EBN System Update #25

For the last 6 months, we’ve been working hard on making EBN source code as easy to maintain as possible.

The majority of EBN is written in Python and as some of you know the End of Life for Python 2.7 has been set to 2020 (ref). I’m happy to announce that we’ve already rewritten all our code to Python 3.6 so there are no worries regarding Python 3 migration in the future.

There were two side-effects in the process of the migration: 1st was a slight speed bump on the EBN app (5-10%) and the 2nd was that we’ve introduced a few bugs (because rewriting 100k+ lines of code just cannot be done without any mistakes). But we’ve been working very hard to eliminate all those problems and we are comfortable to say that our base code is even more stable than it was before we started migrating from Python 2.7.

Beside migrating to Python 3.6 we’ve also done a lot of quality of life improvements. Here are a couple of them:

  • Users can now automatically upgrade, downgrade or cancel their subscription in EBN app. Before, these involved a few more steps and relying on support to accomplish these things for you which equally translates to wasted time.
  • Deleting blog immediately was a feature that was frequently requested by our users and we heard you. Now the “Delete” button on blog view instantly removes the blog from the EBN app.
  • We are constantly checking and updating our Indexation Check to perform even better. Some of you have maybe noticed that a few weeks ago Google has changed the search results page so we had to adapt very fast.
  • Users can now pay in 3 different currencies. Before you could pay only in USD, now you can also pay in GBP and EUR. The system will select the currency for you based on your location.
  • Some of our bigger users had problems when they try to download their blog list. Now even if you have 500+ blogs you can request blog list download and this will start a task in the background which will upload the .csv/.odt file to AWS S3 bucket (aka “the cloud”) from where the user can download the file without any problems.

And last but not least we are happy to inform you that we have a new and improved Help Center which is now also housed on Intercom. The search function is now 10x more accurate than before, so for any queries, just type a keyword in the chat and it should return all relevant documents (answers to most queries are already there).

New WordPress themes available when adding a new blog

Great news! We have added 30 new themes to our list of default themes to give you more options to choose from. When adding a new blog, our system installs a random theme from this list. You can also optionally select any of these theme on the Add Blog form under WordPress Settings (optional) -> Active Theme.

List of default themes includes carefully selected themes that are popular, updated, and fast.

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EBN now has one-click Enable HTTPS

Let’s Encrypt is rapidly advancing secure website encryption with their free SSL. We also see more and more EBN users requesting the certificate, so we’ve decided to create a button that will enable it for you in one-click.

You can find the button above the Report Problem.

Once the blog has enabled HTTPS, it will show a lock beside the domain name.

For more information and detailed instructions, please carefully read the Help Center article.

EBN browser extensions for faster login to your blogs

We’ve just published Firefox and Chrome extensions that make it easier for you to log into your EBN blogs. All you need to do is connect the extension to your account, and then you can manage your blogs directly from your browser.

Read the help article for instructions on how to install and use the extensions.

The browser extension uses EBN API to show and log into your blogs. Extensions do not have logs, nor save or send blog or login lists. There is no data sent anywhere, it’s just local to your browser.

The next step is managing staff accounts through the extension. You will be able to give access to just specific Blog Networks for each user (API key).

New Enterprise plans for easier upgrades

The more history of security and safety EBN has, the more Agency customers are joining our service. That’s why we decided to make it easier to upgrade between larger plans.

In the past, there were big jumps between plans and the higher you moved, the more blogs you needed to add in bulk. The biggest difference was 200 blogs from Enterprise 800 to 1000.

This has now been changed and the difference between all Enterprise plans is just 25 blogs. You can review the new plans on our Enterprise Pricing page.

As always, you can upgrade inside your Account Settings.