Well it’s taken a while for me to notice I haven’t actually blogged about the new inBlogs being launched, so here goes…
Back in October I (once again) hired James McDonald to create a funky design for one of my projects. I wanted to update the old design and also add a few new features to the site. Some of which are still in development and will be making an appearance soon, these are details at the end of this blog post.
The old inBlogs was powered by e107 as well as a plugin I had developed previously to Aggregate blogs using SimplePie. When the old inBlogs was taken down it was barely usable, with slow loading times and daily issues with feeds that had been taken down etc.
The new inBlogs isn’t powered by a CMS but a bespoke system I developed that still uses SimplePie to collect posts and save them to a database. Overcoming problems such as keeping 120+ feeds up to date on the site we’re nice little challenges throughout the development. The same system that updates the feeds will soon detect problematic feeds that haunted the previous site.
The new inBlogs also employs a new method for tweeting, the site no longer relies on twitterfeed to tweet, but uses it’s own feed update system and short URLs. You can check out inBlogs’ twitter at either @inBlogs or @inBlogsLite if you want to see the top post since the last tweet every 3 hours. The URL shorterner also records how many times the link has been hit so a more in depth stats page can be developed at a later date.
A few things that will be added to the site soon…
- The ability to search through the archive of posts.
- PayPal integration for Friends of inBlogs (Currently free if you are clever enough to look into becoming a friend).
- Possible User Admin area to manage feeds and referrals (Allows you to become a friend for free with a few referalls).
- A statistic page, with top posts, most clicked blog etc…
A few people I want to thank for making the new inBlogs possible.
- James McDonald for the wonderful design.
- SimplePie for being a fantastic feed parsing, and ofcourse the SimplePie developers for creating it and providing wondeful support.
- Everyone that uses inBlogs (via the site or via Twitter).
- Luke Lanchester for helping me out with a few development bits.
- Suleiman Leadbitter for the encouragement and answering questions.
- Daniel Davies for answering questions in the office.
- Emma Walker for coming up with the original idea and concept of inBlogs.
- My girlfriend Cassie for just being her and for leaving me in Worthing (while she was at work) to work in Libraries and Coffee shops to get it done.