Archive for the ‘Housekeeping’ Category

8 new themes and a fresh look!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

8 New Writer's Residence Themes

Rob and Alice, the lovely folk at Wired Canvas—a multi-disciplinary, full service design agency in London—have done a smashing job over the past couple of months producing 8 wonderful new themes for our writers to choose from.

To check them out click the “Theme” tab after you log in to Writer’s Residence.

We think these new themes will show off your writing beautifully.

Wired Canvas refreshed our website at the same time and we’re delighted.

Welcome to Camella, the third member of the WR team!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

We’re delighted to welcome Camella Tierney to the Writer’s Residence team.

Camella will be helping us with our customer support.

I’ve worked with Camella for the past year on another project and she’s one of those rare people who really gets what it means to look after customers.

-Tim

Sorry for the bumpy ride…

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Hi folks,

Over the past few hours our servers were intermittently inaccessible.

This was due to a distributed denial of service attack launched against our domain name server provider.

Though they have 5 different servers in different data centres the vast number of computers involved in the attack made it impossible at times to look up the location of Writer’s Residence.

Basically a whole bunch of computers controlled by a bad guy overwhelmed their servers with requests.

We’re sorry. We’ve moved to a new domain name service provider which has solved the problem.

If you have any questions get in touch support@writersresidence.com.

A sidebar for your Writer’s Residence blog

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Lots of blogs have sidebars with blog rolls, Twitter feeds or search bars etc.

I’ve added a blog sidebar feature for WR that you can get to by clicking on the Blog tab in the management screens and the clicking Blog sidebar in the grey submenu.

That is a markdown enabled field that will show up in the right hand side of your blog page.

I’ve added a blog roll, Google Custom search and a Twitter widget to mine:

http://timharding.writersresidence.com/blog

The blog roll is just a markdown list of links to my friend’s websites:

**Blog Roll**

* [Monica](http://monicashaw.com)
* [Tim](http://gatezero.org)
* [Henry](http://dillonworld.com)

Here are some notes on where to find the search and Twitter widgets to add to your sidebar.

Google Custom Search
– click the ‘Create a Custom Search Engine’ at the top right of the page
– enter your Writer’s Residence website address into the ‘Sites to search box’
e.g., http://lauradavis.writersresidence.com/
– click through next to get the script to copy and paste into your sidebar

http://www.google.com/cse

Twitter Widget
– choose Dimensions and then click the auto width check box
– the finish and grab code button gives you the script to copy and paste into your sidebar

http://twitter.com/about/resources/widgets/widget_profile

Please note that you can also add comments to your blog using a service called Disqus. You can find more about that here:

http://writersresidence.com/blog/2010/09/15/updates-to-the-writers-residence-blogging-tool/

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!

New theme: newspapers

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Newspapers theme

I’ve just added this new theme. It’s great, clean, simple. Select it from the Themes tab.

New server. New feature: categories

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Hi all,

we moved the service over to our new server this morning. This should mean better service for you all. If you have any concerns about the move or notice anything that isn’t working quite right please let us know.

We’ve also introduced a categories feature for your writing samples.

In the writing samples tab you can now create categories. When you edit or create a sample you can add it to one or more categories. Any categories that contain samples will be displayed on your portfolio so that customers can filter your samples by category.

Of course you don’t have to use categories at all, it is just there if you want it.

Thanks,

Monica & Tim

Tell us what you really think…

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Hi,

we’ve added a feedback forum to discuss new features or anything you’d like to see us fix or change.

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We can’t always promise that we’ll make the changes you’re looking for but we’re very keen to hear how you’re using the system and how we can make it better.

Our over-arching goal with Writer’s Residence is to make it very easy for writers to create a portfolio site that editors want to see.  We’re not going to be able to be all things to all people but I’m confident that we can be more things to our customers who value this goal.

You can active the feedback forum by clicking the red feedback tab on the left hand side of management screen pages once you’re logged in.

Thanks very much,

-Tim

The Freedom Partnership

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Hi,

This is just a quick note say that Muriwai Technologies (the company that owned Writer’s Residence) has sold it to The Freedom Partnership. What does this mean for you? Nothing, we’re still the same people Tim & Monica behind the scenes, just that your statement from PayPal might now say The Freedom Partnership.

This change is just an accounting formalization to make sure that Monica owns the 50% of the business.

Thank you for your attention.

-Tim