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Ping-o-matic has received a makeover!

March 3, 2009

Dear Ping-o-matic users, I’m Isaac from Automattic. It was a while since anyone wrote on this blog, and I thought I’d fill you in on what’s been going on lately.

I’ve just performed a redesign on the Ping-o-matic website. The new look was launched a few weeks ago, and is meant to increase the usability of the service and make it look a bit more modern and well fitted for the WordPress/Automattic family.

For newcomers, there’s now a welcome message on top of the front page which gives you a Ping-o-matic crash course. Below this, you’ll find the familiar pinging form where you supply your blog details and select the services you want to ping. The whole form has been redesigned to stand out more from the rest of the content on the page, making it easier to see how it all fits together. The vertical space for the services list has been compressed. This list took up a big chunk of the screen before, but has now been compressed to 4 columns which saves a lot of space. …And the action button is now bigger than ever, so you can’t possibly miss it!

As for the Stats page, it’s received a minor update. The graph has been modified to fit with the new color scheme of Ping-o-matic.

The spirit behind the redesign was to give Ping-o-matic a graphical profile on it’s own, with bold colors that makes the service memorable. I also wanted to make it better tied in to the WordPress/Automattic family’s graphical profile and user interface ideas. You’ll notice similar fonts, navigation solutions and a fancy looking footer, as well as a good deal of “under the hood” similarities. Among those are the uses of CSS3 rules like border-radius, which gives people browsing Ping-o-matic in modern browsers a richer (and rounder!) experience.

50 Comments
  1. Jim permalink
    November 22, 2010 11:58 am

    Is there something wrong with your blog? Several times now I’ve had 23 New Comment notifications for ALL the comments from this post sent to me as a subscriber to the topic, even though they are old comments. Its getting to be a bit annoying now! I know the simplest would be for me to unsubscribe, but thought you might like to know so you can fix it.
    Thanks
    Jim

    • November 22, 2010 12:03 pm

      I’m currently going through and moderating some old comments.

      • Darwin permalink
        November 22, 2010 12:34 pm

        I received a lot one day last week and just got 30 today.

      • November 22, 2010 12:40 pm

        Yep, I’m aware. If you don’t want comment notifications from the Ping-o-matic blog, please use the Unsubscribe function. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  2. November 20, 2010 12:39 am

    Hi. OK. Sometimes I ping twice, but sometimes (very often) I ping a site, wait some seconds and I ping ANOTHER blog, but comes the label Slow down cowboy. I go slow, but how long I must wait for ping different blogs?
    Thanks

  3. November 19, 2010 2:57 pm

    Thanks.
    I appreciate the opportunity and service/ I double pinged by mistake. sorry about that.
    Also I was wondering in you can recommend a reputable similar (yours preferred) for me to send out my business url
    Thanks again.
    jim

    • November 19, 2010 3:03 pm

      Ping-o-matic should suit most most of your needs. What other services do you want to ping?

  4. November 18, 2010 3:20 am

    Maybe you can create tools (software) for download and and any option like pingomatic and user can ping by that software :)

  5. November 17, 2010 9:26 am

    People say that pinging is a waste of time these days, others say it’s as powerful as always…either way

    I ping on

  6. November 13, 2010 5:29 am

    I like the colors – cheers!

  7. November 7, 2010 5:42 pm

    Hi, thank you so much for the program you made. This was usefulness.

  8. pictures of bali permalink
    November 4, 2010 2:42 pm

    Woohoo yeaa… Well I just recently start using your service so I don’t know about your previous preface. But this is good. It’s so easy to navigate and more important very useful.

  9. jeffrey bucher permalink
    November 4, 2010 1:40 am

    Love The Site!! Keep Up The Good Work !!

  10. November 3, 2010 11:53 pm

    Just curious if you are still gathering info/stats or are you blogging somewhere else, 03/03/09 seems like a long time for such an interesting service. Thanks…

  11. dan permalink
    October 28, 2010 5:40 am

    Fantastic design, and as usual, your site works incredibly well. Also, I forgot to mention that I hope you keep up the great work.

    Thanks

  12. October 28, 2010 4:11 am

    Hello Isaac,
    Can’t find any other way to communicate with you, no email contact or contact form.
    How do I know that the pings have been successful using your ping-o-matic?
    I love the service, thanks.
    I also use Wayne Horkan’s Blog Ping.
    Kind regards,
    Ron

  13. wity ky permalink
    October 25, 2010 12:43 pm

    thanks pingomatic.com… I love you

  14. October 24, 2010 9:00 pm

    I just used this service to ping my blog, for the first time and I can’t believe how fast it was. I am used to using the “other” services, but I’ll be using this one again.

  15. ObasPost permalink
    October 20, 2010 10:17 pm

    Great, Automattic has some fantastic plugins. New to this service and I am here I was told to come here. Will ping my blog now.

  16. October 20, 2010 7:47 pm

    A bit late… but the new design looks great! Haven’t used pingomatic for a while so the new design was a suprise.

