Howdy, friends! I'm writing this belated update having just arrived back in Seattle from a week of leisure and wine in Paris. Apologies for the sluggishness in responding to emails and DMs; rest assured, I'll be spending the next few days getting back to folks.
March was a big month for Buttondown.
I shipped three things that have folks have been pining for for months:
- You can now create and send emails through Buttondown’s API.
- Buttondown now has a Zapier integration, meaning that you can now do things like fire webhook events in response to new subscribers or send out emails in response to RSS items.
- Paid subscriptions are now in public beta. (I’ve onboarded three folks and am in the process of onboarding three more; if you want in, just email me!)
I cannot be more excited about all of these new ships. There’s a lot of work to be done still (especially on that last piece: paid subscriptions are barebone, and I need to flesh out analytics and reporting) but this represents the culmination of a lot of work and I am thrilled to have it across the line.
April is going to be a languid month, filled with paying down some technical debt, solving myriad bugs, and getting my ducks in a row. I’m not promising anything too huge, but some small stuff you may enjoy:
- More work on enabling multiple newsletters for a given account.
- Supporting Firefox/Safari’s reading mode on archive pages.
- Nicer slug URLs for archived emails.
- Exposing subscriber events through the API.
- Seriously, lots of bug fixes.
I've updated Buttondown's running costs for April. Notable are the increased Clearbit costs and the ever-rising costs of Mailgun's email validation; if I have time, I'm going to work on ameliorating both.
Some other things you might find interesting.
I’ve been writing about Buttondown a fair bit on my personal blog: