New ColdFusion site - FaqMe

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A few days ago a new site launched that is a) cool and b) built entirely in ColdFusion - FaqMe. FaqMe was built to make it easier to create FAQs for web sites. As someone who has built a few web sites and has had to deal with user documentation, I can tell you it's not fun. FaqMe looks to offload some of the work by providing a simple tool to handle FAQ creation. I created one for the ColdFusion Portal here: It's got a grand total of one question now, but it you can see how it works. There's automatic support for readers to contact you, basic design settings, and you can easily re-order the questions. The stats page is really slick too. My stats are pretty boring now, but you can check out this screen shot from a TechCrunch article:

Along with ColdFusion the site makes heavy use of jQuery and jQuery UI. The creator is Philip Kaplan, formally of F-d Company if you remember that site.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Chris Bowyer posted on 7/28/2011 at 6:04 AM

Very cool.

PS. Wish you had an email this article link on your website

Comment 2 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/28/2011 at 6:07 AM

BlogCFC does - but I removed it here. :)

Comment 3 by papichulo posted on 7/28/2011 at 7:25 AM

I don't get it. Why would I want to take people away from my site to a different URL?

Comment 4 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/28/2011 at 7:41 AM

It's not like there isn't a link back. To me, it's off loading some of the documentation work which makes it worth while. I asked him about embedding the faq as well and that is a planned feature (not sure it's 100% certain but it's being considered).

Comment 5 by Jason Fisher posted on 7/29/2011 at 1:52 AM

Wondered what happened to Kaplan. Used to read F----dCompany every morning back in 2000 - 2001. He was branching out into some nice, reusable ad services even back then. Glad to see he's still in the business, and with another neat idea, as usual.

Comment 6 by Phillip Senn posted on 7/30/2011 at 9:46 PM

Unfortunately, the one faq you put up there is a bit misleading. If someone wants to know what it costs, they don't want to hear that it's free until you go live (still with no mention of cost). In addition, the question was "How much does it cost TO DEVELOP using ColdFusion", and I would argue that it costs quite a bit, if your time is valuable. If I were asking such a question, I'd want to hear "Typically, someone who knows html and some other programming language can pick up the essentials in 8 hours. To become an expert requires..."

Comment 7 by Phillip Senn posted on 7/30/2011 at 9:50 PM

Hey Ray! Have you listened to the audio version of "Crush it!"? I kept thinking of you because the author advocates blogging and social networking with "Facebook me" and "Tweet this" buttons. What has been your experience with being the defacto ColdFusion blogger? Gotten rich yet? Apart from getting things from your Amazon wish list, have there been any other monetary rewards? Has it been worth it? Will it be worth it to an aspiring blogger?

Comment 8 by Raymond Camden posted on 7/30/2011 at 9:54 PM

@PS: Respectfully - I wrote that in 5 minutes. Don't over analyze it. ;)

@PS2: That's a bit off topic, so I'll answer, but if you have more follow ups, let's switch to email. If you are specifically about what I call "blog bling" (to be fair, the FB me, tweet this, etc, can be used on non-blog sites too), then I honestly don't think it has a huge impact. Unfortunately I don't have a easy way to see how many times - as a whole - folks have FBed my articles here of G+'ed them. I'm sure there's a way to check, but I haven't bothered. When I do bother to look at an article, like this one for example, I see a grand total of 2 G+ items. I see no Likes.