Today we are pleased to announce the release of a major update to Flavors, including the introduction of an innovative new way to share and view content from more than 30 services around the web: Social Streams.
With Social Streams, users can now easily follow their favorite Flavors sites and experience photos, videos, blog posts, check-ins and more in one consistent and beautiful viewing experience.
We’ve even updated our music player for an elegant listening experience, whether via HypeMachine, Tumblr, SoundCloud, 8tracks or Bandcamp.
Only want to see photos from work friends? Simply filter the view to display content from selected sources (i.e. Flickr, Instagram and Picasa) and users (i.e. your awesome colleagues). The Social Stream reloads to display only the content you’ve selected.
If you’d like to turn off an update type from a specific site (perhaps your uncle’s hourly tweets), services can be controlled on a site-by-site basis. Go to the Following menu and disable specific services within a site’s settings to hide those updates in your Social Stream view.
Our Directory has a new name: Community. No longer just a space to showcase Flavors sites, it’s also a hub for discovering and following sites in the Social Stream. Hover over the site you like, and click on the “+” to follow their updates. You can also click on the follow button in a Flavors site’s footer.
New Layouts and Display Options
We’ve revamped our layout system to make way for new layouts and features, such as gorgeous gallery and full-screen display options that make high-resolution images and video shine. Premium users can now choose from 17 beautiful layouts — twice our previous offering.
The new Display menu in the Design Panel provides granular control over the number of content columns that display for each service, creating a richer, more customized look.
Logos and Portraits
Logo support was a much-requested feature, and has now arrived. Logos can now be used in addition to or instead of background images to easily brand your site. We’ve added a Portrait option, too, which displays beside your updates in the Social Stream.
Overall mobile performance has improved in the new version. What’s more, Premium Flavors users can enable our sleek new mobile layout, which includes font and background customizations for a smoother experience on iPhones and Androids.
Fonts For Everyone
Free accounts no longer have a restricted selection of fonts — in fact, we’ve added more. We now offer 222 fonts to all users, free or Premium, and we’ve made them available for content, too.
New Services: Songkick and Goodsie
Flavors now supports tour date service Songkick, so you can share the shows you’ve seen and scheduled, and Goodsie, an easy-to-use hosted e-commerce platform, built by the team behind Flavors.
Goodsie integration allows you to share your shop’s inventory, directing visitors to the storefront for checkout. Goodsie is free for the first 30 days and just $15 per month afterward. Give it a try!
A redesigned navigation bar, shadow effects, Google+ and LinkedIn sharing options, premium support for Lijit stats, link target options and even more are all part of the update.
To experience the new Flavors and get started with Social Streams, sign up at flavors.me or log in to your account.
Existing users will be prompted to update to the new version in order to log in and edit their site. Note that your layout may be modified in the new version, so some design tweaks may be needed to maintain your old look.
If you have any questions or issues, please don’t hesitate to contact our support team at support @ flavors.me