Category: Technology

New RSS Feeds

Google Reader Displaying the Behance RSS ReaderRSS ADDED
Due to some requests from users we have made two new RSS feeds. One for Featured Projects and one for Featured Circles on the Behance Network. You can subscribe to them and get the latest updates from a simple dropdown in your browser. If you want to see images in your RSS feed you should subscribe to a reader like Google’s RSS Reader, which is where the screenshot is taken from.

Expose Yourself More
This brings up something that current members of the Network may be unaware of. Under all of your projects you can enter a “Short Description”.
The description here is what people read about your project in the RSS Feed. If you leave it blank people may only see your project cover – or even just your title.  So make sure to enter your descriptions to give people a reason to click on your project.

You might be thinking “I have no idea what RSS is. Certainly no one uses this crazy thing.” But I can assure you it’s very popular around the net so this is my advice to you. Even if you are not featured, people can subscribe to your profile’s RSS feed.

Network Enhancements 2

A quick note of three more improvements are:

(3) LOCATIONS: We changed how members select their location. You may want to double check that yours was converted correctly. The end result is that users can find you by your location easier, faster, and more accurately.

(4) IMAGE QUALITY: We upgraded the system that processes images. Now all uploaded JPGs and PNGs keep their high quality. If you feel your image is blurry, try re-uploading it and it may come out clearer. Unfortunately this does not apply to GIFs yet so we recommend to not use them – especially for typography.

(5) NEW REQUIREMENT: In another effort to help people find members easier, we have made the “Tags” field required in project creation. It can now be found in the same place as picking realms in “Project Settings”.

Network Enhancements 1

Just wanted to report a few important enhancements/fixes. Many thanks to those of you that helped us identify them!

(1) Activity Feed: It is now FASTER! Yes, when you log into “My Home” in the network for you daily update of all things, you will see it very quickly!

(2) CIRCLE INVITES to Non-Behance Members.  If you invited any creative professionals to a circle using their email addresses in that last week, you may have to resend these invites. Sorry, but we only discovered this bug today.  It is now fixed!

We are working on a few more exciting improvements…stay tuned.  And, keep the suggestions coming!

A Change to This Very Page

If you’ve been coming here often you may have noticed more and more posts piling up on the same page. I got to adding pages to the blog tonight, as well as adding links to the Behance Network. The network was really the secret reason I hadn’t added pages or posted in a while. It was great to finally launch “our baby” this week so the tech team here could focus on some other things. We definitely learned a lot of new tricks while building the site that will help us in the future. Good times.

Stop Spam

I am going to take a guess and say if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you too own a blog. This means you probably run into annoying spam bots. The issue kicked up around here as of late so we took some action. I have to recommend using Akismet. It is an awesome plug-in that allows you to greatly reduce spam from ruining your site. The system has a database of “2,191,704,433 spams caught so far” to detect if a comment is legitimate or not. I enjoy it’s use and so should you. It was made for WordPress, although it has plenty of third-party options available on the site. All it really takes is grabbing the API Key.

Ranked 96/100 for SEO

Sometimes I gloat. I can’t help it. I’m a programmer that codes all day and has no friends so I’m forced to try and show my talents harder to people that will read. I’m kidding… or am I? In any case I ran this nifty marketing tool at HubSpot that analyzes how marketable any website is, based on some SEO criteria. We got a 96, which means we scored higher than 96% of other websites that have used this tool. They say they’ve had thousands of people use it so I’m happy. Not only that but it alerted me to the fact my Google Page Rank is up to 3 after only two months of existence. Surprisingly I found that some pages had a PR of 5.

All people interested in boosting their rank in search engines should pay attention to what Hubspot has to say. I’ve done SEO work for a bit now and agree with all of their suggestions. Also if you are curious to see any site’s Google PR you can get the Live PageRank add-on. It’s interesting to see how your favorite sites compare to your own.

Oh I almost forgot to say, my score was 94 originally, but within 5 minutes of work from their suggestions I had it up another two points. Check back soon because I may just post a blog specifically about SEO tips.