The Genius Blog
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 5/20/13 11:39 AM EST
Great news! We’ve added a new tool to help sign up creators with the administration of their sign ups! Our new “move” functionality enables sign up creators to quickly move users on their sign ups to another slot. Did one of your dates get cancelled? Are you combining two events into one? Need to move a couple users to a different responsibility that better fits their skills? Not a problem. Forget the old method of deleting people off the sign up and signing them up again in a new slot. With our “move” feature, it takes only a couple clicks to move everyone from their existing slot to another open slot and send them an email notification in the process.
In addition to “move,” sign up creators can also “swap” two users from their existing slots. Choose the users you want to swap and we can notify them both by email of the change. It couldn’t be easier!
To find the new functionality, login to the site with the account you used to create the sign up and view the sign up. In the admin’s toolbar at the top of the screen, choose the “add/edit/delete people” button. You’ll see a new column for “move.” Check multiple users at once to move people to a new slot. Select one user at a time if you’d like the option to swap.
Check it out and let us know what you think!
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Posted by Karyn Cram on Wed Jun 5, 2013 10:08 PM EST
I have created a signup that has the same slot across multiple days. The slot currently allows two people to sign up on each of the days. Is there a way to modify this slot so that some days the quantity is two and other days the quantity is three? Most of the existing slots already have names associated with them.
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Thu Jun 6, 2013 11:23 AM EST
Hi Karyn. Yes, we can absolutely assist with that. Please write via the "help" tab on our site and we'll be happy to get you taken care of.
Big Upgrade News!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 2/14/13 11:58 AM EST
Here at SignUpGenius, we really want to woo our users on Valentine’s Day and show you just how much we care. We were all set with a box of chocolates and a dozen red roses to be delivered to each of you, when we were struck by an even better idea. Why not be creative and give our users a more unique pair of gifts? So we created two brand new features for you to love…SignUpGenius Payments and SignUpGenius Pro.
ALSO NEW: SignUpGenius Pro
In response to requests from our power users, we designed SignUpGenius Pro as an add-on suite of features to make volunteer coordination even easier for large groups.
Now whether your organization needs to set up multiple administrators for a set of sign ups, collect event registration information with several custom fields, or store a larger number of unique images for sign ups, this tool is for you. Check out SignUpGenius Pro to learn more.
This Valentine’s Day, we hope you’ll still receive that box of chocolates and dozen roses from some adoring admirer in your life. But if you have to wait a bit for that special someone to come along, think of our new features and remember…you’ll always have SignUpGenius.
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Posted by Jessica Furtney on Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:01 PM EST
How soon can we see an app for iPhones with sign up genius?
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:36 PM EST
Thanks everyone for the kind words and feedback. A mobile app is definitely high on our priority list. Now that the payments is released, mobile should be something that comes together in the near future. Thanks!
Prepare to Fall Head Over Heels for Upcoming New Features
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 2/5/13 01:13 PM EST
Posted by Kate White on Fri Feb 8, 2013 12:33 PM EST
Hi Fredrica, Don't worry... we will update the blog on February 14th too! Make sure to check back. You won't want to miss the big news! :)
Posted by HAAS PCS on Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:04 PM EST
I am hoping it is a time sheet (sign in/out) form. I would love to be able to keep track of volunteer hours.
New Christmas Themes!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 11/29/12 08:46 AM EST
We've just added some new themes to help with your ho-ho-holiday organizing! Use one of our new looks or select from over 350 other professionally designed themes and get your event organized today!
Click on the thumbnails below for a preview.
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Posted by Katie Amato on Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:55 AM EST
Is it possible to add a name to the created by, so parents could contact more than one person?
