Product Updates at Carrot

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August 31, 2020

Carrot August Updates

Hello Carroteers!

We’re closing out August here at Carrot, and while everyone’s waiting for the temperatures to drop, we’re going to drop some fun updates for you here!

Integrations have a new home!

We made a small tweak to help make finding, enabling, and managing our CRM and Marketing Integrations easier! Now when you’re looking for Integrations, you’ll simply navigate to the “Integrations” section under “Forms.”

IDX Improvements

Over the past few weeks, we upgraded our IDX service and performed some additional development work to ensure that any future outages or issues our IDX provider experiences won’t impact the Carrot network. This translates to a more reliable IDX component on Agent sites. We will continue to add reliability and new IDX features to give you the best possible experience.

Other Tweaks & Fixes

  • Fresh mix of colors when creating new sites!
  • Fixed some Blogs showing errors while editing
  • Removed extra padding being shown above YouTube blocks

Coming soon…

  • The account creation portion of the new Onboarding flow is complete and now we are working on finishing the new site creation flow 🏃‍♀️
  • We’re making final strides on our new Membership Editor and are excited to release that in the coming weeks.  Get ready to control your account like never before! 🚀

Carrotly yours,

Laynie from the Carrot Product Team

July 28, 2020

Carrot July Updates

Hello Carroteers!

July was a big month here at Carrot — we have some exciting updates to share that will make creating and editing your pages even easier

The Visual Editor - Smoother Than Ever

Over the last many months we've put the new Visual Editor in all of your hands to make creating, editing, and adding content to your posts and pages simpler. Everyone now has the powerful drag-and-drop tools, pre-built block patterns, and real-time previews. Well we have more exciting news to share!

This month the team has been hard at work to uplevel our interface and offer a smoother and more efficient visual editing experience. Here’s how:

  • Block Patterns have a new home: Now when you add a Block, you can select a Block or Block Pattern from the same menu. You also have the ability to search for a block and can view a preview of the block before you add it to your page.
  • More Cover Block design possibilities: New cover block options including content alignment, video positioning, and padding unlock more design possibilities.
  • Smoother editing experience: A lot of additional fixes and features have been added to make an all-around smoother Visual Editor experience:
          • Improved scroll and ordering features for a better drag and drop experience
          • Easy in-line upload of external images
          • New image editing options (think: crop images on the fly!)
          • Modify many block attributes at once
          • New inline text formatting options
          • Plus an improved interface to make all of your editing easier and more enjoyable 😁

Noteworthy Updates:

  • The sidebar will default to hidden when creating new pages 🙌🏼
  • We’ve been working on the new account creation process for our new Onboarding flow we mentioned in our June update to get it ready for internal testing 🔬
  • The new Membership Editor UI is now functional, so now we’re working on a few back-end items to get it ready for prime time 🎉
  • Some of our oldest, most cherished sites are getting an uplift!  If you've been with Carrot for a while now you may get contacted by someone on our support team to discuss getting you empowered with all our latest site building tools. 💖

Carrotly yours,

Laynie from the Carrot Product Team

June 30, 2020

Carrot June Updates

Happy Summer, Carroteers!

Believe it or not, we're halfway through 2020! Here are some fun things we've accomplished here at Carrot so far this year, and some sneak peeks into exciting updates coming in the next few months.

Introducing Carrot Bud!

Meet our fresh mascot, Carrot Bud! Carrot Bud will be showing up more and more to help you get to know Carrot better. Keep an eye out for our new friend, who will be equipped with handy tips, tricks and fun company updates.

Summer 2020 Virtual Retreat

Last week the entire Carrot team came together (virtually, of course!) for a few days to reflect on the first part of the year. We celebrated our wins, found some areas for us to improve, and — most importantly — looked ahead at what our five year vision means to Carrot. We also had our bi-annual hackathon where the team came up with some new fun features that we'll bring to you soon.

Sneak Peek: New Features Coming Soon!

We have been working hard behind the scenes throughout the month of June on some major updates. While they aren't quite ready for prime time we're excited to give you a sneak peek into what's coming soon!

  • New Membership Editor: We're building a slick new portal for you to manage all the details of your account and membership, from questions about billing to selecting add-on services. This will make it easier for you to update your subscription and manage you account, without having to reach out to support.  This includes you, Annual members! 
  • New Onboarding and Site Creation flow: We're making improvements to our onboarding and site creation flow to make signing up and getting started with Carrot even easier. This will also help you as an existing member double-check your existing site setup and ensure that you've completed all the steps for building a high-performing site!

