Livefyre gives website owners a way to bring social elements to their web space. The application includes many detailed features that allow users to interact with their visitors and build online communities. The user can easily moderate their community through a centralized admin panel. This allows them to import comments, flag, assign multiple moderators, send email notifications, control spam and ban or white list users. Social media features are included that allow users to tag friends through social networks, share content and synchronize with social media. Community based features have also been built in to Livefyre, including user profile pages, site profile pages, in-line user information, game mechanics, conversation following capabilities, community support and email notifications for likes, mentions and replies. Custom domain API features are also available and include access to all available APIs, emails from the host domain, integration with current user profiles, custom database syncing, access to the Livefyre development sandbox and engineering integration support.
Livefyre was founded in December of 2009. It was intended to provide real time embedded conversations that enable users to interact and grow an online community. The current Livefyre team consists of less than ten individuals, including CEO Jordan Kretchmer, CTO Justin Karneges, Lead Engineer Christopher Becker and Advisor David Bill.
Livefyre stands out because it focuses entirely on conversations. Users can bring conversations to their website, monitor and moderate them and encourage user interaction. The application makes it much easier to oversee large online communities through moderator tools. Livefyre also puts all these tools into the convenient admin panel so the user can handle all aspects of their online community through Livefyre.
The Livefyre website welcomes visitors with a vibrant orange and grey color scheme that goes exceptionally well with the application name and logo. The logo features the name in white to the left of an orange flame icon. The user interface is clean and neatly laid out, with user images and social networking tools built in.
A new user can create a Livefyre account by clicking on the black and grey “Sign Up” button in the upper, right hand corner of the page. Doing so takes the user to the registration form. The form requires a username, email address, password, first and last name, website URL and a check box to use an avatar. This can be unchecked if the user prefers. After filling out the form, the user can click the grey “Sign Up” button in the lower, right hand corner to complete registration.
New users can create a Livefyre account for free. There are no subscription fees for maintaining an account. Users who would like to install the application will be asked to provide information to determine whether they are eligible for a free or paid membership. The site offers the application for free to users who receive one to one million monthly page views. A second category is available for those who see one million to 20 million page views, which is also listed as free. Sites that get over 20 million are required to purchase a high traffic license. The user can also choose to add additional features such as 24 hour customer support, API features, engineering support and white label features. The site does not list prices, so users should submit their information to obtain a quote.
Livefyre provides website owners with an easy way to add social elements to their websites. The application includes a wide variety of options and features that help users manage conversations, members and strengthen their online communities.