Hoop.la, UBB Forum, and QuestionShark have always had an API available to support custom integrations, but we've recently just released a completely revamped version of the API with comprehensive, public documentation.
Hoop.la's API conforms to the commonly used REST architecture. REST enables developers to easily integrate with the API via basic HTTP requests. All REST API requests use a structured JSON response, which makes it very easy to parse and extract information from the response. Additionally, as is traditionally supported in a REST architecture, the response status code can be inspected to determine if a given request was successful or not.
The REST API supports all of the basic end-user functionality including Activity Stream, Blog, UBB Forum, Calendar, Clips, Chat Rooms/Events, QuestionShark, Groups, and Portfolios. There are also some basic administrative API commands available.
If you are interested in enabling the REST API on your plan or have suggestions for additional API features, please let us know on our support community.
Here are the links to the REST API documentation for each of our different products:
Today, we rolled out an improved file uploader for Hoop.la, UBB Forum, and QuestionShark that removes a previous dependency on Flash. Now, no matter how you upload files, you will not be required to have Flash installed.
Because iPad users do not use our mobile interface (which had its own, non-Flash uploader already), they were not able to attach any files because the iPad does not support Flash. That problem is now solved and iPad users can now attach/upload photos and videos from their devices.
Hoop.la sites have a brand new feature for chat rooms and events, a chat pause button. Your users can use this to pause the flow of new posts to the chat room or event window. This is especially useful for very active chats where things can sometimes fly by too quickly.
Note that hitting pause does not prevent others from posting. It simply pauses new posts from appearing on your own screen.
You can also of course, reverse things by "unpausing".
Also note that if you hit the pause button you can still post, but when you post we will unpause things (otherwise, you might wonder if you really posted or not).
We've also made one other improvement to the chat screen, unrelated to the new pause button. If you scroll up, we will lock the window in place for you until you scroll back down to the bottom. Previously, you would be taken down to the bottom whenever there was a new post. This will make for a less jarring experience.
We've rolled out a new feature for Hoop.la, UBB Forum, and QuestionShark: Announcements.
With this feature, admins on your can post a special announcement that will appear to your registered members until they acknowledge it.
This can be a useful tool for getting the word out about something important, without having to send an email, which can be regarded as intrusive by some of your members.
Once the member clicks on the "Mark As Read" button, he will never see the message again. Until acknowledged though, the announcement will appear once per new session for the member.
The system also keeps track of the number of members who have acknowledged the message. You can see the percentage of total members, as well as active members in your Announcement control panel. See example below.
Note that you can only have one announcement at a time. So, to start a new announcement, you will need to first delete the existing message.
This feature is fully supported in the mobile interface, as well.