The WA Engine is Full Speed Ahead!

Last Update: August 24, 2016

Hi Everyone!

Today I want to talk about a new messaging platform that we've just released at WA that is going to make communicating with each other incredibly easy and efficient! The WA Engine is full speed ahead, ok let's go...

The WA community is bustling, literally...there are tens of thousands of communications between members on any given day. Our goal is to make this communication better by making it more efficient and down right easier to have conversations with one another.

We've just released the ability to hover over a fellow member's image in WA to pop-up a box where you can learn a bit more about them, see a larger image, read their description, follow (if you aren't already), and leave a profile message!

Here's an example of what this looks like!

Go ahead and hover over any user image within WA and you'll see a pop-up similar to this one :)

There are many cases I am helping folks out and I want to leave them a message on their profile. This is a new way to do this without having to leave the page that I'm currently working on to do it. When you start to type your message in the box, a "Send" button will appear like this:

Click SEND and your message will be posted to their profile!

Easy Right?

We're always keeping a very close eye on engagement, communication, and usage of the features and services that we offer at WA. When we see ways to improve, we get right to the drawing board and come up with solutions that we feel will raise the bar for everyone!

Talking about raising the bar...

This summer has been the most productive that we've had since the creation of WA back in 2005. We've been busy working on some of the biggest and most exciting projects to date. In the coming weeks and months you're going to be hearing a lot from me with updates, new features, and projects released. Kyle and I have never been this excited about the direction of WA.

We've got big things coming in relation to:

Your Websites
Your Hosting
Your Domains
Your Research
Your Training
Your Communication
Your Content
Your Success!!!

I hope that this update today is one that you will find useful in relation to your communications and building your network here at WA. :)

I welcome your feedback and thoughts as always!!

Carson

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nathalym Premium
Yes, Carson, however, when you are in front of the back office of the website, and have to copy banners and widgets, it does not tell you where to copy them. There is not lesson with Wealthy Affiliate explaining all this. How can I know? I have to build my website. I do it by trail and error. I need training in the layout of the website. Do you give training in the layout of the website?
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SteveCrozza Premium
Hi Nathaly Mary,

There is so much training here at WA that all you need to do is search for it. Try typing this: "How To Put Banners & Affiliate Linked Images In Posts" into the search bar above here.

This search bar is in the fixed black bar near the top where it says: "Hey Nathaly Mary, search for help here ...

I found this article by searching for: "how to put banner"
and choosing the resultant training video to watch.

Hope this helps
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nathalym Premium
thank you kindly. I went on the internet and found how to load videos on website which I did successfully. I am listening to Kyle's video on the difference between a post and a page. I hope I have understood the message.
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nathalym Premium
Dear SteveRozza,

You are totally right.
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Twinsmother Premium
Aww you and family look soo happy. Congrats to little one also and keep up the faith. About the coming changes to WA the lineup looks promising and encouraging. The latest one is good and it startled me a bit but I understood it when I used it and it is good. Thanks for that and any and all upcoming improvements to be made here at WA. Better health and wealth to you and family Carson.
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TJ Books Premium
I was answering comments on my profile and saw the changes. Here I am 84 and I added websites today when I have been dumping sites. I decided to sell flagpoles again so I'm building the site. Also, a member got me into the vacuum sealing business so I put up a site for that. It probably is stupid for me to keep adding more than I can handle. I have to farm some of the work out. I do have one writer who can write without me having to edit every little thing. I hope all is well with you and yours, Carson. Jay is sure doing a great job. You guys were fortunate to find him. Cheers! John
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Carson Premium
Great to hear from you John! Awesome to hear the you're busy building sites and you're getting back into the flagpole niche. There are so many niche audiences out there! You can handle it!
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jivitaa339 Premium
It's really nice, easy way to follow co-members directly from the dashboard.
What I like the most is that, it provides the real name of the person instead of username.
I used to go back to the profile page and sometimes even to the website and then to the about me page, just to find out the real name of the person.
It really saves a lot of time.
Just can't imagine what you have in store relating websites, hosting, domains etc.
Great going and it really feels great to be a member of WA.
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Carson Premium
Get to hear that things are going well and that you're making use of the new functionality we've released with the quick look into a member's profile. We've got lots more up our sleeve :)
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Defiant6 Premium
Carson thank you so much for this wonderful update! You guys make WA such an incredible place to be at, communicate with others, and learn how to create a successful online business. I cannot wait to see what is coming down the road! Thank you for this incredible new feature!
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SteveOlan Premium
I like the update and I am always excited about new things. Jay frequently warns about shiny object syndrome but I am sure this does not qualify.

Have not actually used it yet... I am so used to the other ways around.

Thanks for the update, looking forward to seeing what's next.
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Carson Premium
I totally agree Stephen! We do not create "FLUFF" or shiny object kind of updates here at WA just because. Everything that we're going out with is going to benefit folks in performing the tasks we teach, and in building their businesses. I think that you'll love what we have in store :)
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GiuliaB Premium
Wow Carson, can't believe WA is already 11 years old, just like my old motor. But unlike my old car, WA is getting better and stronger by the day. And, although I am ever so new to all this, I'm soooo excited to be part of it all.
So, I'm looking forward to all the new improvements and to more hard work and challenges, in the knowledge that this lovely WA community is there to 'break' my many falls.
Thank you for the heads up. Giulia :)
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SteveCrozza Premium
Hi Carson,

Stumbled across this feature tonight when doing some stuff, initially I thought it (the message box) was a really good idea but then after I closed it and inadvertently moved my mouse across another image "it" immediately came back up.

The fact that it has to be closed by clicking on the "X" is a pain in the neck. If the message box would close down once the mouse cleared the vicinity that would be great, otherwise it will be very disruptive and annoying.

