ContentBear - Beautiful Blogging
ContentBear - Beautiful Blogging
ContentBear is an exciting new publishing platform for the creatively inclined. Blog better. Blog bolder. Blog beautiful.
ContentBear is an exciting new publishing platform for the creatively inclined. Blog better. Blog bolder. Blog beautiful. Read more
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.
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 This is outdated and suppresses creative expression.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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
ContentBear's carefully-crafted, space saving buttons give an exceptional editing experience; making quick changes and updates is a breeze.
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
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
ContentBear provides typographic creative freedom. With over a hundred different web safe fonts to choose from, your content will express and impress.
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.
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.
Screen shot video of a user reordering a blog post, within the Franklin layout (full
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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 email@example.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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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