Spinal update for February: search and you will find
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I hope this first month of 2023 was a good one and you are still keeping your new years resolutions. It’s now about 12 months ago I started with some of the foundation of what now is Spinal (it used to be a very crude internal app I used at all my previous SaaS’).
January went way beyond my expectations. If this growth continues; buckle up. It will be wild ride, but really fun, I’m sure! 🎢👻
Interested in what is new at Spinal?! ☺️
(be advised: emojis incoming! 📨)
🔍 Global Command Menu #
This is a biggie! 🍔 Not only can you now navigate Spinal without leaving your keyboard (goodbye RSI 🐭), you can also search through your content and all your content settings (or your frontmatter values, for the nerds amongst us).
Summon the Global Command Menu (GCM) with
CMD/Ctrl+K. Type the name of your content type, any word in your content or content settings and it will appear right away. 💨
You can also easily go to Spinal’s documentation, blog or changelog from the GCM. Available to all Content Marketing Team accounts today! 🥳
Thanks to all those who beta-tested this feature! You personally made it 10 times better. 🙌
💰 Introducing pricing for the Personal plan #
Since launching Spinal, the free plan’s userbase has been growing exponentially. Way outgrowing the paid plans. And that’s when, as a bootstrapped business, you need to take a step back and rethink a few things.
The Content Marketing Team (CMT) plan subscribers are growing at a very comfortable pace too. So this is mostly a change made while still being comfortable, opposed doing while it might be (almost) too late.
So changes were in order. Let’s go over the details.
- the content types limit will be increased to two (from one)
- member limit will stay one (no change)
- content limit of 200 (between your content types; new)
- a one-time payment of just $49 (no subscription)
Current personal plan users are not affected.
📐 A free 15-day trial for the Content Marketing plan #
More and more features are introduced to the CMT plan, so it no longer has feature parity with the Personal Plan (which also isn’t free anymore).
So a free trial, with credit card needed, has launched. It will allow teams to give Spinal a solid try with all the marvelous features the CMT plan has. Check out all its features.
From the blog 👓 #
- Optimising SEO guide for static site generators: Thé SEO guide for static site generators. Best practices, tips and ideas to help push your SaaS’ marketing site in the search ranking. ☕️ Read here (it’s long! 🫁)
- 6 Strategies for Scaling Static Sites: A handful of strategies that can be used to maintain your productivity as your site grows. ⚖️ Read here
- **Should you use Markdoc for your SaaS docs? **: Solid documentation for your SaaS product is not just for developer-focussed products (like API’s). Also non-developer products fare well with having good documentation. Markdoc is an OSS option, built at Stripe. 🩺 Read here
🔗 Improved invite links #
Previously inviting your team could be annoying as the default access would be really restricted. So when a new person joined, your Spinal dashboard would be empty. You then had to manually go in, set the access and the role, and… Yikes. 😅
You can now set which role and what access new members get when they sign up with an invite link. Next to that you can rotate your invite link: simply delete and create a new unique invite link.
🙋♀️ Other bits and blobs #
Quite a few other things were tweaked and updated: improved content type setup modal, manually unlocking content, and a lot of little UI tweaks to keep Spinal look sharp. 🔪
For all updates, be sure to check out the changelog.
🔮 Crystal ball time #
The amount of things happening in the future is off the charts. 😎 Things I’m seeing are:
- editor improvements
- content grouping
- power up
Yeah—these might not all make sense to you. Looking into the future is not easy, you know! Let’s see how far off I was next month. 🗓️
(cheating a bit here: some features are already in beta, and others in early development 👩💻).
That’s it for this time. Over to you.
What did you think of these updates? What is something that is sorely lacking in Spinal now? Do reply!
Until next time. ✌️
—Eelco, founder Spinal
Ps. our friends at Forestry are sunsetting their product, so here is a goodbye poem: “So goodbye Forestry” 🌲
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