Submission Process Is Working Again

January 14th, 2012 by brandontreb

Late last year, FreshApps, like many sites fell a victim to a WordPress attack which compromised some of the code files on disk.  Although unfortunate, we were able to restore from a backup and get Fresh Apps running again.  However, there was one side affect that disabled the ability to add or update apps on the site.

We are pleased to announce that we have squashed this bug and you should now be able to submit apps again!

The Fresh Apps team is very sorry for this inconvenience and we have put measures in place to prevent this from ever happening again.  We are very excited about what 2012 holds for the site and can’t wait to share some great new additions with you.

So, go fourth and make some Freshness!

Want Your iPhone App Reviewed?

May 30th, 2010 by jjmancini

We have had countless emails with the one following question in common, “What can I do to have my app reviewed by FreshApps?”

Well, after much deliberation, we have decided to give developers the opportunity to have their app reviewed by our app review team for a fee. We call it, Pay Per Review. Before you jump to conclusions, read on.

Fulfilling a Need:

How does a new app get exposure, in the sea of apps in the app store?
Without spending thousands of dollars for advertising, or getting lucky, another way to get wonderful exposure for you iPhone Application, is to Pay Per Review. We know there are some amazing apps that have been developed out there, that just need to be tested, honestly reviewed, then it can become the next hit! But you need a jump start… that is where Pay Per Review comes in.

How Does Pay Per Review Work?

– $100, gets a review from one of our intelligent, non-biased, iPhone App reviewers.
– Your review will forever be on the iPhone App Review category on FreshApps.
– You will receive a truthful, no holds barred, honest, non-biased (even though you paid us) review of your iPhone app. So make sure that the iPhone app is a good app (If the review is negative, you have the option to have it removed with no refund). This makes sure that we are always honest in our reviews of iPhone Apps.
– You will also have to provide us with an icon (128×128), a screenshot, and for apps that are not free a promo code for the app before the review can take place.
– The review will take place within 5 business days from the date of payment received.

If you are ready, go get your Pay Per Review.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below.

Why We Love to Hate Media Temple

May 18th, 2010 by jjmancini

Oh media temple… It seems like it has been nothing but a struggle. After months of hosting FreshApps with Media Temple, we have decided to sever the relationship, the following are the accounts and reasons why:

Media Temple, oh how I loathe thee, let me enumerate thy failures:

  1. WordPress + Media Temple = a lethargic turtle on muscle relaxers that is stuck in molasses in January. In other words, absurdly slow. There are numerous posts out there that state that media temple has issues with word press, you can find more he re here. Yet nothing speaks louder than experience. Why is it, that a website running wordpress on media temple is unnaturally slow then as thousands complain media temple says it is not there fault, ignores the issues, then says that it is bad coding, blame shifts and leaves you to resolve it. Ahhhh the frustration.
  2. Support. When I was trying to track down and resolve the issue of why the server was running so slow, the only way I could get support from media temple was via a support ticket. That’s fine, but since they pride themselves in support, how can it be that the average ticket response time was 2 days! Then after 2 days I would get a response that was obviously copied and pasted that was just shy of automated, and did not address the issue.
    Then I decided to have some fun. I created a support ticket saying “My Server is On Fire!”, seeing if it was possible to receive more than two responses within the same week. Nope… The response time was still two days.
  3. The Numbers: when I purchased a media temple virtual server I was promised much. 4gb of ram, 2.8 ghz processor, 1TB of bandwidth. What i received was a far cry from that. They always blamed the lack of memory or lack of CPU on “bad neighbor effect”. It seems as though that’s what they were using as the scapegoat, always blaming the bad infrastructure and network on the “bad neighbor effect”. And even if it is true, they had no way of fixing it, nor giving money back, no remedy.

Media Temple, let me count thy praises:

Media temple is not all bad, they really do have a couple of redeeming qualities.

  1. The best thing about media temple is the logo. It truly is beautiful. The design of the company and the website is nothing short of revolutionary. The logo with it’s acronymic namesake shown parenthetically. Wow…
  2. I guess the other redeeming value that media temple has is that The support ticket timer is accurate. When it says 2 days and 10 hours, they respond to me not a minute sooner.

To Sum it Up:

In short, this is not an isolated problem. It is not a coincidence that there are hundreds of posts and complaints about wordpress and media temple. To keep it short, I would not recommend Media Temple ever to anyone!

Stay tuned to see who we are hosting with now and our 2 cents about them.

Upgrade: WordPress 2.9

December 19th, 2009 by jjmancini

We are excited to be right on top of the best technology. For those of you who are new to this fat, FreshApps is built on the foundation of WordPress. Sound crazy eh? But it’s true. WordPress is a crazy powerful blogging engine that we have modded to our likeness in order to showcase for you the best iPhone apps out there. While we are playing around with the great new features of WordPress 2.9, we invite you to vote for FreshApps as your favorite WordPress website!

