Release Notes

Written By Rachana TR (Administrator)

Updated at January 12th, 2024

Table of Contents

New Sign in/Sign up flow Normalizing All Collection Row Title to h2 tag for better SEO experience Support Googles One Tap Sign In Alignment of colon near the labels Live Blog - Localising Key Events date and time format & card share Live Blog - Clicking Key Event should load related card Fixed video playback to avoid multiple videos getting played in infinite scroll Optimise image sizes to 640px across AMP stories UI/UX improvement - Fading of story card behind a paywall Option to track AMP on multiple GA4 account Subscription New UI on PB Minor Tweaks on the Profile Page Layout Audit Logs for Page Builder changes Image Slider Element - Get Caption / attribution visible below image instead of ‘On the image’ Q&A Element - Option to display attribution image instead of Q & A icons plus provide Dark / Light mode colours for Q & A icons Listicle Story Enhancements to include Introduction Card New Twitter logo Loader for paywalled stories Add Localisation option for ‘Read More’ button in story cards in Infinite scroll Stripe - Payment gateway Telegram to the list of logos Date format for Magazine MGID Support for Visual Stories Page-Builder Release Note - 18th July 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 11th July 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 10th July 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 29th June 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 15th June 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 12th June 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 6th June 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 17th May 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 11th May 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 27th April 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 12th April 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 23rd March 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 14th March 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 23 Feb 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 13th to 17th Feb 2023 Page-Builder Release Note - 30 Sept 2022

Page-Builder Release Note - 4th Jan 2024

New Sign in/Sign up flow

Prior to the update: Previously, subscribers encountered two distinct options, Sign In and Sign Up, upon clicking the Sign In button. The Sign-in option facilitated logging into the front-end account to access content, whereas the Sign-Up option allowed the creation of a new front-end account.

Successful login necessitated the entry of both email address and password; without these details, signing in was not possible. Additionally, when creating a new account, email verification was a mandatory step, requiring confirmation via a verification link.
 
Following the update:  In the updated Sign In Flow, subscribers now have the flexibility to sign up for a front-end account using either their email address or mobile number. In both scenarios, we have implemented OTP (One-Time Password) verification as a security measure, replacing the previous verification link method.

Upon clicking the Sign In button, subscribers will be prompted to enter their email address or mobile number. If an account is associated with the provided information, the next screen will prompt for the password. If no associated account is found, users will be guided to create a password and proceed with OTP verification.

The Forgot Password flow remains unchanged, triggering an OTP to the registered email or mobile number upon selecting "Forgot your password."

As an added feature, we have introduced a Sign In Page layout in the Page Builder. This empowers you with complete control over customization aspects such as display text, button text, and more for the Sign In, Sign Up, or Forgot Password pages.

Here’s the sample screenshot for reference:

1. Sign In Landing Page

2. Customization of Sign-in/Sign-Up Page

Page-Builder Release Note - 2nd Jan 2024

Normalizing All Collection Row Title to h2 tag for better SEO experience

Prior to the update: We observed inconsistency in the Collection Row titles across various collection layouts in the Page Builder. The titles were inconsistently using h3 tags and h2 tags, which could impact the SEO experience negatively.
 
Following the update:  In the latest version, we've made enhancements to ensure uniformity by utilizing consistent h2 tags for all collection layouts. This modification is aimed at improving the overall SEO experience, ensuring that all collection row titles are now standardized with h2 tags.

Page-Builder Release Note - 12th Dec 2023

Support Googles One Tap Sign In

Prior to the update: Google one tap sign-in was not available and integrated for any publishers.
 
Following the update:  Now we provide support to publishers in implementing Google one tap sign-in. Publishers can activate login functionality through Pagebuilder and whitelist subdomains on the Google cloud console under Authorized JavaScript origins to enable the display of the one tap sign-in pop-up.

Alignment of colon near the labels

Prior to the update: There existed an extra space between the label and the colon, leading to a grammatically incorrect structure.
 
Following the update:  This additional space has been removed, ensuring proper grammar by eliminating the space between the label and the colon.

Page-Builder Release Note - 4th Dec 2023

Live Blog - Localising Key Events date and time format & card share

Prior to the update: The key events section of the live blog displayed the time in the 12 hour format irrespective of the time format selected in PB.
 
Following the update:  The key events section of the live blog section will now display the time in the format that has been configured in Pagebuilder. The date and time format chosen in Pagebuilder will now apply to all individual cards as well.