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:02 PM EST
Suzanne - great question. While there isn't currently an official way to lock your sign up (that feature is on our development list)... some people have found ways to do it. For example, I've seen people convert their sign up to a password-protected sign up right before the event and not tell anyone the password. That basically locks people out of the sign up and they can't change anything (or view anything). Keep in mind that the administrator does get email notifications any time someone updates their event and you can make the rules on what people can do. So... if you tell people they can't cancel within three days of the event... and someone does it anyways... you'll get notified by email and you can sign them right back up via the admin. Sadly, there's just no sure-fire way to stop people from bagging out on commitments. Even when we add our "lock" feature, there will be people just don't show up or send you an email saying they can't come! Frustrating for us organizers, I know! We feel your pain!
Katie... multiple administrators and notifications are features coming soon in our PRO version. For details on that, follow this link:
Hope that helps!
Holy Upgrades, Batman!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 11/4/12 04:14 AM EST
Halloween may be over, but we’ve got so many new features being released… it’s downright scary! So put away your Katniss Everdeen costume (we know you wore one) and check out these treats we’ve prepared just for you!
FAQs for this Upgrade
I’m in the middle of my sign up. Will my users be confused by the changes?
Do I still need an account to create a sign up?
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Posted by Michelle Troy on Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:39 PM EST
1) Can I have the user enter in multiple names? I would like the teacher to enter in the names of the students during specific time slots.
2) Can I set a limit and send a separate wait list email when I reach that limit?
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:54 AM EST
Thanks for writing and great questions. For your first question - the administrator of the sign up can sign people up themselves using the "add/edit/delete tool" that appears in the admin's toolbar at the top of the sign up page. If you want someone other than the sign up creator to have access to enter in people, then you may be interested in the multi-admin features of our pro version, which is just about to be beta tested. See this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/about/signupgenius-pro.cfm
Regarding your second question and the wait list functionality - wait listing is not a built in feature, but there is a good way to do it that many people use. All sign up items have a quantity limit. So, once the quantity is reached, no more people can sign up. If you'd like to take a wait list... you simply create a second sign up item called "wait list" and people can sign up for that item when the original item is full.
Hope that helps. If we can provide more info, please write us via the HELP link at the top of this page, as we can provide faster and better service than we can through blog comments. Thanks!
40 New Themes!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 9/26/12 09:28 PM EST
Wanting a fresh look for your fall sign up pages? Try one of our 40 new themes and get your event organized today! With 365 total themes to choose from and the ability to upload your own image - you can always find the perfect look no matter what type of event you are organizing!
Click on the thumnails below for a preview of our newest themes!
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Posted by Dan Rutledge on Thu Nov 8, 2012 1:29 PM EST
Thanks for writing and great comment. The functionality you are talking about is about to be released in our Pro version. If you'd like to be a part of our beta test, see the page below for more information: http://www.signupgenius.com/about/signupgenius-pro.cfm
Posted by K of C Reading on Thu Nov 8, 2012 6:32 PM EST
St. Luke's - what we did was to setup an account with an email address that has email forwarding capability so that we could have multiple people receive email when signups are updated. If you have a Gmail account you can do this; it has a nice forwarding feature or you could setup a Google or Yahoo group and have the signup form associated with that group email address.
More New Features!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 8/15/12 11:02 AM EST
Summer’s almost over and we’ve just rolled out another set of new features! Planning your fall events just got even easier! Check out what we've just released!
Time Slot Creator
Sign Up Slot Sorting
Advanced Layout Settings
Bulk Import of Sign Up Slots
Multi-Edit and Multi-Delete
And… we’re just getting started.
COMMENTS: [View all 23 comments]
Posted by Trinity Pellas on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:31 PM EST
Once our signup went live, we haven't been able to utilize the Slot Sorting feature. It was AWESOME to be able to do that during the initial setup, but now we've got some 'stragglers' at the bottom of our signup that we can't get into their rightful place. Is it possible to make it so that late additions can be sorted into the main body of the signup?
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:56 AM EST
Hi Hunter Elementary - we'd be happy to help. Please write us via the "help" tab at the top of this page and we can make sure any issue is resolved for you. We monitor help tickets even on nights and weekends, so that is the fastest way to interact with us on support issues and to look up your specific account. We look forward to hearing from you!
