After a long and faithful service we decided from Feedburner that it was time to look for a replacement. Especially as it’s been over a year since Google stopped updating and/or working on Feedburner and we’ve been seeing increasingly wide fluctuations in our subscriber numbers. We’ve been looking at replacement options for a wee while now and finally settled on what we felt was the best choice for us and our audience.
Whittling Down the Choices
There are a number of RSS and RSS to email options out there and we looked into a few: Feedblitz, Feedity, Rapidfeeds, feed.press and Feedio. We took our time, looked at all the options that each of these offered and in the end chose Feedio.co in part because they offered both an RSS Feed as well as RSS to Email, were able to migrate our subscribers from Feedburner and also because the customer support that we received was outstanding.
This post is not only to inform our audience about the change in our RSS and RSS to Email feeds but also to introduce you to Feedio and what the platform brings to the table.
First Things First – What do You Need to do Now?
Nothing, we’ve migrated our RSS feed from Feedburner to Feedio, linked up our Twitter account and adjusted our settings in WordPress. If you’ve subscribed to our RSS feed prior to March 6th then you should have automatically received your email today as per usual. If you subscribed after March 6th – welcome to our new RSS feed!
Keeping in mind that we’ve been having issues with Feedburner’s reliability, particularly over the last few months, if you haven’t been (or didn’t) receive our latest post email on Tuesday(s) please re-sign up either by subscribing to our feed or by signing up for an Email notification. You can do either of these using our Social Sharing icons on our sidebar to the right we’ve also got a Feedly link so you can add us directly to Feedly!
Signing up to Feedio was easy, we just signed in using our Twitter account (like you would with Buffer) and voila! Once you create your account you can access your dashboard:
From here we get an overview of total subscribers (this screenshot was taken before the staff at Feedio.co had imported the ones we exported from Feedburner), latest posts and eventually where we can see our RSS Analytics. In widgets we have the ability to use pre-written code to style our “Subscribe to our RSS Email” widget but we can also easily alter and/or code our own widget for the site.
You can also create a Profile page which logged out users can see with a list of your posts as well as some details about your blog – you can see our Profile Page:
This was all well and good but we needed to migrate our subscribers and feed over from Feedburner and we weren’t entirely sure how to do that at first. Luckily Feedio has a great step by step help guide that you can read to get you started. Also, we were really pleased with the level of support that we received from Justin and Steve from Feedio – they were with us every step of the way and answering all of our questions (there were a lot). At one point we had an issue with our Feedburner feed not validating properly and they worked to fix the issue so we could move forward.
We are fully expecting some hiccoughs moving forward particularly as we’re not sure how accurately Feedburner has been keeping track of our subscribers. Our thanks to you all in advance for your patience during this migration and a huge shout out to the Feedio team for all their help!
If you spot any issues or find that something has gone awry with your RSS feed or weekly email from WAW please get in touch by commenting below or you can email us and we’ll do our best to sort everything out!