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Workpage Newsletter 2019 1

On February 16-17, 2019, BeWelcome.org will launch of its newly redesigned platform with membership experience, global hospitality exchange and cultural appreciation in mind. This has been a two year volunteer led process, and meant rewriting much of the old code, dropping some old features and adding many new ones.

Downtime

While the platform is down over the weekend of February 16/17, you will be redirected to http://fox.bewelcome.org/, where you can find updates about the downtime.

Changes

BeWelcome invites you, our existing member, and your friends to explore the new platform at www.bewelcome.org. We feel you will be pleasantly surprised! Feedback to the redesign or any bugs can be send to us via the "Contact us" link at the bottom of every bewelcome.org page.

So whats changed! While the full list of changes will be noted in the release notes and FAQ, there are some of the headline changes!

Host Requests

A long held request by members was a host request system. Until now members sent hosting guests through the generic mesaging system. The redesign has a seprate host request system, and will help you keep track of requests send and received.

Mobile friendly

The redesign means www.bewelcome.org is now mobile friendly. which means you can use the platform when you are on the move. The redesign means a quick load, and allows you to get to the feature or information you need quickly. This is accomplished through a �hamburger menu in the top corner. It's three lines stacked together to roughly form the shape of a hamburger. Its a design feature used in many websites to incorporate a site menu without taking up too much room. It leaves bewelcome.org uncluttered, and will free up screen space.

Group Creation

You can now see notifications from the groups you have subscribed to on the landing page. We will be moderating new group creation, so that there will be less duplicate groups.

Searching for Hosts

When setting your home, you can now use a location marker/ map search (Including dragging map/zoom in/zoom out) to indicate your location. This allows for more accuracy in search.

Activities & Events

The landing page now shows activities in your area (limited to 20km around you) occuring in the next three months. Please add events in your area, so that others in your area can see them. While it would be great to add your own non-commercial event, you can add events happening in your local area, so you can find other BW members to join you at the event.

Your Data

You might have noticed a request to accept "cookies" if you recently logged into BeWelcome. That is part of our strong belief in data protection and privacy for all members. Within the European Union and the European Economic Area, data protection is also demanded in the General Data Protection Regulation now embedded in EU law. Moving forward, we want to provide you with more detail about how we use/don't use your data, in the FAQ and terms of use. Request to delete profile is now enabled.

Changes to TOU

The Terms of Use (ToU) were updated to reflect changes to the platform. (Note: not in effect now!!!)

Whitelisting Emails from BW

If you filter your emails, please be aware that the email headers will change again during the complete migration of the database. To avoid misdirection of bewelcome.org bewelcome.org emails (e.g. to your spam folder), we recommend you filter emails based on �From: header� and whitelist all messages coming from *.bewelcome.org bewelcome.org (Note: postmaster recommend to use this filter only as a temporary solution, until migration has been completed so filtering can be made on a safer way))

Credits

This website wouldn't be possible without the help of geonames.org to help you find your way around the world, OpenStreetMap, and its contributors and PHPStorm which makes developing with PHP a joy. The redesign runs on open source BW Rox rev. 12132fe37 (2018-11-01 08:31:59)

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