Fun New Features
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 7/22/12 01:43 AM EST
Here at SignUpGenius, we’re gearing up for the busy fall season with lots of great new features to make organizing your volunteers and events even easier. Check out what we just released!
Multiple Names Per Account
Updated Admin Sign Up Tool
Admin EDIT ability
Better Grouping for Reminders
Sign Up Timestamp
We’re not finished yet! We’ve got more great features coming to make this fall your most easily organized season yet! Check our blog during the summer for updates on what’s new!
NEW: No-Ads Sign Ups & Email Reporting
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 3/13/12 11:44 AM EST
Spring is here and the signs are everywhere: the weather is getting warmer, the trees are budding… and here at SignUpGenius, we've got new features blooming all over the website! Today we’re excited to announce two major upgrades.
Posted by Gail Paulus on Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:30 AM EST
Love these enhancements as well as your amazing customer service. Thank you
New Feature: Unlimited Slot Quantity
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 2/20/12 08:34 AM EST
Happy Monday! To get your week off to a good start, we thought we'd announce a small, but useful upgrade to our site. We have just integrated a change to the sign up creation wizard that makes it easier for you to choose the exact quantity of volunteers you need for your sign up. Instead of being limited to the selections in the drop down box, you now have the ability to enter your own quantity! This works well for large sign ups where you need a hundred or several hundred volunteers for a specific position.
In addition, we have added an "unlimited quantity" selection. You can choose this option if you don't want a specific number listed on your sign up page and you want to leave the sign up slot open to as many people as are interested. If you choose the "unlimited quantity" option, no number will show besides the sign up slot and the sign up button will always be present no matter how many people sign up for a particular option!
Hope that brightens your day. Have a great week!
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Posted by Dan Rutledge on Thu Mar 8, 2012 1:45 PM EST
Hi Terese. Thanks for writing. Quite a number of people have written about this and that feature is pretty high on our development list. We can't commit to specific timetables because we have so many projects going on, but I would expect it in the next couple months. In the meantime, you can always export your sign up data to an Excel spreadsheet so that you have a back-up of your sign ups on your local machine and then delete the dates. The export feature is found in the "Custom Reports" link in your My Account area. Hope that helps!
Posted by Terese Lamm on Thu Mar 8, 2012 2:59 PM EST
Glad to hear that it is on the way! I have been exporting to excel every few months...and then deleting the dates as you suggested.
Announcing New Features!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 2/9/12 12:18 PM EST
Here at SignUpGenius, we're dedicated to making your life as a leader easier! We're constantly working to expand our system in order to make organizing your sign ups and events as simple as possible! Today, we're proud to announce several big upgrades that move us another step forward in our goal to provide you with the most powerful volunteer management tool on the planet.
Store your images easily for
use on multiple sign ups!
Add Your Logo or Photo to Your Sign Up!
Now it's easy to customize your sign up page for your group or organization by loading your logo or image right onto the sign up! When you get to the "themes" page of the sign up creation wizard, choose a theme with the background colors you want. Then look for the checkbox that says "Upload my custom image" to send your image to our server.
Over 30 new themes in our "Colors" category!
And if that isn't enough - the custom images are completely integrated into our sign up duplication and transfer functionalities, making it super easy for larger organizations to share images across multiple sign ups. For example, a school administrator could create a sign up that includes the school logo, duplicate that sign up, and then transfer the copy to a teacher. That teacher now has access to the logo in her account and can use it on any of her sign ups going forward!
Add Social Media Sharing to Your Sign Up Page!
Your members can help spread the word!
The social media revolution is here - and you can't afford to be left behind! Sites like Twitter and Facebook can be powerful tools to help you recruit and communicate with your volunteers. Now, with SignUpGenius, you can automatically add "share" buttons to any of your public sign up pages. Users that sign up for something can easily spread the word to their entire social network and help do some of the recruiting work for you! This new setting is enabled by default on all new sign ups, but can also be disabled prior to publishing your sign up. So what are you waiting for? Get sharing!