Other Updates & Fixes

  • Fixed setup issue with REIPro API Keys
  • Fixed Aspen form behaviors so that text is not getting cut off in form fields

Carrotly yours,

Laynie from the Carrot Product Team

June 01, 2020

Carrot May Updates

Happy June, Carroteers!

We just wrapped up another busy month around here, so before you jump into summer, we wanted to round up all the awesome Carrot updates we made in May!

Visual Editor

By now, you’ve probably already read several updates and announcements about our Visual Editor tool. We’re excited to share that, as we closed out the month of May, the Visual Editor is now available to all Carrot members.

We also made the Visual Editor experience even better by adding it to location pages and rolling out our first set of Block Patterns. Block Patterns are pre-built content blocks that you can easily drag, drop, and edit to customize your page.

Our first set of Block Patterns includes:

  • Editorial
  • Three Steps
  • Image and Text with Button
  • Info and Form
  • Side by Side Testimonials
  • Two Buttons
  • Cards in Columns
  • And more to come!

Check them out by clicking the Block Patterns button while in the Visual Editor.

SSL Certificates have been added to all Carrot sites

We added SSL certificates to all remaining member sites that were not secured by HTTPS. HTTPS sites rank better in Google search and provide a better experience for your visitors, making your pages more credible and convert higher. The best part? Every site includes a free SSL cert! Normally this would cost you upwards of $50 per year.

Other updates and fixes

  • Lead notifications now all link to the Lead Manager
  • On-going Visual Editor fixes, including link colors showing up while editing, button blocks function & styling updates/fixes, and general stability
  • Property listing statuses now update across all pages

Carrotly yours,

Laynie from the Carrot Product Team

May 20, 2020

Introducing Block Patterns — the easiest way to customize your site.

Hello Carroteers!

Your favorite new tool just got even better. We’ve released the first Block Patterns in our Visual Editor to give you even more flexibility when it comes to building or customizing your websites.

What’s the Visual Editor?

The Visual Editor makes it simple to create, edit, and add content to your posts and pages in Carrot. With easy-to-use drag and drop tools, you can add in new content or edit existing content — and see your changes come to life in real-time. Read more about the Visual Editor here!

Need help with the Visual Editor? No problem, check out our tutorial here.

What are Block Patterns?

With Block Patterns in Carrot, you will have access to a library of pre-built content blocks for even faster (and easier!) page creation. Simply drag and drop the content blocks you want on your page and update with your information. This gives you more flexibility to customize your Carrot site for your specific needs, without touching any code.

Here are the types of Block Patterns now available in the Visual Editor:

  • Editorial
  • Three Steps
  • Image and Text with Button
  • Info and Form
  • Side by Side Testimonials
  • Two Buttons
  • Cards in Columns

And we’re just getting started! We’ll be adding more Block Patterns in the future — think bios, reviews, call outs, “As seen in..” and more!

How do I use Block Patterns?

When you’re in the Visual Editor, click the “Block Patterns” button to access the library of pre-built content blocks. Click where you want to add the content on your page and select the block from the menu to insert it.

When will I have access to Block Patterns?

Block Patterns are live in the Visual Editor today!

May 01, 2020

Carrot April Updates

Hello Carroteers!

April has been a month chock-full of improvements around here. We hope the new updates have been improving your Carrot experience and making your life just a bit easier.

Two of our biggest updates for the month deserved their own announcements. If you haven't had a chance to explore the Updated SEO Tool or the Fullscreen Page Editor we highly recommend you give them a spin.

In addition to quality of life updates, we have another big enhancement we look forward to rolling out in the coming weeks: our Visual Editor experience! Some of you have it, but we're getting this in the hands of all members.

What does the Visual Editor let you do?

  • Simply drag and drop to create pages and blog posts
  • Avoid bouncing back and forth between editor and page
  • See exactly what your page will look like—forms, hero sections, and more!
  • Add new design features that were once possible only through custom code

Excited to get started with it now? You can opt yourself in here!

Last but not least... Recent Fixes

  • Fixes for some existing button block styling
  • General stability improvements while editing
  • Ongoing quick-fixes for anything Visual Editor-related
  • Updated our top-notch SSL configuration by disabling TLS 1.0 and 1.1 as recommended by industry leaders such as Google

Carrotly Yours,

Geoff from the Carrot Product team

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