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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.

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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.

Written by Pietro Polsinelli

February 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

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Bringing a static site to life with Patapage

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We have just published a demo site for Patapage here:

http://patapage.com/demo

In these web pages you can see the evolution of a web site from a designed draft:

Patapage demo site draft
to a complete site with rich functionalities:

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One of the great things about building the Patapage demo is that even the documentation concerning the demo is built with Patapage:

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Now that we’ve shown how easy it has become to build a beautiful, update and interactive site, it is your turn!

Written by Pietro Polsinelli

January 26, 2010 at 1:52 pm

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Get Patapage service for free

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Today we update our pricing policy, adding clauses for getting the Patapage service for free. From the pricing page:

To get a FREE year of Patapage service (on a single site profile), renewable, you can do one of the following:

* If you want to use Patapage on a web site of a do-gooder of any sort (non-profit, charity, open-source contributor, you get the idea), email us from an e-mail of that site. See below for review details. …

* If you are using Patapage on a web site and are willing to let us use it in our showcase, send us a link to the site. See below for review details. …

* If you are a long time blogger / journalist and wrote a public review of Patapage, send us a link to the review. See below for review details. …

IMPORTANT: Review details. We’ll review your application, and we may or not grant you the license; whether you satisfy the requirements above is only for us to judge. You will hear back for sure only in case of positive answer. We try our best, but please be understanding if you don’t hear back from us.

On the pricing page you can apply for the free service.

Written by Pietro Polsinelli

January 21, 2010 at 11:22 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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