For awhile now, we’ve been looking to move away from feedburner. With google reader now defunct, I think it’s just a matter of time before Feedburner leaves us as well. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather deal with migrating to another platform now.
I’ve searched, and hunted down some alternatives but they either offered too much (FeedBlitz – not really bad at all, but more newsletter focused) or their entire site was too confusing (FeedCat) or I couldn’t get my feed to setup (Feedity). The last two listed, caused me frustration, which in turn caused me to leave and look for better. This is a perfect example of having a website that is frustration and stress free for your potential customer…but that’s a different blog post. 😉
I wanted something simple, super easy to setup and with features similar to Feedburner. This is not a long list of unachievable requirements.
Now, enter, FeedPress.
- Simple to setup – check
- Easy to use – check
- Nice feed layout – check
- Responsive layout – Bonus check!
- Similar featured to feedburn (multiple feeds, analytics, subscriber counts) – check, check, checkity check
- Free or pretty cheap – check
Their free version has enough features that I don’t feel like I’m really missing out on anything. The feed refresh rate is once every hour, while the premium version is every 20 minutes. I can deal with an hour. It’s not like I’m offering breaking news here. For those that need the faster refresh, or click tracking, the premium version is only $3 per month, or $30 for a year. That’s beyond reasonable – it’s almost too good to be true.