Pixel & Tonic is best known for Craft CMS these days, but before Craft, we made a name for ourselves writing add-ons for ExpressionEngine. These add-ons are widely considered to be some of the best to ever grace the platform, and they’ve been influential across the entire EE add-on ecosystem—and even the CMS itself.
Now that ExpressionEngine 3.1 is out and we’ve started to jump on the EE3 bandwagon, it’s time for us to share our thoughts and plans for the platform.
Today we are unveiling a massive update to Craft CMS, focussed on improving the author experience across the board.
It’s been six months since we announced that we were building Craft Commerce, and well, it’s been a busy six months. This has been a monumental task, but today we are thrilled to report that it’s just about ready for 1.0.
We just released Craft 2.4.2697 with a few minor improvements and bug fixes, and one really awesome improvement: Craft 2.4 is now fully compatible with PHP 7!
As you may know, it has been possible to test drive Craft Client and Craft Pro for free by running Craft from a whitelisted domain name (craft.dev, along with a couple others). And as of today, it is now possible to try these commercial versions from any non-public domain!
It's been 6 months since Craft 2.3 came out, and while we've been keeping busy on other things, we felt that Craft 2 could use a little shot in the arm. So today we've released Craft 2.4, which brings over 60 additions and improvements, including SVG thumbnail support, redesigned user permissions, and two new Control Panel translations. Check out the release notes for a complete list of what's changed!
We have just released the first build of the Craft 3 Dev Preview!
Earlier this week, Barrel Strength Design released Sprout Forms 1.0, Sprout Email 1.0, and Sprout SEO 1.0. We're thrilled to see these plugins make it out of beta, as each of them have been very highly anticipated by the Craft community.
We've been working hard on Craft 3 for the past 6 months, and we are happy to report that the first phase of its development is nearing completion!
There's a lot going on with the Craft community these days, so we felt that a big overview post was warranted.
We're looking for someone to join our small team to help support and engage the ever-growing Craft community.
If you've ever sent in a feature request for Craft, we probably told you that we'll add it to The List. And we do – we store all feature requests and to-do's in Asana, where we discuss it and consider ways to address it.
The problem is, that list is private, so no one has any idea if their idea has been requested before, or how likely we are to actually get around to it anytime soon. And while we do try to make notes of duplicate requests and have some idea of how popular the ideas are, a to-do list app is ultimately not the right tool for that job.
Have you ever wished that there was an easy way to show off Craft to a friend, colleague, or client? We certainly have, and today we are making it possible with a brand new Craft demo site.
We're thrilled to announce that Benjamin David has joined Pixel & Tonic!
We’ve just released Craft 2.3 – by far the most massive minor Craft release yet with over 230 new features and improvements.
We’ve just released Craft 2.2, and it’s the biggest minor release yet, with 140 new features and additions!
We’ve just released a whole batch of updates to our ExpressionEngine add-ons.
Two months have passed since Craft 2.0 was released, and what a wild ride it’s been! The release has been more successful than we could have imagined. The response to the new features and pricing model was overwhelmingly positive, and excitement surrounding the platform is at an all-time high right now. We feel so honored to be able to serve you guys – you’ve made this whole CMS thing a lot of fun.
The Craft community hit an exciting milestone today: there are now 100 plugins available on Straight up Craft!
We’re humbled and thrilled to see so many people diving into Craft’s plugin APIs, and sharing their work with the rest of the community. Craft has only been out for about a year, and the plugin ecosystem is really off to a great start. We can’t wait to see what the future holds!
One of the key innovations in Craft – make that the key innovation – is a new concept called “Element Types”. We’ve mentioned Element Types here and there, but we haven’t explained what they are yet, much less how plugins can take advantage of them.
Now that Craft 2 is out, we’re finally ready to lift the curtain.
We’ve been selling Craft with its Package model for over a year now, and in that time we’ve learned a lot about what works vs. what doesn’t.
It’s been five months since Craft 1.3 came out, and boy have we been busy. We’ve redesigned Craft’s Control Panel and refactored large portions of the codebase. We’ve finalized our “Element Type API” for plugins, and introduced background task support. We’ve added taxonomy support via categories, eight alternate data caching methods, partial template caching, and tons more – there are 250 additions and improvements in total!
Today we are unveiling all of that work, and we’re calling it Craft 2.
We just released Wygwam 3.3, which packs the latest version of CKEditor, fixing some incompatibility issues with Internet Explorer 11, as well as Grid compatibility and other improvements.
You can grab the update over at Devot:ee. Enjoy!
2014 is off to a great start: we’re working away on Craft 1.4; our first Virtual Training course is underway; and we’ve started planning a couple of workshops for Peers in April. That’s all business as usual nowadays, but one thing’s different now: as of January, Craft is turning a profit!
Today we are unveiling something very special. Something we’ve been preparing for since the day we started working on Craft.
We just released Assets 2.2, a big ‘ol update with a few cool new features.
We just released Wygwam 3.2, a humble update with a bug fix, better Assets support, and some handy new extension hooks.
We just released Matrix 2.5.7, which fixes some minor compatibility issues with EE 2.7, including Channel Form support for the built-in File cell type.
Documentation is a beast with two heads. It's challenging enough to write and present everything in a way that makes sense to an audience with a variety of experience levels and needs, and then there's the part where you have to manage it all, ideally in a way that encourages you to continue revising and adding content as time goes on.
We just released Craft 1.2 – a huge update that literally packs over 100 new features and improvements.
To coincide with today’s Craft 1.2 release, we just took the wraps off of Craft’s brand new website. The site sports a new design that better compliments Craft itself, and we’ve added Pricing, Help & Support, and Resources pages. We’ve also integrated Craft’s Documentation and Showcase into the site, which used to live on separate domains.
It’s been a busy eight weeks since Craft 1.0 launched! In that time Craft has seen eight minor updates, there have been 1,403 new licenses and 774 new package trials issued, and 46 packages have been purchased. Craft has received high praise from people and companies we deeply respect, such as Happy Cog and Dan Perrera from The Outfit. The community continues to thrive with 888 members at the time of writing, and they’ve deployed Craft on some really cool sites – enough that we decided to build a showcase site to show them all off. We even wrote a three-hour training curriculum and gave it a test drive at Peers, and we’re working to bring it online in one form or another. A busy eight weeks, indeed!
Today we get to reveal the other thing we’ve been working on: Craft 1.1.
We just released Wygwam 3, a big update to ExpressionEngine’s most popular WYSIWYG editor.
Recently we’ve received a few questions about Craft’s license agreement, and we thought this would be a good opportunity to explain some of our thinking publicly.
Ever since launching Pixel & Tonic, I’ve thought about adding a consulting arm to the business. There are a few reasons for that, but the main one is that I think it’s important for us to be at the other end of our software from time to time.
It’s here. It packs 36 new features and improvements, including Live Preview – a feature that you really need to see to believe, awesome Search, new Color and relationship fields, a refreshed CP design, CP translations for five languages, and much more!
Sunday marked the two month anniversary since we launched the Craft public beta, and now seems as good of a time as any to take another look at some relevant stats.
It quickly became clear that the time support in yesterday’s release was a bit underwhelming. That didn’t sit well with us, so we went back to the drawing board, and came up with something much better.
We just released Craft 0.9.2216, which added a few pretty cool new features.
We just released updates to all of our fieldtypes, fixing various compatibility issues with EE 2.6, as well as some other bug fixes and minor enhancements.
I launched this site over three years ago now. I was working solo at the time, with three commercial EE add-ons and the drive to build a company. Today there are four of us, we’ve got two more add-ons, our own frickin’ CMS, and we’re fostering a new community that’s growing around that CMS.
Times have changed, and so the time has come to to rethink this site’s purpose. There are things it should be focussing on that it wasn’t, and things it shouldn’t be focussing on anymore that it was.
Kenny Meyers of The Nerdary interviewed me about Craft last week, and published it this morning. We covered a pretty wide range of topics, including why we built Craft in the first place, code and technology choices, our internal apps and processes for updating Craft, thoughts on piracy, plugins, and the future of Craft.
If you’re interested in hearing about the more technical aspects of Craft, it’s definitely worth a read!
We just released Playa 4.4, which adds Better Workflow support! Better Workflow allows you to create drafts of your entries that you can work on without affecting what’s live. It’s a great add-on, and we’re happy to announce that now all of P&T’s add-ons work perfectly with it!