Download Your Responsibility to Your Calendar or SmartPhone!
It's already great to get our automated email reminders when you sign up for something - but now you can also add your sign up responsibility to the calendar of your computer or smartphone with a click of a button! Users with an account at SignUpGenius will have the option to download their responsibilities to Outlook or Mac iCal after signing up.
After signing up, your members can easily add their
responsibilities to their calendars.
In addition, there is a simple button to add the event to your Google calendar - which syncs perfectly with any Android phone. For iPhone, iPad, or Blackberry users, you have the option to email yourself an ICS file, open the email on your device and easily add the event to your mobile calendar. Now it's even easier to keep track of all your volunteer responsibilities!
Login with Improved SSL Security
Privacy and security have always been top priorities for our site. As technology advances and changes, we're aways working to find better ways to protect our users. Even though we don't deal with financial information, SignUpGenius now joins a number of major sites in using SSL encryption for login and registration pages to better protect email/password information. To see the new feature, look for the HTTPS in the header of your browser and the safety seal on our login pages. We're proud to be one of the only volunteer sites to make this upgrade!
And More to Come
2012 is a big year for us and we've got plenty of additional great features in development. Continue to check our blog for the latest upgrades to the site!
COMMENTS: [View all 19 comments]
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:28 AM EST
Hi Kate. Thanks for writing. That feature is available for free to anyone! However, the Sign Up Creator can determine whether they want to utilize it on their particular sign up. If they do enable that feature, then the share buttons are available after you sign up for something. If you need further assistance, contact our help desk, as we can interact in more detail there than through blog comments: www.signupgenius.com/help. Hope that helps!
Posted by Kate Lee on Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:45 AM EST
I am the creator so thank you very much for letting me know I should be able to use it! I emailed help. I appreciate you responding and pointing me in the right direction.
iCalendar Integration and New Themes
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 11/23/11 03:06 PM EST
Happy Thanksgiving! We're so thankful for our loyal users that today we're rolling out some new items in time for the holidays!
Anytime you sign up for an item on SignUpGenius.com, you will now have the option to email yourself an iCalendar (.ics) file. Click on the attached .ics file from your home computer to add the event to your MS Outlook calendar or Mac calendar. Open the email on your phone and click the .ics file to add the event to your mobile calendar! You can also access iCalendar files from your MyAccount page at any time to download them to any device. Click. Scheduled. Done. Nice!
New Christmas Themes
Click on the thumnails below for a larger preview.
Posted by Mary Segall on Mon Jan 9, 2012 11:40 PM EST
First, I love the ease of the Sign Up Genius!!
I have a question. Is there a way to keep people from being able to "delete" from the sign up when it gets close to the actual date? i.e. remove the "delete" option? It is scary that they can just drop out with a day or two before their "shift" even if it is voluntary.
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:00 AM EST
Hi Mary. Thanks for the kind words! We do not currently have that functionality, although it is on our upgrade list. Keep in mind, though, that you get emailed any time that someone modifies the sign up... so there's no way someone can drop out without you knowing. For now, the best thing to do is to list your requirements on your sign up and manually deal with those that don't follow your rules. Sorry we don't have the perfect solution for that... yet!
No-Ads Sign Up Sheets!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 10/27/11 02:30 PM EST
As most of you know, our sign up service is absolutely FREE. We support our business through the advertising on the site. However, we do periodically get asked by various organizations if there is a way to use the service without any advertising.
Now there is!
In November we will be launching a low-cost subscription service that will allow you to pay a monthly fee in exchange for the removal of advertising from your sign up sheets. We know that many of the nonprofit groups and ministries we work with don't have a lot of money, so we've decided to keep the cost low and we will have flexible billing options including recurring billing and discounts for those that pre-pay for multiple months. We will be announcing the exact prices publically when we officially unveil the service.
In order to ensure a smooth roll-out, we will be soft-launching the subscription service to a limited number of users before making the service available to the entire site. If you would like to be one of the first users to try our no-ads sign ups, please contact me personally for details.
Just to be clear - this new subscription service will be completely optional. Our site will remain absolutely free and will work exactly the same as it does now for those that don't mind the advertising!
50 New Themes Released!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 10/3/11 01:49 PM EST
Fall events are in full swing and we've got some brand new themes to add some extra pizazz to your sign ups! Why settle for a plain looking sign up? Now with over 275 professionally-designed themes to choose from - you can find that perfect look for almost any event!
Click on the thumbnails below for a preview of our new themes! Or use one of our previous themes and get your event organized today!
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Mon Nov 7, 2011 8:46 AM EST
Hi James. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll make a note of this for when we do our next batch. Have a great day!
Posted by jude fame on Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:23 AM EST
I love this post very much.please keep sharing of knowledge with us.
To the Cloud!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 8/8/11 03:10 PM EST
The busy fall planning season is coming soon and we've been "bulking up" to handle the load. This past weekend we upgraded our web servers and moved to a new cloud-hosting setup. This significant upgrade in our infrastructure will provide:
With this new system in place, we're looking forward to a smooth fall... so bring on the sign ups!
Posted by Allyson Tarnowski on Wed Sep 7, 2011 11:16 AM EST
I love this too! Another thought: in exploring the features of each security level, I couldn't tell if people were going to have to "create an account". That would be a nice feature to include with each option in the "Help me decide" section.
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Wed Sep 7, 2011 2:46 PM EST
Thanks for the feedback, Allyson. We'll keep trying to improve our text to make things more clear!
NEW: Video Tutorials!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 8/4/11 02:13 PM EST
How do you take our simple sign up creation wizard and make the process of building a sign up even easier? Well, we're excited to announce that we've just released a set of video tutorials that will walk you through each step of the process! Now, even if you've never created a sign up before, making sense of all the features and settings will be a breeze as our sign up expert, Missy, will personally guide you via video from start to finish.
So what are you waiting for? Get a jump on the fall season and get your group or event organized today!
Take a sneak peak of the first video below... then click on CREATE A SIGN UP to get started!
Posted by Teresa Clark on Thu Aug 4, 2011 7:43 PM EST
I have used sign up genius for several years and couldn't be happier with the results I have gotten with each sign up regardless of the type of sign up I have used. It's quick, easy, user-friendly and saves hours in organizing time. Thank you for this sign up video - to encourage others to use this method of organization.
Posted by Dee-Ann Lack on Mon Sep 5, 2011 10:13 AM EST
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! My youngest child’s teacher turned me on to your site this past week and I have already put it use for several of my tasks. I have used similar sites in the past and I will say hands down signupgenius.com provides the best solution from an organization side. AND when the iPad app is launched I will one of the first to get it!
Delivering Customer Service WOW.
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 7/29/11 04:45 PM EST
SignUpGenius is proud to announce the release of our brand new HELP CENTER for customer support! If you've ever contacted us with a question, you know that we are fanatical about providing fast and comprehensive help to our members! With our new HELP CENTER, we are expanding our capability to provide the customer service "wow factor" to our ever-increasing member base.
Here's what's new:
SEARCHABLE KNOWLEDGE BASE: Our extensive collection of FAQs is now searchable so you can find your answer faster.
USER HELP FORUMS: Our new public forums provide a way for users to post questions and find answers from other people dealing with the same issue.
MULTI-CHANNEL SUPPORT: If you can't find the answer via our online Q&A, contact us in whatever way is easiest. Post a question to our Facebook page, send us a note on Twitter, or send an email to us on our support page. Any of those methods will open a support ticket for you!
