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Boost for Newpage Custom Domains 🚀

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 “Newspage” in the left menu.

  3. Under “Basic & Custom Domain”, and click on “Verify 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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End User Authentication for Widgets

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
New
Widgets

We’re excited to introduce end user authentication with Noticeable widgets.

End user authentication is a feature you can optionally integrate to verify the identities of your end users. This ensures that when end users engage with widgets, such as commenting, their identity is confirmed and secure from impersonation.

How does it function?

Noticeable employs Single Sign-On (SSO) tokens for this authentication process:

  1. On your server(s) side, you create an SSO token for each end user (using a secret we share).

  2. You pass this SSO token with our Javascript SDK before rendering any widget.

  3. Voilà! Your end user's identity is now securely authenticated with Noticeable widgets.

Note: While it's still possible to pass end user traits using our Javascript SDK as outlined in our various identification methods, this approach is no longer recommended.

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Newspage SEO Tags Customization

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
New
Newspages

It is already possible to customize SEO tags per Newspage publication. Today, you can do the same thing for your Newspage home page.

You can define a custom title page, description, and canonical URL. To improve the display and usability of your links on social media you can even set a custom Open Graph and Twitter Card title, description, and image.

To access the options, open a project on the Noticeable dashboard, click on “Newspage” in the left navigation and scroll down to the new subgroup entitled “Search Engine Optimization (SEO)”:

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Newspage Search 🔍

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
New
Newspages

Newspages now include a search field that enables full-text search. You can easily find publications based on your own terms. Search applies to publications’ author name, content, and title.

Note that you can combine search terms with label selection to further filter results.

Besides, all sentences related to the new search feature are fully customizable from the Noticeable dashboard:

  1. Select Newspage on the left navigation.

  2. Open the Phrases settings group.

  3. Click the Search category and apply the changes you need:

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Modal Widget

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
New
Widgets

We did it! You now have access to a whole new type of widget: the modal one.

Using a modal widget, you can announce your product changes or deals in front of your users. In contrary to the popup or top banner widget, full publications content is displayed when the widget is opened.

As a trigger to open a modal widget you can select among the ones we already propose with other widgets: custom, floating button, icon, text + badge, or none.

If you prefer to use no triggers and automatically open a modal widget when you publish a new publication, that’s possible. To do so, while editing a publication on step 2, “Options”, enable the switch option “Automatically open widgets when the publication is new”:

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Top Banner Widget

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder and CEO
New
Widgets

Great news! We’ve released a new widget.

The new Top Banner widget allows you to tell people about your latest updates, promotions, discounts, maintenances or even keep users updated about ongoing issues.


As with other widgets, you can configure the style and behavior of the Top Banner widget directly from our live editor without coding knowledge. More than 40 properties are configurable!

The widget layout is quite flexible in the sense that you can either set a title, title + description, Call-To-Action (CTA), and even include a countdown to promote limited offers. Metrics such as the number of views and CTA clicks are also collected.

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User Feedback 📣

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder & CEO
New
Newspages
Widgets

Last week we announced Emoji Reactions. Today, we are excited to introduce User Feedback!

This new feature allows your users to send you feedback by commenting on a post, directly from your Widget or Timeline. Comments are hidden, meaning users won’t be able to see others’ comments. Only your team and you are able to read messages and get users information.

How does it work?

User feedback is available with the Business plan. When creating a post, check the new User feedback option to enable the comment input below the post shown to users.

On your project dashboard, each post displays a feedback icon that summarizes the number of comments you received. Upon click, you can read the messages and get detailed information about the user who submitted the feedback:

User Feedback

By default, comments are anonymous. You can automatically link users name and email with comments sent from the Widget by using our SDK. Read the installation guide for more information.

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Emoji Reactions 🙂

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder & CEO
New
Newspages
Widgets

Today, we have a big update to share: Emoji Reactions. They are a fun, low-effort means for users to engage on updates and for you to better understand what people think.

Why Emoji Reactions?

Getting people to actively participate is key to developing stronger relationships. Users who engage consume, on average, 4 times as much content compared to passive users. Converting more passive users to active participants means more time on site, direct traffic, and audience loyalty.

How is it working?

Emoji Reactions are available with the Business and Enterprise plans right now. When you create/edit a post, you have a new option to enable/disable reactions. Upon publications, users can share their feeling about your update in just one click. Statistics are aggregated over time and made visible per post in your dashboard to analyze performances:

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What do you think?

As you probably guessed, the Emoji Reactions feature is enabled for this post. Be sure to react to let us know what you think. If you have ideas or feedback, let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Custom CSS

by Laurent Pellegrino, Founder & CEO
New
Newspages

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It is now possible to inject your own Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in your project Timeline. You can even override Noticeable’s predefined styles.

The option is available right now with the Enterprise plan. Simply open your project Timeline configuration page, then click on the new "Custom CSS" option from the side bar:

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Below are some usage examples:

  • Increasing the font size:
body {
    font-size: 120%;
}
  • Adding a colorful banner on top of your Timeline:
body {
    border-top: 5px solid $project-accent-color;
}
  • Making labels monochrome:
 .label {
    background-color: #777 !important;
}