New Maui by Postcard Website

In addition to launching my second Maui App for the iPhone and iPad last month, I also launched the new Maui by Postcard website to go along with it.

Not only does the website feature screenshots, support information, version history, and other information about the App, it also features a blog where I’ve been posting featured postcard images twice a week.

What was exciting about putting this site together – in addition to having a second App in the App Store – was slapping on a great premium WordPress theme from WooThemes, as recommended by Maui pal, Erik Blair (@erikblair).

Not only was it quick and easy to setup (I had started adding content with another theme), but it was a million times better than any of the non-web-designer custom messes I used to put up myself. That’s when I was Woo’d, and in just the short time since launching the Maui by Postcard website, I already have a total of 3 sites using their themes. And at least 3 left to go this summer.

Getting More Social Again

As what seems to be the norm these days, if you have an App you want to share with the world, you need a website and you need to connect with users via social media.

So to go with the App and the website, I’ve also added the @MauiPostcards handle on Twitter and the Maui Postcards page on Facebook.

Both, obviously, are starting rather small in regards to followers, but unless you want to pay to inflate your numbers unethically, that’s where you have to start.

More Social Ahead

As I mentioned in the previous post, one of the next steps for both the App and this website is to integrate them together to support social sharing – which the App today does not support.

Much like the successful Daily Maui Photo App, having a static URL for each photo, or in this case, postcard, that users without the App can view is a first step in letting users share via social networks.

I have all the hooks from my first App, and since I wrote that last post, I’ve already made great progress in getting the Maui by Postcard site to support unique (albeit, unsexy) static links for each postcard in the App.

What that means is version 1.1 of the Maui Postcards App is likely coming sooner than I had thought, which is exciting within itself.

Stay Tuned

With that reference to version 1.1 of the Maui Postcards App, there’s great stuff ahead for the App and the website before I switch over to starting development of my third App.

So stay tuned here for more news as it happens, and head on over to the Maui by Postcard website to check out the App and browse some of the featured postcards in the blog.

– Kris

About Kris

Programming since age 14, professional software engineer Kris Nelson practices his life motto of "Never stop learning" by developing websites and Apps around his passions, while staying current with trends in technology and social media.