Improved Messaging -How Centralized Private Communication Should Be!
Last Update: Jun 9, 2016
Today we've rolled out a significant update that is going to take private communication to the next level and help centralize the way we communicate with each other at WA.
Introducing "Messages" a central inbox for Private Messages and SiteSupport technical tickets.
Your Message Inbox
Accessing your inbox is done in the same way that you would check your Private messages by clicking the envelope icon at the top of WA, or by browsing to your profile and clicking on "messages".
Within your inbox you will see some great new features including a search, read/unread filters, and the ability to select items and perform group actions on them.
When selecting items you can select groups of messages too by holding the shift button on your keyboard - beautiful :)
Use the search to search by a user name or a keyword to find past messages, and we save your search so that you can dive into the message details and come back to the inbox with your customized search results!
You will notice that your messages show a label of what TYPE of message they are.
Currently the two types of messages are:
Messages show the sender info, a snippet of the content, and a count of how many replies there have been. Click on a message and go into the details. Yellow messages are unread, white messages are read.
Create a new Private Message by clicking the PLUS circle found in the top right corner of your inbox. It's easy to do,
Chronological order is WORD OF THE DAY here! We've changed things up by having all messages laid out in chronological order so that you can read the conversation in a natural top down sequence.
On the right hand side you are going to see some information about the user who has sent you the message.
Clean and organized message layout makes it easier to follow the conversation thread! An updated message box with better image management is part of this update. When you upload images, all parties can now see those images in a full resolution lightbox. No more squinting to see what the images said. You can scroll through all images in the entire message thread too which makes it really easy to pass screenshots back and forth - a picture says a 1000 words sometimes..
SiteSupport - Technical Website Help
When you need help with something related to your website, you've got our 24-hour dedicated team of server engineers and wordpress experts at your fingertips. Creating a SiteSupport ticket is still done from the SiteRubix main menu as before.
You will see a brand new process of creating a ticket that walks you through the process of asking for technical help. Find yourself not needing private technical support? You can also ask questions to the community from this page by clicking on the "NO" option when asked if this ticket is about your website or not.
Quickly choose the options to get your ticket setup for our team to answer!
Then just submit it and you're going to get an answer within minutes. We've tried to keep website support responses within 10 minutes which is absolutely industry leading, but that's not good enough. We want to aim for a 5 minute response time for all SiteSupport tickets and this update to the platform will definitively help make that a possibility.
From time to time our support team will have a question for me or Kyle. The centralization of SiteSupport and Private Messages allows us to pass tickets back and forth. So, you may start out discussing a ticket with SiteSupport, but then Kyle or I will jump in and help out, then maybe send it back to SiteSupport. It's all streamlined, central, and easy.
This update is part of a number of main systems at WA that we are rolling out. The goal is a more streamlined private communication platform, faster help, and a better experience.
I hope that you find this update helpful and that it makes communicating with your peers here at WA that much better!
This is a system that many people use and I'd love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and overall feedback.
I hope you have a great week!
I just realized it looked different...much easier to find things! I love the looks of it and being able to find past messages is so much easier...awesome update! Thank you Carson, you guys have done it again...always looking for ways to make things even better here.
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
Thanks for the feedback Sherry! I'm loving the search functionality as well as I've used it a number of times today since we've had this rolled out. The ability to mark messages as read/unread is a big deal too because sometimes I read something and need to respond later. This allows me to do that. Really simplistic feature but one I'll be using daily. All the best to you too :)
I have just been using the new message system it is really good and streamlining the support system will have huge benefits. This place is off the dial, The improvements that keep being introduced just enhance our opportunities so much. Thank you, Carson, kyle and the team that helps, you make all this possible
Thanks Alex! To achieve our goals of offering the best help and support for Internet Entrepreneurs, we have to keep pushing the envelope. We've got some major updates coming in the very near future, this is just the start of the big updates we've been working on this year. Chat soon!
Looks awesome Carson, there is only one thing I miss, when I send a private message, it's gone, and it becomes only visible when the other is answering, why is that?
I think that we can make an update here so that when you post a new message, there is a link that allows you to go view your message. going to work on this.
Awesome Carson, looks like you guys have outdone yourself once again.
Will check it out for sure. :)
I already checked it and so far I do like it. Much easier to navigate and most of all keeping on top of things, in this case messages :)
I noticed this all yesterday and I'm loving it! This is almost up there with the Tasks you guys rolled out. You guys are always improving the community. We're lucky to be part of it!
Thanks Jeremy! I'm going to say that it's one that I've been really excited about for quite some time now. It's just better!
I think it is a great improvement Carson, I haven't had the need to use site support but that looks streamlined as well. Great job on the message system.
Our goal is to have the absolute highest quality and fastest help platform in the world for all aspects of WA. From Questions, to Private Messages, to Technical SiteSupport Tickets, to....anything. This new platform is going to help with this and give everyone a streamlined way to communicate privately. No more guessing where your messages are, they are all in one place now.
Thanks for the message Tim :)
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I noticed when I've clicked on the PLUS button and I'm done with my message, there is no way to toggle it back to not show anymore, it just stays there.
Is there any way to have a toggle so that if you click on the PLUS button again it disappears out the way so that the search can be resumed for finding other messages?
Hi Wendy, just click "cancel" and it will close the New PM box.
That makes sense Carson! Didn't think of that! Much appreciated.