IndiBlogger V3 is out!

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Merry Christmas everyone! What was meant to be our usual Xmas update to IndiBlogger took us much, much longer than we expected it to, thanks to more ideas getting added to the mix every day. Our quality control team having OCD didn’t help us very much with the deadline we set for ourselves, but they sure made a difference to IndiBlogger. We finally decided to forget Christmas, take the whole site apart, throw old parts out the window, and put it back together with gentle love and care. We’re finally done, and here’s what’s changed:

Global changes

  • IndiBlogger is now lighter and much faster (as already confirmed by the community), thanks to several changes to the user interface as well as the way things are handled behind the scenes.
  • We’ve built version 3 on a custom framework, which means we can bring in new features much faster and with less bugs.
  • IndiBlogger is now W3C valid, except for the pages which integrate with Facebook, Google maps and other third parties. Most sections can be used on smart handheld devices now, and for the not-so-smart devices, we still have the recently launched mobile version.
  • Email alerts are now sent via Google’s app engine – which means they are delivered faster, and are less likely to end up in your spam folder.
  • Consistent (and better looking!) user interface elements are now used all over.
  • Pagination has been numbered on all pages. A few users have reported that they’re missing the “last” button – we’re working on that right now.
  • Default gravatars are now much better looking. We wondered what we were tripping on when we made the old ones.
  • New IndiMail notifications are now displayed on the IndiMail link in the header. If you see a yellow alert icon, that means you have unread messages.
  • The footer section is more organized, and doubles up as a sitemap.
  • Improved browser compatibility. We’ve decided however, that IE6 is not a browser.

New Theme

  • Inspired by our most recent partner Cleartrip.com, we decided to see what IndiBlogger would look like in a lighter color scheme – and we liked what we saw.

The Home Page

  • New Jquery slider, showcasing everything that’s new on IndiBlogger. Tip – try using the arrow keys to navigate through the slides.
  • Popular posts from IndiVine are now showcased on the homepage as well. The new blogs on the network have been pushed to the sidebar.

Improved Search

  • IndiSearch now uses an Ajax interface to search for blogs by subject, as well as bloggers by name or location. Results are ordered by IndiRank. Blog content is also indexed, powered by the all-powerful Google search.
  • We’ve fixed a bug wherein the search results were inaccurate. For example, if you had searched for the word “rave”, you’d also see results for “travel”. Not too smart, that was.

Dashboard

  • Your dashboard now has a facebook-inspired activity feed, showing you stuff like network activity, blogger meets in your city, new IndiMail, replies to forum topics you’re tracking, and votes for your posts on IndiVine.

Blogger Meets

  • The main blogger meet page highlights upcoming blogger meets in your city.
  • Organizing your own blogger meet is now easier, with an updated suite of organizer tools and better customization so you can have your blogger meet like you mean it to be.
  • Now that we have over 200 bloggers attending our blogger meets, our attendee list was taking ages to load over slow connections. Gravatars are now turned off by default, and you can enable them if you want to.

Turn off gravatars

IndiBlogger Drives

  • We’ve decided that “contests” were not the right word the initiatives we have planned. We needed a term that was more generic, yet with greater purpose. The IndiBlogger Drives page showcases all our latest campaigns and the latest winners from the IndiBlogger of the Month archives.

The Directory

  • The directory is now gravatar enabled – so if you’re looking for someone you know elsewhere, let’s say on twitter, you’ll find it easier to find them on IndiBlogger.

IndiForum

  • IndiTalk, which was recently integrated with the forum, can be used on mobile devices.
  • Replies to a forum topic can now be sorted by time, so you can see the latest replies at the top without having to go to the last page.
  • Forum alerts were disabled months ago when we exceeded our hosting service limits. Moving to a dedicated server didn’t help much in that regard, and now, thanks to a little help from Google’s infrastructure, they’re back.
  • You can track topics faster, without having to reload the thread.
  • Forum pages have an on-page search filter similar to iTunes, so it’s easier to find relevant replies or subjects.

New & updated Pages

There are a more changes we’ve not mentioned – it’s better to leave a few surprises for you to discover. A HUGE thank you and hugs to all of you who have supported IndiBlogger – you have no idea what it means to us. IndiPolice – the time you spend making IndiBlogger a better place for thousands of bloggers is priceless.

IndiBloggers, please post your feedback on Hemal’s thread and let us know what you think. :-)

What’s next?

