With our recent upgrade and redesign of our site, we have been able to provide not just additional content, but also new features that our readers can use. All of the new features can be found below, but we are far from done upgrading HLS. Be sure to keep an eye on this page for future changes!
HLS 3.1.1 – September 7, 2012
“The Slide” plugin has been disabled. This plugin was causing issues for many users and we’ve received zero support from the plugin provider. We will look for a different solution to provide similar functionality.
HLS 3.1 – September 6, 2012
Improved performance and loading times throughout the site.
The @herloyalosns Twitter feed now process all posts plus all News, Video, and Recruiting posts as well. Finally, a true feed for all the new features of the site!
Categories and Tags now properly display for blog posts.
HLS 3.0.2 – August 18, 2012
Removed “HLS Login” from all pages except the forums to reduce confusion of its function. The login in the forums has also been renamed “HLS Forums Login”.
Resolved an issue with the Contact page. The page now displays in all browsers as expected, including mobile.
HLS 3.0.1 – August 15, 2012
The edit post function in the forums now works again as expected.
Posts in the forums can now be viewed by topic tags again.
The visual editor in the forums has been disabled as it insert HTML instead of BBC Code as expected.
HLS 3.0 – August 13, 2012
Added new areas for News, Videos, and Recruiting.
The News section replaces our old bit.ly feed. Our new News widgets will grab the headlines we curate and allow readers to visit those sites directly. News posts can also be visited individually and will contain our reactions and comments as well as space for readers to comment and discus.
The Video section is our curated feed of the best Notre Dame content we can find. It’s just like News, but with moving pictures.
The Recruiting section is our biggest change. There you will find recruiting bios, tables to keep up with classes “at a glance”, the latest recruiting headlines from the web, and also a feed of the latest blog posts dealing with recruiting.
Please be aware that we are still tireless adding new content. We do not have every video category filled, our new news feeds are still growing, and we will have all our recruits uploaded in the near future. Our team is working tirelessly on getting this done ASAP!
Disqus Commenting System
We have ditched the old WordPress commenting system in favor of Disqus. Don’t worry all the old comments have been imported over and haven’t been lost!
This new system allows for logins via Twitter, Facebook, as well as the old classic style of just providing your email. The beauty though, is that all the above links to a Disqus account that allows you to personalize your profile, avatar, and settings across all websites that use Disqus, not just HLS.
Other features of Disqus include notifications of replies to your comments on any post at any site, a like/star rating system that will rank the overall discussion thread, an upvote/down vote system for individual comments (think Reddit), and tools to allow you to find things like the most popular discussions on HLS and the top posters in our community.
The bbPress forums have also gotten a software upgrade and a major face-lift.
The forums are now split into two separate sections: The Sideline (for all ND and football talk) and The Backer (for everything else), making it easier to find and talk about your subject of choice.
The forums also now feature the ability to create a custom signature when you edit your personal profile.
Don’t know BBC Code? Don’t worry about it! The forum features a new posting interface that will allow you to format your posts and signatures through a simple visual interface. No code knowledge needed! [Edit: As of 3.0.1 this visual interface has been disabled as it posted HTML instead of BBC Code resulting in improperly formatted posts]
A quoting feature has been added. To quote a post, simply click “quote” on a user’s post and you will automatically have your perfectly formatted text in the post editor.
A “View” option has been added. Click on any of links provided to sort topics by popularity, those with no replies, or the most recent activity.
Finally, a forum search has also been added (works separately from the usual HLS search).
We are now an Amazon.com affiliate. This means that if you click on any Amazon banner or link on our site, like this one, and buy anything at Amazon, you also help HLS pay the bills! This means you can support HLS by just buying what you usually would, but adding just another click to the process.
HLS has also created what is known as an aStore. Here, we have curated the best Notre Dame gear and memorabilia (as well as some tailgating essentials) that we could find on Amazon. The aStore allows you to shop at Amazon directly from HLS–think of it as a Amazon powered fan shop right here at HLS.