It's also a great time to grab a free account! Accounts created on August 1 or later (eastern US time) will have a limit on the number of posts they can create for free.

Besides helping us reach sustainability sooner, with these changes we want to encourage people to spread out across other instances. There are already some great ones to pick from!

writefreely.org/instances

We're going to phase out our Casual plan for new users next month, as we move towards a focus on our apps and helping more instances get started.

Read more on @intheopen: write.as/intheopen/casual-phas

We like to talk about how lightweight is by saying it's "light enough to run on a Raspberry Pi." But to actually do that, you'd need to go through the work of compiling everything yourself.

Well, not anymore. Now we'll be releasing ARMv7 builds that can run on a Raspberry Pi, starting with WriteFreely v0.10.

Download that build here:
github.com/writeas/writefreely

Coming in v0.10: more control over your home page! As the admin of a multi-user instance, you'll be able to:

* Change the content of the home page (as seen here: pencil.writefree.ly)

* Change the default page that non-users land on (e.g. instead of the home page, it could be your About page, or a specific blog)

Both and are only a couple stars away from 1,000 on GitHub! Why not send them over the threshold? ⭐

WriteFreely :writefreely2:
github.com/writeas/writefreely

Plume :plume:
github.com/Plume-org/Plume

If you were having trouble running the official v0.9.1 build on macOS or Windows, try the builds we just released: github.com/writeas/writefreely

Fixed issue: github.com/writeas/writefreely

Want to use with Apache instead of Nginx? Here's an excellent step-by-step guide on doing just that.

discuss.write.as/t/install-wri

Here are the full details on our open developer position:

discuss.write.as/t/open-positi

We're looking for developers, but welcome anyone with similar web development skills to apply! There's plenty to be done around , and lots of opportunity to learn Go, if you're interested.

Apply here: write-as.breezy.hr/p/cc7b89733

v0.9.0 included a new bit of information in an instance's NodeInfo: whether or not it has user invites enabled.

You can now see which v0.9+ instances are invite-only vs. completely closed on the Instances page: writefreely.org/instances

We've reached a point where we'd like to start developers to work on the roadmap 💻 :writefreely2:

This would be remote, contract-based work for now, with a chance to go full-time later in the year (assuming all continues going well). You'd be creating free / open source software.

I'll have more details soon, but especially if you're a / developer and want to work on a growing project, I'd love to hear from you!

Now the Instances page shows whether or not instances are up-to-date 👍

writefreely.org/instances

What are your biggest questions as someone *writing* on the platform? Looking for feedback on what to include in the Writer's Guide here:

discuss.write.as/t/feedback-wa

New article about on (note: paywall): lwn.net/Articles/782945/

It's great to read something like this from someone using it for the first time: "WriteFreely has achieved its goal of making it possible to set up a new blogging site with a minimum of effort."

But also plenty of valid criticism there that'll help us making the project better.

If you're at all interested in the development / progress of and , I'd highly recommend following @writeas_dev.

Whereas I try to keep this account low-volume and limited to the important stuff, the dev account often contains what we're working on at any given moment, as well as new issues, small fixes, and our future plans.

Even if you're not a developer but instead run a WriteFreely instance — or just publish on one — there's relevant information for you there.

Here are some more customized sites that have been built with / Write.as:

writefreely.org/createdwith

Love seeing what people have been able to do with a simple layout and a bit of CSS.

Put together a comprehensive guide for contributing to — everything from documentation to code. This will be an evolving document for outlining our current processes, communication channels, places the project needs help, etc.

writefreely.org/contribute

Any questions still? Anything I missed?

Wrote an article for opensource.com about starting a community with :

WriteFreely: Start a blog, build a community
opensource.com/article/19/2/wr

Just launched Write.as Labs, a section of the platform for experimental new features, available to all Pro users. We'll be using this corner of the platform to try out different ideas, gather feedback, make improvements, and then bring the feature into the core product (including ), if it makes sense.

Our first feature is an alternative web-based editor with a more traditional UI for publishing to Write.as -- the Classic Editor.

Try it out now on Labs: write.as/labs

I'm looking to feature some instances on WriteFreely.org. If you're running a permanent instance and want to be included, let me know!

discuss.write.as/t/want-your-w

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