MULTI-TIER SUPPORT: In preparation for the busy fall season, we've expanded our staff so we can provide even better service to our growing membership.
We're excited about this upgrade and want to continue to provide unrivaled user support to make your experience as easy as possible. Check out our help center today and let us know what you think!
Posted by john sia on Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:08 AM EST
I always feel forums are the best way to get multiple solutions for your problem. Many people can share their past experiences with the same problem offering a good range of alternate solutions. Looking forward for your wow customer service
Update on Site Outage 5/26/11
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 5/26/11 03:55 PM EST
On behalf of our staff at SignUpGenius, I ask that you please accept our deepest apologies for any problems you experienced on the website today, 5/26/2011.
Earlier this morning, the datacenter that houses our SignUpGenius servers installed a security patch on a large number of their machines. Unfortunately, the update caused a major problem with an entire cluster of servers that resulted in numerous websites, including ours, experiencing problems or being unavailable for a good portion of the day. We knew of the situation within minutes of it happening and were in close contact with the datacenter the entire time. We were also pursuing alternate recovery possibilities in an effort to minimize downtime. Unfortunately, the fix took longer than anticipated. We work with a top-tier datacenter, so extended down-time like this is a highly unusual scenario and the problem was receiving urgent attention throughout. Because our email server was also down, communication with our users was difficult, but we did our best to keep people posted of the status via our Facebook page. We are happy to report that the site is now back up and running as normal.
We know that users like you place a lot of trust in us when you use our system and we deeply regret letting you down. Please know that reliability is something that we take very seriously. In the six months prior to today, our site registered a 99.8% uptime rating. We simply do not consider downtime acceptable and are continually working to upgrade and expand our architecture to manage our growth and ensure reliable service to our users.
It is our absolute passion to provide a site that saves you frustration and time, not causes it! We are so sorry if that wasn't the case today. If we can help personally to resolve any remaining issues or assist you with what you need to accomplish going forward, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Posted by Linda Oaksford on Sun Jun 5, 2011 1:52 PM EST
I really enjoy this website. It has been a great tool to use to get people to sign up to greet at our church. I do have a question and that is, "How do I change a person's name?" I have a person who does not want to use the original name she signed up with, as she was just trying the website and now would like to be known by her correct name.
We've tried to delete her, but nothing seems to work.
I look forward to your answer.
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Sun Jun 5, 2011 2:40 PM EST
Thanks for the kind words. I will email you the answer to your question so we can discuss further if need be. Feel free to send any support requests through the "help" link at the top right of each page.
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 2/18/11 11:26 AM EST
A good website is a bit like an iceberg. 90% of the structure is "under the water" where you don't see it. We've been going deep lately... working on the kind of enhancements that you may not notice... but that make a significant difference.
This week we rolled out a major overhaul of the email system for sign up invitations and bulk emails. It functions nearly the same - but performance and scalability has been greatly enhanced. If you've ever created a very large sign up at our site (with hundreds or thousands of people) then you know that in the past adding large groups of emails into our system took quite a bit of time. We even had to request in the past that users with thousands of emails enter their emails in batches to help with performance and avoid timeout errors. Sending a bulk email to a group of thousands also took a great deal of patience.
Say goodbye to delay. The new system is setup so that very large groups of emails can be added to our site instantly. Bulk emails sent to huge groups are carefully cued and the sending is spaced out to provide maximum performance. As the sign up creator, you will receive a confirmation email once all your emails are sent to your group! In addition, we've added a number of safety features in place to make sure that your users don't ever receive duplicate emails from an accidental re-submission of the page.
Bottom line - if you work with a church, school, sports league, or organization with thousands of users... our system is now even better able to help you organize your events!
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Posted by Fredericka Burrows on Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:20 PM EST
When the site was redone it appears I have missing hours for volunteer hours that were not signup genius invites (field trip and purchased items for classroom) I also noticed on the valentines day volunteer that we were asked to be there at 12:30 (and we were) not 12:45. Can this be corrected?
