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ContentBearBy ContentBear
First created
ContentBearBy ContentBear
First created
£6,026
pledged of £30,000 goal
31
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 3 2015 12:39 PM UTC +00:00

About

It's time to break out from the ordinary, the boring and the bland. ContentBear has set out to reimagine what it is to publish online, giving you a full set of tools developed to unlock your creative ambitions.

Traditional content vs. ContentBear - you have the tools to publish truly unique, creative pages/posts
Traditional content vs. ContentBear - you have the tools to publish truly unique, creative pages/posts

The traditional publishing platform editor greets you with input fields and text areas. Often the options are limited and focus on type, save, preview, repeat. This is outdated and suppresses creative expression. ContentBear’s harmonious relationship between content and design has solved this. It’s time your blog looked as good as the content you share.

Use and share what you have created with ContentBear natively on contentbear.com

Already got a custom domain name or website? You can easily pull your ContentBear blog to your existing site with some simple lines of code. Or if you need a website, the ContentBear platform can easily be used to create one, with no need for messy hacks or workarounds!

Created a post and want to share it with the world? ContentBear helps you spread the word by automatically creating a shareable copy in HTML email format.

Below you will find sections detailing some of the features that make ContentBear so special.

ContentBear’s minimalistic user interface shouldn't be taken lightly; underneath this exterior is a monster - enabling you to publish design led content, tailored to your individual needs. So whatever you want to publish online, it can be done with no need for workarounds and hacks.

Lets get creative - webpages, contact forms, blogs, blog posts and much more…
Lets get creative - webpages, contact forms, blogs, blog posts and much more…

If you have ever used an existing blogging platform, you will probably have experienced the frustrations of hacking together templates and clunky plugins. Whereas ContentBear’s powerful editor provides you with all the tools to effortlessly build content to suit your needs, be it a web page, a blog, a contact form or an html email. There are endless possibilities without needing to hack away at code.

Publishing content online can be a daunting experience even for the most veteran creators. ContentBear presents you with a number of beautiful customisable layouts, aiding and inspiring you with taking that first step.

Layouts - 15 styles to help you get started
Layouts - 15 styles to help you get started

These layouts aren't just templates that have limited editing options. Each and every layout has unconstrained customisation. ContentBear will be launching with over 15 unique layouts to choose from, or alternatively you can start from scratch.

Transforming your ideas into polished web content is achievable thanks to ContentBear's powerful editor. This overlaying interface allows for editing and designing to work side
by side.

A complementary approach means there is no need for previews, markdown/markup, text areas, input fields, theming templates or copying and pasting image links. Just tap the area you wish to edit and the interface elegantly appears, it couldnt be any simpler. 

Lean machine - no more bloated slow loading editors, just a powerful, fast and flexible interface
Lean machine - no more bloated slow loading editors, just a powerful, fast and flexible interface
Effortless editing - just scroll
Effortless editing - just scroll
Real time inline editing - no need to edit, save and preview again
Real time inline editing - no need to edit, save and preview again

Understanding the movement from type to touch is crucial in modern software development, and this is why ContentBear has been built to work seamlessly with mobile devices and computers alike. 

ContentBear has been constructed with a smart algorithm at it's core, giving you the upmost flexibility in fully editing your content on the small screen as well as the big; looking exceptional at any size.

Browser based - works like a native application, with no need to download
Browser based - works like a native application, with no need to download
Universal - our editor works across the board on all devices
Universal - our editor works across the board on all devices

Text editing couldn't be easier. With ContentBear's distraction free interface all you have to do is toggle the text. This allows you to edit inline; making quick changes and updates is a piece of cake! 

Rapid text editing - bold, italic, underline and linking
Rapid text editing - bold, italic, underline and linking

ContentBear's carefully-crafted, space saving buttons give an exceptional editing experience; making quick changes and updates is a breeze.

