Simple Content Creation Using Texty

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For webmasters who do not have the luxury of using a WYSIWYG text editor to publish posts, Texty as mentioned on Techcrunch comes in real handy providing a way for anyone to use a rich text editor to create dynamic content.

Synopses:

One of the best features found within most dynamic content management systems is the text editor used to write articles. These text editors give users an abundant amount of options while providing an ease of use factor, allowing virtually anyone to style, format and configure articles without having to know HTML. With that being said, there are still a ton of static websites that are being used today which require users to edit the page within a text editor of their choice such as Dreamweaver or CoffeeCup, require HTML knowledge to create, and last but not least, an FTP connection for uploading those pages to your site. Texty aims to eliminate most of these mundane processes.

The Signup Process:

Texty Login ProcessThis is one of the more simpler account creation routines, or at least thats what I initially thought. Type in an email address, along with your preferred password. Once you do that, the Texty editor appears on the left allowing you to create your first Texty.

One of the annoying things that I discovered while trying to create an account is when I pressed the SIGN IN button after I typed in my email address and preferred password, which continuously loaded the TEXTY home page, telling me I have entered an invalid email address and or password. I then proceeded to try and create a Texty thinking that this was the correct way of creating an account, but the page would just reload with an empty text editor after I would press on the CREATE TEXTY button. After trying a few different options to create my account, I finally noticed that I was seeing two different home pages.

One of these pages contained an EMAIL ADDRESS form along with a PASSWORD FORM at the bottom of the page. This was actually the signup area, unlike the login box on the right which I guess is for members who are already registered. After I put my email address with my password into the these two boxes and created my first Texty, my account was finally created.

I wonder if I am the first person to have difficulties creating an account on Texty.com It’s not painfully obvious to a new comer on how to create an account. On the bottom of the Login Box, you’ll see this line of text Setup A New Account By Creating Your First Texty On The Left. I continuously tried to create an account by creating a Texty while leaving the Email Address and Password fields in the login box filled as I didn’t know the exact process of creating an account. I think the folks at Texty.com could benefit from reworking their account creation process as I am positive that, I am not the only one to of had this experience.

Using Texty:

After managing to create my account, using Texty was actually straightforward. The idea behind Texty is simple enough. Write as well as format your articles as you would want them to appear on your site, copy and paste the created Texty into your website where you want the article to appear and then use Texty.com to edit that Texty at any time.

Texty utilizes the TinyMCE Javascript text editor which you’ll normally find within content management systems such as Joomla or WordPress. The text editor contains your basic set of tools such as bolding, italicizing, underlining, linking, images and few more nifty formatting options. One thing I noticed within this specific editor is the menu that appears when you right click. The menu contains options such as Cut, Copy, Paste and Insert A New Table.

Texty Text Editor Using TinyMCE

Texty contains two options which you would normally only see which a dynamic content management system, these are, Enabling anonymous, administrative comments on your Texties, and Enabling RSS for the specified Texty, allowing people to subscribe to your Texty feed.

While creating my first Texty, I decided to enable both of these features. Each time I did, I was greeted with a big fat Server Error however, after creating my Texty, I was able to go into my Texty options and configure the RSS feed along with the ability to comment and place those two features into my Texty. I can’t be too hard on them because after all, it’s BETA!

After creating my first Texty, I was given two options. Editing the Texty, or copying the Texty. Copying the Texty produces a line of Javascript code which you are supposed to copy and then publish into the specific web page where you want the article to be displayed. Once the Texty as added to your web page, you can use Texty.com to edit that file without having to re upload anything to your site.

Texty Control Panel

Final Thoughts:

There are quite a few things worth considering before you even think about using this service. First of all, what happens if this site or service disappears? All of the content that is saved onto Texty.com would most likely disappear as well. Secondly, and I may be wrong about this, but I don’t think the text will be crawlable by search engine spiders. Instead of seeing text, the spiders will see a line of javascript code which makes up the Texty hurting the search value of your site.

Aside from these caveats, Texty should appeal to those who want to add a bit of dynamic content to their site without moving to a full blown CMS. I can also see Texty being used as sort of a poor mans blog. If you are going to use Texty, make sure that the content you place on their site is not important and that you can deal with losing it in case Texty disappears.

An Example Of An Embedded Texty With The Commenting And RSS Options Turned On: Please do not leave a comment using this form, this is for display purposes only.

Don’t like the review or do you have something to add or correct? Leave me some feedback by leaving a comment.

8 thoughts on “Simple Content Creation Using Texty

  1. We at Texty love all your feedback! Texty is the first step in a new method of dynamic and simple CMS solutions. Although this seems like a small offering initially – it handles many needs of the small web publisher, the personal site owner and the web developer business. Regardless there is more to come – please stay tuned!

    We are actively working with Google on a new method of indexing to assure that Texty content is well indexed – and I can assure you that the company is built to survive – and that there should not be any issue of the company disappearing and content no longer loading!

  2. First off, thanks for stopping by and giving my readers an informed update straight from the horses mouth so to speak, I really appreciate it.

    Secondly, I know my comments concerning the company disappearing along with all of the user generate texties was a bit out of line as your a brand new company, but it is a risk worth noting. Unless Texty comes up with a way for users to backup their textys, this will always be a risk that should be at the back of the users mind.

    I’m also glad to hear that your working with Google on a new method of indexing. This topic is being heavily discussed right now and is one of the services major downfalls. If Texty can manage to fix the search engine issue as well as the confidence factor, I think you guys may very well be on to something.

    On a side note. Has Texty thought about creating a specialized page on their website which mentions the press the site/service has been receiving?

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  4. Ahh yes. There was some confusion on my part in regards to creating an account. Initially, I thought I had to put in a valid email address with a password into the login box which appears on the right hand part of the site. Below that box, it tells me to setup a new account by creating a texty to the left. So, I type in a texty title and then I type in some text into the text are for my texty. I click on create texty, not seeing the other email and password box, and it appears as though the page simply refreshes when I click on the CREATE TEXTY BUTTON.

    Thinking I did something wrong, I try it again but this time, I click on the ENABLE RSS and COMMENTS comments check boxes to enable those features for the texty. As I writing the review, this continuously provided me with server errors although after giving it another try, I can’t seem to replicate the problem. I’m guessing that somewhere along the line this afternoon, there might of been some work going on or a combination of things were happening giving me this error, but it seems to be fixed now.

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