Prior to the update: Upon sharing a particular card of a live blog on social media, the link redirected the user to the live blog story page.
 
Following the update:  Upon sharing and then clicking the URL of a card in a live blog, the user will now be redirected to the corresponding card on the live blog.

Prior to the update: Upon clicking a key event, the story page did not auto scroll to the corresponding card.
 
Following the update:  Upon sharing and then clicking the URL of a card in a live blog, the user will now be redirected to the corresponding card on the live blog.

Page-Builder Release Note - 21st Nov 2023

Fixed video playback to avoid multiple videos getting played in infinite scroll

Prior to the update: If a user plays a video embedded in one story (Video 1), then scrolls down to another story with an embedded video (Video 2) and plays it, both videos will play simultaneously, resulting in overlapping sound.

Following the update: The video will play only when it is within the viewport; otherwise, it will automatically pause. This prevents simultaneous playback and eliminates the issue of sound overlap, especially in scenarios involving infinite scrolling.

Page-Builder Release Note - 15th Nov 2023

Optimise image sizes to 640px across AMP stories

To enhance the loading speed and seamless performance of Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) stories, our team has efficiently optimized image sizes to 640px for all AMP stories. Adhering to AMP guidelines, this implementation not only enhances page loading times but also guarantees a uniform and visually pleasing display of your content in the immersive storytelling format of AMP. This contributes to an improved user experience, making the content more accessible and engaging across a diverse range of mobile devices.

Page-Builder Release Note - 7th Nov 2023

UI/UX improvement - Fading of story card behind a paywall

Publishers have the flexibility to determine the number of story cards to be displayed before the user reaches the paywall or login wall. When the specified card limit is reached, the subsequent card reveals the paywall message. However, the current user interface lacks a smooth transition effect, creating a sudden shift in content and potentially giving the impression that there is more to explore.

This enhancement introduces a fading effect to the user interface, specifically for the text displayed on the last card just before the paywall or login wall message appears. This improvement significantly enhances the visual aesthetics and contributes to an overall enhanced user experience.

Page-Builder Release Note - 10th Oct 2023

Option to track AMP on multiple GA4 account

With this update, publishers can now add multiple GA IDs to track subdomains and AMP on multiple GA4 accounts. In Page Builder, under third-party integrations, you can use a comma as a separator between two GA accounts.

Page-Builder Release Note - 5th Oct 2023

Subscription New UI on PB

In the past, publishers were required to enable AT settings and configure groups/plans in the AT dashboard to access the Subscriptions User Interface (UI). Now, we've enhanced convenience for publishers. They have the flexibility to choose the UI from 3 layouts (Concrete, Lavish and Minimalist) in pagebuilder to display on their website and customise the look of their subscriptions page according to their settings in the AT dashboard.

Page-Builder Release Note - 4th Oct 2023

Minor Tweaks on the Profile Page Layout

Prior to the update: Subscribers were experiencing difficulty viewing essential information on mobile devices, and the "Upgrade Plan" button was causing confusion.

Following the update: The "Upgrade Plan" button has been rebranded as "View All Plans." Additionally, the "Subscription" tab has been renamed to "My Subscriptions." In the web view of the profile page layout, the spacing between tabs and the content box has been adjusted. These refinements have been implemented to enhance the user experience and improve the visibility of profile information.

Page-Builder Release Note - 29th Sep 2023

Audit Logs for Page Builder changes

Page Builder has introduced a feature that records audit logs for every modification made within the Page Builder system by users. These logs are categorized as follows:

a) Login: This provides information about which user has logged in and the timing of the login.

b) Logged out: This indicates the time when a user logged out.

c) Save: This denotes the alterations that have been implemented and specifies who made these changes. The details of the changes will be accessible in the form of JSON API responses.

At the moment, these logs are accessible solely at the database level. Publishers have the option to request logs from support if they require them for specific dates or durations.

Page-Builder Release Note - 25th Sep 2023

Image Slider Element - Get Caption / attribution visible below image instead of ‘On the image’

Before the change: There was an issue where the image caption and attribution overlapped on the slider image, leading to a poor reader experience.

After the change: Image captions and attributions have been repositioned to appear beside the image. This modification has greatly improved the reader experience.

Q&A Element - Option to display attribution image instead of Q & A icons plus provide Dark / Light mode colours for Q & A icons

Before the change: The Q and A icon was utilised to symbolise the Question and Answer story element on the front-end website.