FreshApps: Freshness Badge

November 23rd, 2009 by jjmancini

We have just made it easy for you to share your favorite iPhone Apps “Freshness” with everyone! Introducing the Freshness Badge. It’s like adding a mini version of FreshApps to your website, facebook or MySpace page. Freshapps is all about sharing your iPhone Apps, and the new Freshness Badge allows you to do this in even more places!

What is the “Freshness Badge”:

In short, the Freshness badge allows you to share you iPhone Apps freshness with the rest of the world! Show it off! Allow others to make your iPhone app fresh from any site. Get more freshness and get more traffic, it’s amazing how it works!

Where do I find a “Freshness Badge”:

Things-freshness-badgeYou can find the Freshness Badge on the detail page for every iPhone App inside of
– Search for your iPhone App in the search box at the top right.
– Once found, click details
– Scroll down to see your Freshness Badge

How do I add a “Freshness Badge” to a website?:

– Simply copy the HTML code snippet and paste it into your site!
– The Freshness Badge will automatically display on your web page with the most up to date Freshness.

Looking for App Moderators

September 16th, 2009 by jjmancini

We constantly have apps added every single day.
– Some are not formatted correctly
– Some list the price as Euros
– Some add the screenshot with thumbs in the picture
All… not very good.

Thus, we need a couple of people to wade through the apps and approve the apps that are worthy of being on the FreshApps website.

Are you up for the task?
– Simple & Quick
– You can see all the new apps added
– Have power you never thought possible
– Immediately also become a reviewer for FreshApps

If you are interested, shoot an e-mail to beta(at)freshapps(dot)com

FreshApps Has Moved to Media Temple

August 2nd, 2009 by jjmancini

Well, it was almost painless. Moving DB’s and upgrading is never easy, but nevertheless we are excited to announce that FreshApps has moved over to Media Temple! We have had lots of problems with our old server, but now those problems have been whisked away with our new host. If you have not had a chance to check out MediaTemple, they are superb! And if your in the market for a new host, I can recommend to go on over to and get a media temple coupon code to save you some money. Just make sure you put that we referred you!

Blazin fast, 99.99% uptime, more memory than Einstein, and more space than… space.


FreshApps Implements New Commenting System

April 29th, 2009 by jjmancini

After doing lots of research into commenting systems that integrate with WordPress, we have decided to use IntenseDebate. Intense Debate was actually purchased by the company that makes WordPress called automattic last year.

The problem was that WordPress has a great commenting system, especially since WordPress version 2.7 where the comments are threaded. Still the ability to be notified when someone commented on an app, or when someone replied to your comment, was not there. Thus we started looking into 3rd party commenting systems. The major ones that we looked into were:

They all had a wordpress plugin, they all were pretty spiffy, but simply becuase WordPress bought out Intense Debate, we decided to go with them. We are still working out the bugs, but we think it is great! We really want to encourage great discussions on iPhone apps and iPhone App reviews.

Let us know what you think of the new commenting system!

A Faster Loading FreshApps

March 4th, 2009 by brandontreb

A few weeks ago, an article that featured FreshApps made it to the home page of  Naturally, quite a bit of traffic flowed through this site and on to FreshApps (~20K uniques within 30 minutes).  Being that FreshApps is a WordPress site and has many additional database queries, this traffic brought FreshApps to its knees.  It simply couldn’t handle the “Digg Effect“.

This is simply unacceptable.  So, we have put our nerdy computer science minds together and come up with a killer caching scheme that should improve overall performance of  We are still testing it out (so bear with us), but it seems to be working very well.  

This is all gearing up for our Official Launch (which is scheduled for this Summer) where we intend to get a plethora of traffic.  With this new caching scheme, we are more prepared than ever.  

So stay tuned, we have some new features to come that will blow your socks off!

Stay Fresh,


iPhone App Reviews Have Arrived

February 9th, 2009 by brandontreb

It’s official, has started creating iPhone App reviews! We have recruited some very talented individuals to write some of the best iPhone app reviews on the web.  But Brandon, aren’t there already sites out there that do this?

Well, if you’re like me, you have a many places you visit to aid you in your journey to find the best apps for your iPhone.  This is because all of these sites offer something specific. This could be a great community, Digg like functionality ;), app reviews or simply listing the top apps.  

Well now, with the addition of app reviews, can be your one-stop location for finding the best and freshest iPhone Apps.  You can now delete your other bookmarks.  As we recruit more reviewers, we will have new reviews more and more frequently… It’s gonna be great!

So be sure to check out our first review the app Spawn Illuminate written by blackfedora.  And feel free to post comments and ask him questions as I am sure he would love your feedback.

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