Today’s post is one of my monthly updates on Foliotwist, the art website service I launched in April of 2009. If you’re not interested, I won’t be offended if you skip it. :)
So what’s new with foliotwist? A lot!
Sure, nothing we did in July quite topped last month’s big update, but it was still a pretty good month for adding new features.
We’ve also made some big decisions regarding foliotwist’s payment plans and our early-bird discount—you can read more about that at the end of this post.
But first, here are the new features we added in July:
Our original traffic stats program didn’t offer enough information for our artists, so adding Google Analytics has been on our list from the very beginning.
From here on out, our artists will be able to put their Analytics ID number into their admin panel and get tons of helpful information about how visitors found their website. I’ve written about the importance of Google Analytics before, and I still believe that it’s one of the most valuable tools you can use online.
Comment notifications via email
This is a simple little feature, but it definitely makes life easier for our artists—any comments left on a foliotwist website will get routed straight to the artist’s email inbox. Then they can either reply directly to the commenter by email, or head back to their admin panel to moderate the comment.
More newsletter control
Foliotwist’s e-newsletter tool (which allows artists to send an email to all their subscribers at once) now includes the ability to import your full email list from elsewhere when you join foliotwist, or add subscribers individually.
A free 10-day trial
Due to popular demand, we’ve included a mandatory 10-day trial. :)
When you sign up with foliotwist, you’ll have 10 days before your credit card is billed, which gives you plenty of time to check things out. If you don’t love it, or if it’s not what you expected, just cancel and walk away—no hard feelings.
Honestly, we feel that just being able to use foliotwist for a few days will help you know if foliotwist is right for you much better than we can. We hope everyone will take advantage of this that wants to.
And coming up in August, a pricing change
In the four months since we launched, things have smoothed out nicely. We’re working more on features rather than fixes, and even though we haven’t reached our original goal of 100 members we feel that it’s time for our “early adopter” discount to end.
We’ll be leaving the discount up until August 15th in case anyone wants to get in on the savings before they’re gone. After that, the price for a foliotwist website will simply be $30/month, with a suitable discount for 12-month subscriptions.
And of course, anyone who signs up before August 15th will continue to get the early-bird discount for life.
As always, if you have any questions about foliotwist, our pricing, or the new features, don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.