Custom HTML block in comments

P2 has two very interesting blocks for professional use, one is the PDF block, and the other is the Custom HTML block. The first can be used both in the initial post of a topic and in the comments; the second can only be in the initial post.

In order to use storage capacity more rationally, I would like to ask that the use of the Custom HTML block was also possible in the comments, because, with it, it is possible to share heavier documents hosted on Google Drive (or even files with other media, such as audio).


File Block Using PNG File

Hi @jonburke I was going through attaching a file and encountered this problem. Normally, when I use file block and added an image, viewers be able to see the attached image on the post by simply clicking on it. But today, this happened. When I clicked the attachment (it’s a png file), browser attempted to downloaded the file with an error “Failed – No file”.

When I checked my media on the back end, I can see that the file is sitting there.

Have you or anyone @all encountered this error?

P2 Feedback New Search Function

Hello @jonburke it seems P2 Feedback has a new search function. I have a few initial questions and findings on this:

  1. The shortcut key for search which is “S” is no longer working on this new search.
  2. Is this going to be the standard search for all P2 sites in the future?
  3. When I click on the new search function, it opens up a new pop-up/floating window where I can do a search. The search box is empty, no search string at all but it shows that it “Found 42 results” just below the search box. What did it initially search for?

I have few more findings to be posted separately. 🙂


Project Status Block is Live on P2

The P2 team has been testing a new project status block and it is now available here and on your P2s. This is how it looks:

Launch Project Status Block

Design UI


Code it up


Test it

Post announcement


Clicking on the circle once marks it as “in progress.” Click twice and the task is marked as done with a strike-through.

The project status block is similar to the task block. A difference in the use case might be that the project status block is for a sequence of tasks that leads to the completion of the project.

Whereas with the task block the items might not be related to each other and there isn’t a completion time focus. A general to-do list might be a good fit for the task block.

I hope you find this block intuitive but of course please comment if you have questions.

Ease of Onboarding

This is a follow up to a my post from yesterday.

When I invite a non employee to be a part of a P2 the experience of joining the team could and I will say should be better or more seamless. The current experience is a hinderance to allowing P2 to scale.

I am focusing on non employee teams because it is more voluntary. I have better access to an employee team member and help with the onboarding and require they be a part of a Project P2.

There are three types of people we need to onboard to a P2.

  1. Does not have a WordPress Account and needs to create one.
  2. Has a WordPress Account and can use this account join the P2.
  3. Has a WordPress Account and should create a different one to join the P2.

Before I get into a discussion of the 3 here is an observation. I am guessing most of us who have been using WordPress for several years have no idea what the current experience is for someone who wants to create a WordPress account. This is kind of critical to know so you can help people. I also think P2 should offer a way to set up a WordPress account through a P2 portal to provide a different experience. So getting back to my 3 types of people.

  1. For the person who is asked to join a private P2 it can be an awkward first few steps. First they are asked to create a WP account with a unique user name. If Mary knows the 10 member group she is joining she is not really going to understand why she has to be Mary463542 when there is no other Mary in the group. It is not clear she is setting up a unique name for all of WordPress. The other difficulty I see with signing up for a WP account is it pushes the person to start their first website or blog. This is confusing. Mary just wanted to join the group. For P2 Mary should be able to simply set up her WP account and join the P2. Make it easier – user experience.
  2. This is pretty easy for someone who has a WP account but it is possible they only have one website and it is a basic free account. They might not be aware they can join using the existing account. They might not understand the function of their WP ID (name).
  3. There are times where a person who has a WP account should set up a new one. They need to be walked through this.

Conclusion (and keep in mind I am only on my first cup of coffee) – The onboarding page should explain the need to have a WP account to join the private P2 with three choices to start.

1 – I do not have a WP account and would like to set one up. (But don’t make them think they are creating a website)

2 – I already have a WP account and want to join using this one. (Give instructions about how to proceed)

3 – I already have a WP but want to set up another one. (Goes back to the number 1 experience)

Everything WP does is set up to make it easy for people to create a website but this is not the goal of a person joining a P2 so it has to be different. Hope this makes some sense. And again I apologize for lack of coffee and for length. My thanks to the entire team and for your contributions. @jonburke

More Onboarding Thoughts

I post here as I work through my onboarding challenges. Introducing anything new to a work team is a challenge and more of a challenge to a group of related people. I am currently onboarding a study group (8) and a golf course board of directors (15). P2 will make easier the communication and work flow for both groups but they all have to buy in for this to work because this will be the way we share information. This is a switch from E Mail which I hope to completely eliminate except for side bar conversations. Here are a few steps I am taking to help get team members up to speed and active users of the P2. Keep in mind I am not the Tech person. More of a design person. Here are some steps I am implementing.

  1. Once a person accepts an invitation I ask them to make their first post so I know they can at least handle this simple task. It can just be a hello to the group. I will like and reply.
  2. I ask all group members on the P2 and in an E Mail to adjust their account and notification settings. Get a picture up and also make sure they are receiving notifications in the way which works for them. If they choose to disable notifications then I tell them I hope they will check in every other day or at a frequency level appropriate for the group.
  3. This next step is critical. For the Golf Board I need everyone to be comfortable with uploading files, reviewing files, responding to questions and posting questions. So I assign to group the task of doing each of these so they can see how easy it is and if a member gets hung up I walk them through the process. Keep in mind I am working with a wide range of skill levels. The P2 format is going to scale when average people embrace the tool.
  4. Once I have everyone up to speed on the basics then I suggest they spend 10 minutes trying to do some other things. Post a picture, upload a video, use a format etc… Just so they can see.
  5. Since each group meets once a month I can deal with other features in person or on our Zoom Meetings.

For those who are enthusiastic about the format I encourage them to create their own P2.


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