What’s up guys,
It’s been quite a while since we updated the ol’ blog, but that’s cos we’ve been working so hard on the next version of our site, (2.0!) which launched two weeks ago. So far, the response has been amazing!!!!
Here are the changes we made during the upgrade:
- Unauthenticated cache
If you’re not logged in, the entire site is served from cache so it is uber fast.
- Following revamped
You can much more easily follow/unfollow users and/or benches as well as see every user you follow/that follows you and their stats, all from your user profile page.
- Search reenergized
Search is much faster and you can pick the kind of results you see (nails, benches, or people).
- Recent Activity Feed
On your Friends page, you can see all the activity from other users when they interact with you. Follows, renails, bumps and comments are part of the feed coupled with a time-stamp of the when the action occurred.
- Better user stats
User stats on every user page show Benches/Nails/Bumps count on the left, and on the right followers and following count.
- AJAX everything
The site is much more interaction-friendly. Bumps, renails, comments can all be done without leaving the page you’re on. Everything appears in place, and it’s super speedy too.
- More detail for nails on full detail page including original nailers, more from the bench and suggested nails
The nail detail page has much more detail. It now displays suggested content, other content from the same user, renails, other content from the same workbench and users who bumped the nail. Oh and all your sharing buttons too.
- More content manipulation, embed, nail from website, better nailit tool
You can now embed nails in pages on other sites or nail directly from your website to Manteresting with a convenient button (this also tracks nail counts).
- WordPress plugin
We have a WordPress plugin for the bloggers among you.
- Better reporting
Reporting is more complex – you can give us more detail on the report, why you reported it and comments about what you want done to the user…
We are opening up content moderation to those of you who think you know the community best (already have a handful of you signed up for it).
- Better Facebook integration
You can now invite friends via Facebook, see who of your FB friends is already a member so you can quickly follow them.
- Video posts
Yes, you can now post videos from YouTube, Vimeo and about 150 other video sites directly to Manteresting.
- More complex top nail filter
Our Top page is different from other sites because we let YOU decide what goes there. It’s not based on pageviews, but based on users Bumps. Our next revision will include some magic, but it’ll all be based on you guys and what you like.
- Static nails
We can now have a nail static on the site to get announcements out.
- More complex duplicate nail algorithm
The duplicate content filter has been revamped a bit to take more things into consideration.
- Facebook timeline publishing
You can check a box in your user settings that pushes every nail you post to your Facebook timeline.
- Reordering benches, bench covers
You can drag the order of your workbenches around on your userpage to put what you want where you want it.
- Collaborative benches
You can now share benches with your friends. This allows those in the group to post to the shared bench and all view it on your user benches page.
- More informative emails
You can do instant emails, daily or weekly summary emails with lots of detail about everything that happened on the site in regards to your user. Bumps, comments, nails, follows, all come through in the summary. We’re still playing with formatting on this one to give you the best info without flooding you, but it’s a step up from 1.0.
- RSS feeds for everything
You can get an RSS feed of a user or specific workbench from the respective page.
- More ways to add content
You can upload via URL, from your computer, from the Nail It! tool and all work much better than they used to!
- Much better user pages (all nails, activity)
- Search engine privacy (Google and beyond)
You can now hide your account from search engines as well as searches on Manteresting directly if you so choose.
- Recommended nails to friends
You can recommend nails to friends (not everyone, just people you follow on Manteresting, we may alter this though) in comments and they’ll be notified that you’re talking about them.
A couple things that were lost in translation:
When evaluating what to include in the 2.0 release we reevaluated some of our more unique features to see if they were working, these two didn’t make the cut.
Private benches just weren’t being used as we thought they might, so we pulled them out of the 2.0 release for now till we can find a better way to integrate their intended use into the site flow.
Wall of Shame
Wall of shame became more of a dump of spam/naughty, stuff that should have been flagged. We decided to pull this down for now, but have had requests to bring it back and just might. We thought it would be a fun way to showcase the weirdest stuff out there, and with better reporting, it may just work this go-around. We’ll let you know when we decide to give “shames” another shot.
1.0 was slow. It wasn’t built with scalability in mind, and we really didn’t expect that problem as quick as it came. Here’s what we’ve done to fix that:
Our initial launch was on a VPS…that lasted about a week. Then we moved to Joyent Cloud. They have some great machines there and we set up two servers, one for Percona(MySQL) and one for the nginx web server. The server specs on Joyent were:
- Solaris 11
- 8GB Ram
- 2CPU’s (2.0ghz)
- Solaris 11
- 2GB Ram
- 1CPU (2.0ghz)
Current servers with SoftLayer
- CentOS6 64bit
- 14GB Ram
- 5CPU (2.0ghz)
- CentOS6 64bit
- 8GB Ram
- 8CPU (2.oghz)
As you can see, we’ve got quite the beefy servers backing us now… and that’s just the beginning, we have big plans on scaling outward, as well as upward. The future is looking mighty bright.
We hope you like the changes as much as you do. Thanks for helping further the MANteresting brand.
Now get out of here and get back to nailing!!!!!