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:34 PM EST
Hi Fredericka. You'll want to contact us using the "help" link at the top right of this page and we can support you directly regarding a specific sign up. We have thousands of sign ups going on simultaneously, so you'll need to provide some very specific information on the address of the sign up and the details on what you are referring to. Once we receive that through our email support form, we'll be happy to respond to you directly.
New Themes for the Holidays!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 11/29/10 10:24 AM EST
Here's a "Cyber Monday" deal for you... we've just released some brand new themes in time for your holiday sign ups! Check out these festive themes and get your event organized today!
Click on the thumbnails below for a preview.
Posted by Cobb Parent on Mon Dec 6, 2010 12:25 PM EST
My name is Christophe Voisin, I'm the director of the Cobb Challengers Gymnastics and also head coach of the Boys competitive team. I love your the sign up genius it's making my work so much easier. Is there any chance we may see a Gymnastics Theme for Boys (a lot od people think gymnastics it's only a girls sport but it's not).
Thanks for your consideration.
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Mon Dec 6, 2010 12:54 PM EST
Thanks for writing in and I'm so glad that our system is working well for you.
I'll make a note to have that looked at in our next batch of themes. We work with a specific image library that grants us a full license to use the images and we will just need to research it fully and see if we can find another alternative that would be more fitting for boys gymnastics. Thanks for the great suggestion.
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 11/4/10 04:36 PM EST
SignUpGenius Build 3.177
We've been working hard to keep the enhancements coming! A couple small but useful ones were recently released:
Non Date-Specific Sign Ups
Group Transfer Wizard
Posted by Nancy Lagermeier on Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:52 PM EST
Our very large high school PTO has been using your site for about a year with great success! We love that we no longer have to sift through piles of "reply all" emails when trying to schedule people or get them to sign up to bring food for functions!
We are now working on planning our very large overnight Graduation Party for the Seniors. We want to schedule parent volunteers in shifts of 8-11 pm, 11pm - 2am, and 2-5 am. We can't find a way to set up the 11pm - 2am shift since it spans two days. Any ideas?
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:01 PM EST
Hi Nancy, Cindy Becker submitted a support ticket on our help page and we were able to get this resolved. Hope your party goes well and glad the system is working well for your school!
Site Outage Update
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 11/3/10 09:09 AM EST
On Tuesday afternoon, November 2nd of 2010, we experienced a perfect storm of circumstances that caused our site to slow and eventually go down temporarily. This is definitely not the norm for us, but it appears to have been the result of the incredible growth we've been experiencing combined with some uniquely bad timing. The problem server was restored at around 4:30 PM EST and has been running smoothly since.
We greatly apologize for this inconvenience and are doing everything we can to ensure reliability and manage our growth going forward. In the last 4-5 months, we have had two major server upgrades and will be planning another one soon. We are expanding our technical staff and have been putting automated safety measures in place to ensure timely support response. Our company is experiencing some exciting exponential growth and we look forward to continuing to roll out new functionality and stability enhancements to make it more and more useful to our users.
Again, we greatly regret the inconvenience and frustration you may have experienced. If you would like to speak directly to us about the issue or need assistance related to your sign up, please contact us through this form.
NEW FEATURE: Sign Up Transfer Wizard
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 10/13/10 03:42 PM EST
SignUpGenius Build 3.162
Sign up creators have even more power at their fingertips with the new release of the sign up transfer wizard! Now sign up creators can transfer a sign up into another user's account for them to manage. This feature, used in combination with our duplication capabilities, is extremely useful for large organizations like schools that have many similar sign ups. Consider the scenario of a school that is planning parent-teacher conferences: A school admin could make a single sign up form to handle a classroom conference schedule. The admin could then duplicate the sign up multiple times to create identical copies. Using the transfer wizard, the admin could then transfer a copy of the sign up into the account of individual teachers who can then manage the interaction with their children's parents. In only a few minutes, an entire school can be setup with sign ups!
