How to 'Pimp Out' your DevHub Site!

March 23, 2009 By DevHub - 0 Comments

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Featured Site Of The Week

This week's featured site shows the true potential of what can be created on DevHub using just standard platform tools! Inspiration this week comes from DevHead DJ Jones, who submitted his site: MusicVideo.devhub.com (below), a music video countdown site. According to DJ, it took him a few hours to create and he was kind enough to share with us and the DevHead community how it was done.

Here's how he did it...

  • For Shiny Black Color Scheme - use flux full-color theme and change site background, head background, head highlight, body background, and nav hover background to black (#000000). For the rest of the color scheme, make sure to use off-white (easier on the eyes) or bright colors to stand out against the dark background. He also widened his site to 1000 pixels wide and used 3 columns.
  • For Cool Web2.0 Logo - go to Creatr, a very easy and free Web2.0 logo generator -- and choose the reflective theme. Make sure background transparency is on. Right click save, click on logo edit button back in DevHub, and upload your new logo. This tool can also be used to create titles for columns and shiny buttons.
  • For Creating Top Ten List - go to 'blog' in the DevHub editor. In reverse order (#10 to #1), create a separate blog entry for each thing on the list, and put the ranking number in the title.
    • To add cool things like video copy the 'embed code' from the source, click on the HTML button (bottom right corner of editor with <>) in the DevHub blog editor, and paste it in (add <br /> between code already there and code you paste to add a line break). Click the HTML button again to publish. Find videos and music players on Imeem, Youtube, Hulu, Last.fm and mostly wherever there is an embed code -- remember to provide attribution when needed!
    • To be able to create different lists group list entries into the same category (i.e. "Hip-Hop Top Ten 3.23.09"). Then in the site editor, drag and drop the 'blog entries' module, and choose a category to display a particular list.
  • For Placing the Right Products Next to Entries - Drag and drop the 'products' module into a column to the left or right. This one takes a little bit of guess work. For a particular entry, enter in the maximum results available, and see what comes out. If you find a particular product that matches your entry, enter that exact title in the product keyword field, choose 1 item, and you should be able to have the exact product you want displayed next to your blog entry.
  • Other Tips
    • Add an about page to make your site look more professional. You can create an empty category in the navigation menu with spaces to space out your about section from other entries in the navigation bar.
    • Add to the richness of your page with things like an explanation for each page, playing with font sizes and colors in the text editor, adding a 'news module', and uploading pictures to space things out.
    • Don't forget to maximize SEO for each page by adding meta title and keywords and the 'bookmark this' module to each page.

Hopefully a site like DJ's inspires the rest of you DevHeads to log into DevHub and update your sites with the latest features and tricks. Once you've pimped your own site out, don't forget to submit them to info@devhub.com to be featured in next week's newsletter and the DevHub Site Gallery!

New Features This Update

  • Super Affiliate $20k Bonus! Bonuses in this economy are hard to come by or in the case of AIG, hard to keep. To help supplement your income during these hard times, DevHub announces the Super Affiliate $20K payout for anyone that sends enough users to DevHub to reach $5,000 in their affiliate account by the end of the year! Go to the Bonus Payout page for more details.
  • New Blog Features: More features added to the blogging tool. You can now categorize entries and then display those entries based on category. This allows you to essentially create multiple blogs within your site! Comment controls are now also available, allowing you to delete comments for each entry.
  • Twitter Notification: DevHeads now tying into Twitter continues to to grow and has helped boost their traffic. Simply go to 'My Account', click on Twitter Settings, and add your Twitter account. Now your Twitter crowd is updated daily with your blog posts, site updates, and site launches!
  • Google XML Sitemap: Adding to the ability to add Google Webmaster Verification and Analytics (via 'Site Settings'), this week we launched automatic Google XML sitemaps for each site. You can now add this sitemap to your Google Webmaster Tools. Your sitemap should be available at: yoursite.com/sitemap.xml

Major Updates/Fixes Addressed

  • Ability to use A-record instead of DNS switch to launch your site.
  • Bookmarking widet fix - Simply drag and drop the bookmark widget onto each page of your site and allow users to easily share what they've found with their contacts over email or on sites like FaceBook, Digg, Delicious, and more.

On Deck This Week

  • Pagebuilder - wizard to more rapidly create DevHub pages
  • How-to / Tips and Tricks on DevHub
  • Network Search - quality sites will be indexed and searchable
  • 3rd Party Development Services - DomainPhoenix and 99designs
  • Domain registration directly within DevHub via eNOM/DemandMedia partnership

Don't forget to login to DevHub and let us know what you think of our new features and additions!

