Hello to all eight of us! Thankfully, we’re all friends, because I know the site looks like a construction zone right now. We clearly haven’t got all the drywall up yet, so thanks for your patience! It’s two months away from the official launch in April, so that’s all I’ve got to say about that for now… You should expect to see some radical changes on the front end here in due time.
You can build your personal sites without having to worry about the main site. The architecture is solid, industry standard stuff, and there’s a clear upgrade path when things start taking off. The security is tight, there’s caching in place, and everything is being backed multiple times each day. Stable for a month now, and I even upgraded servers without a hitch, so the foundation looks good.
Despite appearances on the outside, there’s been some big changes on the inside:
All the themes are all installed. There are 75 free themes available to all members, and there are another 79 themes available on the upgrade (Pro Sites) path for people who need them for eCommerce or more business oriented sites. Yes, different themes have different capabilities.
All the major program plugins (Apps) are installed. Theses let you to add additional functionality to your website. More on that later, but we’re good to go for most things today. If there’s a feature you don’t see, but need, just talk to me. Not everything is enabled, and this is an evolving market, with new things coming out all the time.
The Dashboard has been totally redesigned, and is starting to look a little more like Tumbler. This area will get even better in time. Your Dashboard now shows a full list of all the posts being made across the entire BestBlogsEver.com website, and you can also FOLLOW other members just like Twitter.
Enabled Status app, which puts a posting status box on your page for making an easy post, or putting images, videos, and other links on the site. Right now, it is only working on your site main web, but it will be going into the Dashboard too, so you’ll be able to do short posts (ala Facebook), and also be able to upload pictures, videos, links and quotes, just like in Tumbler.
Enabled Clef App. It’s a new application that lets you log into a growing list websites using a phone app, with no password. All your sites will have this option when you go to log in. It’s cool and secure, plus no more forgotten passwords.
Enabled Floating Social App, so you can put Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other icons on your page to link to your Social Media sites.
Enabled the WooDojo and JetPack Apps, which let you add close to 40 other functions to your website. They were tested alongside each other and there were only a couple compatibility issues. I’m looking into that, but I’ll leave them on, since there are so many features in them, and update everyone later about any known issues.
Tested the Ultimate Google and FaceBook Apps, which will let you send your BestBlogsEver posts over to your Facebook or Google+ account. It works fine, but I don’t like the page layout, so that needs some work before I turn it on for real.
I am building a library of websites types that you can build here on BestBlogsEver.com. A nice example of a totally free and easy site can been found at bestblogsever.com/goodfood which I’m helping Dr John with when I can. It’s a cooking / recipe site with a fun theme that features some of his favorite main dishes and desserts for now. Another site that I just put together to show some of the higher end eCommerce potential of BestBlogsEver.com is located at bestblogsever.com/tshirts. This is a sophisticated shopping website that could handle thousands of products and product categories, and do thousands of transactions a day using the PayPal and Credit Cards gateways are built into the checkout process. Too many features to list here, so check the About tab on the site.
Global speed ramp up by installing a content distribution network (CDN) to make the site even faster
Multiple Language choices. There are 75 languages available in the system I am considering, but I won’t be turning that on till late April at the earliest.
We seriously mean to go after finding the “Best blog ever,” in a range of categories. It’s an amazing world out there! I have been working on an Application that will let our members nominate any amazing content they find on the Internet back to BestBlogsEver The nomination puts the site in a database that is shared by all our member sites, and the more nominations a site receives, the higher it’s ranking will get. When there are enough users on the site, it will be something like a Twitter Trending thing, but it will rely solely on what our members find of interest – outside of our own site.
While you are all building your own websites, I’m going to be working on getting the main website to look like something and trying to give you more layout control in your Dashboard. It’s all starting to fall in place, and it seems I’ve made a lot of progress in a few weeks.
I won’t be turning on the “Pro Sites” upgrade stuff till after April, so if there are any blocked themes or plugins that you want access to, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll hook you up!