Hey everyone -
Even though we're in the midst of working on our new product (Clover Donations), we wanted to give you a heads up on our direction as a company. In the middle of all the excitement around Clover Donations, we also have big plans for Clover Sites.
Here's a little background:
We launched Clover three and a half years ago, and a lot has changed since then. At the time, Facebook was mostly being used by kids, mobile browsing was more a theory than a reality, and the most cutting-edge technology for websites was Flash (which is what we built our sites on). We've worked hard to add a ton of features over those years, and The Greenhouse is still the most amazing website management tool out there.
Over the past three years, though, other technologies have eclipsed Flash (especially in the mobile world). As valuable new technologies have become available, we've integrated them into Clover alongside Flash. We've always pushed hard to be on the forefront of technology and design.
So we wanted to let you know that the next phase for us will be transitioning Clover to HTML5. Right now, many pieces of your site are in HTML in the background, but we'll be recreating the parts that are in Flash so everything will be completely made in HTML.
What this means is that your full website (not just a mobile version of your site) will be available on an iPhone, iPad, or any other mobile device. There will also be lots of little improvements, like faster loading times, better accessibility for visually-impaired visitors, and new options to embed code in your site. And as always, we're super excited to give you yet another upgrade for free.
Over the years, we've worked in dozens of different programming languages, and we've enjoyed making Clover Donations in HTML5 (as some of you may have noticed). Our primary concern has always been creating a great user experience, and we finally think HTML is ready to provide that for you.
This transition will probably be a long process, but we wanted to give you an idea of where we're headed. We're really excited about this next season of Clover. Stay tuned, and we'll keep you updated as things progress.