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Upgrades to DevHub

March 22, 2009 By DevHub - 0 Comments

Below are a list of features that were added to DevHub in the past couple of weeks:

  • Google Webmaster Tools + Google Analytics: Many of you have asked about it, and now you’ve got it. By going into ‘site settings’ area of the Site Editor, you can now validate your site and add analytics for Google. Remember to be confident in the quality of your site before exposing it to the big G!
  • Robust Blogging / Content Editor - Change text size, color, font and more. Place pictures within each text entry. Undo/redo functionality. Bullets and ordered lists (great way to easily add content to your pages). Edit HTML code!
  • Subdomain - Yoursitename . devhub . com is now a reality. Get yours while you can and launch your site!
  • Twitter notification: Twitter is the next biggest thing on the internet, aside from DevHub of course ;). With this new integration, DevHeads can easily update their Twitter followers of their site launches and updates. Just go into your “My Account” section and configure your Twitter settings. Don’t know what Twitter is? Get you some Twitter love here: www.twitter.com.
  • Featured Site Gallery - http://www.devhub.com/gallery The best sites submitted to us and included as featured sites in the newsletter are now placed in a Featured Site Gallery on the DevHub site — free promotion and valuable link for those who make it. Use this gallery as inspiration and hopefully one day one of your sites appear in the gallery!
  • Bookmarking widget: Simply drag and drop the bookmark widget onto each page of your site and allow users to easily share what they’ve found with their contacts over email or on sites like FaceBook, Digg, Delicious, and more.
  • Full Color Editing (flux theme): Now you can fully control the palette of your site, from text to button color to navigation. Time to get a little crazy with color schemes…
  • Affiliate Program - Earn additional revenue from the DevHub users you refer to the platform!

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DevHub Weekend Update - A little bit of Form, a lot more of Function

March 17, 2009 By DevHub - 0 Comments

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Straight from the House of DevHub, we've got a mix of fashion and functionality for you as we head into the work week. For the form-conscious, we released the flux full-color template, allowing you to tweak every color aspect of your site. For the meat and potatoes crowd, we've focused this week on adding new features that are geared towards increasing a site's exposure and traffic. Either way, we've got you covered.

No excuses this week not to log into DevHub and update your sites with the latest features!

New Features

  • Twitter notification: Twitter is the next biggest thing on the internet, aside from DevHub of course ;). With this new integration, DevHeads can easily update their Twitter followers of their site launches and updates. Just go into your "My Account" section and configure your Twitter settings. Don't know what Twitter is? Get you some Twitter love here: www.twitter.com.
  • Google Webmaster Tools + Google Analytics: Many of you have asked about it, and now you've got it. By going into 'site settings' area of the Site Editor, you can now validate your site and add analytics for Google. Remember to be confident in the quality of your site before exposing it to the big G!
  • Bookmarking widget: Simply drag and drop the bookmark widget onto each page of your site and allow users to easily share what they've found with their contacts over email or on sites like FaceBook, Digg, Delicious, and more.
  • Full Color Editing (flux theme): Now you can fully control the palette of your site, from text to button color to navigation. Time to get a little crazy with color schemes...

Major Updates/Fixes Addressed

  • Major increase to site editor speed! Zing!

On Deck This Week

  • Domain registration directly within DevHub (partnership with Demand Media/eNom)
  • Domain Name Server resolution improvements
  • Additional Blog Features - WordPress blog ingestion tool, categories, comment controls
  • Google XML sitemap support

Log in to DevHub and let us know what you think of our new features and additions!

Featured Sites Of The Week

Don't forget to submit your sites to info@devhub.com if you think your site is up to it!

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DevHub Midweek Update - Important Tips for Increasing Site Traffic

March 12, 2009 By DevHub - 0 Comments

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Hope you are all having a great week thus far!!!

A number of users have been asking us about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and generally how to increase the amount of exposure and traffic to their sites, so we wanted to make sure you guys are aware of the list of DevHub features that allow you to do just this...

  • Get on Featured Site Gallery: Our editorial team puts together Featured Sites of the Week every Thursday for our newsletter and gallery, so don't forget to submit your sites to info@devhub.com ! Aside from bragging rights, sites that make it on the gallery get a valuable link back to their site from DevHub, which search engine spiders can follow follow through to your site. We continue to get quality entries and are impressed by the range and creativity of the sites submitted.
  • Optimize Metatags: In your DevHub site editor, click on 'Current Page SEO' and make sure to fill out the Meta Description and Keywords for each page. The Meta Description usually shows up in search engine results. This description, along with keywords, helps Search Engine spiders quickly understand what your site is about. About 25-40 Meta Keywords (separated by commas) is standard practice. Make sure meta information actually matches the content on that page, or it can actually hurt your Search Engine rankings!
  • Create Fresh Content: Search engines love fresh, original content and for those users who still haven't noticed, we have now launched robust blogging tools in the editor which enables you to quickly add and edit posts just like WordPress, Blogger, or TypePad. Unlike any other blogging platform, however, the flexibility of DevHub allows you to present your entries in more creative ways than just a long-scrolling page of entries (standard blog format). Here is an example of what we're talking about:

  • Get Socially Bookmarked: Just launched today, the 'bookmark this page' module (via an integration with ShareThis) allows you to place a social bookmark button on any page in your site. This button allows visitors to broadcast your site to others via email or via submission to social bookmarking sites such as Reddit, Digg, Delicious, FaceBook and more!
  • Let Google Know: The option to include Google Webmaster Tools and Analytics just launched as well, allowing you to place validation and tracking code in site headers and footers. You will first need to sign up for Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics accounts to get this code, then place it in 'Advanced Includes' fields by clicking on 'Site Settings' in the DevHub editor. Remember to have an ample amount of original and useful content in your site, or risk exposing your site as one that does not belong in the Google index!
  • Twitter it: Let your friends on Twitter know of your site launches and updates. Because of the virality in twittering, a simple, 'hey check out my new updates on www.yoursite.com' or 'just launched yoursite.devhub.com' on Twitter can get the word out pretty fast. DevHub will actually be integrating directly into Twitter very shortly to allow you to send out tweets directly from DevHub.
  • Spread the Word: Don't forget, there are other ways outside of the DevHub tools and features that allow you to increase exposure of your site, including submission of your site to directories (simply do a Google/Yahoo! search for 'free directories' and find appropriate ones to submit your site to) as well as getting other relevant sites to link to your website as a useful resource (careful not to do this via link schemes, as sites found to be using these are de-indexed by major search engines).

Login to DevHub now to use these tools. Hopefully that helps everyone with some ideas to get more traffic to your sites. Remember that it usually takes a little bit of time (couple days to a month) for Search Engines to acknolwedge the changes you've made. It may take a bit of legwork upfront, but setting your site up correctly will pay off with increased traffic to your sites in the long run!

Look out for our Weekend Update for a couple of major partnership integrations!

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DevHub Weekend Update - Robust Blogging/Content Editor & Featured Site Gallery!

March 9, 2009 By DevHub - 0 Comments

DevHeads-

The third exciting week of DevHub is now under our belts and the community of site creators continues to grow, both in terms of types of users (entrepreneurs, artists, affiliate marketers, bloggers) and internationally (Korea, Japan, Russia, UK, Germany, and more)!

We are also pleased to see the amount of people now availing of the subdomain feature (yoursite.devhub.com). Please make sure to actually create something on the subdomains you have reserved, however. Due to the high volume of subdomain requests, subdomains not developed within two months wiil be reclaimed and provided to those will develop on them.

As always, we work hard every week to have new features added to the DevHub platform. Hopefully you have some time this weekend to check out the newest ones below!

New Features this week

  • Robust Blogging / Content Editor - Change text size, color, font and more. Place pictures within each text entry. Undo/redo functionality. Bullets and ordered lists (great way to easily add content to your pages). Edit HTML code!
  • Featured Site Gallery - http://www.devhub.com/gallery The best sites submitted to us and included as featured sites in the newsletter are now placed in a Featured Site Gallery on the DevHub site -- free promotion and valuable link for those who make it. Use this gallery as inspiration and hopefully one day one of your sites appear in the gallery!

Major Updates/Fixes addressed this week

  • Full international character support - Russian, Japanese, etc.
  • Three-columns layout upgrade
  • Contact form spam filter upgrade
  • Double quotes in editor fix
  • Delete/re-add domains fix

On Deck next week

  • Domain Name Registration
  • Full color editing
  • Google Webmaster Tools + XML Sitemap support
  • Additional Blog Features - WordPress blog ingestion tool and categories

Don't forget to log in to DevHub and let us know what you think of our new features and additions!

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Featured sites of the week

Have a cool site you created on DevHub that you would like featured? Send it to us at info@devhub.com!

Also don't forget you now have the ability to earn on referrals to DevHub, simply click on 'My Referrals' once entering your DevHub account. Here is an example banner:

Keep it creative...

DEVHEADS-

March 2, 2009 By DevHub - 0 Comments

Welcome to the second week of the DevHub public beta! Sites and users continue to grow and our network is now upgraded to handle the surge. Alongside minor fixes to our current system, we have been working hard this week to pump out a new set of features for the DevHub community.

We wanted to update you all about these new features before the weekend, as it drastically improves what you can do with the DevHub platform!

New Features this week

  • Subdomain launch - Yoursitename . devhub . com is now a reality. Get yours while you can and launch your site!
  • Affiliate Program - Earn additional revenue from the DevHub users you refer to the platform!

Major Updates/Fixes addressed this week

  • News Module - Single page view resolved
  • SSL certification - Encrypted data transfer for account information and reporting
  • Password reset tweaks

On Deck next week

  • Blogging/CMS Lite early next week - Basic adding of posts. More robust version coming soon.
  • Full color editing - Early next week
  • WordPress blog ingestion tool - Early next week
  • IE7 browser support - Working on final bugs
  • Entertainment-based modules - You're gonna love these!

Don't forget to log in to DevHub and let us know what you think of our new features and additions!

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Below is a sample of some cool new sites just created by developers in the DevHub community...

Featured sites of the week

Have a cool site you created on DevHub that you would like featured? Send it to us at info@devhub.com!

Keep it creative...