I love the way that you, Carson and Kyle, continually work on your business to assist us in our business and I know that it is not possible to please everyone all the time. So keep the ideas coming, we appreciate your efforts. And so do I.

Steve
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HighPlaces Premium
Hear, hear!
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Freedomseekr Premium
What a great new feature, Carson! I checked it out a bit and I really like it. Now, it'll be so much easier to respond to each other... much easier than opening another tab or window to find their profile, then going back again to the page we were on. Thank you for yet another awesome update! Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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feigner Premium
thanks a lot carson, i noticed that going off page and then returning you lose your text after the last update, this will go a long way. i would also extend thanks to KC and aaron - without whom i am sure all of these updates would not take place.
thanks guys - keep up the good work
phil
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Marcus1978 Premium
This is great, Carson!

We haven't heard much from you this year, so it's great to get such an exciting update from you. I think because Kyle is so socially active here, people might forget that you're there too, working hard in the background to make WA as great as possible.

I look forward to the exciting updates to come...
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terrycarroll Premium
Thanks Carson. Yet another gem in the evolution of the WA empire. I can't over-emphasise how valuable the training and information has been in my business (and still is!) Not just from you and Kyle but from everyone in the community.
Obviously I am not in touch with everyone in the family, but to those who I follow and who follow me, a heartfelt thanks for your contributions and I hope I am also helping in some small way.
Best regards
Terry
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trailhound Premium
Hey, Carson. I love this feature. It makes it so much easier and quicker to respond to people.
Especially when I haven't interacted with them much before and I want to know a little more about them.
Now I don't have to close down the page I'm on go look up their profile and then go back and respond to them.
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KenPe Premium
Richard,
Thanks.
Ken
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This is an amazing feature a way to get even more out of everything you and kyle rock and youre success personally makes me push to do better and the same goes for the person reading this youre success drives people like me to do better because if you can do it i can too
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apache1 Premium
Thank you, both Carson and Kyle and the staff for raising the bar yet again. This is why WA is such a great community to be part of. I don't think of any other place that cares more about their members than WA. Kudos to all
Take care be well
Andre

PS proud to be a WA Member
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wagreatstuff Premium
Hi Carson. I tried it on my handphone. Your profile pop up but within the next few seconds it takes me to your full profile page. Is that what it is suppose to do? I have not tried this new feature on the desktop yet as I am now at the airport reading your nessage on my mobile.
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Jim-Bo Premium
Great new feature, handy!

slight bug with it though...

I hovered over your image, Carson, Typed in a couple of paragraphs as a test message to leave on your profile, but as soon as I went for the send button, my mouse hovered OFF the message and the message disappeared. This would mean a lot of people are going to have to type in a message twice...

Try it out, see what I mean.

Jimbo
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Jim-Bo Premium
incidentally, just did it again and this time the message did not disappear.
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NWTDennis Premium
It's a great new feature, but Robert (boomergp08) and Kyle have some great feedback. I'm confident that Carson and his team will be able to "tweek" it.

What's even more exciting is the projected upgrade list as we go forward. Is there any training platform like this one anywhere else on the internet? I don't think so ... this is "state of the art" stuff.

Thanks Carson
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Carson, another great innovation, every new development brings so much value to the community enabling us to get on with it. There is so much "clunk" out there in the wider internet space it is a breath of fresh air to be involved with a streamlined platform that keeps getting better. Thank you guys.
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boomergp08 Premium
Though I most times like your new site-wide updates, this new one is EXTREMELY annoying!

Any time my mouse pointer runs over a profile name or picture I get the pop up when I didn't want it to. This means that no one can drag their mouse pointer across the majority of screens on WA without the pop ups appearing.

Frankly I think they should only appear either when you click on a name / image or better still make it so that you have to be hovering over a name / image for 2 seconds before the pop up occurs.

This will prevent unwanted pop ups from appearing when moving your mouse pointer across the screen, that happens to run across a name / image.
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Kyle Premium
What about if when you mouse off of it, it disappeared (or clicked away). This way you wouldn't have to explicitly click the X in the corner. Thoughts?

This makes communication much easier, but I am honestly on the fence about the "forced" close as it can complicate navigation and sometimes the opening of these will be completely accidentally. Might be a good idea on the delay as well.
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Carson Premium
This is great feedback Rob, the kind that helps us improve new features. We'll play around with the timing of the pop-up, and ways to close it over the coming days as we get feedback and we see how it's being used.

Very helpful, thanks again :)
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Dreamer56 Premium
I think that would be a great idea, Kyle. That is the only thing I do not like about the new addition.
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boomergp08 Premium
Though the mouse off image would be a good solution I think it could still be a bit visually annoying having pop ups appear and disappear as you move your mouse pointer across the screen.

I feel that a time-based hover of a couple of seconds would be best because this would be a deliberate action indicating that someone wanted to know more about a member than just an incidental action of the pointer running across an image / name.
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome Carson. It is just my Quality Assurance Engineer experience that never seems to leave me, even though I retired from that profession a few years ago. lol
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Kyle Premium
2 seconds is a lot of time. They are definitely time based now, you can't scroll over quickly and have it pop up. It takes a second or so, but this is something that we have actually had in place for a long time now and it hasn't ever been an issue, if anything it is very handy.

There are definitely a few annoyances that we are going to eliminate and thanks for your constructive feedback Rob. We will take this all into consideration with an updated roll out early next week (if not earlier, all changes go through rigorous testing though).

Thanks man!
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boomergp08 Premium
You are welcome. Yes, 2 seconds is a lot of time, that's why I revised my response to a couple of seconds, which could mean 1.25 seconds. ;)
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