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About ReadBeer

This thing is in beta. What you’re seeing was put together in about a weeks worth of spare development/cobbling time. Feel free to head to our contact form if you have problems with your feed being on this site or if you want to add your feed.

Or you can reach out to @beerinator on twitter to tell him your grievances or ideas.

Nerdy stuff:

This is built based on wordpress, using a plugin that is used by websites that probably repost content from other sites. It reads rss feeds and basically can set a site up to rehost content. I’m sure there are a lot of people using this for nefarious reasons, but we’re using it to fully redirect to the original sources of the content. We do grab and rehost thumbnails of images found in the rss feeds. We’re only doing this because we do not want to hotlink images to sites out of concern for web traffic/bandwidth. We are also grabbing and storing as much content as is available in the rss feed, but we’re not displaying that content. Our goal is basically to direct people to as much beer related reading content as they can possibly handle.

The rest of the site is a highly customized wordpress theme and a few special functions suited for our needs. We are using redirect links to content that is tracking clicks and will be using that data to build confidence in sites/rss feeds and also show popular content. The goal in the future is to play with the idea of building pages that show content from very popular sources. Currently the front page only has one column showing popular content based on clicks (top left four articles on front page). Everything else is a river of content based on when the source posted the content. This may change. At some point, we might make the whole top part of the site display based on number of clicks over the past X days or so.

Anyway, feedback is requested if you have any.