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Tim Post

The point of an early design partnership period is to match everything your product is capable of doing with what the current market needs it to do in order to achive fit. Right now, early software startups really seem to need turn-key documentation sites that someone else hosts and updates for them, so that's precisely what we're putting into the first product that we've actually developed in conjunction with early clients.

We can now deliver a fully-responsive developer documentation & community site with the following features:

  • Automatically updated by us! We manage content updates, release notes, screen shots, feature spotlights and feeds. You schedule releases on a shared calendar and push a button to make it live when you're ready. We handle updating your documentation and writing the release notes automatically!

  • We can pull tickets that you tag for us in your existing issue tracking software to help us build narratives around releases. Just tag them for-echoreply along with major item or minor item respectively and we'll use them as building blocks in the story. We don't require many face-to-face calls.

  • Built on Docusaurus to bring the flexibility of MDX and fully-responsive / accessible design that is easy to customize to match your brand. We'll handle the initial theme setup to blend with your site. Anyone that knows Markdown can edit content; advanced users can use MDX and react components.

  • We store your video content on IPFS through Filebase. No more cluttering git repositories with mp4 files, or uploading videos to YouTube (unless you want to!). Additionally, Filebase provides true distributed storage via IPFS; while it provides an Amazon compatability layer in the form of an S3 compatable API, your files are actually hosted around the globe and pinned on the real IPFS.

  • Static content is built and Hosted on Netlify with serverless functions enabled for richer content experiences, metrics, live support and others. We're actively developing more Docusaurus plugins that take advantage of serverless functions, which is outside of the realm of the goals of the project itself.

  • Organized so that all of your content is stored separately from code, in plain text files. Anyone with knowledge of Markdown can create, edit and translate content or send pull requests to improve it, but your functions, components, configuration, etc is stored in a private repository. We accomplish this through Git submodule orchestration.

  • We submit PRs in advance of release dates and collaborate around it just like you currently do code, so you always know in advance what's going to be published.

Pricing for this depends on your release cycle, and the complexity of your software. To make sure the product works well for everyone, the base price includes having us involved in all of your releases, even minor ones, so that we remain involved in the release narrative. We'll make a bigger production out of the ones where there's more to get excited about.

If you're interested in this, please reach out to us so we can assess your product and see if we'd be a good fit at this stage. We can support monthly or longer release cycles with very little lead-in time and be up and running smoothly within 45 days.

Does it have to be (Docusaurus / Filebase / Netlify / etc)?

For now, in most cases, yes. Gatsby is another option if Docusaurus won't fit the bill.

This arrangement lets us automate (for the most part) both the incoming end and delivery end of the work. However, it's feasible that we could do things a little differently - reach out to us if you have something else in mind and we'll see how it might fit in our workflow.

Can you migrate our existing documentation site?

In many cases, yes. It would depend on the volume of content, the amount of content with proprietary markup, internationalization strategy and design. We'll apply your logo and brand theme colors when we get started.

How do you coordinate everything?

We use a shared calendar (Google) as well as a shared Slack or Discord channel; for the most part we'll feel like a part time remote employee.

Who writes the content?

The person with the most experience in your domain (who also naturally knows what to look for) will put together the foundation for the content. For consistency, only one or two editors (max) at a time work on the final product that we commit, so that voice and tone stay the same and writing standards remain above objectively met.

How much is it?

The base price is $2500.00 Monthly and includes two feature screencast videos and up to 10 pages of documentation professionally written or updated each month.

A 45 Minute Introductory Call Is Free - Take Advantage Of It With No Obligation! →

The initial evaluation is free and there's no pesky sales follow up calls. If we don't get excited about working togther on the call, we won't pester you.