MacGazette is a technology news blog (focusing mainly on Apple) and was founded in January 2011 by two students, Ryan and Chris. Chris handles the role of editor and writer while Ryan focuses on developing and managing the site.
MacGazette enters the somewhat crowded market of Apple and technology blogs trying to only bring the most interesting news and cutting out the endless dull posts about new stores, patent disputes and anything else unless they are genuinely interesting. We also aim to do this without spamming news and RSS feeds with unrealted products and posting spurious rumours as fact.
I designed and coded the MacGazette website myself building upon WordPress and the Pagelines framework (like this website). The new design was something we had in the works for a while and was completed after my university finals and implements a “mentioned apps” script that takes a iTunes app id and pulls all the information for the app from the iTunes API to display the app to our readers in a professionally format.
As part of the appscript and separate page was made to handle app links and automatically affiliate them and redirect the user to the right App Store for their country. For example, this link will take you to apps.macgazette.net which will determine which country your in based on an IP lookup then redirect you to the right iTunes App Store for the Angry Birds Seasons App.