Welcome to the New and Improved Directus WebsiteBy Michelle Maddox on February 22, 2022
Exciting things are happening at Directus — not the least of which is the topic of this blog post: our Website redesign!
But wait! Before you chalk this up to a marketing ploy, we’d like to explain why we tackled the task of redesigning our website, and why you’ll love the changes we’ve made.
As you know, Directus is all about supporting our user community, and we felt our old website could have done a better job with that. So, we looked at it through a developer’s lens and made some important changes. Here’s a quick summary:
Total product transparency: We don’t just want to sell you on the idea or concept of our Open Data Platform with marketing jargon and doctored screenshots – we want to show you our amazing platform! To that end, we’ve added an overview video that showcases Directus right on the home page, so you can see the platform in action. We’ve also added other videos throughout the site that demonstrate some of our key features, such as Directus Insights, Content Translations, and Data Flows. A full version of Directus is available via our new (completely free) Community Cloud offering, so you can experience the platform and its capabilities, before you buy. Create a free Project.
New usage-based pricing: On our Pricing page, you’ll see that we’ve completely restructured our pricing strategy to be simple and straightforward. Our new Community Cloud option enables you to get started free of charge. Then, depending on your needs, you can upgrade to Standard or Enterprise Cloud, with low monthly usage-based pricing. Whether you’re a hobbyist or startup, or a large Fortune 500 company, our flexible pricing and deployment options make it easier than ever for you to get up and running quickly and cost-effectively with Directus.
New technical guides: Under the Developers section of the site, you’ll find a bunch of brand spanking new technical guides that will help you get started with using Directus alongside your favorite framework. These guides are easy to understand and will help you quickly find the most value from the platform.
Project Spotlight: To raise the visibility of some of the cool projects our users are working on, we’ll be showcasing keystone customers throughout the site, and sharing some of the innovative new apps and solutions they're building using the Directus platform. These stories will provide inspiration and insight about how you can leverage Directus to build your next project. Do you have a project you’d like to spotlight? Tell us about it here.
Rebranded to reflect our growth and core values: A website redesign wouldn’t be a website redesign without an updated look and feel. We thought long and hard about how to use color, branding elements and visuals to reflect how we’re growing as a company and community, without losing sight of our origins. For example our brand color – #6644FF (more commonly known as purple) – is now more vibrant and consistent throughout the site. We’ve cleaned up the layout, and simplified the navigation, as well. All of these changes were made in alignment with our overarching goal of making it easier for our user audience to learn about and start using our platform.
The website redesign is part of a broader effort to engage, support and delight developers who use Directus, as we continue to grow as a company and expand our user community. We are also in the process of sending out surveys to Directus users, to collect feedback and ideas that will help us shape the product roadmap and guide the direction of the company in meaningful ways. Got Feedback? We’re All Ears!
We’re proud of our new site, and we feel it’s a reflection of where we’ve been, how far we’ve come, and where we’re headed! The new design supports our business objectives to remain completely open-source and transparent as we deliver a reliable, stable service for powering data-driven apps, SaaS offerings and digital experiences.
Do you have any feedback or ideas? Whether it’s good, bad or ugly, we’d love to hear it! Reach out to us any time with questions, input, comments and suggestions. Additionally, you can continue to send us your input on #FeedbackFridays on our social channels, check back each week!