policy amplifies these benefits by boosting the user experience during both initial loading and subsequent visits.

Moreover, we've broadened the image upload limitations. You are now permitted to upload image files up to 5MiB in size. In addition to GIF, JPEG, and PNG formats, we're also supporting SVG images, providing you with more flexibility and options.

Lastly, we've refined the URLs in which we present your uploaded images. Gone are the days of the generic Google domain URLs with their confusing hierarchy and opaque tokens. We've replaced them with clear URLs under the https://storage.noticeable.io domain name.

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Project Overview and Enhanced Insights πŸ“Š

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
New
Enhancement

We're excited to announce a significant update to the Noticeable dashboard! Introducing the new "Project Overview" page, designed to give you a high-level overview of your project's key data and performance metrics.

To explore this new addition, simply select "Project Overview" from the left-hand navigation menu on the dashboard. This comprehensive page offers summaries of the following:

  • Email subscriptions and unsubscriptions.

  • Email open rates.

  • Emoji reactions.

  • Publication creations.

  • User feedback.

You can now easily view these metrics for the last 30 days, 7 days, or even today, offering greater flexibility in understanding your project's performance.

In addition, the new page allows you to quickly read the latest user feedback received on your project, regardless of the publication. You can even download all comments for your project in a convenient CSV format.

The Project Overview page also offers a snapshot of your project quota usage, including collaborator and widget slot usage.

But wait, there's more! We have improved both the project analytics and publication performance pages. Charts now provide finer-grained details for a more in-depth understanding of events. For example, when analyzing the number of views, you'll now see stacked bars that display the distribution between Newspage views, Widget views, and Email openings, along with the original blue line that summarizes the total number of views. This enhancement will enable you to better attribute traffic and identify which aspects of your project are performing well or need strengthening.

Additionally, we’ve aligned the activity summary metrics on the publication performance page with the project analytics page, ensuring that all metrics are clickable for instant access to the corresponding chart.

On both pages, the period, start date, and metric selections now appear as query parameters in the URL, making it a breeze to share insights with your team.

Try out the new Project Overview page and experience a more powerful way to analyze your project's performance. We value your feedback, so please don't hesitate to leave a comment or reach out to us with your thoughts and suggestions. Together, let's continue to make Noticeable the best it can be!

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Effortless Targeting with Recent Segments

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
Enhancement

This update simplifies the process of selecting the ideal segment while creating or editing publications. Simply choose a segment from the list of recently used ones, and you're all set.

If you're unfamiliar with segmentation, it's an incredibly valuable feature in Noticeable that enables you to direct your publications to specific user groups. Here's a brief overview of how it works:

  1. You set up a segment value using one or more widgets with minimal coding. Noticeable automatically keeps track of its last usage.

  2. You assign the chosen segment to a publication. This segment ensures that the publication is visible only to the intended user group. With the new update, you have access to a list of recent segment values, which eliminates the need for your team and you to remember available segments when crafting a publication!

We continuously aim to enhance your Noticeable experience and value your feedback. Feel free to share your thoughts or suggestions by commenting below.

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