The mobile experience with Hoop.la is already fantastic. As a fully responsive application, Hoop.la automatically adapts for optimal design regardless of the device being used. That said, we've had requests for a mobile app for Hoop.la sites, and today we are officially adding support for that on iOS and Android.
With the new optional Mobile Apps add-on, your Hoop.la site can have:
- Support for push notifications
- Branded space on user's mobile devices
The new add-on is available (for additional fees) for any Hoop.la plan. We support apps for both iOS and Android and each site that purchases the add-on will have its own branded app (not a generic Hoop.la app).
When you have the mobile apps enabled, Hoop.la will also automatically promote the availability of the apps in your site menu, with links to the downloads for the iOS and Android apps for your site.
We're running a special promotion between now and the end of June that will provide a significant discount on the standard fees. The discounted price is $750/month with a one-time setup fee of $4,500. (Starting in July, the cost for new add-ons will be $900/month with a setup fee of $5,500).
In addition to the new Mobile Apps add-on, we made the following changes in this release:
Calendar and Chat Time Zone Improvements
We've made all time zones for calendar and chat events much more explicit. The time zone will be clearly listed for all scenarios.
In addition, when creating a new calendar or chat event, you now have the option of setting a fixed time zone- meaning that the date/time will be displayed for a fixed time zone for everyone (even users not in that time zone). However, if you are viewing your own calendar grid/list or chat event list, then all events will reflect your own time zone, to avoid confusion; the fixed time zone display will apply only when viewing or being notified about the specific event.
Powered By Graphic Improvement
We modified the Hoop.la logo we display at the bottom of all pages by including a "powered by" reference, to make it clearer what Hoop.la's role is on your site.
As usual, there were numerous other tweaks and bug fixed included in this release. Should you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.