Set the increment - for lightning fast editing (1, 10, 100 Pixels)
Set the increment - for lightning fast editing (1, 10, 100 Pixels)

Built from the ground up with Touch and Click in mind, these buttons give you absolute control over the following:

  • Text -  Font Family, Font Size, Letter Spacing, Line Height, Text Align, Text Colour, Background Colour, Columns, Column Gap, Text Shadow, Background Image, Margins and Borders
  • Image & Video - Height, Width, Alignment, Drop Shadow, Background Colour, Rounded Corners, Padding, Image Size/Attachment/Repeat/Position, Margins and Borders
Permission to be creative - endless design possibilities
Permission to be creative - endless design possibilities

All these features are available to both mobile and desktop (no more limitations for mobile devices) and as web standards progress you can be sure ContentBear will always be up
to date.

ContentBear provides typographic creative freedom. With over a hundred different web safe fonts to choose from, your content will express and impress.

Just your type - preview and select that perfect font
Just your type - preview and select that perfect font
Font families - serif, san-serif and decorative
Font families - serif, san-serif and decorative

See how easy it is to use the ContentBear to effectively change the look and feel of your typography, this is illustrated in the screen shot video below (full screen video)

Adding to a post is easy and flexible. In just a few taps you can add as many unique blocks of content as you require.

Pick from a variety of content blocks, as shown here
Pick from a variety of content blocks, as shown here
Tap content blocks - select one of the many content block options to add to your post
Tap content blocks - select one of the many content block options to add to your post

Pages are built up with blocks of content, which allow you to structure your post or web page to perfection. ContentBear provides a flexible range of content blocks including:

  • Images Blocks - Single/Double/Triple, Grid Quilt, Full/Half/Quarter Width, Squared, Circular and Bordered
  • Text Blocks - Simple Sentence, Paragraph, Single/Double/Triple Columns, Text Overlaying Image, Logo with Title Text, Title Text and Quote
  • Link Blocks - Vimeo/Youtube Video Embedding, Text Links, Image Links and Post Anchors

Traditional publishing platforms don't easily allow content reordering. Users often find themselves having to deal with redoing the content again; copy and paste being the only option. Whereas reordering with ContentBear is so simple, with just a tap and a drag you can reorder to your hearts content.

Mini page preview - view your entire page in a mini preview
Mini page preview - view your entire page in a mini preview

Screen shot video of a user reordering a blog post, within the Franklin layout (full
screen video)

ContentBear's core is it's Global Navigation. With just one tap of the bear button you are instantly connected to the community. Allowing you to access all your vital user created information in one area.

  • User Creation: All your blogs in one place, posts are easy to view and edit or you can just create a new blog
  • Following Feed: View posts from the blogs you have chosen to follow
  • Exploration Feed: Get inspired by the community, whether you're perusing popular posts or about to create one. You can access the community from anywhere, so go on let inspiration strike
  • User Account: All vital information in one place (no searching for hidden privacy settings)
The bear button - always present tap/click to reveal navigation
The bear button - always present tap/click to reveal navigation

 Screen shot video of a user creating a new blog (full screen video) 

 Screen shot video of a user scrolling their following feed (full screen video)

So you've created a masterpiece and you're ready to share it with the world. All you have to do is set your post with a Title, Custom URL, Date and Tags and it's good to go. 

Custom URL's - make it super easy to share your post
Custom URL's - make it super easy to share your post

But what if you want to send that post to more than one blog? Not a problem, just simply tap the blogs you wish to publish to and you’re done.

Publish - send your post to multiple blogs
Publish - send your post to multiple blogs

Private posts limit who can view your published content with a 4 digit code. This can be useful for gaining feedback on an unfinished post or providing exclusive content to a specific group of readers/followers. 

Locked - access private posts via a unique 4 digit code
Locked - access private posts via a unique 4 digit code

I want everyone to be able to use ContentBear, so its membership plans will offer various tiers in order to cater to all levels of user. Starting with a freemium package for those with low traffic, through to a premium package for professional users with high traffic and higher demands of the product. 

