After some research, I went with Fever, for many reasons:
- I host the software myself, which means that I don’t have to worry about whatever service I jump to canceling on me again.
- The installation process is fairly easy, compared to some of the other self-hosted programs I researched.
- It syncs with Reeder, my preferred iPhone feed reader.
- 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.