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What we can do to help promote your project

One of our featured projects this week – DavMail – sent us a very kind comment about their time at SourceForge:

Without the public visibility and reputation of SourceForge and the reliablility of your services, DavMail would probably still be an unknown piece of code used by a single user (well, maybe a few users) to access company Exchange server…

And in addition to sharing that with you, we wanted to take a moment to tell you some of the things we can do to help you promote your SourceForge project.

Project of the Month – The Project of the Month is listed at the top of the SourceForge front page for an entire month, and is chosen by popular vote. The candidates for that ballot are selected from projects that were weekly featured projects in the previous month.

Weekly featured projects – Every week we feature 9 projects on the front page of the website (in addition to the Project of the Month). These projects are chosen from projects that have made a release within the last week. So, the more often you make releases, the greater chance you have of making that list. You should know, however, that a LOT of projects make releases every day, so the competition is pretty stiff there.

Enterprise Directory – If your project is backed by a for-profit vendor, or if your project is specifically geared to the Enterprise, the Enterprise Directory might be for you. If you want your project to be listed, tell us what project, and we’ll evaluate it to see if it meets the criteria, and get back in touch regarding next steps.

Guest blog posts – Speaking of blog posts, we’re always looking for guest content for the main SourceForge blog. If you want to write something about your project, we would be glad to post it to our blog. Guest blog posts should be community-centric, not a pitch for your company or non-open-source project.

Monthly Mailing – Every month we send out a community newsletter which gets delivered to about 1.5 million subscribers. In it we cover site news, community news, and various projects. If you’d like to get something about your project into the newsletter – a help wanted item, perhaps, or a brief profile of what you’re doing – contact us at the communityteam email address. The same caveats apply here as for guest blog posts.

Twitter/Facebook/Google+ – Every day we tweet/facebook/G+ a few dozen of your release notices. We get these from your SourceForge blog entries, so making a quick mention of your releases on your SourceForge blog is a great way to get some extra publicity. However, if you made a blog post somewhere else, please feel free to send email to communityteam@sourceforge.net with a URL, and we’d be glad to put it in our regular social media schedule.

Help Wanted – The Help Wanted forum is a great place to get the word out about specific needs that your project has – whether for testers, designers, or developers. Be as specific as possible about what you’re looking for, so that potential contributors know what they’re getting into. And be sure to mention exactly how you want them to get in touch with you.

If there’s anything else that we can do for your project, please get in touch. We’re here to make your SourceForge experience better in any way that we can.

4 Responses to “What we can do to help promote your project”

  1. dallakyans Apr 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    It would be nice if SourceForge could help us commercialise or have some other ways of making money out of open source software we write, beyond donate button. Something like app store would be great.

    • galoppini Apr 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

      @dallakyans We are actually about to run a new partner program, stay tuned!

  2. Volunteer Inquiry Apr 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    I would like to volunteer/contribute as a builder to the projects. I have plenty of computers laying around the house. I don’t know of what to do. If anyone could point me to the right direction. I am a Build & Release engineer. nguybao@yahoo.com. I heard of Google Summer of Code and want to participate but I dont know python. Is there anything I can do?

  3. tursan May 3, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    bonjour, j’ai un problème lorsque je clique sur “fx” pour ouvrir l’éditeur cela bloque. Il semblerait que l’éditeur soit en 64 bits alors que je suis en 32 bits voici l’affichage qui bloque :  Acces violation at adress 005C258F in module ‘Apophysis7X.exe’. Read of address 000001C8 “