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blog post Post-launch blues

It has been a crazy week since we have launched XtGem2 a couple of days ago. Despite over 500 people test-driving XtGem2 before we went live, we did manage to leave some pretty serious bugs in.

No worries, though - the team has been working extremely hard this whole week and we managed to resolve most of them. We hope to squash the remaining bugs during the following week.

Sorry about the inconvenience this might have caused you - once the system is stable, we will be constantly adding in new and exciting features. No pain, no gain, right? ;)

P.S. Please report any bugs you can find using our... [Continue reading]

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blog post XtGem v2 is here!

It's been quite a while since we have started work on the next iteration of XtGem. It's finally here. And it's awesome.

XtGem v2 is much faster, much more stable, much easier to develop for (expect a stable stream of new features from now on!) and overall, just much more complete.

Without further ado, go explore the new and refreshed XtGem - we are extremely excited to hear from you about what you think of it. Do let us know!

Cheers!

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blog post 1 000 000 sites!

It's a really big day for us, seeing as how we now host over 1 000 000 mobile sites! It's amazing when you think about it - a very significant portion of mobile internet has been built, and is currently being hosted, on XtGem. When I set out to build the best mobile site building service a bit over 4 years ago, I never imagined it would gain traction this fast and grow to be such a huge part of millions' of people's mobile experience.

That said, I would like to give thanks where thanks are due: First off, thank you, dear users, for supporting us. It has been crazy and extremely exciting four years and XtGem would not have made it this far without your continuous support. Keep on... [Continue reading]

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blog post Experiments with Ads and v2 invitation code!

I just wanted to write a short blog post explaining latest developments regarding XtGem:
Due to an increasing amount of user sites attempting to obfuscate our forced ads, we are currently experimenting with the ad system, including additional obfuscation checks and random placements of the forced ad.
Since XtGem is a free service and we choose to provide our users with top-notch services completely free of charge, simple fact is, we still have to make money somehow to keep the service running. I believe it is completely fair that we reserve a place to publish advertisements on user pages and in exchange we provide otherwise-costly service for free.
This post is published to raise... [Continue reading]

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blog post v2 beta access!

We have officially kicked off XtGem v2 beta today!

After months upon months of hard (but extremely exciting!) work developing, debugging and innovating, we have just sent out access codes to signed up translators.
Still want to get in on the fun? No worries, just refer here and submit your application as per instructions and we will get back to you!

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blog post PHP support is coming!

It's our understanding here at XtGem that our service should not only make creating a mobile website as easy and intuitive as possible, but tools provided shouldn't get in a way of our users' creativity or technical knowledge. That's why we went an extra mile before and implemented a full HTML source editing support. This is also exactly the reason why we're excited to announce PHP support coming to XtGem in the new version.

PHP is a server-side scripting language that's used to power most of the dynamic content on the web. It allows developers to add functionality to their sites that's either difficult or... [Continue reading]

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blog post XtGem offices & update #2

You were probably all wondering why it was all so silent regarding XtGem lately. Well, a lot has hapened behind the scenes during that time. Let me take a moment to fill you all in.

Biggest news is that we're expanding! Currently 6 people are working on XtGem and we have just opened our offices in Vilnius (capital of Lithuania). It's a cozy work environment that we've put a lot of thought and time to set up.

As for the staff, in addition to me, XtGem now employs 3 programmers, a dedicated systems administrator and a HR/PR person.
While it's still a considerably small team, it will allow us to constantly bring new features to our users and quickly react to feedback you guys give... [Continue reading]

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blog post Current state of XtGem

You might have noticed a lack of updates and new features lately. That's becaue we're hard at work building the next version of XtGem.
When I started XtGem almost four years ago, it was built as a personal project. I had never imagined it would attract such a huge amount attention. However XtGem has now reached a point at which we have to take a good look what we have been doing so far and decide what goals we want to pursue next.

The new version of XtGem will allow for much easier maintenance of the service and allow for new features to be added with ease. In other words, it's calm before the storm. Once we have the new version up and running, expect a much more steady stream of... [Continue reading]

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