Vincent Ritter

πŸ€“ Dev diaries

All my active project posts, collected here. This is at the heart of what I do and I love.

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These are my active development projects at this time. You can go through any of them for more info and see specific posts for the project.

A place for everything you love, like or want to shout out about on your website.

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Post short thoughts or long essays, share photos, all on your own blog. makes it easy, and provides a friendly community where you can share and engage with others.

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Gluon for

An app for both iOS and Android, built on React Native, for

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Recent posts

A quick video demonstrating the toolbar options in the Share Extension (for the 3.0 iOS Beta). Gonna be internally testing the extension this week and hope to get this out soon.

There are a few intermittent DNS issues with the zone. Hopefully will resolve itself. Will monitor in the AM and provide an update. Sorry if this affects you.

Deployed some tweaks to today. Mainly around themes, which I just announced.

I've added the ability to bring in your own stylesheet for the main Themes page preview. Super useful if you want to see what it looks like on your actual site. embed plugin for

I am happy to announce my first little plugin for, which allows you to embed your shoutouts straight into your site, may it be in the actual theme or on a page or post.

It's super easy to get started, and all you have to do is install it from here:

You will also need a account, so you can get your special embed code from the Embeds page.

The next thing you need to do is actually figure out where you want to put it.

Instructions are in the plugin Read Me to get you started. For the actual repo, you can find that here.

If you want to see a real example, head on over to my social microblog and have a look in the footer.

Introducing Themes for now supports the ability to create multiple themes. This has been on the drawing board since its inception, but wanted to keep it for another time. That time is now.

Having different themes allows you to create a Theme for that one-off website or page you have, without affecting your other embeds.

For example, I have a main default theme on my own website in the footer... but I also have another site, where I want to have it slightly different and bring across styles that I specified, without having to open up the sites code and change the stylesheet. Just let shoutouts handle that for you.

It's super simple and intuitive, with easy controls to copy your embed code and a simple preview window (which loads it in an iFrame).

This feature is labeled as "Preview" for now as I'm still making changes and am gathering feedback on ways to improve it (I have ideas, but so do you).

In the long term, I want to also add the ability to share your theme with other people. Because that'll be cool.

Hope you like it and thanks for using shoutouts! (and if you're not... ahem: Sign up)

A little bit more progress on adding theme support to Quick video: You can see random coloured loading indicators, because it's nice. Click to copy the embed url. I reckon this will work well, depending how you style your site, or just how you feel on the day.

Good progress with the Share Extension on iOS today (for the new app). Still much to do!

Further progress with getting support for multiple themes into I've been working on getting a preview to load, via an iframe, which uses the theme options you set. Pretty happy that it works.

Making a slow start to themes for πŸ˜‹ My idea is to be able to use any theme by adding an extra parameter to the embed. You'll also be able to create as many as you want, to fit your needs, and as a stretch goal, the ability to share them with others.

A few minor tweaks to this evening:

  • When you have more than 4 shoutouts, it'll hide the intro text on the list view.
  • You can now hide the embed instructions (and toggle them as needed).
  • The header navigation looks a little different, with pill shaped nav items.