Today, we launched several big improvements and changes to ContentBoxer.com, including:
- Embed Code Builder! Embed Code Builder lets you put ContentBoxer forms, or a list of ContentBoxes on your own site!
- Content Box Email Marketing Integration! If you use Contactology or Mailchimp for your email marketing, you can use the Site Integration settings (linked from Box settings) to make information from each new registrant to a Content Box be automatically added to an email list. If you use another email marketing service, let us know which one it is. We’ll be adding additional sites in the near future.
- Redesigned Box Manager! We’ve re-ordered the columns, renamed a couple, and did some general tweaking in the box manager. Let us know what you think!
- A whole mess of bug fixes, performance enhancements, and user interface upgrades.
Enjoy, and please leave a comment if you have any additional requests or if you notice something that’s not right.
We’re rolling out a whole bunch of user-requested features today! Here’s a list of some of the bigger ones:
- Box ordering. The Box Settings page now has an “Order” field where you can enter any positive or negative integer. When your boxes are displayed in a group, this number is used to sort them.
- Disable registration. Set disable registration to “Yes” to allow people to access the content in a box without registering. Anonymous statistics are still gathered for the user, allowing you to see how many times the content was accessed.
- Disable box image. Set disable box image to “Yes” to hide the image associated with your content box.
- Scheduled Publish / Unpublish. These are date fields (on the Box Settings page) that, if set, will be used to determine whether or not a Content Box is active.
- Box Clone: a simple button in the Box Manager that allows you to make a copy of a ContentBox’s settings to create a new Content Box.
- Tags: a new field for entering a comma-separated list of keywords associated with your ContentBox. These keywords are used for search engine optimization and to create custom RSS feeds.
Each of these new features came from user feedback we’ve gotten since our beta launch. Are there any new features you’d like to see or do you have ideas for how we can improve existing features? Let us know!
Today, I spent several hours shaving about half a second off our average load time! By my measurements, we’re now at somewhere around .29 – .33 seconds for the homepage to load. According to Google, this puts us among the 1-2% of fastest sites! Once we start getting serious amounts of traffic, we’ll have to make some hardware upgrades to stay this fast, but we’ve got a great foundation now.
Here’s a chart showing ContentBoxer compared to several other sites:
and here’s another good one:
and one more, just for fun!
My friends and family all know that I’ve been working extra-long hours for the last 6 months or so, and that I’ve stepped that up to super-extra-long hours for the last month or so. But, I’m pretty sure that only a handful of people know what we’ve been building and what it’s good for. As my mom said, “I got the email about your site, but I’m sure it’s too technical for me.” Not so, Mom! Even if you don’t have a use for ContentBoxer right now, it’s pretty easy to understand.
“ContentBoxer lets you share any type of digital content (such as documents, music, video, and images) in exchange for personal information (such as name, address, favorite ice cream flavor, and so on).”
There are plenty of sites out there that let you share digital content – for example, Facebook, Flickr, Myspace, and so forth. There are also plenty of sites that let you create custom forms and surveys. What ContentBoxer does is to tie the two types of sites together and combine it with the back-end reporting software we’ve developed over the last 6 years and used on hundreds of projects for our publishing clients.
While our initial focus is on satisfying a need for self-service user registration forms for our publishing clients, we’ve also created a free version of ContentBoxer that you can experiment with today for any purpose you can think of! Some of the ideas we’ve come up with for using this service include:
* For musicians – post songs and gather email addresses from people who download them
* For realtors – require people to give you their contact information before viewing your listings
* For authors – self-publish your ebook, or give away a sample chapter
I’m positive that there are thousands of uses for ContentBoxer that we haven’t imagined yet. I’m looking forward to seeing what our users come up with!