Core Publisher

We’d like to share an update on NPR’s plans for the ongoing support of Core Publisher and for its eventual replacement.

Summary:

In creating a header for the responsive theme, we've aimed to strike a balance between flexibility and simplicity. We want it flexible enough for stations to achieve their branding requirements — and simple, so we can ensure it works at all device sizes and is easy to maintain.

We know that strong digital strategies rely on sustained user engagement. We also know that promoting and exploring user engagement is a topic that's always on your minds, as it is ours. User engagement means not only pages per visitor, but measuring how that visitor interacts and engages with the story. 

One way this intersects with broader distribution of stories is via social sharing. After researching and exploring how to promote social sharing, we've developed new social buttons on post pages that we hope will encourage visitors to your stories to share them with friends. 

In support of our recent announcement that effective September 30, 2016, NPR Digital Services is transitioning its streaming service from Limelight to Triton Digital, we have added a new player option for Core Publisher stations specifically for Triton Digital streams.  The Triton Player is now an option for your station to select in your Core Publisher Stream Management options.  

Triton Player Features include:

Podcasting is an important tool in the digital landscape for sharing your station content.  We’ve received great feedback from stations regarding podcasting capabilities in Core Publisher.  We’ve heard you and we have taken steps to improve the way Core Publisher manages podcasts!
 

We want to give a special thank you to our diligent podcast pilot group for helping us test these updates on their live Core Publisher sites: Vermont Public Radio, KUOW, KMUW, Michigan Radio, and Southern Carolina Public Radio.

We're happy to announce the release of PMP Push capabilities inside of Core Publisher. Starting today, stations using Core Publisher have the ability to enable Push settings for PMP. Enabling this allows station users to choose, on a post by post basis, which stories they want to push up to the PMP.

This represents an exciting step in the integration of Core Publisher with the PMP. Stations have been able to pull content down for some time, but until now have not had an easy way to get Core Publisher content ingested into the PMP.

Starting this winter, we’ll be releasing a new set of features for creating, listing, and promoting community events within Core Publisher.

Core Publisher Persistent Player
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We’re excited to announce the availability of the Persistent Player for Core Publisher (Responsive design sites only). The new Persistent Player provides a new audio experience that allows users to enjoy your streams, uninterrupted, as they navigate your site. It supports multiple streams, with associated stream and song information, in a simple treatment that is easy to use for any site visitor.

Here are the key features that set this player apart from past Core Publisher stream tools:

In January, we shared some initial data on improvements for Core Publisher stations that had moved to the responsive theme.  Those improvements included better tracking, improved search performance, and increased reading. Recently, we looked at data for the set of stations that moved to responsive in February 2015.  These stations saw similar improvements, including increases in story reading.   

NPR Digital Services Monthly Product Update

Here is a summary of bug fixes and feature enhancements that we have made to Core PublisherComposer 2, the NPR One AppStationConnectDS Marketing Forms & QuickPledgeStation Analytics System, and our Streaming Service over the last 4 weeks.

NPR Digital Services Monthly Product Update

Here is a summary of bug fixes and feature enhancements that the Digital Services Team has made over the last 4 weeks.

Core Publisher Updates:  

Thank you to all of the stations that were able to join us for the Responsive theme update for Core Publisher webinar. 

In this webinar we discussed:

The Core Publisher development team has been working hard to introduce a fully functioned responsive web theme. Over the past few months a handful of sites have moved to this new theme which provides a cleaner look and allows a consistent experience across devices. While we can't share sites confidential details, we can point to a few positive trends that we have seen post launch.

Thank you to all the stations who joined us for the Twitter Chat last month! We had a great time answering your questions about the new Responsive Web Design in Core Publisher. 

If anyone missed the Twitter Chat or just want to look back on the questions and answers, the feed from the chat is now available on Storify.com. Click the link below to take a look at what we talked about during the chat:

https://storify.com/nprds/npr-ds-october-twitter-chat

Come join us for the second all-station Twitter chat on Friday, October 24 from 3-4 p.m. ET!

#NPRChats is an informal way for NPR Digital Services to talk with and answer questions from our Member Stations about a different topic or theme each month.

These are questions asked during the FY2015 Core Publisher  webinar. We expect to continue adding to this list as more questions come up. 

Is this Responsive Redesign phase only for certain stations?  Our station site is currently using a modular template for our homepage, not a river-style template.

NPR Digital Services is in the process of launching a responsive redesign of Core Publisher.  In addition to the alpha and beta pilots, all Core Publisher stations will get new features over the next few months as part of our core goal to provide value to stations throughout the redesign process. Some features such as new slideshows are related to the redesign efforts, while others  such as improvements to the “auto retrieve and categorize tool” are not. 

2014 marks a major initiative for NPR Digital Services -- the responsive redesign of Core Publisher.

(This is article two of three. Read about Why We Are Doing a Redesign Now and the Redesign Roadmap for more info.)

Todd Mundt/NPR

We sat down with NHPR Digital Director Rebecca Lavoie to talk about their recent efforts to drive engagement to their site.

We are excited to announce a new way for us - Digital Services and Stations - to share ideas; ask questions; and collaborate around tips and tricks on using existing features within Core Publisher.  We’re providing office hours with your friendly product owner, Erin Teare Martin, and the Station Relations team!

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