I've been underground for the past couple of weeks coding like crazy (Technology director and still writing code) and dealing with deployment issues (Ruby on Rails deployment is a major challenge) that could drive any reasonable person into a frenzy. So whats been keeping me that busy you might ask? well one word Peupe. Peupe is a corporate blogging platform that our company has developed specifically targeted at professionals and CEO's, our objective is to build communities and content around business and corporate leaders in their respective leaders.
As a business we feel that there is a large demand for people to want engage captains of industry in meaningful discussions unfortunately this isn't easy due and as such a corporate (CEO) blog where the industry leader can share his/her thoughts, books of interest, websites of interest and even photos, think of Peupe as wordpress+flickr. The application is currently in beta version and we aptly named Madaraka since it was in essence launched on June 1st, 2007.
Peupe..why the name?
I'd be lying if I said that the name was inspired by me, this was all Al's brainchild with me as the "realiser of dreams" if you'd like to call me that. Peupe is a swahili word that means slate or white, they were commonly used as writing tablets in olden times. Apparently the word isn't just swahili but also belongs to some european country, this I discovered when I typed it on google but nevertheless we will still push on.
Under the hood
Peupe is developed using Ruby on Rails by our own Kenyan development team.
So what next?
Well I'm currently still working on addressing a few bugs on the application but so far so good. There are several features we would like to add to it but the main ones include:
- Internationalisation- We would like to translate the blog into several languages with Kiswahili and French being the first then other languages to follow.
- Feed Aggregator- A simple feed aggregator to allow for users to manage their favorite RSS feeds.
- Blog Migration-You have a blog on blogger, wordpress or moveable type and need it moved, will give you tools to do that.
With all that I plan to migrate this blog to peupe just as soon as I can stabilise it on our deployment server. Will keep you posted.