Fever

Much and more has been written about Google executing Google Reader. That decision has eroded the last of my trust and good will for the company and has forced me to seek an alternative RSS service.

After some research, I went with Fever, for many reasons:

  1. I host the software myself, which means that I don’t have to worry about whatever service I jump to canceling on me again.
  2. The installation process is fairly easy, compared to some of the other self-hosted programs I researched.
  3. It syncs with Reeder, my preferred iPhone feed reader.
  4. Their site works right now. Many of the alternatives I was looking at are barely keeping up with the strain of the mass exodus.

Two caveats: First, you’ll need web hosting. System requirements and installation difficulty are similar to WordPress. Second, Fever is not free: It costs a one-time fee of $30.

I am pretty impressed with Fever so far. It works smoothly, imported my old data without much fuss, and syncs with Reeder just as I had hoped it would

It also has some neat features of its own. The main selling point is the Hot list. Fever has you break your feeds into two categories. “Kindling” are your must-read feeds, the ones where you want to read every single post. “Sparks” are low-priority or high-volume feeds where you don’t necessarily care about every entry.

Kindling is handled pretty much the same way Google Reader handles feeds, while Sparks are kept separate. They are combined in the Hot List: Links that several of your feeds point to are ranked higher, highlighting most talked about stuff. It’s a pretty neat way to handle the information overload you might otherwise experience with a traditional feed reader.

Overall, I think it’ll work for me. I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone since it does require a measure of tech-savviness to set up, but if you are able and willing to set it up it’s a worthy replacement for Google Reader.

Posted on
March 16, 2013 3:07 pm
 
 

4 Responses to “Fever”

  1.  

    Does it support multiple accounts/user accounts? The feature list that I saw didn’t seem to give a clear idea if I could install this for multiple users.

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    It doesn’t support multiple accounts, but you *might* be able to set up multiple instances of it (say at example.com/fever/ and example.com/fever2/ for example) each pointing at their own MySQL database. The licensing is done per domain name.

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    Sounds like it doesn’t have authentication – i.e. if you knew the path on my webserver, you could access my sweet feedz. Since it’s a reading app that isn’t a big deal, just trying to get a better idea of its support for profiles since there’s some value in having multiple profiles.

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    It actually does ask for a username/password. It just doesn’t seem to support more than one as far as I can tell.

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