Tent.is renamed to Cupcake, switches to 0.3
On Saturday, the biggest provider on the tent network - Tent.is - made its highly anticipated transition to the latest version of the Tent protocol (v0.3). Along with the switch to the new protocol version, the service also unveiled its new brand: Cupcake.
New protocol version
Tent 0.3 is the biggest change to the Tent protocol since version 0.1. It includes major changes to the API and the way posts and information are stored in Tent. A nearly complete documentation of the new API is available on Tent.io.
These major changes to the API also require big changes to existing apps, which means that most of them are not yet compatible with the latest release. Updates for most of the apps are expected to arrive during the next few days and weeks. Of course we will make sure to cover all of the updated apps on our blog.
Cupcake, a brand new name
Until this saturday, many people confused hosting provider Tent.is, documentation page Tent.io and Tent the protocol. This changes with the renaming of Tent.is to Cupcake.
With its new name, Cupcake aims to promote the high-quality service to new users without trapping them into thinking that hosting provider and protocol are one and the same. While the homepage explicitly states that Cupcake is a Tent provider, it then goes on explaining the benefits and costs of their service.
With the namechange, all existing entities have changed from username.tent.is to username.cupcake.is.
Please note that Cupcake is a commercial endeavour by Apollic Software LLC, running on closed-source software. While the people behind Cupcake are the same as those designing the protocol specification, both are strictly seperated projects.
Cupcake introduces two plans for its users: a free “trial”-account with 100MB static data storage and a “pro” account with extra benefits. The pro account is available for $5 per month and gives users 1GB stacking storage per month. This means that premium users get 1GB of extra storage every month. Currently, the only available payment option for the pro plan is by credit card. According to a post by Cupcake co-founder Daniel Siders, prepaid payments may be added in the future while PayPal will not be an option.
Cupcake.io vs Cupcake.is
The new service uses two seperate domains: Cupcake.io and Cupcake.is. This distinction has been made to ensure a higher level of security. However, it has already proven to be confusing to users who wanted to log in to an app using their entity, so here is the idea behind it:
The .io domain is used to provide apps and pages from the hosting service to the user. Here you will find former status app TentStatus, now called Micro, as well as an app called Admin. We will talk a little bit more about both of these later on.
The .is domain is used for tent entities. Your entity will therefore look like “https://username.cupcake.is”. Visiting the url in a browser will present you with the profile of the user.
The apps shipped with Cupcake - Micro and Admin - have seen some minor updates. We will quickly go through the changes.
First of all, Micro now supports Tent-Flavored Markdown (TFM). This allows you to style your status posts and include text-links in your posts. Details on how to use this styling language can be found here.
Another notable change is the way mentions are presented. Users are now presented with both the carrot (^), a name between brackets and a link to their entity between (). This allows users to change the name that appears in the body of the status message while mentioning someone. Future updates will improve the mentioning process to make it less fiddly.
Admin is the app that allows you to manage your profile, as well as the authorisation of apps to be used with your tent entity. In the future, Admin will be expanded with the possibility to manage your Cupcake hosting plan and an indicator that displays the amount of storage that your account is using.
For more information on the transition to 0.3 and Cupcake, read the official blog on Cupcake.io.
- Yannik and Kevin