After the change: With the recent modification, Page Builder will provide the option to select an Author image instead of the Q and A icon. By opting for the Author Image, the Q and A icon will be replaced by the Author's image, which will be retrieved from the Bold User profile page. To modify the Author image style, follow these steps: Page Builder Login > Story Template > Global Story Element > click on the change style icon and choose "With Author Image."

Page-Builder Release Note - 20th Sep 2023

Listicle Story Enhancements to include Introduction Card

Before the change: The Introduction card for Listicle stories was automatically selected as Card No.1, which did not provide an optimal reading experience.

After the change: The Introduction card is no longer automatically set as Card No.1. This adjustment has resolved the issue, and Listicle stories now behave as expected on the front end.

Page-Builder Release Note - 11th Sep 2023

New Twitter logo

Before the change: The older Twitter logo was visible on all website pages, including Story, Section, and Author pages. On story pages, when users clicked the share button, a cancel share option with a cancel button (X) used to appear.

After the change: The new and updated (X) Twitter logo is now displayed on the website for the mentioned pages. With this release, when users click the share button, the cancel button (X) will no longer appear. This adjustment was made because it conflicted with the new Twitter logo. However, we have retained the share button as is to streamline the share options.

Loader for paywalled stories

Before the change: When it came to Paywalled stories, the process of receiving a response from Accesstype and loading the content would often take an extended amount of time. During this period, a paywall message would briefly appear for a fraction of a second, followed by the complete content loading behind the paywall.

After the change: Now, while waiting for a response from Accesstype to load the full content on the website, a loader banner displaying "content is loading" will be shown. This modification aims to enhance the overall reader experience.

Add Localisation option for ‘Read More’ button in story cards in Infinite scroll

Before the change: In the Infinite Scroll option for loaded story cards, a hard-coded "Read More" button was present, and it was only available in English.

After the change: We have introduced a feature that allows the "Read More" button to be localised according to the language of the website.

Page-Builder Release Note - 30th Aug 2023

Stripe - Payment gateway

Ahead now supports Stripe as a payment gateway for international subscriptions. In order to enable this, create a separate plan in the relevant subscription group associated with the Stripe Payment gateway.

Page-Builder Release Note - 24th Aug 2023

Telegram to the list of logos

Including the Telegram logo in the list of icons to be showcased on the front end has now been made possible by Ahead. To activate this feature, please follow these steps:

Navigate to the "Bold" menu.
Access the "Settings" section.
Choose "General."
In the "Social Links" area, insert the URL for your Telegram channel.
This will enable the Telegram logo to appear alongside other social icons on the front end of your platform.

Page-Builder Release Note - 8th Aug 2023

Date format for Magazine

In line with previous enhancements to provide publishers the flexibility to choose their desired Date format from Page Builder, we now provide date localization on all Magazine pages as well.
With this change, the date format on magazine pages will be in the format that is chosen from Settings> General Settings > Manage > Time Settings > 'Date Format'.

Page-Builder Release Note - 1st Aug 2023

MGID Support for Visual Stories

Pagebuilder now offers support for targeted ads from MGID within your visual stories. To enable this feature, follow these simple steps:

1. Navigate to PB (Pagebuilder) > General Settings > AMP Configuration.
2. Toggle on 'Show Ads' under 'Ads for Web Stories'.
3. Under 'Select Provider', choose MGID from the available options, which include Ad Manager, AdSense, and MGID.

Note: With this implementation, Ads for visual stories will only be targeted using the provider chosen above.


Page-Builder Release Note - 18th July 2023

Prompt post buying a New Subscription

After successfully making the payment for a subscription, the user will now receive a prompt indicating that their order is currently being processed. This notification aims to prevent the user from inadvertently initiating another payment for the same plan. By displaying this message, we ensure a smoother user experience and avoid any accidental duplicate transactions. 

Page-Builder Release Note - 11th July 2023

Listicle Story Type - Horizontal templates do not display related Stories on bottom

Behavior before the change: In the case of listicle stories, the following layouts did not show any stories in the related stories column when the template chosen was one of these:
Hero Priority Centre
Headline Overlay
Headline Hero Priority
Hero Vertical Priority

Behavior after the change: The listicle stories now show related stories when the layout is from the above as well.

Web Stories: Use Word Breaks to Avoid Cropping Up of Title

Behavior before the change: Longer words in visual stories did not get cropped properly.

Behavior after the change: Longer words are cropped properly.
 


