Finally! I got my invitation at 12:56 PM on September 28th, 2013. I've been waiting a while to get my hands on this platform and I was hoping to use it for my new start-up's, nuNotice, blog. Sadly my time frame ran out and I had to go with Tumblr, but this post isn't about Tumblr it is about Silvrback.
So what is my first thought about the platform:
Good, but could be great.
So let's start with the pros and then go to the cons.
I love the simplicity of the platform. If you can learn markdown, and any shaved monkey can, then you can use Silvrback. Previous platforms I've used tend to include everything and the kitchen sink; I'm looking at your Wordpress. While this makes sense for web designers, the focus is somewhat lost. Silvrback puts a huge emphasis on writing and I love that. I want to write, write, write.
Custom Domain Name
The fact that people can access my blog through my domain name of KhalidAbuhakmeh.com is awesome. The instructions were clear and it took less that 2 minutes to setup.
I want people to know more about what I do and how I do it. The bio page is a no nonsense page for everything me. It was easy to setup and get started.
The theme on the site echoes the focus on writing. There are no crazy backgrounds, blink tags, or large rotating carousels. Black text on a white background, is there anything more beautiful?
So I talked about some of the things I love, now let's talk about some of the things that could use some improvement.
After I finish writing this post, I will have to copy the link over to my twitter client and tweet it out to the world. I would really like a feature where posts are pushed to Twitter as soon as the post is published. Also support for your other favorite social media networks would be great.
I write a lot, but some posts are sometimes time sensitive. If I write a post wishing someone a happy birthday, I'd like it to be published on their birthday. Currently I don't see that feature.
I can't seem to find where to tag a post while writing it. I would expect it to be on the same screen as the post editor but I can't seem to find it. This could be a UI thing rather than an implementation thing.
The image upload feature could use some help. Currently you have to edit the images on your PC, then upload them. Currently on Tech.Pro, when you upload an image, you get 4 different variations of the image you just uploaded: thumbnail, small, medium, large / original.
Like I mentioned above, Silvrback is good, but could be great. I am confident that with the right amount of time and effort the platform will grow to be an amazing one to write on. The huge advantage for me is that I now have a place to write distraction free and I own my words. All that being said, the platform is still in a beta period. So I'm sure there will be more features to come and that any ideas I have will be heard loud and clear by the author Damian Sowers. So what do you think of the platform?