And just like that, it’s 2024 already. Since the launch of the commenting feature in June of last year, it’s become a bit quieter here on the blog—but Mattrbld is still alive and healthy. More and more users and companies are using it to manage their personal blogs, portfolios and websites, or considering switching to it. The biggest blocker seems to be that it is not open source—but more on that in a bit.
First, let’s have a look at what happened over the past twelve months and how many of the goals from last year’s roadmap I was able to tackle. Overall, there have been four releases in 2024, each bringing a set of new features and bug fixes.
In 2023, my main goals were to complete the documentation and finishing the commenting feature—which I successfully managed to do. The documentation was completed in March and the commenting feature launched in June, as mentioned before. I also managed to refactor the
<Toast /> components as planned.
Beyond that, there were many new features and quality of life improvements that were released over the year. Some of my favourites are:
New UI scaling options
Better Schema generation from existing files
Disabling Previews for certain Collections
Tooltips for long file names
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to publishing more educational blog posts on how to use Mattrbld for blogs and personal websites, which would have come in handy with the current shift towards self-hosting and owning your content. I also wasn’t able to migrate to Vite and tackle some other features that were planned for 2023—but at least I was able to fix a slew of bugs!
Moving into 2024, my biggest goal is to get everything ready for releasing Mattrbld as an open source project by the end of the year. I’m hoping that this will make the project more popular and will relieve some of the understandable concerns potential users have about choosing it for their projects.
Along with all the administrative challenges like picking the right licence and getting everything ready for accepting contributions, I have two big blockers that I’ll need to tackle:
Rewriting the Website, since it’s still built with Gridsome and has some quirks that need to be ironed out—a search function for the docs would also be nice!
Migrating the project to Vite in order to be able to properly update all dependencies to their latest versions and provide a clean, easy and fast developer experience.
So those two aspects are what I’ll focus on for the foreseeable future. Of course there’ll be bugfixes and the occasional new feature, but expect fewer releases until the project is ready to be open sourced.
A Word of Thanks
With that commitment made, I’d also like to thank everyone who has tried, used and recommended Mattrbld during the last year. I appreciate every message, comment and suggestion and I hope this tool can bring delight, freedom and flexibility to everyone’s web-development lives.
Have a great 2024 everyone! 😊