Page-Builder Release Note - 10th July 2023

User level toggle to keep inspector open by default on desktop

Behavior before the change: Earlier users had to manually open the "Advanced Settings option" every time they created or edited a story by navigating through Open Story > Manage > Show Advanced Settings.

Behavior after the change: To simplify this process and reduce clicks, we have introduced a User-level Toggle.

With this new feature, users now have the option to keep the Manage sidebar permanently open, providing easy access to the "Advanced Settings" at all times. This enhancement aims to streamline interactions within BOLD and make the platform more efficient for our users.

To enable or disable the toggle, please follow these steps:
1. Click on the User Name located at the top-right corner of the Bold CMS.
2. Select "My Profile" from the dropdown menu.
3. Scroll down the page until you find the toggle labeled as "Open Story Sidebar by Default."
5. Depending on your preference, enable or disable the toggle by switching it on or off.
6. You will be logged out and need to re-login
7. Open any story and you will notice that the Manage sidebar is always open.

 

Page-Builder Release Note - 29th June 2023

Loading related stories from the same Magazine issue

Behavior before the change: Earlier when the user used to open any story linked to the Magazine for infinite scroll related stories used to load from a section or collection as per Page Builder settings(Collection of stories/Collection of collection).
Behavior after the change: Upon loading the initial story it will call story API with story id and attribute which will throw related stories from the same Magazine issue.

Brightcove for AMP pages
Initially, this feature was only available for non-AMP pages, but we have now expanded its support to include AMP pages as well. 

Page-Builder Release Note - 15th June 2023

Distinguish and display the Author & Guest Author Roles in Front End

Behavior before the change: Previously, the Page Builder Front end displayed the values for the Author and Guest Author separated by commas. Only the names were shown, without indicating their roles such as Guest Author/Sub-Editor.
Behavior after the change: The team has implemented a new feature that allows publishers to display the names of Authors and Guest Authors in separate rows, making it clear who the Author and Guest Authors are. Furthermore, if the publisher enables the "Show labels" option in the Story page settings, the role names will also be displayed on the Front end. Publishers can customize the role names from the Custom Label Settings. For example, instead of "Author," they can choose to display "Writer." This customization also applies to AMP pages.
Note: This is only applicable to Author Style 1 in Page Builder
Example:
Author: ABC
Guest Author: XYZ

Note: To implement this change, the "Contributor" role must be toggled on. If the "Contributor" role is not enabled, the Author and Guest Author names will not appear in two separate fields.

Brightcove video player Integration
This is a new feature that we have built that supports on Page Builder Front end now. In order to use this feature, Brightcove integration setup is required on Bold. Policy Key is mandatory for this integration. With Brightcove Integration, publishers will have control over using or embedding videos directly to CMS and rendering on the Front end

Page-Builder Release Note - 12th June 2023

Implementation of Comscore on every page of Web-Stories
We have implemented Comscore tag firing for all pages of web stories so that publishers won’t miss out on the number of page views and revenue through Ads. Earlier only single-page tag firing was implemented.

URL encoding for Topic Pages
Upon Auditing websites topic page URLs through the SEMRush tool, it was throwing errors due to improper encoding of URL. Now our team has fixed this and encoded the URL structure and SEMRush is not throwing any errors for Topic Pages.

Page-Builder Release Note - 6th June 2023

Configuring Section Page in PB 

Behavior before the change: After creating the section landing page by default page type selected was the collection of stories and the layout was not effective even after assigning the section to layout. The value of default page type value was not getting passed and resulting fallback value of the default section landing page. Toggling to the collection of collections and reverting it back is used to fix the issue.
Behavior after the change: We have added default values on the landing page and page data type which has fixed the issue. Now immediately landing page values will be passed and changes will reflect without any issue.

The collection page is not showing collections in ranked order

Behavior before the change: For the collection of collections only the collection ranked at 2nd position was reflected on the Front end.
Behavior after the change: After the fix, all ranked collections/stories will appear as expected.

Not updating the “X” minutes ago timer on the home page for light rows only
Behavior before the change: After publishing, the story timer was not updating and it was saying “x” mins ago.
Behavior after the change: After the fix, the timer is updating in real-time.

Page-Builder Release Note - 17th May 2023

Add a visual separator between the date and time for RTL pages/websites

Behavior before the deployment: For RTL or Arabic pages, the date and time used to be close without any spacing and it wasn't a good reader experience.
Behavior after the deployment: Now it is having a small space that separates date and time.
Behavior after the deployment: Now it is having a small space that separates date and time.

