CodeRed.cloud News #1
This issue contains status updates and news in lieu of a traditional newsletter. This helps provide insight into platform updates and milestones in between public releases.
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February 13, 2020
We're nearing launch of the beta! Right now we just have two development sprints remaining until releasing the first public beta. Today we sent out our first email blast as well to those who have taken our surveys or signed up on https://app.codered.cloud/.
Work that has already been implemented over the past year since inception of our hosting platform:
And the newest feature that was just completed is our "create a new web app" screen. Check out how easy it is to launch a Wagtail site in just 3 steps! I'm hoping to post a screencast of the whole process soon.
Work Currently in Progress
Upcoming work taking place during Sprint 14:
February 27, 2020
We're entering our final sprint before sending out an initial batch of beta invites!
Work Currently in Progress
Upcoming work taking place during Sprint 15:
May 14, 2020
I know we've been quiet over the past couple months, having shifted gears a bit to help our customers deal with the COVID pandemic. But we've been hard at work on CodeRed Cloud and are now excited to be opening up the beta into phase 2, which includes you!
Our vision is to build the absolute simplest Django web hosting service - so your feedback (both good and bad) is invaluable. Each beta tester will get 1 free site hosted with the Professional plan, and 1 free site with the Personal plan. While the underlying hosting service is rock-solid and suitable for production websites - the dashboard and documentation are very much in beta. If you encounter an issue, please report it to our support, or here on GitHub.
After you create an account and start hosting some sites, we may reach out to you individually to provide feedback or answer a survey. And of course, you can reach out to us any time via our customer support.
If you're reading this issue, you're invited to try out the platform.
We'll continue updating this issue as we release new features to the platform. In the mean time - check it out, and have fun!
August 18, 2020
This release brings a handful of bug fixes and improvements to the CodeRed Cloud dashboard.
New account management! This enables customers to update their user profile, create and manage multiple clients/organizations, and share access by inviting other users. Account management is heavily designed for agencies who often manage many different clients. Websites belong to clients, not users. Access and billing information is assigned at the client level.
My account, manage my organizations:
Some really exciting features are already in the works for our next update. These include:
September 8, 2020
This release brings some new major features to CodeRed Cloud!
There's a new tab in the dashboard! Say hello to "Database". We have enabled the ability to connect directly to your database using the
Custom Environment Variables
Under the Settings tab, you can now add custom environment variables for both production and staging environments. These are treated with SECRET level clearance and are therefore stored encrypted in a Key Vault and decrypted dynamically at runtime.
Daily backups of your app, from both production and staging, can now be downloaded from the dashboard. Backups from the past 7 days ("hot") are instantly downloadable - long-term backups ("archive") from the past 180 days can be requested by contacting support.
This release also includes a slew of documentation, including a working migration guide for both Django-based apps and WordPress sites.