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NibbleBit Staff Blog

Last Updated: 21st May 2016 @ 01:27 pm
UPDATE: Content Warning Screen
Alot of our users have expressed interest in using content warning screens to alert their visitors about the content of their blog.

This is now possible using our content warning screen option.

On the "Blog" settings section of your blogs NibbleBit control panel, you should see the content warning option. This is unchecked by default meaning your blog will not show a content warning prelude. Checking this option will show a text input box, which allows you to personally craft your content warning message. If you leave the box blank, our premade default content warning text will show.




If you choose to show a content prelude screen, our default warning looks like this:





If you have any further questions on our content warning screen or anything else in general, please let us know - via our contact page, our email address (support@nibblebit.com), our twitter handle @NibbleBitTweets, or using our dedicated helpdesk from within your NibbleBit control panel.
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UPGRADE: Front End Blogs
As you may be aware, on November 29th 2014, we launched our NibbleBit 2.0 control panel. Today we have completed this software upgrade by launching our NEW "Front End" blog software.

Our aim with this update was to be as seamless as possible, therefore it should not affect our users - visitors or bloggers.

Comments

We have redesigned our blog commenting system for the visitors of the blogs hosted with us. We have also completely changed the way we handle human challenges for spam. Our new comment system deals allows you to make a comment, answer the human challenge and actually see your comment publish without ever leaving the page. This is more efficient for us and for the users making comments.


Post Ratings

Post ratings are now turned ON by default, although as with many of our features you can turn this off from the control panel.


Polls

Our polls frontend system has been overhauled and redesigned. This should look better, and work much better.


Content Warning Prelude Screens

We will have an expanded article later addressing the content warning screen options.




If you have any further questions please let us know - via our contact page, our email address (support@nibblebit.com), our twitter handle @NibbleBitTweets, or using our dedicated helpdesk from within your NibbleBit control panel.
P.S - Remember to follow @NibbleBitTweets on Twitter
NibbleBit Blog Feeds
One of our new upgrades with NibbleBit 2.0 is feeds. We have built a specially designed feed platform that will now show feeds in RSS, ATOM, JSON and JSONP by callback.

The upgrade includes FULLY VALIDATED feeds and unlike our old feeds - blog images will now be shown on feeds. Post content before any "more after the jump" tags, will be shown with a link to the full post content on your blog.

To view your blog's (or any Nibblebit blog's) feed we have 3 dedicated URLS:

    1. /feed/ and /feed/rss/ - BOTH will show the RSS version of your blog.
      E.G http://blog.nibblebit.com/feed/rss/
    2. /feed/atom/ - This will show the ATOM version of your blog.
      E.G http://blog.nibblebit.com/feed/atom/
    3. /feed/json/ - This will show the JSON encoded version of your blog.
      E.G http://blog.nibblebit.com/feed/json/
    4. /feed/json/?callback=? - Adding a callback to the JSON encoded version will enable JSONP.
      E.G http://blog.nibblebit.com/feed/json/?callback=feed_function

If you need help with feeds, please contact support.



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NibbleBit 2.0
When you sign in to your NibbleBit account, you will see our NEW control panel.

Since 2009 we have been using a WordPress based system - but after almost 5 years, we have moved onto our own specially designed platform. This will mean the end of WordPress at NibbleBit. Our aim at NibbleBit is to provide the best possible blogging experience, and building our very own system from the ground up has allowed to implement features that would not have been possible using the WordPress system. It has also enabled our second aim of the upgrade - which was to improve social networking on NibbleBit. We want to create a place with more interactions - for blog owners and visitors alike.

We have been gradually upgrading our system in order to create a seamless 'switchover' process, which would create the least about of downtime and inaccessibility for our users. Initial testing has shown a vast improvement in website speeds using NibbleBit 2.0 - which we plan to improve further.

In our old control panel, we had a suggestion box. This proved to be a very useful tool in knowing what users wanted added, improved and removed. We received a lot of feedback - some good, some bad. This allowed us to add the new features that you will find waiting for you inside your control panel. We will give a little preview of each feature below:

Followers
A major part of the NEW system is the followers feature. You can follow blogs in three ways:
  1. Using the dedicated followers panel from within the NEW control panel;
  2. The blog URL followed by /follow. For example, to follow the NibbleBit Staff blog, visit http://blog.nibblebit.com/follow.
  3. Using the "Follow" button found at the top right corner of every blog.
Messages
Our second missionary aim for the upgrade was to improve sociability - so we thought adding a direct messaging system would be a good place to start. Signed in users can use the message function to send direct messages to other users on NibbleBit. We have two ways to send messages to a user or blog:
  1. From the dedicated messages panel from within the NEW control panel.
  2. The blog URL followed by /message. For example, to send a direct message to the NibbleBit Staff blog, visit http://blog.nibblebit.com/message.
Please Note: The NibbleBit Staff blog has its messaging features turned OFF. You can do the same from the Settings panel within the control panel - but this is generally not recommended as its a perfect way for your viewers to get in touch.

Customization
We have vastly improved the customizable options on your blog - something that we want to do more of. From backgrounds to headers, you can customize the feel and layout of your blog to make your blog unique. Shortly, we will be removing all of the OLD WordPress themes - so we can replace them with NEW "Responsive Fluid" layout themes. These fluid themes will zoom/shrink and adapt to all screen sizes. This means that mobile and tablet users will have a much better experience. We hope to add new themes on a regular basis. We will also be adding NEW apps - which have replaced WordPress widgets.

Help Desk
We have always held the help desk at NibbleBit in high regard. We try to answer all Help Desk tickets within 24-48 hours. To simply this process we have added a comprehensive searchable FAQ list - which should be able to answer many of your issues without even needing to open a ticket.

And much, much more
We have created and improved hundreds of other features - too many to name here. To see these in action - sign in to your blog now.

Future Improvements
NibbleBit 2.0 is not the end point. We will be continuously improving our service based on user feedback. Even before the NibbleBit 2.0 control panel had been released - we are working on NEW features. These include 'likes or favorite' posts, a reading panel in the control panel to show new posts from the blogs you follow, and 're-blogging' (the act of adding another blogs post to your blog with credit notice) etc. Whilst they are not available at the moment - we hope they will will be available early next year.

As always, we would love to hear what you think about the NEW control panel, including any issues and/or improvements we could make. We rely on our users to tell us what is important, and what needs to be improved. Without our users - NibbleBit wouldn't be here.

After over a year of testing - the system is finally ready for release, but as with most software, occasional bugs may lurk around. Please report any bugs your may find by opening a Help Desk ticket, or using the contact page found here.



Thanks for taking the time to read this update.

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The NibbleBit Blog
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We will be using this blog to notify users about upgrades, status updates, issues, and planned maintenance.

You can also follow us on Twitter - @NibbleBitTweets

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