Page-Builder Release Note - 12th May 2023

Reduce (Time to Live)TTL time for Tag Pages

Behavior before the deployment: Earlier it used to take 10800 seconds to reflect the changes on tag pages.
Behavior after the deployment: Now it has been changed to 600 seconds


Page-Builder Release Note - 11th May 2023

Layout issue for two column six stories and three column twelve stories for RTL pages
Behavior before the change: For 2 col 6 stories and 3 col 12 stories  Text was not properly synchronized with images which was not a good user experience.
Behavior after change: After the fix, images coming on the left-hand side will have synchronized text on the right-hand side. The team has changed the image resolution to a small size

Page Builder becomes unresponsive and goes blank
Behavior before the change: Page Builder was going blank after we adding Ad/Widget slots after the 2nd card.
Behavior after the change: Page Builder Story templates have 3 dummy cards so when the user tried to add a slot after card 3 it was going blank because of the non-availability of the next card. The team has added multiple cards in dummy templates so this will override this.

The collection page is not showing collections in ranked order
Behavior before the change: For the collection of collections only the collection ranked at 2nd position was reflecting on the Front end.
Behavior after the change: After fix, all ranked collections/stories will appear as expected

Page-Builder Release Note - 27th April 2023

Display Alternative images (if available) on Related Story cards
Despite setting an alternative image for any story, it was not picking alternative images for related story pages.
What changes have been made now?
The Page Builder team has set the priority logic for alternative images for related stories.
Current behavior after enhancement: Now it will give priority to Alternative Image, then      Hero image (If no alternate image is set)  and lastly Page Builder Fallback image( if no alternate and hero image is set) for related stories.

Author Image and name alignment for Arrow: Opinion Collection layout for RTL pages
Problem Statement: For Arrow: Opinion Collection layout in Page Builder, Author Image and Author name was not aligned properly. For example: Author's Name used to display at the top right corner of the layout above Story Headline and the author image is used to display on Left-hand side
What has changed now?
The author image has been shifted to Right-hand side just below the author name which gives a good user UI experience.

Resizing of images across all rows and aside collection
Earlier page builder used to show small-size images as the text area was covering more space in any of the layouts we pick from Page Builder. Resulting it was not a good UI experience having small-size images with more text.
What has changed now?
The team has fixed the sizing of images for all such pages and increased image size so that images won’t look smaller compared to the text area and gives a good UI experience to readers.

Page-Builder Release Note - 12th April 2023

Enhancement: Multiple Payment gateway options to subscribers on Ahead

Earlier, users had limited options for payment gateways when subscribing. However, with this enhancement, we are offering the experience to pay via multiple payment gateways as well as currencies.

Publishers Requirements:
Taking into account feedback and requests from both publishers and users, there was a request to provide end-users with the option of choosing between Razorpay (for INR) and Paypal (for USD) as payment methods. The payment gateway should then display the amount and currency corresponding to the customer’s selection, and handle the transaction process accordingly.

We have introduced the following feature for our PB Publishers:
1. Publishers can now provide two distinct plans - one for INR (connected to Razorpay) and one for USD (connected to Paypal).
2. End-users on Ahead will be able to see both plans and select the one they prefer.
3. If the user selects the INR plan and clicks “subscribe,” the Razorpay gateway will open, and they can proceed with the transaction.
4. If the user selects the USD plan and clicks “subscribe,” the Paypal gateway will open, and they can proceed with the transaction.

For PayPal transactions, below is how we would be managing the Success and Failure workflows:
When we implemented the Paypal Recurring subscription, we had to manage the routing separately. To address this, we created a route using Bold Static Pages. If the static page route is not added in Bold, the transaction popup may not display correctly, which leads to a poor user experience. However, the transaction will still be processed in the background.

To prevent the issue described above, we need to complete the following actions on Bold CMS:
=> Create a static page.
=> Add /paypal-payment-success and /paypal-payment-failed routes to Bold using static pages

Incase the static page route is not added on bold, this is how the transaction popup shows up and is a bad UX(but at the background transaction would’ve happened)
 



Sample code for payment success screen:

<p>Payment successful</p>
<a href="/">Go to home page</a>
<script>
(function() {
var queryParams = window.location.search
if( queryParams.includes('token')) {
window.opener.postMessage(queryParams, "*");
}
})();
</script>

Sample code for payment failure screen:

<p>Payment Failed</p>
<a href="/">Go to home page</a>
<script>
(function() {
window.close();
})();
</script>

Finally, once the above scripts have been added to the static pages, successful transactions will redirect the transaction popup to the user details page for active subscriptions. If the transaction fails, the popup will be redirected back to the subscription page.

