We are breaking our silence with a mega-sized update! Read on for all the juicy details.
Phase One of our release plan is now live! In this Phase, we were focused on the ability for Artists to create a Service Offering (aka, Commissions). Phase Two will be centered around the Client/Job Creation side of things.
Service Templates are Ready for Testing!
Our mission is to help make the business parts of freelancing easy, so you can focus on what you love to do. Our robust Service Template creator is a big step in that direction.
- Set your prices as a Range or a Flat-Rate
- Require Deposits (multi-part payment system!)
- In-app hourly rate calculators help you price your work
- Automatically calculated “Slots”
- Guided SEO tagging (part 2)
- Print Offerings
- And so much more …
You can build your Service Offering now, and preview how it will look in your Store, but cannot publish them just yet. That will be coming in Phase Two, later this Summer.
Store Settings and Revamped Account Hub
We have moved some things around to better accommodate the growing account and Storefront options. There is now a new Store Settings section which covers things like your available work hours, your “mature request” preferences, and Storefront Theme.
Speaking of themes ~~
Light and Dark Theme Options
You can now choose between a light or a dark theme for your Store! Choose the best option that works with your creative style! This is set up behind the scenes to allow more customization options for subscribers in a future update. :)
Improvements to Image Galleries
Projects now have an improved image preview interface! You can now view an image “full screen” within the browser window. Images also have a very basic form of “download protection”, which basically means it’s not very easy to right-click and save off an image of your work.
Subscriptions are now available
We have made Subscriptions available to purchase. It’s important to note that many features unlocked with a subscription are not yet available, but subscribing now will lock in discounted Open Beta pricing, and will help support the project as we build more features for you!
In-App Reporting Feature
We now have an integrated Report & Service Request system. You can send us a bug report, or ask for help without leaving the page you are on in the app.
You can still email us at firstname.lastname@example.org too. :)
Office Hours and Portfolio reviews with our CEO
Our CEO has opened up office hours to meet with you! We want to help you succeed as an artist any way we can. Schedule some time to walk through the app together, get help setting up a Service Template, or get some advice on creating professional-level portfolios and services that SELL. You’ll find a link to the scheduler on your Dashboard.
That’s it for now, thank you so much for your time and enthusiasm for the project, we can’t wait to see what you create. Please reach out with your thoughts, ideas, bugs, annoyances, and anything else, so we can make our community as awesome as we know it can be.
We’ll be in touch again soon with more updates and goodies for you. :)
The ArtistAlley.io Team