Monthly Update

December Update: 2023 Retrospective and updates

Posted on December 21st, 2023 by Matteo Papadopoulos

Isn't this the time of year for reflection and expressing gratitude? Let's face it, it should be like this all year round, but let's seize the moment!

As per tradition, Stefano-the-CEO has penned the 2023 retrospective that always makes us proud to be part of this team.

And what a team it is, having grown a remarkable 60%! We can no longer say “we're just 8” because, with the latest arrivals of Ronak (Marketing), Simone (Developer) and Roger (Tech support), in 2023 we became a team of 13! We remain convinced and happy about this size!

Looking at the business side, our linear growth of 31.8% is incredible! Just like all the feedback we received from you throughout the year that improved your workflows with DatoCMS. The number and caliber of teams and agencies using us are continually increasing. Yes, we're super proud of what we've achieved together.

In January, to kick off the year with a bang, we'll be announcing some new features that we've been developing and testing over these last two months. I've been eager to share them, but we didn't want to overwhelm you with news during the holidays! I can tell you that some are already released in ghost-mode! During the holidays, you can do a bit of hunting in the documentation! 😁

You know we don't like sending messages just for the sake of it, even though it would be perfectly fine to just extend our wishes to our entire community. But we've managed to package a few little gems to give you an end-of-year gift 💝!

🙏 Thanks for everything, friends!

🧩 Plugins and integrations

AI Alt Text Generator Plugin

Generate alt texts for your assets in a single click

Alt Text AI is a plugin that serves as an integration bridge between DatoCMS and Alt Text AI. It allows for the generation of alt text directly within the DatoCMS dashboard using the Alt Text AI API. Leveraging AI, it swiftly produces contextually relevant alt text for images: enhancing SEO, accessibility, and the overall user experience.

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Lang Connector by Locale

Lang Connector by Locale, a DatoCMS partner, offers seamless translation automation for your CMS content. Quickly connect to any Translation Management System (TMS), Machine Translation (MT) engine, or translation agency, streamlining localization workflows.

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😜  The usual round of minor improvements

Waiting for the most significant changes, we also managed to squeeze some more minor things requested by our Community:

Adding "Force the use of sandbox environments" option to Project Settings

Enhance your project's security with DatoCMS's new feature: 'Force the use of sandbox environments.' Admins can now protect primary environments, ensuring safe schema and configuration changes, promoting best practices and minimizing production risks.

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Developer Accessible Area of the CMS Will be English-Only

The developer-accessible areas of our CMS will now be exclusively in English. This enhances clarity and consistency with our English-only documentation, simplifying navigation and understanding for global developers.

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⭐️ Project of the month: Jacuzzi®

by Harvey Cameron 🇳🇿

This month, we spotlight Harvey Cameron's Jacuzzi® project as our Project of the Month for its exceptional design and features. Its customizable pool options, clean and user-friendly website, and the prestigious Jacuzzi brand highlight DatoCMS's versatility and excellence in delivering top-tier web experiences.

A superior user and admin experience

This project for the Australian and New Zealand markets enhanced user and admin experiences with remarkable speed, security, stability, and scalability. It's complemented by a strategic digital marketing program and the global "UNDO" brand campaign, exemplifying superior site maintenance and adherence to brand guidelines.

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🧡 Agency Partners

Sixteen new agencies form the last update, wow 🥂!

Join me in welcoming 365Werk, Aranja, Atollon, Envisioning, Feelslike, Harvey Cameron, Konst & Teknik, LAIT, Maker’s Den, MBLM, Merkle Australia, Piramid Studio, Smartive, and Unknown Digital into the DatoCMS partner network!

Some have been partners for a long time, but recently, they've joined our new Partner Program. I think it's important to officially announce them, just like we do with the newcomers.

I've personally spoken with all of them, and trust me, they're fantastic people and super skilled professionals! If you're hesitant to take my word for it, feel free to explore their stunning projects!

I always keep the occasion to remind our long-time partner agencies that these features aren't automatically included but need to be enabled on their account. So, reach out to me, and I'll guide you through the transition. I believe it's worth it.

If you are using these features, please share your thoughts—let us know what we can improve or what has been helpful!

📑 From our blog 

Advanced Data Retrieval With Deep Filtering in DatoCMS

Explore advanced data retrieval in DatoCMS with deep filtering. Learn to manage complex data efficiently, enhancing your CMS experience through powerful, intuitive filtering capabilities.

Connecting with the DatoCMS Community: Unpacking our Customer Research

Discover key insights from the 'Connecting with the DatoCMS Community' that was a result of all the lovely conversations we had with several of you. Learn what makes our CMS a user favorite, from developer-friendly tools to intuitive use, and see how community feedback is driving our continuous evolution.

A look back at 2023

DatoCMS 2023 retrospective post. From consistent revenue growth to expanding our team and streamlining product development, discover the key milestones that shaped our year and our vision for the future.

What DatoCMS Sidebar Plugins Bring To the Table

Learn DatoCMS's Sidebar Plugins to revolutionize your UI experience. This post introduces the Custom Sidebar Hook and other plugins for content previews, note-taking, and more, enhancing efficiency and user experience in your CMS.

👋 That's it for this month!

Warm wishes from the entire DatoCMS team! We wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🎄