Following in the footsteps of our Local Hive – West Sussex community, today we have launched two new Google+ communities.
If you live, work or play in East Sussex, there is now a Google+ community for you. Join Local Hive – East Sussex.
Similarly, if you live and breath in Surrey, there is a Google+ community for you too. Join Local Hive – Surrey.
We look forward to hearing your news!
Local Hive’s banner that you see at the top of the site has been this for a long time.
It is an aerial view of Storrington taken from satellite images. It served it’s purpose, showing the place where Local Hive was first dreamt up and hopefully conveying the meaning behind Local Hive.
Doesn’t it look a bit flat and drab though?
Yesterday the sun shone brightly on Storrington (a village in West Sussex just on the edge of the South Downs). Perfect weather for a walk in the country. Chantry Hill is a popular spot for walkers, as it rises up above the village and gives spectacular views of the South Downs and surrounding countryside and that is where we went. Here is a panoramic view of the village (just visible on the left of the image) that we shot while there.
You will see that image from now on every time you visit Local Hive, as we have chosen to use it as the new banner background across the top of the main site and The Buzz.
Following on from our recent update which gives all sites registered a unique shop address, we have gone a step further with two more updates.
Visit shop address
Every shop has a unique number, clicking on this will open the Local Hive page for the shop. You can copy and paste the URL from there to an e-mail or a social network, to tell your friends.
We may update individual pages in the future to build a better experience for you.
Google +1 button
If you like someone’s Local Hive shop front, tell them about it. Click that +1 button and share it with your friends on Google+.
When you create a shop front in Local Hive, it can sometimes be a little confusing trying to find your shop afterwards. Perhaps you want to tell other people where to find it?
The answer is here at last. When you are editing your site, you will see a link to your site’s shop address.
Click it and it will take you to your shop front.
Share it with friends and colleagues, to let them know where to find it.
In our last post we mentioned a new Google+ community called Local Hive – South East.
To bring it in line with the way Local Hive itself is structure, we have renamed it to Local Hive – West Sussex.
Join the community to help make West Sussex connected.
Local Hive is all about bringing communities together. In an effort to help make that happen, we have created a new Google+ community for the South East of England. The community is there for you to share stories, ask questions and post information about events.
You can join the community by visiting Google+ and searching for Local Hive. You will need a Google+ account to join, so sign up for one if you haven’t done so already!
If you really don’t have time to search, have no fear! Here is a link for you instead.
Local Hive – South East
While you are at it, why not circle our Google+ page as well.
Local Hive – Google+ page
We are always working to make Local Hive more versatile and useful for you. With the latest update, you can use some simple codes to change the look of the content you write in your shop windows and noticeboard messages.
To make something bold, surround the text with [b] and [/b]
To make something italic, surround the text with [i] and [/i]
To make something bold an italic, surround the text like this [b][i] and [/i][/b]
To add a web link, simply paste the URL including the http:// or https:// part. http://www.localhive.co.uk/
Those are the simplest things. If you are up for it, you can even add lists. To open and close an unordered list (the one with dots) use [ul] and [/ul]. To open and close an ordered list (the one with numbers) use [ol] and [/ol]. Surround each list item with [li] and [/li]
- Unordered list item 1
- Unordered list item 2
- Ordered list item 1
- Ordered list item 2
Okay, for the purposes of this blog post we cheated and used normal HTML to change the text above. So here is a screen shot of a real virtual shop (an oxymoron?) created with the code you see below.
[b]Bold text[/b] [i]Italic text[/i] [b][i]Bold italic text[/i][/b] and a link http://www.localhive.co.uk/
As you can see from the above example, you can even nest lists within lists.
We are looking forward to seeing the creative ways people will use these new codes!
We have made a few small changes to the login bar for Local Hive this morning.
When you are logged in to Local Hive, your login bar will now look like this.
Clicking on your name or profile picture now takes you directly to your profile page, allowing you to change aspects of your profile.
Clicking on My Hive takes you to the main page where you can select either your profile or one of the other options.
Clicking on My Sites takes you straight to your site listings. Here you can create new sites and edit existing ones.
These changes are aimed at making Local Hive easier to navigate. We hope you like it!
Christmas is almost done and the Local Hive decorations were taken down this weekend.
It is a New Year and a time for resolutions!
Our New Year Resolution is to stay committed to improving Local Hive. Like the latest update that went live a few moments ago, which means you can temporarily hide the cookie disclaimer at the top of the screen.
What is your New Year Resolution? Would you like to help improve Local Hive too? All you need to do is create an account and start using it. The more the merrier!
We just made a small, but much needed change to Local Hive.
Your preferred County and Hive (as set in your Local Hive profile) is now recognized upon logging into the site. You will automatically be directed to the correct URL for your Hive of choice.
This is made possible by using cookies, which have also enabled us to extend the ‘memory’ of your preferences to The Buzz. So if you are logged in to Local Hive and decide to read something here, when you click on the Local Hive logo to go back to the main site you will be directed to your preferred location.
For example, if your favoured Hive is Storrington in West Sussex, when you log in or click back from The Buzz, you will automatically arrive at http://www.localhive.co.uk/west-sussex/storrington