Browsing all articles from September, 2017
Sep
26

Say “Hello!” to Braintree’s payment processing

As I’ve already mentioned back in May, one of the things that a part of our team was working on over these past couple of months was the following:

We wanted to replace the old and clunky payment processing setup that we’ve been using on SpinRewriter.com since 2011, and integrate something much more modern, flexible and user-friendly.

What am I referring to? Well, for the past 6 years, the only way of getting access to Spin Rewriter was going through PayPal. So, when you wanted to sign up for Spin Rewriter access and you clicked that button, you were first automatically redirected away from our website — to PayPal’s website.Β Then you needed to log into your PayPal account, click “Confirm” a bunch of times on the following pages, and then (hopefully) find a teeny tiny “Return to merchant” grey button just to find your way back to us. It was kinda… meh.

And then, if you decided to purchase one of our cool power-ups, like the WordPress Plugin and the WP license that comes with it, you had to do the whole dance again. Our website -> PayPal -> login -> click click -> hopefully find your way back -> done. Again, kinda… meh. πŸ˜€

So we’re all super excited to announce that we’ve now rolled out a brand new Braintree integration across the entire Spin Rewriter website. Here’s just some of the benefits:

  • You can sign up for Spin Rewriter using your PayPal without ever having to leave our website. It all happens inside a user-friendly pop-up thingy.
  • You can now also sign up for Spin Rewriter using your credit card, also without having to leave our website! You just type in the card details, and you’re good to go. This wasn’t (at all) possible until today.
  • If you decide to purchase one of our cool power-ups, it’s as easy as clicking a button. You don’t need to repeat the entire dance, you just get what you wanted to get. It’s pretty cool.
  • It all looks about a thousand times more modern and worthy of the year 2017. πŸ˜€

Oh, and — as an added benefit — we should be able to support additional payment methods in the future much more easily. So, if our customer support desk starts getting bombarded with requests for Apple Pay, Android Pay, Venmo, or Bitcoin support — we should be able to roll that out rather quickly, too! πŸ˜€

Go check it out — we’re really happy about this!

Sep
14

Happy 6th Birthday, Spin Rewriter!

It’s a big day today. Spin Rewriter just turned 6!

Spin Rewriter 6th birthday

I still can’t believe how quickly they grow up… πŸ˜€

I remember launching the first version of Spin Rewriter like it was yesterday. The date was September 14th, 2011… and it was a beautiful, sunny Wednesday. Our entire team was absolutely tiny back then, but incredibly ambitious and insanely hard-working. I can honestly say I haven’t seen anything like that ever since. Launching the first version of Spin Rewriter was probably the most stressful time of my life, and also one of the most wonderful and magical times, all at once.

I remember being completely blown away by the feedback that we were getting from our first users… Everyone was going absolutely nuts about it, and within a couple of days I must’ve responded to more than a 1000 of overwhelmingly positive customer support tickets. Those were some crazy sleepless nights, for sure!

The reason it made such an enormous splash was, Spin Rewriter was the first intelligent article spinner the world had ever seen. Back in 2011, it was the first software tool that could tell the difference between “book” as in “novel“, and “book” as in “make a reservation“.

I know, I know… We take these things for granted nowadays, especially since our ENL Semantic Spinning technology has advanced to something waaay beyond basic meaning-extraction like that. But back then, in 2011 — the early beginnings of our technology were some TRULY mindblowing stuff!

And for every year of its life, Spin Rewriter has only gotten better and more popular… and the almost 100,000 active happy users have kept sending us incredibly positive feedback all along.

So let me take this simple opportunity to say…

To Spin Rewriter: Happy 6th Birthday!

And to our users… You guys are THE BEST!

Sep
2

Spin Rewriter 8.0 announced for October 18th, 2017!

That’s right!

We’ve just announced the annual launch of the next version of Spin Rewriter, version 8.0!

How crazy is that?

It’ll go live on Wedesday, October 18th, 2017… and we can’t wait to show you the insane number of upgrades that we’ve got in store for you. We couldn’t be more excited about this!

Keep an eye out for more details as we get closer to this date — and if you want to help us promote the upcoming launch, here’s the JV page with all the details. πŸ˜‰

This is going to be awesooome! πŸ˜€

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