S2 is what we call the new version of our campaign server. The campaign server interacts with our Builder to show you a preview of your landing pages as you build them and is responsible for displaying your published landing pages. Upgrading the campaign server has allowed our team to make major performance and functionality upgrades, as well as improve processes for adding new features in the future.
Our original campaign server, which we affectionately call S1, was designed a decade ago in 2010. It uses an older architecture that has limited our ability to introduce new features. Going forward, new features will be introduced solely on S2; however, S1 will continue functioning as-is for an indefinite period of time.
One of the biggest features we’re bringing to the table with S2 is what you can upload to a form – multiple images, videos and social media posts.
With the new upload field, your audience can upload multiple images*, directly upload videos* and submit social media posts, none of which is supported in S1. This opens the door to running a number of new promotions, including:
*Subject to plan limitations
We’ve redesigned the Voting Widget and renamed it the Entry Display Widget. The Entry Display Widget is designed to more seamlessly present entries where multiple media elements have been submitted.
The most notable differences between the S2 Entry Display Widget and the S1 Voting Widget are that the Entry Display Widget has:
Our new NavBar Widget allows you to add a responsive navigation bar to your landing page. Navigation bar elements can link to different sections within your landing page, trigger actions on your landing page and send users to external URLs.
With our new Paging Widget, you can create sub-navigation within your ShortStack campaign. Break your content up between different pages and use URLs to direct visitors to those sub-pages. Paging works well with the NavBar Widget to allow seamless navigation between different sections of your campaign.
We’ve added a voting restriction to our arsenal of voting tools. Now you can require people to submit and verify an email address in order to vote. Upon clicking the vote button, the voter will see a popup asking them to enter their email address. After that, they’ll receive an email with a verification code. Then they’ll enter the code into the popup on your landing page so their vote is counted. This is a perfect tool for contest administrators who don’t want to limit voting by IP address.
You can now use a single form to collect all of your entries across multiple categories. Just add a Categories field to your form and enter the categories you want to use. Then use the Entry Display Widget to display your entries by category.
Our new Tracking Widget makes adding Google Analytics and Facebook pixels easy. Just add your UA code and pixel IDs, then choose from the tracking options available. After you launch, you can see how many page views and form submissions you receive in real-time.
Sometimes you only want to grant access to content to people you specify. In S2, we’ve added the ability to create invite-only landing pages. These landing pages can only be accessed by people on your ShortStack list(s) who have received an invitation link via email.
Right now, we have the following improvements in the works:
However, some features didn’t make the cut. The following features are not currently supported in S2:
Default for new campaigns is S1, but you can choose S2
Default for new campaigns is S2, but you can choose S1
S2 will be the only choice for new campaigns, but you can still copy an S1 landing page
The following changes will mostly interest developers: