BismarckPride.com turns 3 years old this month and to commemorate its anniversary, I have unveiled several new and exciting features that will greatly enhance the site.
With these new features, Bismarck Pride is quickly becoming a central resource for the Bismarck-Mandan region.
New social networking abilities allow users to easily connect and share with other members, similar to such popular sites as Facebook and Twitter. Familiar social networking tools, such as an activity stream and the ability to create groups, are available. Visit the Community Activity Stream.
Member & Guest Forums
Member and guest forums lets users easily share their thoughts and questions to the world. Seperated into several common categories for easy navigation and filtering. Visit the Forums Homepage.
FREE Classified Ad Listings
Have an item to sell, an apartment to rent, an open position…? Post it in the FREE classified ads for all to see. Ads will receive high exposure as featured classifieds are posted on each and every page on the Bismarck Pride site. Visit the Classifieds Homepage.
Ability To Publish Blog Postings
Now YOU, the user, has the ability to control the content that appears right here on Bismarck Pride. If you have a news item you’d like to share, or perhaps an opinion that’s been nagging at you to get out, now’s your chance. Every member has the ability to write their own blog postings. As a contributor to the site, your posts will appear right next to all other blog posts. Visit the Blog Editor.
Ability to Add & Edit Database Pages
As a contributing member, you now have full control to add and edit pages in the site’s comprehensive database. Visit the Page Editor.
Community Event Listings
A new section has been added for members to post upcoming community events. Event listings not only appear in the member’s Activity Stream, but also are featured on every page. A Google map is featured on each event’s detail page to help guide interested parties. Visit the Events Homepage.
A chatroom has been included for fully interactive group discussions. The chatroom is always open and available to all registered members and guests. Visit the Chatroom.
Improved Server Performance
Bismarck Pride has been migrated to a brand-new server to accommodate the ever-growing traffic. The transition to a new server will increase download speeds and greatly decrease server errors.
Of course, all of the familiar features from before are still available, including the ever-growing database, blogs, and the impressive picture archive.
It has become a consistant pattern for major upgrades to roll out with each anniversary. In November 2008, to celebrate its first year, the site debuted its blog, which has become the site’s largest single focus. To celebrate its second anniversary, in November 2009, Bismarck Pride launched a brand-new website, complete with a new engine, design, and expanded content offerings.
I hope everyone will enjoy these new interactive features. More enhancements are planned.