March 28, 2019

  • Fixed the raw HTML that was sending in transactional site emails, and rewrote email copy for all emails
  • Added Founded year data for over 2,000 entries and pending entries
  • Added the environment and sustainability category to the adjacent fields index
  • Fixed password recovery link not appearing in recovery emails
  • Added pages for About Us, Guiding Principles, and How to use this, and added “What can I do with” to the front page with more explainer text
  • Added Civic Hall, Knight, and Luminate support logos to site footer
  • Added Civic Hall link, About Us, Guiding Principles, and What can I do with… to the primary navigation
  • Moved ‘Related entries’ recommendation engine to appear below Twitter embeds (example)
  • Resolved issue with primary navigation submenus not loading
  • Fixed issue with long URLs breaking the project card design on mobile by truncating human view of the links while retaining the link value upon clicking
  • Added categories for Artistic interventions and Government AI strategies
  • Fixed SSL certificates
  • Updated https://civictech.guide/what-can-i-do-with-the-civic-tech-field-guide/ with images and space

February 24, 2019

  • Updated Listing template to display all categories a Listing has, instead of only one category. For example, https://civictech.guide/listing/public-school/ actually belongs to ‘Graveyard’ and ‘Supporting specific public sector efforts from outside government’. Ordered these by hierarchy, with commas separating.
  • Also removed the duplicate Listing title from this breadcrumbs section, since it already appears immediately below it.
  • Distinguished Graveyard entries throughout the site with light gray background color (listing-category/graveyard/)
  • Broke News to Action tools out into their own category and fixed Media section so it’s not all under Solutions Journalism header
  • Added site to the Internet Archive

February 15, 2019

  • Added this changelog to site
  • Configured new calendar and calendar widgets (see footer area) system, replacing the buggy Jetpack widget that was intermittently synchronizing with Google Calendar.
  • Refreshed and reformatted the events in both calendars as well.
  • Added and populated “In the news” block to homepage for hot topics
  • Improved and updated the Tech and the People table of contents pages
  • Got Related entries recommendation engine working below posts, example
  • Fixed bug where Links URL spills over into main body section of Listing
  • Determined cause of a bug that was routinely breaking image filepaths

February 5, 2019

  • Improved visibility of the footer font, including the site CC license
  • Removed duplicate admin data fields in the Listing edit page to clean things up
  • Added an XML site generator to improve SEO
  • Added a live “happening now” block for key conferences and events
  • Fixed ability to use WordPress.com logins on the site
  • Profile page improvements:
  • add “Founded” year to profile
  • add “Closed” year to profile for graveyard projects we have date info for
  • Move “Language” ACF higher in the template, immediately under “Date founded” and “Date closed”
  • Corrected “Founded” line to read “Founders”
  • Changed “Parent organization” to instead read “Host organization”, and fixed the broken link where this data wasn’t appearing correctly
  • Fixing ‘Links’ section so link description text is hyperlinked
  • Added a field for postmortem links and displayed it in the “What happened” section
  • For entries where we have their Twitter information in the ACF Twitter field, it will now automatically embed their recent tweets at the bottom of the listing
  • Improved ‘Get in Touch’ section copy to:
  • Contact page
  • Open jobs
  • Upcoming events

January 25, 2019

  • Restored category descriptions and moved them to the TOP of category pages, instead of languishing at the bottom underneath listings.
  • Completed category descriptions for all Tech categories
  • Speed optimizations:
  • Optimized / defragmented WordPress database
  • Set up “lazy loading” of images, videos, iframes, etc. to drastically improve user experience of speed
  • Installed a database viewer to facilitate admins adding data quickly
  • Fixed an issue with custom fields plugin not updating
  • Removed the “tag” icon clutter on listing cards.
  • Fixed a bug where the second pages of certain categories would display all Listings, rather than displaying the second page that category’s Listings.
  • Fixed a bug where the grid view design was broken on the second page of some results.

January 22, 2019

  • Updated category pages to show 40 entries per page
  • Speed optimizations:
  1. Brought page render start from 1.7 to 1.3 seconds
  2. Brought render complete from 3.79 to 2.95 seconds
  3. minify, aggregate HTML
  4. minify, aggregate, and pre-load CSS
  5. minify, aggregate Javascript
  6. remove WordPress cruft
  7. Combine and load fonts asynchronously with webfont.js
  8. Disabled Gravatar
  9. Re-hosted testimonial images locally to cache

January 15, 2019

  • You can now view and click the links for each entry from their category pages, so you don’t have to click through to individual page profiles first. (example)
  • The search bar in the header no longer performs its silly entrance animation
  • Removed duplicate search bar on Category pages so you can see the listings faster
  • Profile pages now display section and other headings only if the data exist, making for cleaner profile pages
  • Category pages now display only the category title, like “Participatory budgeting”, instead of “Results for Participatory budgeting Listings”.
  • Fixed a bug where some Listings displayed a second Website URL, “h”, underneath the first URL.
  • We’ve updated the Civic Tech Graveyard with a more complete collection, and brought it more information to the profiles from previous reporting (and will continue adding to it).
  • We’re adding sub-categories for political social networks, chat apps and bots, and campaign call tools (with entries for these on the way).
  • We’ve cross-posted the problem with impact measurement and civic tech graveyard pieces on the site
  • Updated the theme

January 1, 2019

  1. improved styling of the ‘Explore the Guide’ Table of Contents on the homepage
  2. Updated the theme