We’ve covered Microlancer pretty extensively and are big fans of the idea. Recently, we were introduced to a somewhat similar service that exists as an alternative to Microlancer and provides some other great services and it’s always worth sharing alternatives and even competitors as everyone profits from competition. It may or may not be for you but it’s worth taking a look if you’re in the market to provide WordPress services – and sometimes it’s better to join a “smaller” service than a big one, depending on where you are in your WordPress contracting/consulting career.
John covered Stringer on the site a few days ago. To recap, it’s a new open-source RSS reader that’s self-hosted so you can take control of your reader and set things up just the way you like them. I just so happen to have Stringer up and running on my own Heroku app and have been using it for a few days, here are my thoughts.
GigaOM knew they had a speed problem with their site, so a redesign was in order. Unlike many, they decided to make speed a main focus of their redesign, rather than aesthetics or some other goal. The results are quite amazing, as reported by VIP.
Ryu is a great, minimalist theme that many personal bloggers choose. It allows you to use WordPress without all the extra clutter and chrome many themes have. Best of all, it’s now available for WordPress.org sites in the official theme directory. It’s a theme built by Automattic to focus on clutter-free blogging for folks who just want to focus on content, and not other things cluttering their site on sidebars, etc. Some widget options are available as well, but they don’t take a way from the minimalist feel of the theme at all.
Ever gotten an email from one of your users or readers about a typo or other error on your site? Then, ever had trouble finding where exactly that error is based on their description? If you answered yes to those questions, you should look at Usersnap. Usersnap allows you to insert a small feedback button on your site to allow users to send feedback directly from the page they find an error on, or just want to tell you something about. But, that’s not even the best part. Users can highlight words, take screenshots, and insert sticky notes onto the […]
WordPress.com announced an intriguing new premium search option for its Cloud Hosting customers today, dubbed VIP Search. It uses elasticsearch software that’s “hosted, managed, and supported by the WordPress.com VIP team.” Enabling VIP Search will make your search results more relevant from the start, with the ability to filter results by type of content, category, tag, author, date ranges, and more. VIP Search also allows for developer customization to seriously customize results.