Read more about Paypal Transaction Route on Bold Static Pages here

Page-Builder Release Note - 23rd March 2023

Feature: Option to load Daily Motion / Youtube videos in iframe

Problem Statement/Feature request: Currently, Ahead websites utilize lazy loading for all videos and JS embeds to enhance user experience, improve performance, discourage ad-blocker installation, and minimize data consumption on costly or limited networks. However, this approach requires users to manually click on videos to play them. Autoplay videos generate significantly more revenue than display ads and have been shown to boost engagement, ad clicks, sales, and revenue.

Expected outcome: To address this, Ahead is proposing a toggle option for publishers to choose between lazy loading for a performant website and eager loading for a feature-rich experience. This feature will only be implemented for DailyMotion videos. With this change, if the option for “Disable Lazy Load for JS Embed” is checked on PB, the videos from Daily Motion will Autoplay.

To enable autoplay, the following settings need to be configured in Bold and PageBuilder:
In Bold, the client must set a valid player ID by navigating to Settings > Integration > Add Integration > DailyMotion.
For PageBuilder, the client must go to General Settings > Manage > Performance and select the checkbox for “Disable Lazy Load for JS Embed” to activate autoplay.

Page-Builder Release Note - 14th March 2023

Feature: Updated/Published time for Amp Stories

At present, PB provides flexibility in determining the published and updated time for non-AMP stories. However, this functionality should also be extended to AMP stories.

Current Behaviour: Current behavior displays the published time on AMP stories at all times.

Expected Behaviour: The expected behavior is to synchronize the published and updated time of AMP stories with that of non-AMP stories. Any changes made in PB with respect to published or updated time should be reflected on both AMP and non-AMP story pages.

Note:

Live-Blog Story template: The settings for published and updated time will be derived from the live-blog template settings in PB.

For all other story templates: The settings for published and updated time will be taken from the text template in PB.

Page-Builder Release Note - 23 Feb 2023

Enhancement: Live Blog icon on Story Cards

As of today, for Live Blog, on story pages, readers can view a red dynamic symbol indicating that this is an active story running with regular updates.
However, on the Home Page, this very Live Blog doesn’t have an indicator, and a reader may not be able to identify it instantaneously.

The change on Ahead is to add this very dynamic red symbol that would ideally grab a reader's intention and lead to more engagement on our publishers' websites.

Furthermore, the size of the Live Blog symbol on Story Pages will also be increased for web pages to give a more apt UI impression.

Enhancement: Dark Mode for Static Pages

There are 4 types main types of Static Pages. HTML | JSON | XML | Text. Our change is more to do with the html.
In the html also, there are simply a lot of possibilities on setting up the static page. with html tags, with css, with js etc.., and this is a reason why static pages were not considered into dark mode before. Now, taking account of this limitless possibilities, so what is done is

(a) BG colour of the page set to #1D1D1D for dark mode.
(b) Text elements coming out of plain html tags will be set to white colour for dark mode for readability.
(c) Better shadow/opacity options have been provided to differentiate between header / <p> tags.

Assume a publisher uses some specific formatting on a font, it takes that colour. also any other CSS elements will retain from the code as it is written and we do not invert the colours there. Also, set up a html page along with script where when time is displayed the text colour changes every second. while the dark mode is set, we don't get into changing the font colour coming out of a the style set using JS.

You can change to light / dark mode and see while the BG / text colour changes, other formats like ROW BG / Table colour are something we dont want to touch & have not touched..

Enhancement: Dark Mode for Search Bar in Header 5 & 6

The 11 headers where except the header 5 & header 6 - the colour of search bar is taken from primary / secondary header colour (existing functionality, works). Header 5 & Header 6 search bars will have #1D1D1D in dark mode & #FFFFFF in light mode.

Page-Builder Release Note - 21 Feb 2023

Enhancement: Disable the Service worker shell for all publishers via PageBuilder

We introduced the functionality to disable the service worker shell across publishers via a DB toggle. Considering that publishers are now requesting this quite frequently, we now propose to have this toggle on PB.

