The State of the Stack

First and foremost, thank you all for expressing such immense excitement towards NorthStack. We can’t wait to show you the raw power of NorthStack so that you can get a first-hand look into what we’ve been working so hard to build.

While you’ve all been waiting so patiently, our team has been making monumental strides toward making our vision for NorthStack a reality.

A Rock-Solid Foundation

Just like the world’s largest skyscrapers, the foundation for any product is the most critical component. With something as groundbreaking as NorthStack, we’re committed to delivering a product that is as reliable as can be.

Up to this point, we have been working within a reasonably small footprint inside of an ECS container. This allows us to rapidly prototype various services and endpoints before we deploy the complete production environment.

As our team nears completion of the production environment, we’re continuously testing everything to ensure that it meets our rigorous performance, reliability, and security requirements. So far, things are going exceedingly well. Once our testing is complete, we’ll be ready to expand access to the NorthStack beta.

Expect to see additional beta invitations very soon!

Consoles and Clients

With a product as developer-focused as NorthStack, we’re committed to providing an experience that focuses on simplifying processes for the developers who are utilizing it. That’s where the NorthStack Client comes in.

Since our last update, we’ve been pushing daily changes, improvements, and enhancements to the NorthStack Client. We’re confident that it’ll be something that will easily blend into your existing workflow and become a valuable tool in your development arsenal.

Dogfooding the Docs

In our effort to help you dive head first into NorthStack, we’ve brought documentation expert Jeff Matson on board as the documentation lead and NorthStack community advocate.

With the addition of Jeff to the Pagely/NorthStack team came a fresh new documentation site fully powered by NorthStack. Being full believers in dogfooding, what better way to test and improve the NorthStack platform than to use it ourselves?

Building out a brand new documentation site on NorthStack was also a way for us to further explore what’s possible within a practical use-case. Behind the scenes, we’re pulling our documentation remotely, parsing the data, building static pages from it, then pushing it up to NorthStack where it can live in its serverless, scalable, cacheable glory.

What makes this new take on documentation even better is that it’s all publicly hosted and browsable on GitHub. Want offline documentation while you’re in-flight with a terrible connection? Feel the need to contribute and help others? Problem solved!

Speaking of contribution, we’ve also made a Q&A site available to everyone over at NorthStack Answers. First and foremost, we want to make developer’s lives easier. What better way to do that than to collaborate with the developers who use our product?

A Peek Behind the Curtains

Since you have been so patiently waiting in anticipation, we thought we’d share a few of the features that we’ve been testing with you. You’ve earned it.

The first feature is one you might already know about. We’ve created a solution that easily deploys scalable WordPress sites within a matter of seconds, with zero prep time or additional configuration. We’re taking WordPress’ famous 5-minute installation and kicking it into hyperdrive.

But what’s better than speeding up your workflow? Supercharged performance. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from hosting the world’s top brands on Pagely, it’s how to make a WordPress site crazy fast. Inside every NorthStack app, you’ll see the benefits of AWS, server-side caching, CDNs, and ultra-fast routing at a price that’s refreshingly economical.

We’re also packing in some great features for non-WordPress users. Static site generators like Jekyll and Gatsby can be fully compiled automatically. We like to think of it as a breath of fresh air in a world filled with CI tools and build scripts. Plus, who can resist saving $50 per month in CI service subscriptions?

In this crazy career choice that we made to be developers, we all try to find faster, simpler was to do things without leaving the comfort of our local machine. That’s why we know you’re going to love the NorthStack CLI. One command creates a new app using the stack of your choice, including 3 different environments to use for production, development, and testing.

Looking for a Docker-powered local development environment that matches what’s running in production? The NorthStack CLI has you covered there too. Any apps that you create can be served locally in a matter of seconds. Once you’re ready to deploy your app, you push it up for the world to see with a single command inside the NorthStack CLI.

Not One of the Cool Kids Yet?

If you’re feeling a little left out with all of the fun we’re having in our closed beta, you won’t have to wait much longer. We’ll be blasting out additional NorthStack beta invites as soon as our production environment is ready for the masses.

In the meantime, keep an eye on the NorthStack Twitter account for more announcements coming very soon (just be careful not to tell everyone that Jeff will bump up your spot in the queue for tweeting us your ridiculous or ridiculously awesome app ideas).

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