Apologies the ContentBear Kickstarter rewards are a little confusing! Please ‘bear’ in mind that the pricing of the rewards for this campaign is not the monthly price of membership - this pricing is purely for support to launch the product. (if you have any questions about this, please shoot an email over to support@contentbear.com)

ContentBear is built using the M.E.A.N. software stack: Mongo, Express, Angular and Node. By utilising these technologies I have been able to create a lightning fast platform that can perform extremely well under pressure. Going forward using a Full Javascript Stack makes continuing and expanding the platform an easy endeavour:

  • Using one language means simplicity across the stack 
  • New and noteworthy language
  • Real-time updates
  • Non-IO blocking
  • Modular and extendable
  • Living on Heroku 

ContentBear is a real working prototype (as shown within application screenshots and video content on this page) which has core functionality, but this is just the beginning of something great. With your help I will have the means to finish ContentBear and release it into the wild! By backing ContentBear you'll help fund:

  • Application Development - Allowing 100% focus on shipping ContentBear in Autumn 2015
  • Build Content Bear's Home - Build out the infrastructure and effectively support the platform. This will allow me to drive a future focused approach, building a community, effectively support users and ultimately, provide a home for ContentBear
  • Legal - Register trademarks and company information

My name is Lee Marshall. I’m a Full Stack Developer from the UK with extensive experience in web application development, user interaction and design.

I have developed many blogging applications for individuals and companies over the years and it dawned on me that they were all following a stagnant format. I felt it was time to change this and make blogging more beautiful.

I’m lucky to have some great people and resources around me, but as it stands this has been a solo endeavor to date. I will be taking on some excellent extra hands to work with me within the next few months in what is certain to be a busy and exciting time. 

Got a Question? Please feel free to contact me or ask any questions you may have by clicking 'Ask a question' below. You can also find ContentBear on twitter @contentbear or you can shoot an email over to support@contentbear.com I would love to hear from you.

ContentBear needs a helping hand, so your pledge will help it get released into the wild! Thank you.

Risks and challenges

Like many software projects, the primary challenge is shipping on time. In order to hit the shipping date, I have set up project milestones in order to keep backers in the loop.

It is hard to capture the true spirit and scope of the application through static images and short videos. The content in this campaign gives you a good taste for the potential of ContentBear, I can't wait for you to get your hands on the real thing!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Virtual Bear Hug

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    Supporter

    - One month free Membership.
    - Your own spot on our Supporters page.

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    Early Bird

    - Three months free Membership.
    - Your own spot on our Supporters page.
    - Reserve your ContentBear username.

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    Grizzly Bear

    
- Six months free Membership.
    - Your own spot on our Supporters page.
    - Reserve your ContentBear username.
    - Grizzly Bear icon always displayed with your username.

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    Beta Bear


    - Six months free Membership.
    - Your own spot on our Supporters page.
    - Reserve your ContentBear username.

    - Beta access – test and help shape Content Bear’s future.
    
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    Alpha Bear

    - A years free Membership.
    - Your own spot on our Supporters page.
    - Alpha access - be the very first to get involved with ContentBear, testing and sharing your thoughts. Help shape ContentBear’s future.
    - Alpha Bear icon always displayed with your username.

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    Founding Sponsor

    
- A years free Membership.
    - Your own spot on our Founding Sponsors page.
    - Alpha access - be the very first to get involved with ContentBear, testing and sharing your thoughts. Help shape ContentBear’s future.
    - Attend a group video chat/hangout directly with me for support and to give your input.
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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,311

    Founding Member

    - Lifetime Membership.
    - Your own spot on our Founding Members page.
    - Alpha access - be the very first to get involved with ContentBear, testing and sharing your thoughts. Help shape ContentBear’s future.
    - Bespoke support for your ContentBear blog. Video chat/talk directly with me for support and to give your input.
    - Founding Member icon always displayed with your username.
    - Collaborate with me to create a ContentBear Layout; this will be named after you or your company. The layout will be displayed/featured for all users of the site and shared on social media.

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    Founding Partner

    

You understand what ContentBear is all about and want to be a part of it’s future and success.

    
- Lifetime free Membership.
    - Your own spot on our Founding Partner page.
    - Your logo and a link to your website will be
    significantly featured on the ‘About’ section of the site.
    - Featured in the ContentBear blog and on ContentBear’s social media.
    - Alpha access - be the very first to get involved with ContentBear, testing and sharing your thoughts. Help shape ContentBear’s future.
    - Bespoke support for your ContentBear blog. Video chat/talk directly with me for support and to give your input.
    - Founding Partner icon always displayed with your username on the site.
    - Collaborate with me to create a ContentBear Layout; this will be named after you or your company. The Layout will be displayed/featured for all users of the site and shared on social media.

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Funding period

- (40 days)