How does this help publishers?
   a. Widgets & Ads load consistently
   b. Uptik in revenue (observed across a few publishers)
   c. Ease of use, no dependency on customer support/ tech
          
How will impact readers?
               a. Offline support / caching will be missing — tech wise
               b. Will not affect the browsing of a user unless their network is off

Note:
For new publishers, the service worker shell should be disabled (initial config).
For existing publishers having the service worker shell disabled, the same should reflect on the UI toggle.

Feature: Handle Published and Updated time across the website 

As of today, PB provides the option on Story Pages to choose which dateTime publishers would like to display - Published On or Updated On, or Both.

With the change brought in for the logic of “Published On”, the reader experience for a story displaying only the “Updated On” on the story page and always the “Published On” on other pages has not been well received.

Outcome expected:
The change in PB is to provide the publisher the flexibility to choose whichever dateTime they would like to display across the website to maintain consistency and keep the reader experience seamless.

Enhancement: Published/Updated time on Liveblog

Scenario 1:
As a publisher, I should be able to choose which DateTime i.e. Published Time or Updated Time, can I display on the different pages - Home, Section, Tag, Author, Author Listing, Search, Story (related stories)

Scenario 2:
As a publisher, I should be able to choose which DateTime can I display for Live Blogs on the different pages. 
Home, Section, Tag, Author, Author Listing, Search, Story (related stories)

1. Settings → General Settings → Manage → Time Settings → Placed between Time ago Format and Structured data time zone
2. Default logic in PB will remain as is i.e. Published Time will be displayed everywhere
3. To show Updated Time, the publisher will have to select the same from the global settings
4. In particular for Live Blogs, we advise the publishers to use Updated Time (disclaimer will be present)

Page-Builder Release Note - 13th to 17th Feb 2023

Feature: Support for AdSense on visual stories.  

Now, we support AdSense Ads on visual stories as well. Before this update, only targeted Ads were rendered on web stories. Now, enter either Ad Manager or Ad sense details by going to Settings ⇒ General Settings ⇒ AMP Configuration in Pagebuilder.
At this point of time in PB, both Ad Manager & Ad Sense details can be entered at the same time for Web stories but the priority will be with Ad Manager in this particular case. 
Ad requests will be served if there are a minimum of 8 slots in the web story.




Enhancement: ‘Since’ Time Format Update - Specific to Arabic Publishers - changes for 1 | 2 minute(s) & 1 | 2 hour(s).
 

This is an update relevant to middle east publishers for Arabic language localization in the timestamp in the ‘most read’ widget.

Under this update,
since 2 seconds will become منذ ثانيتان
since 1 minute will become منذ دقيقة
since 1 hour will become منذ ساعة
since 2 minutes will become منذ دقيقتان
since 2 hours will become منذ ساعتان

How this works is if an 'exact' search text is found, it gets replaced with the replace text as provided:


replace text: search text

"منذ 2 ثواني": "منذ ثانيتان"
"منذ 1 دقيقة": "منذ دقيقة"
"منذ 2 دقائق": "منذ دقيقتان"
"منذ 1 ساعة": "منذ ساعة"
"منذ 2 ساعات": "منذ ساعتان"


For this to work, make the following changes: 

1. Select 'Since 4 hours' in Pagebuilder by going to Settings ⇒  General Settings ==> Manage ==> Time Settings
2. Custom Labels should be enabled from Settings ⇒ General Settings ⇒ Custom Labels  & below labels should contain localized words specifically as provided in above quote of 'search text'. “Since”, “Seconds”, “minute”,” minutes”, “hour”, and “hours”.



This change will be applicable to:
All available 24 layouts, Related Stories (side & bottom) ,Search Page,Tag Page and Author Page.

Page-Builder Release Note - 30 Sept 2022

New Features and Enhancements on Ahead/PB

1. New Header: Header 6
2. RTL Preview on Pagebuilder
3. Uniform Time Zone
4. SEO Metadata on static pages
5. AMP Auto Redirection
6. Shortcodes Targetted Serving of custom code on templates

1) New Header: Header 6
A new header is introduced to Ahead/PB named “Header 6”.


The new header adds the following:
- Bigger logo, center aligned.
- The logo is now allocated a maximum of 104px height on the Desktop and
64px on Mobile. For reference, other headers except “Header 5”
allocates a maximum of 56px on desktop and 32px on mobile.
- This helps to give more prominence to the logo and establish brand
identity.

