FeedPress Review: The Best FeedBurner Alternative for Feed Management

FeedPress Review: The Best FeedBurner Alternative for Feed Management

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Long time ago, FeedBurner was the only obvious option for site owners to manage their RSS Feed, then On June 3, 2007 FeedBurner was acquired by Google, and the service started to fall down to its death.

And on May 26, 2011 FeedBurner API was no longer available.

People started looking for alternatives, because it wasn’t reliable, since Google didn’t bring anything new to the table.

At that time, Maxime Valette started working on a personal Feed Management system for his website FMyLife, a site that focuses on stories submitted by users.

He wanted to manage the Feed that have 400k subscribers ((Dear God)), and to do that, he decided to build his own Feed Management system for his website, And that’s How FeedPress Started. ((According to Jordan Merrick from AppStorm, FeedPress used to be called URI.LV))

I Started using FeedPress about a year ago, to manage the Feed of this site, and I thought that now is a great time to write about this great service.

Here’s my FeedPress Review: The Best FeedBurner Alternative for Feed Management #

Ease of use #

FeedPress Add a Feed

The design of FeedPress is really simple and straight forward.

All you need to do is press “Add A Feed,”  choose a name and you are good to go.

FeedPress Feed Details

The first thing you will notice is that all your feeds are visible to you after you sign in, with a helpful minimal chart of how many people have subscribed to your feed.

Feed Management: #

FeedPress Feed Management

From there you can go ahead and dig deeper into the details of your feed.

  • Statistics: Will allow you to see all the important statistics of your feed, such as the clients that were used to subscribe to your feed, clients like Feedly, FeedjaFeed Wrangler, Feedbin and Fever…etc

  • Settings: Here you can change the alias of your feed, and customize it the way you want, like adding a UTM Tags if you use Google Analytics. Diagnose your feed to see if there’s anything wrong with it, and change the hostname of the feed.

  • Social networks: You can add your social network profile, so when you publish a new article, FeedPress will automatically detect the new article, and share it on Twitter, Facebook, Buffer and App.net.

  • Newsletter: With FeedPress, you don’t need another service like MailChimp to make a newsletter, FeedPress comes with its own newsletter option that will allow you to send daily emails to your feed subscriber.

    Maybe the newsletter in FeedPress is not customizable like the one MailChimp offers, but it’s a good one if you are looking for a straight forward solution.

  • Miscellaneous: Extra options for your feed, like Feed Counter that you can put on your site, JSON file so you can add your feed statistics in an app like Status Board by Panic. Advanced setting for changing the name of the Feed Group, changing the owner of the Feed, downloading all your feeds data and deleting the feed it self.

Unique Feature: #

  • FeedBurner Users: If you are a FeedBurner user ((you really shouldn’t be anymore…I Mean it, there’s no execuse for you)), then you must move on to FeedPress.

    The guys at FeedPress provide a step by step tutorial and a video on how to migrate from FeedBurner which is great.

  • WordPress + Piwik + Mint Plugins: If your site runs on WordPress, and if you are using Piwik or Mint as your analytics platfrom then you are in luck, because FeedPress Provides the easiest way to keep up with all the important numbers using easy to use plugins that you can install on your platform to see the statics regarding your feed.

  • Feed Design: Did you see how feeds looks like? Take a look at The Verge Feed, now take a look at News47ell Feed.

    Do you see the difference?

    That’s what attracted me the most about FeedPress, I’m finally able to view an RSS Feed in a browser and actually understand it, and be able to browse through the site’s news from the feed itself.

Want another example?!

Check out 512 Pixels Feed by Stephen Hackett and then MacStories Feed by Federico Viticci.

It’s like day and night.

Pricing + Extra Features: #

If you didn’t know, FeedPress used to offer free accounts, but recently they changed their service to premium. This didn’t affect old users, It only applies to new users and old users who wish to add new feeds.

FeedPress cost $9 for 3 months, $15 for 6 months or $30 for one year.

Extra features include Advanced tracking for podcasters, Customizable hostname and Dropbox export.

These are considered Premium Features if you are an old user, but if you are a new one, then you will get them right away.

Alternatives: #

There’s none…actually, I’m sorry but there’s this one and this one but let’s be honest with each other, do you really wanna make one of these sites manage your site’s RSS Feed?

Just looking at them makes me not want to trust them.

The design sucks, it doesn’t look easy to use and it just doesn’t feel right to let them be in control over an important part of my site.

Final Words: #

FeedPress is the obvious option for anyone who’s looking for a FeedBurner Alternative. If you are a site owner and you are looking for a great way to manage your feed, then I encourage you to sign up for FreePress

It’s like when your friend asks you, “What do you use to manage your site’s RSS feed?”

Your answer should always be, “FeedPress Duh.”

Because FeedPress really feels like the obvious choice for professionals who care about their sites and about their readers experience.

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