Java Wales

JavaWales

We are a group of Java Professionals based throughout Wales who are interested in benefiting from shared knowledge in the industry.

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So having purchased this and set it up I can say the following, the application is very straightforward to use, and once your CNAME is set you can be live in minutes.

PROS :-

Very quick and easy to set up
Tag based approach straightforward and good for SEO
Error free so far
7 day free trial is fair and a great idea

CONS :-

If you use more than a handful of tags on a desktop the branding overlays over the tags

Redirecting to the site fails so your subdomain works great but then what about the main domain

Impossible to signup on a mobile

Obtrusive branding on mobile devices

Support non good to date after following advice to DM developer got no reply for 24 hours

Not sure that $29 is cost effective for a community of 100 which should fill up very quickly on the basis this application will not make any money

Requests

Would be good to be able to add some custom HTML or integrations like click.im or callpage.io or booklikeaboss or crankwheel

Hoping the CONS (and some requests) can be fixed as it is a nice looking application

@JavaWales Thanks for your feedback. I will address it here so anyone interested can read along, and will reach out via DM as well.

> If you use more than a handful of tags on a desktop the branding overlays over the tags

Great point. If you have a lot of tags this becomes a problem. This is relatively easy to fix though, so I'll get that sorted soon.

> Redirecting to the site fails so your subdomain works great but then what about the main domain

I'm not sure what you mean with this. I'll follow up via Twitter DM to clarify.

> Impossible to signup on a mobile

While you can sign up to create the community page on mobile, it's indeed not yet possible for people to sign up to your community page from mobile. This is something we're working on.

> Obtrusive branding on mobile devices

Good point. On mobile it's quite obtrusive. I'll see if I can make it less obtrusive or simply hide it altogether on mobile. The goal of Faces is for it to be a white-label solution which is hosted on your own domain, etc.

> Support non good to date after following advice to DM developer got no reply for 24 hours

I'm sorry to hear this. I do my best responding promptly, but since it's a weekend I'm a little slower than usual.

> Not sure that $29 is cost effective for a community of 100 which should fill up very quickly on the basis this application will not make any money

For some people the price point is too high, for others it's more than fair. It really seems to depend on your use case. Right now we're focused on use cases where $29/mo is acceptable as supporting a lower price point isn't feasible at this point. (e.g. more support/sales inquiries than we could comfortable handle.)

> Would be good to be able to add some custom HTML or integrations like click.im or callpage.io or booklikeaboss or crankwheel

That's a really cool idea! Right now we have a handful of predetermined social media links people can add to their profile, but none of those yet. Down the road we'll make this more flexible so you as the community manager can add any profiel field you'd like so you could include those you mentioned as well.

Thanks for your feedback. As you know we're still in the early stages of the product, so this type of feedback is super useful. 🙌
Hi Marc, i take back my comment about support thats a pretty damn comprehensive answer ! Appreciate the reply and can't wait to see the updates ! Ill reply via dm for the redirect issue - might be my setup.
Also thank you for help with the setup - comprehensive support - thank you !