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May
3

Tired of the clunky payment process?

As I’m sure you know, the entire payment processing aspect of Spin Rewriter runs on PayPal. Yes, you can use a credit card through PayPal, but it all still goes through them.

Which is great — but our payment process implementation has stayed largely the same since 2011 and while it’s served our customers incredibly well, it seems a bit clunky from a fresh, 2017 point of view.

You know how you’re taken to PayPal’s website when you want to sign up for your Spin Rewriter access? Then you need to log into your PayPal account, click “Confirm” a bunch of times, and then find a teeny tiny “Return to merchant” button to find your way back to us.

And if you then decide to purchase a cool power-up, like our WordPress Plugin and the license that comes with it, you have to do the whole dance again. Our website … PayPal … login … click click … find your way back … aaah, here we go. 😀

In the world of Apple Pay, contactless cards and Bitcoins that doesn’t really seem to cut it anymore, does it?

Which is why we’ve decided to team up with Braintree on this!

We’re now hard at work to completely revamp our payment process, but here are the highlights:

  • In addition to accepting PayPal, we’re now also integrating full support for separate credit card processing, right within our website
  • We’ll be able to add Apple Pay, Android Pay, Venmo and other relevant payment methods super easily in the future
  • No matter which payment method you pick, you’ll be able to complete the purchase right from our website, without being taken anywhere else
  • When you decide to purchase a power-up, you’ll be able to do that with a single click instead of repeating the whole dance
  • … Plus, it’ll all look a thousand times better. 😉

We’ve already got a lot of this working in our super secret Spin Rewriter development lab. 😀 And we couldn’t be more excited to bring it to you as soon as we can!

 

 

Apr
6

Optimized database maintenance

This is yet another update that might only be interested to the geekiest part of our customer base… but will definitely improve the lives of all of our customers, so it was well worth the effort.

(And yes, our engineering team has been on fire lately!)

Every software that deals with a database (of users, of synonyms, of articles, of categories, etc.) needs to make sure that its database and all of the tables inside the database are always in top-notch working shape.

Anything less than top-notch shape and you’re risking data loss, data corruption and possibly even security issues. And we’re always working crazy hard to stay not 1 step, but 20 steps ahead of all of these issues. 😀

This time around we rehauled the system we use for checking the condition of all our databases across our servers. Our previous system worked really well, however as the numbers of users/articles/synonyms in our databases kept on growing, it started to slow down the rest of our systems from time to time.

It was nothing too drastic, but in some cases our services became noticeably slower for about 20-25 seconds once or twice an hour. And our team was super happy to attack this not-even-an-issue-yet with all their technological might.

The new system is working like a charm, and the improved robustness and responsiveness of Spin Rewriter is something that I’m sure all our users will appreciate. 😀

Mar
21

Our website got a speed boost!

Never completely satisfied with their insane technological achievements, our engineers have been hard at work once again — this time they were tweaking the first thing you come in contact with when considering joining the Spin Rewriter family… our website!

The website got a thorough behind-the-scenes overhaul, with all sorts of technological advancements. There’s an even better utilization of CDNs (content delivery networks for optimized loading of images, styles and scripts from an array of servers around the world), better delivery of crucial elements for above-the-fold rendering so the pages on our website pop up even more quickly, and a significantly optimized approach to JavaScript elements that make our website even more user-friendly.

We were able to bring our website into the top 10% range of most “speedy” and responsive websites globally, and that’s including the tons of images and a video that always get loaded on the homepage.

Pretty cool! 😀

Feb
6

Another manual update of our synonyms database

Even though Spin Rewriter is armed to the teeth with the latest-and-greatest from the cutting-edge arsenal of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence weapons, nothing beats a good ol’ manual review from time to time.

With this in mind we’ve been hard at work over the past 3 weeks, pouring more than 360 man-hours into a manual review of the commonly used synonyms in our database.

This is no small challenge, though. The reason Spin Rewriter performs magically well and comes up with an incredible list of synonyms in 99% of the cases lies in its underlying complexity. And this complexity makes any kind of manual tinkering a challenging process. But it’s still well worth it from time to time.

Bottom line, we’re sure you’ll notice a further improvement in the quality of your spun content — and I’m sure you’re going to love that! 😀

Jan
12

Updated video tutorials

We’ve updated our collection of video tutorials that will turn you from a newbie into a full-on content spinning Spin-Rewriter-using marketing machine. 😀

You can get started here, as the URL will also tell you:

https://www.spinrewriter.com/get-started-tutorial

Enjoy!

Nov
14

Improved integration of our image database

We’ve just rolled out another update to the built-in database of royalty-free stock photos and images that’s available to all users of Spin Rewriter. With this update, we’ve made the integration even better — not only is there a large number of photos available now, but we’ve also implemented query caching in our back-end infrastructure which means that we’ve managed to speed up the entire user experience when it comes to adding relevant images to your generated spun articles.

I hope you like the update! 😉

Oct
8

You can now stay logged in (if you wish)

One of the tiny little minor things that we’ll be rolling out with Spin Rewriter 7.0 on October 12th (along with a number of huge, important changes) might interest you if you’re tired of always entering your password when you’re getting ready to spin some articles.

We’ve now added the option to stay logged into your Spin Rewriter account even if you close your browser between two spinning sessions. As long as you visit Spin Rewriter at least once a month, you can stay logged in and never have to worry about entering your password again.

Our back-end implementation of this feature follows all latest security guidelines and recommendations, and has been vetted by an external security team. We take these things incredibly seriously.

Hope you like the new (very convenient) feature! 😉

Oct
6

A little birdy just told me…

…that there’s a new spinner on the block!

And, well, you know what they say. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and all that. At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself. 😀

So, here’s Spin Rewriter’s design for remote posting to WordPress websites. We rolled it out in 2014:

Spin Rewriter's design for remote WordPress posting

And here’s how our newest competitor completely reimagined their remote posting interface:

Competitor's design for remote WordPress posting

Hmm… OK. Well, they did switch around the “Cancel” and “Publish This Post” buttons in the bottom right, I’ll give them that.

In all seriousness, I wish them all the best — the more, the merrier!

Oct
2

We’re now officially MOBILE READY

Hooray!

The mobile version of the official Spin Rewriter website now passes all tests when it comes to delivering a truly great user experience on mobile devices with small screens.

You’ve seen some of the changes that we’ve recently rolled out in my previous post on mobile responsiveness, and today I’d like to share this with you:

Spin Rewriter - Mobile User Experience

Spin Rewriter – Mobile User Experience

The result of the test above means that our website now passes all challenges that stood in our way on the path to a truly great mobile user experience. From large and friendly texts, generous whitespace, larger targets for links and buttons… which also includes a completely redesigned header and footer of the website… all the way to mobile-optimized images and so on and so forth.

Thanks to everyone on the team who had a hand in delivering these updates, and we couldn’t be more excited about it all! 😀 Hope you like it!

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I'm a guy who started his own successful online business back in 2007. I was lucky enough to see my business expand 300+% every year.

At the moment my team and I reach over a million unique customers each month and always do our best to deliver the best quality services.