  17. Kainsmoney permalink
    October 20, 2010 3:09 pm

    Nice, personally i like the old one but this one look very simple for the eyes, good job.

  18. developex permalink
    October 19, 2010 11:18 am

    The stats not working in Chrome (

  19. Gail Kirkpatrick permalink
    October 13, 2010 3:00 pm

    what a great site

    so easy to ping my blogs

  20. Ross permalink
    October 12, 2010 10:20 pm

    Ping-o-matic is a fantastic tool for helping to increase seo for your site. Keep it up.

  21. Jim permalink
    October 10, 2010 4:18 pm

    give us the old design back

  22. Suriname permalink
    October 5, 2010 5:30 pm

    Cool sevice…
    Suggestion service: Email notification to ping back. My bookmark is so full…I cant reorganize it.

  23. October 5, 2010 12:18 am

    The redesign looks great and works really well . . . most of the time, at least for me. I keep getting this thing when I’m trying to submit where every once in a while I only get the field to enter the name of the blog. If I just enter the blog name and press enter on my keyboard it takes me to a blank white page that says ‘NoBlogUrl?’.

    Is this your subtle way of getting me to slow down on using your excellent and graciously free service??

  24. Cindy permalink
    September 27, 2010 8:53 pm

    You know… I can’t access your page on firefox any longer :( I had to switch to another ping site. The makeover is not compatible? What happened?

    • November 22, 2010 11:49 am

      Ping-o-matic should definitely be compatible with Firefox. Sometimes you need to update the browser though. Let us know if you keep experiencing oddities.

  25. September 25, 2010 8:48 pm

    I’ve just started using Ping-O-Matic and love it. It’s so easy. I don’t know what the previous design was, but the one you have now is simple to understand and to use.

    Thanks!

  26. September 25, 2010 6:34 pm

    I just looked at the stats page and did not see a graph. Do I require a special firefox plugin to see it? I am really interested.

  27. Dashinsurfer permalink
    September 24, 2010 4:30 am

    Looks more beautiful and faster than Ping Goat. I will be visiting here from now on..

    Keep up the good work, WP team.

  28. Blog Tactic permalink
    September 20, 2010 2:11 am

    Nice and practical design

  29. September 19, 2010 5:23 am

    Just a super quick note that includes a GIGANTIC thank-you for all the remodeling you’ve done!

    Love the new look and the service is as awesome as ever. Appreciate you.

  30. RobShaver permalink
    September 18, 2010 10:35 pm

    I’ve visited this site a few times but all it ever says is come back later. The stats page is blank. Just what is it for and is it working or just abandoned like this blog?

  31. cold permalink
    September 18, 2010 4:29 pm

    Excellent tool you have here. Thanks so much!

  32. nellyzacheus permalink
    September 17, 2010 7:45 pm

    This is great. You surely have very effective tools in place for us all to utilise and from which we can greatly benefit.

  33. Modern Gypsy permalink
    September 14, 2010 7:04 pm

    Hi,

    I don’t see any statistics…is there something wrong with the page?

    Thanks!

  34. Steve Wolfe permalink
    September 10, 2010 9:04 pm

    Must I visit the Ping-o-Matic Web site and press the “Send Pings” button every time we post to the blog? Or will Ping-oMatic follow our blog now that I have keyed the name and URL once?

    Thank you in advance for clarifying this point.

    • November 22, 2010 12:30 pm

      You need to return to the bookmarked page to ping the services again. This is because we don’t want to put too much pressure on the services that we’re pinging.

  35. September 5, 2010 5:39 pm

    This sure saves me a lot of time. Thanks!

  36. Sylvia permalink
    September 4, 2010 10:15 pm

    Hi there, it looks great – but wasn’t working in firefox today (Sept 4) only first box was loading- Iwas using it a few days ago in firefox and it was fine … still loads properly in explorer, though.

  37. Bernard permalink
    September 4, 2010 5:54 pm

    Does this really work? I suppose you don’t really want to reveal how it works, but it’d be neat to have a bit of an understanding. I haven’t seen a blog post in over a year too, so I’m wondering if it’s still active? If not, do you have another project like this you’re working on?

    • November 22, 2010 12:33 pm

      Ping-o-matic is still active for sure. The blog has been neglected a bit though, going through and moderating comments now.

  38. doug permalink
    August 31, 2010 6:46 pm

    Thank you for the changes I find it simple to use and had no trouble finding submit button and knowing what to do. Great .

  39. name permalink
    August 30, 2010 12:01 pm

    I just love pingomatic, I have tried other services and they just don’t cut the mustard

  40. name permalink
    August 27, 2010 3:47 am

    Anything new going on at this blog? Let me know! Thanks!

  41. Loraine Alkire permalink
    August 24, 2010 7:57 pm

    I consider this one of my best resources but now I can’t find the screen for input. Are you still up and running?

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