I don't fully get the point of these news site spin-offs that don't introduce any new UX or features compared to what is already out there? They all end up dying because it's just the same stuff posted on HN or DN and you see it first on there...
I'm not trying to be mean, I honestly just don't get why so much hard work is put into something that has been done a hundred of times, and is clearly shown to be a incredible hard market to take over.
Besides HN and DN I can think of two other websites that are somewhat similar and still do OK. Product Hunt and Sidebar.io. And maybe GrowthHackers too?
While there are front-end related news on HN and DN, I don't believe there are enough. Or enough that make it to the front page. I wanted a website that has that.
That's why my brother and I made this. And it didn't feel like hard work. We learned a lot of stuff that you can only learn by doing. So I don't think it was a waste of time or energy. Not as long as we got something out of it.
Fair enough... And to be clear, I definitely don't want you to think I think of it as a waste of your time or energy. I can easily imagine you got a lot from building this out. It's a neat project! Don't get me wrong. I guess my comment was more generalized to the entire space. Thinking of how like Forrst kind of "failed", and such.
A few others, if you're curious, that I know are pretty popular and come to mind would be like:
Personal opinion: /r/web_design is almost never about design. It's only front-end code and CMS discussions.
Call me old-fashioned, but there's a distinction to be made between concept and production, and a designer's core value is in the former.
I'd say you're right - but no one said anything about design.
Front-end Front certainly shouldn't be a site for designers. Design is only one small portion of front-end development.
I'd hope Front-end Front is a departure from from DN focusing on more technical subjects.
Really nice design, I love it.
Thanks! We kinda like it ourselves too :)
Love the design!
I have a suggestion though, hovering over the users shows a tooltip about the user right? But can you add a delay for the tooltip to show, like 1s (Tweak it till it feels right).
This is because I like to move my mouse over things while reading or even just browsing. This delay would prevent the slight flashes of the tooltip that come up even when I didn't intend to find out more about the user. Google does something similar on some of its tooltips.
You're totally right. It's a bit annoying and I've noticed it myself. We hope to get it fixed soon.
Looking forward to it.
Very nice :) I hope there's a fair amount of JS stuff on this list. At the moment my main source of JS stuff is Reddit and echojs.com, which is horrendously ugly and buggy. This is considerably nicer to use! Well done.
Nice :) Is the app custom-built? Or did you use a ready-made WordPress theme?
Thanks! It's custom made.
Maybe, I think there could be different visited link color.
We're working on that, but it's going to be a visited link color with a twist :)
Nice work guys, I think there could be a market for a news aggregator for front end devs. We'll soon see I guess :-)
Are there any good frameworks for creating a news site like this?
We don't use this, but the only open source and used in production "framework" I know of, for link aggregation, is Lobsters https://github.com/jcs/lobsters
Thanks, I'll check it out :-)
You could check out http://telesc.pe :)
Hot damn! How did I miss this?
I won't share the url to avoid self promotion because I think is not right for this discussion but, I have a project based on Telescope focused for front-end developers :)
If you're referring to http://frontends.org, I saw it yesterday. And today, after seeing Telescope I sort of connected the dots.
How is Telescope? Is it easy to work with?
Telescope is awesome, but most important its community is great.
I tried frontends as an experiment and it worked, but more like... a curated list of links.
I provide 90% of the links in there that I select everyday in the mornings, sometimes I got two or three from the users.
I'm very happy so far with Telescope, also Sacha is great with the support, he answer the same day.
Cool, thanks for that Sacha :-)
Nice. Bookmarked! I will be adding to my daily rotation.
The custom icon for certain sites is a nice touch. I wonder how they are doing that. At first, I thought it was just a favicon grab but some of them have brand-correct background colors or things not found in the actual site's favicon.
I'm glad you like it! Unfortunately there's no magic going on. In the future I'll maybe write a Python service to grab the apple precomposed icons, but for now it's done by hand.
For popular websites we have a json file that contains the domain names and the corresponding favicon urls. So as the list grows we have to add less and less icons.
Another thing we could do would be to replace of the default orange disk with the dominant colour of the website in question. There's a pretty long list of features we want to add :)
No subscription feed?
http://frontendfront.com/feed/stories shows up blank.
Fixed :). We switched servers yesterday and didn't notice the issue.
Thanks for letting me know.
Thanks for the prompt response! :)
Added to my feed list.
Good luck with this nice site.