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Garett Press
Maker
@garettpress · Marketing Director, Verst
Hi Hunters! I'm the marketing guy at Verst. We are all extremely pumped to get this baby out in the world and start hearing your feedback and ideas! Check out Reid Hoffman's site as an output example (www.reidhoffman.org) Yes, we are another platform for building websites and blogs, but Verst is not another WordPress or Squarespace clone. We are aiming at a new market, the gap that exists between those beginner website tools and enterprise-grade business solutions like Optimizely and HubSpot. We call them "professional publishers," the types that create valuable content as a means to achieve tangible business results. So, Verst is focused on integrating (*buzzword alert*) machine learning tech that allows publishers to run a data-driven content business. We are starting with built-in A/B testing, insights notifications that distill your data into actionable alerts, easy calls-to-action as a native feature, and turnkey subscriptions (coming soon). We've also built a modular design system so publishers won't have to shell out for custom templates & eventual redesigns. And lastly, we're truly mobile focused in that our Verst Mobile app matches our full desktop publishing experience (you can A/B test right from your phone), and all Verst designs are engineered to look great across all screen sizes. We hope this platform takes much of the pain out of the current publishing experience, greatly reduces the volume & friction of tools & plug-ins required to succeed, and allows great creators to drive more signups, subscribers, purchases, etc. -- at a very "non-enterprise" price ($29). While anyone can try Verst free for 30 days, we are happy to offer Product Hunters an exclusive discount of 20% off your entire first year, using the coupon code: hunt Please AMA or reach out with any feedback or questions! garett@verst.com
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@garettpress This was so simple and easy to use. Nice work - will see if the data driven bells and whistles are a game changer! Some feedback: - When publishing, selecting a category - there was no help there, so didn't really know what to choose, am I adding to a public category? Is it a personal category only? Some suggestions/examples would be helpful. - Its taking a very long time to publish - looks as if its stuck on "Publishing..." for like 15 mins now, refreshed and re-did my post to publish, same issue. Its an article around 9 mins long. So I went to admin panel, deleted the draft and then tried to create a new one - but 'Publish" was grey so could not do it, clicked close (assuming auto-save) but it wasn't :( EDIT: Its semi-published after several attempts. Only happened through the admin panel, not when I was editing. However my image didnt get included. Tried adding that and re-publishing and now back to having the same issue as before. 😔 Obviously some bugs related to the image uploading (its only 335kb) but this is what happens :)
AJ
Maker
@uvajfrank · CEO @Verst
@bentossell @garettpress Hi Ben, Thank you so much for the feedback! Re: your first bullet, category is meant as both an organizational filter (like a tag) and as a way to organize your menu (and does appear publicly). We are working right now on (a) allowing you to organize this in a more granular way (b) a way to allow sub menus (so multiple levels for the nav) and (c) add multiple tags / categories. (a) and (b) should be out in the next 1-2 weeks and (c) not to much further after that. That being said, I'll write up a modal to add there so it's clear what the intention is for now. Re: your second bullet - we were affected by the AWS outage, unfortunately, so it appears the issue is due to that. Try reloading and clearing your cache and, in the meantime, I'll have my team investigate to make sure there's nothing strange on our end. If you have a minute / it happens again, if you could send us a screenshot of your console and a link your site to feedback@verst.com so we can see the specific error your getting, that would be super helpful.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@uvajfrank @garettpress Gotcha! No problem, thought it was just a bug, we had issues ourselves.. my console Hmm I would link you to my site as it was bentossell.ver.st but for some reason when I edit site settings, it has removed my slug and wont let me put bentossell
AJ
Maker
@uvajfrank · CEO @Verst
@bentossell @garettpress perfect, thank you - i'll investigate today though i am fairly sure it's S3 since that's where we store images (and posts generally) :)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@uvajfrank @garettpress okay cool Again re the domain, I changed it to ben.ver.st and save worked - although going to url ben.ver.st doesnt
AJ
Maker
@uvajfrank · CEO @Verst
@bentossell @garettpress looks like it's working now - just takes a few minutes to propagate (DNS, etc)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@uvajfrank @garettpress hmm still not showing for me. Will check later
AJ
Maker
@uvajfrank · CEO @Verst
@bentossell @garettpress okay, definitely let me know (make sure to clear your cookies/cache) :)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@uvajfrank @garettpress ofc!
AJ
Maker
@uvajfrank · CEO @Verst
@bentossell @garettpress :)
Garett Press
Maker
@garettpress · Marketing Director, Verst
@bentossell thanks for the in-depth feedback and your help! between the S3 outage yesterday and YouTube/Google both launching products, we really chose a winning launch data! hahah Glad the issues you mentioned were things we're already working on, and that the overall the experience was smooth! Let me know when you're ready to transfer the PH blog :)
Anton Djamoos@antondjamoos · Product at MeetMe
@garettpress @verst Why the name Verst?
Garett Press
Maker
@garettpress · Marketing Director, Verst
@antondjamoos @verst Great question! :) -- No real clear answer here. Everything we read about naming kind of concluded with "go with whatever feels right to you" -- Our lead designer came up with it and showed us a nice font treatment, and it felt sleek and powerful. We're definitely working on a "Worst vs. Verst" campaign ;)
Anton Djamoos@antondjamoos · Product at MeetMe
@garettpress @verst And here I am thinking it's shorthand for versatile.
Garett Press
Maker
@garettpress · Marketing Director, Verst
@antondjamoos @verst THAT TOO! Also, "Be Well Verst"
PA@prestonattebery · Founder + Designer at DesignCue
@garettpress Hey! I've seen landinglion.com head a similar direction. How are you different or better?
Garett Press
Maker
@garettpress · Marketing Director, Verst
@prestonattebery Hey PA! Well we're immediately different in that we're not building landing pages. We're for fully functional websites and blogs (works better for blogs right now, but building towards more website functionality). I also don't see much about mobile on their site. We're fully mobile-first. You can easily draft and optimize a long-form piece of content from anywhere, and we'll push key insights right to your device. Definitely some overlap in the focus on a/b testing and analytics though!
Kunal Bhatia@kunalslab · Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp
So much nice thinking here to help writers create better content. For someone who writes on Medium these days, I wish I had the data-driven tools as well. @jasonfried should be adding this to his wish list!
Garett Press
Maker
@garettpress · Marketing Director, Verst
@kunalslab @jasonfried Wow - your words mean a lot to us Kunal! We've spent a lot of time huddled in tiny conference rooms and talking to publishers trying to absolve them of their pain points. Glad that's coming through!
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · Words @ProductHunt & @AngelList
Reid Hoffman's new blog (reidhoffman.org) is entirely powered by Verst.
Garett Press
Maker
@garettpress · Marketing Director, Verst
@nivo0o0 yes! as are Chris Klemens' (www.chrisklemens.com) and John Lilly's (www.johnolilly.com)
Tristan Isham@tristanisham · Founder of Typed
I'm setting up an account now! If I like it and can get it to run all of the bells, whistles, and functions that I need I might just move my entire media company over! It looks beautiful so far, and has so many more tools than what I'm currently offered!
Garett Press
Maker
@garettpress · Marketing Director, Verst
@tristanisham Oh dayum! Incredibly kind feedback, thanks Tristan! Email me at garett@verst.co and our team can help get you set up!
Tristan Isham@tristanisham · Founder of Typed
@garettpress @vers thanks man! I've just sent the email!
ranidu@ranidu · CEO Whale and The ArtistUnion
Congrats @AJ and the team on launching.
Garett Press
Maker
@garettpress · Marketing Director, Verst
@ranidu @aj Thanks Ranidu!!