We’re working on some fantastic new features, but before we get to that, we should talk about the server updates.
We’re aiming to move the site to a new server by the end of October. As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve been having some trouble with our current Hostingplex server. The new server guarantees 99.9% uptime, and should be a little faster too. We’ll have an update when we know the exact time of the move.
We’re been getting your emails, and lately everyone seems to want the same thing: more links and RSS feeds! The links are going to require a bit of a major patch to all pages, so the RSS feeds are going to come first.
This is what the current test implementation looks like, and is probably very close to the final v1.0 product. You’ll be able to check a box in your preferences to put a feed on your page in place of where the AwesomeStart blurb currently is. If you chose not to check that box, your page will remain how it is now. Eric and Greg have been working on adding several more features, but those probably won’t make this release. Adding RSS to these pages has proven to be more difficult than any of us every thought.
If you don’t know anything about RSS, it’s fairly simple. An RSS feed is simple a way to gain access to the latest news or updates of a site. If a site has RSS, then you’ll be able to get the latest news updates, podcasts, torrents, or even blog entries delivered right to your page. The above example is from the Skepticality podcast. Every time they post a new podcast, that paragraph gets updated on your start page with a link to it as well as a little note regarding it’s contents. Most sites with regularly updated content have an RSS feed – just look on the site, or try Googling the site’s name along with RSS.
The current version does not have support for html tags or images within the feed. Also, it will only display the latest feed. We’re looking to change it to implement these features as well as the iTunes RSS tag for podcasts. Whether these items make the first release or not, the RSS feature should go online before the end of the month.