Fed up with feedburner? Scared that feedburner will disappear on you leaving you high and dry? Read on!
If you have found this article and you are thinking to yourself; what is feedburner? I assume that you know what feedburner is, if not head over to the article by google called feed 101 . There you will find all you need to know about RSS and RSS feeds.
With that said lets dive right in!
I started blogging in around 2007 and while researching I found this wonderful service called feedburner. With feedburner I was able to take the RSS feed of my blog and re-post its content in many different places. Once my blog gained traffic I was also able to monetize it with adsene for feeds. I was saddened when this service was terminated because it left a dent in my adsence revenue.
It has been rumored around the interwebs that feedburner is going away. I do not want to be caught by surprised if this happens. I decided to be proactive about finding an alternative to feedbuner. After some online research I found feedpress. Here are a three reasons why I’m moving from feedburner to feedpresss.
Who the heck is feedpress?
Feedpress markets it’s self as an alternative to feedburner. The feedpress founders saw it necessary to develop their own in-house solution to feedbuner, for some of the same reasons that I have listed below. In 2012 they opened up their doors to others who are also paranoid of the feedburner kill date. Feedpress has an impressive list of features which you can check out here. I will name just a few reasons why I switched.
1. 24/7 Support.
As I look at feedburner not much has changed about it since 2007 there was a redesign of the website for a little bit then it just disappeared. Anyone remember this? As said before it looks like this project is dying, and I really like the fact that feedpress is being actively developed for. There is also an api available. If I should run into any big problems I can open up a support ticket and get help or send them an email. Feedburner offers a help section but not much more after that can be found to obtain help with my feeds. In my experience feedburner has been a set it up and leave situation, but it is nice to know someone is there should I need help.
2. White Label Feature
The next feature that I like is the white label option. Here I am able to create a custom cname and have my feed redirect to my own website. I like this so that people feel like they have not gone to another website when they try to access my feed. For me this feature is about providing a seamless experience to the visitors on my site. Each time someone goes to my feed they will see a feeburner branding. This lets them know that they are leaving my website. The white label feature for feedpress was a strong reason why I decided to switch.
3. Premium Services
Feedburner does not offer any premium services. While I do like the price of free with feedburner, In my mind having the option for premium services makes me more confident in the stability of the service and its business model. For just $30 dollars a year or $3 dollars a month you can sign up for feedpress’s premium services. These services include. Diagnostic tools ; including real-time logs, Responsive design, API, White Label, Email Support; Same day, Social network sharing. Dropbox, Box.com exporting. WordPress and piwik and mint Plugins. Not an extensive list but $30 dollars is not that much for all the value added.
Update: as up July 1 Feedpress only has premium services for $3 per month.
Well that is it folks. Overall feedpress is a service which plans to be here for awhile. I am moving from feedburner to feedpress, because of there support, white label features, and premium services. Are you thinking about moving from feedburner let me know in the comments section. Happy blogging.