Streamlined project setup on OpenPlans

We’ve just launched some changes to streamline the creation and editing of projects.

You’ll see the changes as soon as you log in to your OpenPlans.org account. We hope you’ll find the new layout easier to navigate.

We’ve added some much-requested features: you can now preview your page at any time. You can also add multiple text sections. Your embedded Shareabouts map can be at the top of the page, above or below your timeline – it’s your call.

How to write about your planning project, part 2: getting involved

We’re seeing some great project websites being created on OpenPlans.org. To help you create better pages, we’re sharing tips and tricks here on our blog. Drop us a line anytime with questions, or head over to our community pages to share ideas and projects with other OpenPlans users. In Part 1, I talked about shaping your project description – Read more…

How to write about your planning project, part 1

We’re seeing some great project websites being created on OpenPlans.org. Starting this week, we share tips and tricks to getting the most out of your page. Drop us a line anytime with questions, or head over to our community pages to share ideas and projects with other OpenPlans users.

Getting an OpenPlans page up and running is as simple as going to OpenPlans.org, and creating an account. You’ll be walked through some questions, then presented with an editable view of your project page. From there, you’re one click away from publishing and sharing your page.

So, publishing is easy, but what should you be thinking about when crafting a project description?

Moving Grand Rapids forward, with help from OpenPlans

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.00.33 AMThe City of Grand Rapids, Michigan is using OpenPlans to inform and involve everyone in thinking about the future of Downtown Grand Rapids and the Grand River corridor.

GRForward.org uses some new OpenPlans features, including image galleries, easy links to social media feeds, and a Shareabouts map for sharing ideas and observations.

Everyone else will see these new features live on OpenPlans.org soon. If your city is doing a project and wants to use OpenPlans, talk to us!

Let’s talk

For several years*, we’ve had a Google Group open to the Shareabouts community – a place for technical questions and conversations about making Shareabouts better. All of us at OpenPlans channel those questions and ideas into making our open source tools better. We want to broaden those conversations beyond “developers”, to everyone who’s using OpenPlans and Read more…

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