Here’s what we added and updated in the latest version of our SharePoint Classifieds Web Part.
SharePoint 2016 support
That’s right, the Classifieds web part now works with SharePoint 2016! 😃
Completely redesigned the classified item display page
Something we’ve been wanting to do for ages is build a better display page for the individual classified ads.
It was previously using SharePoint’s native list item display page:
But we knew we could do better:
Added a locations feature
We received a few requests for a locations feature, which we thought was a great idea, and so we decided to include it in this version.
You can now specify a set of locations relevant to your organization so your users can filter classified items by location.
Added a “No Image Available” image placeholder
Previously we were showing a blank space when no image existed for the classified ad, in both the listing and the classified view page. Now it shows a “No Image Available” placeholder image.
Here’s what it looks like in the classified item listing:
And if you modify the web part’s theme you can display it in Comic Sans too!
Updated styling of display options
The Classifieds web part was using some outdated design elements for the display options, so we gave it a makeover to bring it in line with how we show the display settings in our Staff Directory Web Part.
Updated styling of category tags and ‘Add your classified’ link button
We made the category tags look better and a bit easier to click…
…and we improved the size and styling of the “Add your classified” link:
(In the next version we’ll be moving the category tags to a left sidebar, together with a new location selector, plus some other filter options.)
We rebuilt the way the category tag list is loaded in the background. It previously took 300 to 500 milliseconds to load and it now takes 8 to 12 milliseconds. It’s the little things ;)
Increased default size of image viewer from 800x600 to 1024x768
The image viewer (when you click on an image in the classified ad view page) was 800x600 by default. That’s old school, so we made it a bit bigger.
Fixed a bug with a broken image displaying when no image is uploaded
A silly little monster that we sent back to whence it came.
Fixed a strange IE8 compatibility bug
We’re not sure who still uses Internet Explorer 8, but we know at least one of our customers does, because they found a strange bug that popped up only in IE8. We squashed it!