Look for the button to "Transfer a Sign Up" or "Duplicate a Sign Up" on the My Account page, under the "Icon View" of the sign ups you've created.
Also released this week is a much-requested feature: the ability to "order" the sign up items on your sign up in a way other than alphabetically. Sign up creators now get a choice whether to order their items alphabetically or in the order that they are entered into our system! This is extremely useful in scenarios where you want to enter TIME SLOTS on the items screen instead of on the date/times screen.
Look for the item order option on the "People Needed" or "Items to Bring" screen of the sign up configuration wizard.
Posted by Carol Jones on Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:59 PM EST
Dan, You rock!
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:50 AM EST
Ha! Thanks Michelle. :) Lots more items in the works, so hopefully we can keep rocking it for you!
Check Out Our New Themes!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 10/5/10 11:08 AM EST
The leaves are changing and it's time for fall festivals, Halloween bashes, school fundraisers, tailgate parties and more! Check out these fun new themes and get your event organized today! Which new theme is your favorite?
Click on the thumnails below for a preview.
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Posted by Terrie Mackey on Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:29 AM EST
Our Cub Scout pack uses Signup Genius for everything! It is wonderful. We wonder how we ever got along without it! Thank you! Thank You! We only wish is that it could somehow be hooked up with pay pal so we could collect money for events online. Now that would be awesome!
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:57 PM EST
Thanks Terrie. We are in fact working on a Paypal option for next year. I think it will be extremely helpful for organizations like yours. Appreciate your patience and we'll get it out as quickly as we can!
Add Sign Up Buttons to Your Website
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 8/25/10 07:51 AM EST
SignUpGenius Build 3.132
Now it's easy to add sign up buttons right to your website or blog and link directly to your sign up! After you build your sign up, look for the "Web Buttons" link in the navigation on your "My Account" page. Our simple wizard will help you customize your button and provide a snippet of code for you to post on your site. It's a great way to get more people involved!
Posted by Angel Rutledge on Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:50 PM EST
Great idea! I can't wait to use it.
Posted by Lisa Schneider on Sun Sep 26, 2010 11:55 PM EST
I've been using SignupGenius for almost a year and love, love, love it! I use it for complicated Sports Sign Ups, with multiple games and volunteer positions, Pot Luck Dinners, Church Volunteer Signups, Cheer Snacks, etc. and everyone loves it! Such a great and easy tool! Thanks so much!
30 Fun New Themes!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 7/2/10 07:33 AM EST
Happy Fourth of July! I hope you have a great time with friends and family this weekend and that your dog makes it through all the fireworks without too much emotional damage! In honor of the holiday, here's 30 more reasons to celebrate! Check out these new looks you can give your sign ups!
Click on the thumnails below for a preview.
New Spring Themes!
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 3/24/10 10:08 AM EST
Spring is in the air and both the weather and the activities are heating up! Check out these new spring themes and get your event organized today!
New Calendar and My Account Page
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 3/12/10 03:48 PM EST
I haven't had time to blog this week because I've been working hard to finalize the new "My Account" page and "My Calendar" page. We've had a number of users ask for these changes and we really wanted to make sure that the functionality took a major step forward. I'm happy to announce that these upgrades are now live!
Actually... looking at it now, I can't believe the site made it this far without these functionalities because they just make a ton of sense. Here's what's new:
Leave a comment below or drop us a note on the help page to let us know what you think!
New Support for Group Email Aliases
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 3/3/10 04:00 PM EST
New build 2.57
Here are a few other new items you might spot:
February 2010 SignUpGenius Upgrades
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on 2/22/10 10:30 AM EST
February wasn't all candy and roses for the staff here at SignUpGenius. We've been working hard on a number of fun upgrades! Check out some of these recently added items:
We've also added a bunch of themes in the last month or so. Click on the thumnails below for a preview.
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