Headway

Easiest way to keep your customers in the loop

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#4 Product of the DayFebruary 16, 2016

Reviews

  • Neil ChalkProduct Manager, 15below
    Pros: 

    Simple to setup and use

    Cons: 

    Not easy to use on mobile on the go

    Having just had similar functionality implemented for my day job I was impressed at how easy this was to get working and integrated into my side project.

    Neil Chalk has used this product for one month.
  • Adi GoldsteinAdi Goldstein-Composer & Music Producer
    Pros: 

    Amazing and simple UI, SSL for subdomains and many more...

    Cons: 

    I wish there where a way to costumers to subscribe

    Amazing and simple UI, SSL for subdomains and many more, fast and easy posting & great support!

Discussion

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Oskar KrawczykMaker@oskar · JSFiddle and Headwayapp.co creator
Hello hunters! This is super exciting, after a few weeks of squashing bugs and finishing up features, we've decided to officially launch Headway on Product Hunt. Some background on why Headway came to be. Many months ago, it was a typical day at the startup I co-founded, was doing some analysis, and digging through some customer feedback. I could see there was a recurring question or even doubts in the head of our users "is your app was even worked on" – this was a pretty surprising thing to see since we've tweeted about changes added blog posts. And hell yes, we've worked on it, ALL THE TIME – how dare you think otherwise! It came to me that there has to be a better way to inform users about changes, every change, not only big features. Because as it turns out, every change counts, every piece of info that you can share with your user-base, you should. I figured a public changelog page would be a good idea, but that only solves half of the problem, what about the people who use your app but don't necessarily want to browse through some navigation to find the changelog page. That's when the idea of an embeddable widget came. There are so many companies, startups, even small apps that don't communicate about smaller changes (the ones that you add daily, or weekly), only focusing on a big blog post about the new amazing feature they've been working for the past year. And that's exactly where Headway comes in, it's your public changelog page, and it's your embeddable widget.
Anton Vynogradenko@restuta · I ride cats, pet bikes and love code.
@oskar Great product. One important thing that is missing is styling already read messages. A user now has no way to figure out which ones are being read and which ones are not. I see it uses `data-read` attribute, but it would be nice to have a way to style it with custom CSS or if at least by default read items had different style (e.g. grayed out)
Oskar KrawczykMaker@oskar · JSFiddle and Headwayapp.co creator
@restuta Thanks! Absolutely agree, adding an unread indicator is top ticket on our list. We won't provide a way to style it with custom CSS but there will be an indication.
Andrew Rogoff@andrewrogoff
@oskar That's great that you're planning to distinguish read messages from unread ones. Another thing that would be great is if you could mark all messages as read either as an option when opening the menu or by clicking a link that says "Mark all as read". If you look at the way Facebook or even Product Hunt works, that is probably the least clunky way - it clears the unread counter as soon as you've opened the menu. You don't have to click on each item to clear it. Anyway, great work! We're thinking of using it for Resource Guru :)
Anton Vynogradenko@restuta · I ride cats, pet bikes and love code.
@oskar Hi Oskar, it's been a while and I see other features landed, but not this one. Is it reasonable to expect this one sometime next month?
Oskar KrawczykMaker@oskar · JSFiddle and Headwayapp.co creator
@restuta It is reasonable, yes.
Gmelius@gmeliustm · Gmelius
Just added Headway to Gmelius website https://gmelius.com. Really nice, especially the CNAME support! A few suggestions: + Implement simple ways to customize the look of the changelog pages, especially the header (e.g. logo of the company and link to the homepage). + Support multiple products. Say you have 2 different products but one company, would be great to have categories/tags/sections to differentiate between them.
Oskar KrawczykMaker@oskar · JSFiddle and Headwayapp.co creator
@gmeliustm Thanks a lot! For now you can change the color accent on the public changelog page to match your branding better. But, we absolutely want to give the ability to upload a company logo. This will be added really soon. Adding a +1 to the sub-accounts request. Gmelius looks like a great app!
Jack Smith@_jacksmith · Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
ok. this is solid. it should definitely exist. serves a use-case like readme.io
Jarratt Isted@jarrattisted · Cofounder, HelpDocs
Been using Headway and think it's really great. Love the design, and it's super simple.
Oskar KrawczykMaker@oskar · JSFiddle and Headwayapp.co creator
@jarrattisted Music to my ears! Thanks!
Rustem Mussabekov@exentrich · Founder of Raindrop.io
Super awesome! Some feature requests: custom static message in widget (for example ad about pro subscription), custom tags for posts, links to Twitter/Facebook in widget.
Oskar KrawczykMaker@oskar · JSFiddle and Headwayapp.co creator
@exentrich Thanks man! So a static message would be a pinned one so it's always somewhere at the top? Custom labels are being worked on, definitely something we'll have. For now you can kind of work around it, and substitute text in labels (in the widget) with the provided one, more on this in the docs: https://headway.gitbooks.io/docs...
Rustem Mussabekov@exentrich · Founder of Raindrop.io
@oskar I prefer this text in the bottom, so it must look different than change log posts. Btw I really like the idea of Headway, it's definitely what I am looking for.
Oskar KrawczykMaker@oskar · JSFiddle and Headwayapp.co creator
@exentrich Interesting, I'll put this on our list, this might get in handy for some users. Thanks for the idea Rustem!