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Add all kinds of forms to your site with Patapage

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The form functionality really adds a lot to any site that does not want to fight with server side configurations and problems. The contact form is a simple and ready form:

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If you pick “build your own” as form type, you will have at your disposal a set of field types which you can combine to build the most diverse forms:

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So we can start adding fields to the form:

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And here is the result on the test page:

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Yet more functionality added – still without writing any code!

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Written by Pietro Polsinelli

June 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

A test environment for your buttons and links

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image We’ve just updated Patapage adding a new functionality: a test environment in the backoffice from where you can test the buttons / links generated before publishing them on your site. The test environment facilitates pasting the code:

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It is like a web based development environment, giving a preview of your buttons by default on our Alice Lin site:

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This just makes it even easier doing some quick tests. 🙂

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June 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Patapage 1.0 is online

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Patapage 1.0 is online – now building beautiful light and “connected” sites should be easier.

There is also an extensive introduction to concepts and user guide, here in PDF:

http://patapage.com/patapageUserGuide.pdf

and here in HTML:

http://patapage.com/patapageUserGuide.htm

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Here is an abstract from the guide:

Patapage is a way of adding services to web sites (also static ones) in a most simple way: just by adding buttons and links. There are buttons for socially contributed contents, like adding a wiki-like layer to your pages, and also comments, image galleries, contact forms, rating, retweet, Google or Twitter searches, windows on other websites, annotated feedbacks, and so on.

By relying on this service, you are avoiding any additional kind of server maintenance, and getting some nicely designed and customizable additional layers on your site. All this in an unobtrusive, simple way.

Anyone who is familiar with adding Google analytics or Twitter gadgets on their site will find Patapage simple to use and in line with the current evolution of the web.

P.S. There is also a Q&A site here:

http://answers.patapage.com

where you can ask details about your application of Patapage services.

Written by Pietro Polsinelli

May 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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Understanding Patapage – the works

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We are currently working in several directions to make Patapage easier to understand, use and map to your web site building needs.

1. Work on the user interface: it is getting simpler and more complete

2. Writing a introduction + user guide document. On Pietro’s blog a new post about understanding the ways Patapage can be used, taking the case of community support:

http://pietro.open-lab.com/2010/03/17/easiest-way-to-build-and-support-a-web-sites-community-patapage/

Patapage is indeed a tool that can drastically reduce the effort needed to build services for supporting a web site’s community – it does more than that, but it is for sure a core point.

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March 17, 2010 at 11:03 am

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Towards the end of beta: Patapage 1.0 release

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The date when Patapage 1.0 will go online is set: we set a target to go online with 1.0 on the 29 of April (2010 🙂 ).

We have fixed the set of features that should be ready by that date, among which:

  • commentable contents, which is a convoluted way of defining a blog’s functionality
  • we completely redesigned the interface for creating scripts for your site – which you see in the picture
  • have “meta” scripts – for example that generate lists of contents
  • all labels be customizable
  • enable the “buy” functionality
  • prepare a user guide

This is the current opening of the user guide:

Using Patapage is a completely new way to add functionality to web sites, in a way where you are keeping control. You can add functionality one piece at a time, never bringing down your site, without breaking your design.

Patapage will be loved by people frustrated by CMS. Patapage will be loved by people that put design at the center of web development. Patapage will be loved by people that want simple solutions. Your site can keep evolving, can keep collecting and interacting with all the information sources out there without becoming a complex application. It will remain a simple set of HTML pages.

Patapage is not a universal tool, and intentionally so. The core of the buildup of the site is done with your own tools, with your preferred simple HTML editor.

Patapage is the fastest way to integrate your site with services which you normally obtain with painful server side coding.

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February 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

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Add a nice, light music player to your pages

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We just published an additional button / link creator in Patapage that lets you add a music player on your site:

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It handles both single files and playlists. To set the files to be played, it has a comfortable edit in place:

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This way you can publish your podcasts,  music files, any mp3 file in the context of your site. Easy to set and to maintain, as all Patapage 🙂

A demo page is here.

Thanks to Happyworm and their jPlayer that has made this integration much easier than it could have been.

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February 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

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Birth of web site community management

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Patapage community management In the progress towards the end of beta, we published the first version of community management in Patapage.

As Patapage keeps track of users posting comments and contributing contents, you have the list of users available with their personal data:

You can moderate and contact users, and group their contributions. This will eventually open the possibility of having a user reputation system, say like the system used in the stackoverflow family of sites, which could lead to operations possible on the base of reputation.

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Another step towards the design quality and usability of mashups – and the services of a CMS!

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January 12, 2010 at 11:11 am

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