Hey there, Keanan here! If you haven’t been following the latest changes and developments within Branch, let me catch you up.
Branch has continued humming along for existing customers over the past few months, but new signups have been closed off since April 2021. I acquired Branch from Peter Suhm, along with its older brother WP Pusher, in September and announced my decision to reopen Branch shortly.
Today is that day: Branch is once again open for new users.
I encourage you to take a look through the homepage and some of the existing documentation on the site. Whether you need to run unit tests, Lighthouse scores, custom WP-CLI commands or almost anything else you can think of, Branch is the place to do it.
As we move forward, I’m especially excited to continue making Branch one of the best developer tools in the WordPress ecosystem. Our mission has always been and continues to be to help developers of all types deploy their code safely and automatically.
To help this along, we’ll be uploading more YouTube videos, documentation, and general inspiration. This is give more insight into how Branch can be integrated into your side projects, daily workflow, and everything else in between. There are some great features up ahead on the roadmap that I’m really excited about, and which you can start experimenting with beginning today absolutely free of charge.
If you have any further concerns, if there’s a workflow you’re trying to support that you don’t see documented, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM me on Twitter @kkoppenhaver. I’ll be more than happy to jump on a call with you and figure out the best way to get you started with Branch.
Let me know what you think and keep an eye out for some incredible stuff coming soon!
I’m really excited to announce that we just started releasing season 1 of our new podcast Billable Hours. The podcast (this season at least) is for WordPress agencies and freelance shops covering business and the tech behind it.
Our vision for Branch is to be the best way for agencies to deploy WordPress projects. And what are agencies? Agencies are groups of people working together to solve client problems. So naturally we are excited to finally launch proper team access to Branch!
This email was sent to the Branch early access and user list on March 20th. I thought I would share it here on the blog as well.
As most of us in the digital workforce are
working from home, I thought I’d take a moment to share what we’re
working on at Branch. It’s certainly not the easiest time to focus on
work with the current news stream. All the anxiety and panic can make it
very hard to think about work – does it even matter? However I don’t
think it’s in anyone’s interest to shut down the entire world, so the
parts that we can keep moving we probably should.
Today was a big day at the virtual Branch office. We released the biggest overhaul of the UI to date. We completely re-imagined how build recipes work in the product. With this update, it’s all plug & play. Pick the tools you use, hit build and be done with it.
Watch the screencast in the beginning on this post to see build recipes in action.
This morning I had a call with someone who works for one of the largest and most famous WordPress agencies. It’s an agency I respect a lot and they do an incredible amount of work to support the WordPress community through various open source efforts, sponsorships etc.
While speaking to this person, I had one of those revelations that
seem so obvious when you say them out loud, but it really sat with me
Yesterday I had a conversation with Jonathan Wold about Branch and the WordPress eco system in general. Jonathan asked me a few times what my vision was for Branch. How do I see this playing out? How do I envision the product in the future? The conversation sparked a lot of great questions for me to reflect on. The purpose of this blog post is to try to answer those questions.