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Cushion is Online

Jul 24, 2014

I’ve been contemplating not mentioning this just yet because I don’t want it to seem like I’m ready to launch the beta, but… Cushion is now online. This past weekend, after great pressure from my wife (also a freelancer), I decided to set up everything needed to get Cushion working on a server.

I knew this would be a challenge, as it always is, but I wanted to get it out of the way early, so that everything I change from now on will need to work in production, avoiding any last-minute surprises. Also, it helps me establish a better process for updating the app, through the use of continuous integration and an asset pipeline that keeps compiled code outside of the dev branch.

Along with all the deployment setup, I’ve integrated a few helpful services for performance metrics, exception tracking, and user analytics. As I progress with Cushion, I’ll rely on these services to fine-tune the app along the way. Everything is also wired to my personal Slack room, so I’m alerted of any issues as they happen. I want to get this app right from the start and this extra preparation will go a long way.

Regarding the beta, I don’t have a definite date in mind, but it’s sooner than later. I have a short list of crucial items to tackle, then all of the payment and legal stuff. As a reminder, the beta is paid in order to support early development and encourage users to provide real feedback. I’ve been a part of far too many free betas that attract countless stagnant users because there’s no incentive or motivation to consistently test the app.

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  1. Our First Company Lunch
    Story
  2. How to embed Vue.js & Vuex inside an AngularJS app... wait what?
    Dev
  3. Funding Cushion
    Story
  4. Hiring a Team of Freelancers
    Story
  5. Taking a Real Break From Work
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  6. Slack as a Notification Center
    Dev
  7. Document Your Features
    Story
  8. 300
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  9. Vacations
    Design
  10. Offering Discounts
    Design
  11. Waves of Traffic
    Story
  12. Less Blogging, More Journaling
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  13. Retention Through Useful Features
    Design
  14. The Onboarding Checklist
    Design
  15. Spreading the Word
    Story
  16. From Beta to Launch - The Subdomain
    Dev
  17. From Beta to Launch - Sign up
    Design
  18. From Beta to Launch - Messaging
    Design
  19. Launch
    Story
  20. Authenticating with 3rd Party Services
    Dev
  21. Intro to Integrations
    Design
  22. Inspiration vs Imitation
    Story
  23. The Emotional Rollercoaster
    Story
  24. Designing Project Blocks
    Design
  25. Everything in Increments
    Story
  26. Deleting Your Account
    Design
  27. Designing the Subscription Page
    Design
  28. Rewriting the Timeline
    Dev
  29. Restructuring the Individual Project Page
    Design
  30. Project Blocks
    Story
  31. Redesigning the Homepage
    Design
  32. Multiple Timelines
    Design
  33. Archiving and Estimate Differences
    Design
  34. Multiple Financial Goals
    Design
  35. Zooming in on the Timeline
    Design
  36. Currency
    Dev
  37. Preferences, Accounts, and a Typeface Change
    Design
  38. Sending Out the First Email
    Story
  39. Currency Inputs, Notifications, and Invoice Nets
    Design
  40. Dots and Lines
    Design
  41. Calculating in the Database and Revealing Tendencies
    Dev
  42. Improved Form UX
    Design
  43. Cushion is Online
    Story
  44. Schedule Timeline Patterns
    Design
  45. A Slimmer Schedule Timeline
    Design
  46. The Schedule Timeline
    Design
  47. Plugging in Real Data for the First Time
    Design
  48. Transitions and Project Lists
    Design
  49. Death to Modals
    Design
  50. The Individual Project Page
    Design
  51. Estimated Incomes and Talks with Other Freelancers
    Story
  52. Statuses to Lists and the Paid Beta
    Story
  53. The Timeline
    Story
  54. Invoice Terminology
    Dev
  55. Modal Forms
    Dev
  56. Wiring the Backend to the Frontend
    Dev
  57. Balancing Design and Dev
    Story
  58. Timecop, Monocle, and Vagrant
    Dev
  59. Going with Ruby and Sinatra
    Dev
  60. Ditching local-first and trying out Node.js
    Dev
  61. Switching to AngularJS
    Dev
  62. Building the Table with Vue.js
    Dev
  63. Clients, Projects, and Invoices
    Dev
  64. Introduction
    Story

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