You can expect upgrades to IndiVine, IndiRank, a few new initiatives and a new product that’s going to change the way you use IndiBlogger. For now though, our team is off to Kolkata for another blogger meet.

Keep blogging!

Indian Blogger Forum launched!

Our Christmas update is here again!

Last Christmas, we announced the launch of blogger meets on IndiBlogger, aside from a number of bug fixes. This time around, we’ve just launched our discussion forum for all of you Indian Bloggers in the IndiBlogger community. We think it’s the perfect place for bloggers to:

  • Help out and inspire new bloggers
  • Connect with other bloggers over shared interests and social causes
  • Discuss ethical issues such as plagiarism
  • Get feedback from the community on your blog’s design, content and strategy
  • Promote yourself as a blogger within the community
  • Exchange tips on monetization and SEO

Also, since only registered bloggers can post topics or replies – no spam! (Fingers crossed)

Besides the forum, we’ve replaced the old Tag, Name, City and Google search boxes with a single search box that achieves the purpose of all four. Internally, this somehow became known as the “4 in 1 update”!

As always, please do send us any bugs you may encounter, or any ideas you may have which would help IndiBlogger.in do it’s thing a little better.

The big difference between this year and the last – we’re going to refrain from the usual Xmas wishes. We have not forgotten Mumbai.

Start a new topic at the discussion forum now >

Reviews for blogger meets

We’ve added a section on the blogger meet pages to display links to reviews, pictures, press coverage and videos of the IndiBlogger meets. Check it out on the recently concluded Pune and Mumbai meeting pages.

It’s the Easter update!

We’ve just upped the ante on your profile pages on IndiBlogger. Besides listing your blogs, your city and tags you’ll now see the latest posts from your blogs. We’ve cut it down to a short description of the post, as we don’t want you to lose your traffic – anyone who wants to read the entire post will have to visit your blog. We sincerely hope this feature helps you promote that awesome blog post of yours and bring in more traffic.

Find your own blogger profile in the directory to see it in action, or check out Anwin’s profile.

As always, please send in your suggestions and any bugs you find.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Ignore the ice, we have lifeboats

We like to think that we have a tight ship with no leaks – but it’s always nice knowing that there’s a lifeboat handy. In case you ever get lost on IndiBlogger, we now have friendly (and mildly sarcastic) error pages to guide you home.

Need a hand?

Our first update for 2008 is here! Thanks to all of you who posted your questions on this blog, we now have a page for Frequently Asked Questions. We hope you find what you’re looking for. If you don’t – post a comment!

Organise blogger meetings for Indian bloggers

Our Christmas update is here! Now you can organise blogger meetings in your city, send them invites, print out guest lists and more! We believe that we’re 1 step closer to our goal of bringing Indian bloggers together.

We’ve also fixed many, many bugs in this version. What bugs, you ask? Did you know that you could add bloggers to your network without being approved by one of our moderators first? Well – not any more! :-)

We’ve also added new submission guidelines for IndiBlogger, since we had many discussion forums trying to pass themselves off as blogs. Needless to say, their thinly veiled disguises failed to bypass our high-tech blog validation algorithms (our moderators).

Merry Christmas, everyone!

One update to rule them all

Yesterday, we were a directory of Indian blogs. Today, we’re a network of Indian blogs. After weeks of planning, long nights and an overdose of various stimulants ingested in order to keep our eyes open, we’ve launched a new social networking feature that lets you build a network of the Indian blogs that you read. We believe that by searching for relevant blogs using the tag search, you can build a network of blogs specialized in certain topics – and increase your blog’s exposure to the millions of readers out there.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions or if you find any bugs we’ve overlooked. Thanks for your support!

http://www.indiblogger.in

Updates 1.0

  1. Added a link to the tag cloud page that shows the entire list of tags – Done
  2. Tag cloud for cities – indicates which city has more bloggers | Done
  3. Option to sort directory by Blog Title, Blogger name, Date of entry, City | Done
  4. Help file for RSS feed URL | Done
  5. SPCB badges – Vintage theme | Done
  6. Search results paging – change to text links for accessibility | Done

Updates .9

  1. Login / Logout link -Done
  2. Tag Cloud – Done
  3. Usability report – Done
  4. Gravatars – Done *

* Slowing down the site. May not be as popular as claimed.