It has been a crazily busy 2 months for Marrily. Busy, but in a good way. Lots of amazing things have happened since then, and Marrily is steadily growing everyday. I have received many feedback, suggestions, and words of couragement for Marrily. It is a great feeling that everyday I’m working on something new that really matters to people.
One of the earlier criticisms of the site is the broken navigation. The menu seems to change somewhat randomly when you navigate from one section to another. The reason why there is such a change is because Marrily supports 2 different type of views: an event-specific view that gives you all the insights about your planning for the particular event, and a global view that give you a bird-eye view of everything. However, the context switching between the global view and the event-specific view was not obvious enough that it leaves people confused. With the new fix in place, the site will “remember” which event you’re in until you switch to a different one, so now the navigation will remain consistent through out your visit to the site.
The Seating Arrangement list also got a small face-lift as well to make it more straightforward to manage the guests. Gone is the alphabetic grouping and replaced with a simple list of guests, and the addition of a seating summary. This way no one will be left unseated, and you will always have an accurate count of the seats.
Probably one of the biggest and most exciting new features in the next release of Marrily is the permission system. This permission system is direct results of our conversations with users and professional planners. Let say Mary, our bride, wants to add her friend Pam, the maid-of-honor to share the checklists and the tasks/todos with her. And Mary also wants to keep her expenses private. Now she can just uncheck the “Expenses” from the list of accessible sections when she’s inviting Pam and all her sensitive data will be kept private. It’s as simple as a click of a button! This means that now you can really share access your Marrily account safely so that you can coordinate better with your friends and family.
I’m very excited about these new changes that went into Marrily in the past month. I’m also working with the focus group of professional planners improving the functionalities. And I wanted to say many thanks to Karol from DallasWeddingPlanner.com who has been supporting Marrily tremendously.
Also, remember to follow Marrily on Twitter at @marrilyhappily and let us know how we’re doing.