…, you've been a good year to us. Let me briefly look back and also sketch out our plans for 2016.
2015 in review
2015 has been an all-important year for VersionPress. I know we're still in the Early Access mode which many of you would like to see changed but a lot of good things happened throughout the year nevertheless:
- In January, we launched the Early Access Program. Even though it was a kind of a paid beta, it was confirming again and again that you guys are excited about the vision and want to support it even if the production version it not ready yet.
- In April, VersionPress 1.0 was released, allowing you to have a site automatically versioned in Git, including database changes. From the user perspective, it was a simple “undo button for WordPress” which allows you to be much more confident in actions such as updating plugins or deleting things.
- In summer, we closed a seed round of funding from Credo Ventures and 4 other investors in Prague. I know this sounds more like an internal thing but was really significant for the future of the project.
- In October, we released VersionPress 2.0 with sync / staging features. You have to see it to believe that VersionPress can merge two databases automagically. We don't have a user-friendly UI for it yet but the technology is extremely promising and I personally believe that this will change how WordPress sites are managed in the future.
- We grew our team from 2 to 6 people and many others helped us externally.
- We now have hundreds of early access users and many others who tried VersionPress or downloaded it from our website. Thank you all, your support and feedback has been invaluable!
Plans for 2016
Next year, we will kind of have two “tracks” of effort.
In one, we will continue developing VersionPress. Early next year we're going to release VersionPress 3.0 will many useful enhancements and we're hoping the v4 to be the first non-Early Access release later that year. Many things will change by then about how we approach things and I think you'll like them (some keywords for you to take a hint: free, open, GitHub).
In the other track, we'll start doing things that are not necessarily that Git geeky thing we've been doing for the past 2.5 years but are related to it or make a lot of sense if you think of a broader vision of VersionPress as something that wants to improve WordPress workflows. There's a lot that can be done in this area and the technical foundation we have in VersionPress, as well as our experience with building it, will allow us to introduce some pretty cool tools and services during the next year. Looking forward to share them with you guys!
Overall, 2016 is going to be an exciting year. Lots of things are going to change but the vision remains the same: you should be more confident working with your WordPress sites.
Thank you for being on this ride with us and Happy Holidays!