Archive for September, 2010

Updates to the Writer’s Residence blogging tool

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

We’ve had a blog feature in beta for a couple of months.

I’ve just added a couple of new features:

  1. Pagination: your blogs will now show 10 posts per page and there is are pager links at the bottom of the screen. This is also true in the Writer’s Residence management screens.
  2. Disqus comments: I’ve added an integration with a blog comment service called Disqus. This will let you add comments to your Writer’s Residence blog by signing up for the free Disqus service and then updating your Writer’s Residence settings to let us know what your Disqus “site shortname” is.

Pagination is pretty self explanatory and is a common feature in all blogs but getting Disqus commenting up and running needs a little further explanation.

Setting up Disqus comments for Writer’s Residence is a two step process.

First, Disqus is a third-party service so you need to create an account with them. Sign up at the Disqus registration page and take note of the site shortname you enter when you create your account, you’ll use this to tell Writer’s Residence about your Discus account.

Now, log in to Writer’s Residence, click the “Settings” link at the top right corner and then click the “Blog comments” link. Enter your Disqus “site shortname” in the box and click “Save”.

Your Writer’s Residence blog now has comments!

Writer’s Residence featured in The Writer

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Writer's Residence in The Writer MagThe Writer magazine is currently featuring Writer’s Residence in a “Take Note” article by Karen Rider.

The article is short, but very sweet, and focuses on the site’s ease of use and unique writer-specific feature set. It also includes this lovely quote from one of our users, Maureen Corrigan, a corporate writer from Massachusettes:

“Using WR is effortless and intuitive. I finished my site in a few hours. I love that as long as I can access the internet, I can update my portfolio in real-time, any time, any place.”

Click here to read the article in full.

Naturally, we’re very pleased to get such great press about our service, but the best part is hearing from our customers, who are as much a part of Writer’s Residence as the site itself. We rely on user feedback to drive product development (and our own personal motivation). So many thanks to our users for all of the great input – you help us keep making the site better, and so far, it seems to be working.

US residents can pick up a copy of The Writer at your local newsstands, or buy a copy online at WriterMag.com.