- Date and time.
- You can now choose to display the date and time on the header. This
works by picking the time from the user's device.
- You can choose to enable date alone
- You can choose to enable time alone
- You can choose to enable the date and time together
- You can choose the date format. Options in the image below


- Date and time can be configured from Header Settings > Date and
Time


- Mega menu on Header (Desktop Only)
- MegaMenu comes to use for publishers who do have a large number of
 links to be displayed to the end user.
- The mega Menu is powered by the menu group with slug
  “mega-menu” created on Bold CMS.
-  The mega menu opens up on click on the 3 dots that come up on the
  primary menu bar.


 

- The background color of the megamenu is set from Header Settings >
 HAMBURGER AND MEGAMENU
- Header 6 provides the following functionalities as well.
- Enable or Disable App download links
- Enable or Disable Sign-in, Subscribe Buttons
- Enable or Disable Social Media Icons
- Enable or Disable Hamburger Logo, see the following image.

2) RTL Preview on Pagebuilder

Publishers whose Language orientation is RTL (Right To Left), now get their
pagebuilder layout preview orientation set as RTL.
- The layout orientation will be set automatically on page builder based on the
preference of the publisher set on Bold Instance.
- The feature helps RTL publishers while setting and maintaining the layout of
different components on page builder to see how exactly the component will
render on the website.




3) Uniform Time Zone

The publisher can now set the timezone from which they are publishing set in the page
builder and they will be used in the following cases.
- Datetime tag in scouse code.
- The time will be displayed(in story pages) in the local time, which will
  be picked from the user's device. However, the HTML behind it will
include the time in the timezone chosen by the publisher.
- Eg HTML : <time datetime="2021-09-09T11:23:31+05:30">9 sep,
2021, 11:23</time>
In Schema
- In structured data, the timezone chosen will be made use of.
- Following is a screenshot of a story page tested on the Structured data
testing tool.


4) SEO Metadata on static pages

When an editor setup a static page from bold, he can now add the following
metadata on the Bold CMS. Following are the metadata that can be passed from the
CMS.

- Meta Title
- Meta Description
- Meta Keywords
The website now consumes this data and will be added as part of the metadata of
the page.


5) AMP Auto Redirection

In page builder, the publisher does have the option to enable and disable AMP
pages.
- By default, the AMP pages are turned on. This would generate a
corresponding AMP story page for Story pages.
- If a publisher Turns off these AMP story pages from pagebuilder, all of the
AMP story links which were indexed by search engines /shared on social
media will throw a 404.
- The Auto redirection ensures the AMP story links are redirected to the
non-AMP story pages in the event of the AMP story template being turned off.
- This helps in stopping the 404’s from getting populated in the Google search
console ”Not found (404)” error list.
- This helps in keeping the SEO juice intact.

6) Shortcodes & Targetted Serving of custom code on templates

The publishing house does have need of adding custom code onto the <head> and
<body> tags in the HTML to meet requirements around custom widgets, 3rd party
integrations etc.
- A publisher can add custom code to the website via General Settings >
Manage > Insert Custom Code > Click Here to Insert(Pop-up)
- The publisher can choose to serve the custom code on all pages of the
website or on specific templates.
- The publisher can choose the template by clicking on the tabs on the left
side.
- To serve the custom code on all pages he can choose “All Pages” from the
menu.
- Once custom code is added, changes are made on the custom code. He needs to
save the same and publish it for the changes to reflect on the website.


Shortcode on Insert code

- We have now exposed 5 variables that can be used along with custom code
as shortcode.
- Following are the variables
- Page Type: This variable will tell if the page that you are visiting is
story page, section page, tag page, etc.
- Story Id : This variable exposes the story ID from Bold CMS. This
variable provides data only on story page. On other pages “null” will be
the response.
- Primary Section : This variable exposes the primary section that the
story is tagged to.On other pages “null” will be the response.
- Story Slug : This variable exposes the story slug.On other pages “null”
will be the response.
- Story Type: This variable exposes the story type and tells if the story
the user is visiting is text story, video story, live blog etc. On other
pages “null” will be the response.

Colour Palette for breaking news text 

Earlier, had the flexibility for breaking news bg colour alone. After the current change, irrespective of the bg color light mode has black breaking news text and dark mode has white text.
Publishers however can change the text colour from the palette flexibility.
Flexibility to handle text colour for breaking news text colour to be handled with the colour palette.
Default colour(on reset)-light mode: white bg colour and black text
Default colour(on reset)-dark mode: black bg colour and white text