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Introducing devlogs

For many developers, projects on itch.io are living pages with frequent updates, new images, and gameplay videos. We think it's important for creators to start building and talking with their audience early and a development log is a great way to do that!

When we launched refinery we made it really easy for creators to distribute new builds quickly, but it wasn't obvious how to to announce the changes. We've experimented with having a Devlogs section in our community, and seen many use their project message boards to post topics for each new update.

Today we're happy to announce our next feature: devlogs.

Integrated into your game pages

Devlog posts will appear in the same customized layout you've build for your project. The devlog page is mobile friendly so they're easy to read on any device. A list of your posts will also appear on your project's main page.

Easy to create

We automatically monitor you pages and give you a notification if you've changed anything recently. Creating a new post will automatically select all the things you've changed for sharing. You can find the notification in your dashboard and on the top of your project page.

Attachments to keep track of changes

Attach files, images, butler builds, videos, and Sketchfab scenes directly into your posts to catalog what has changed.

Comments & likes

Devlog posts can have comments and likes to help you get feedback on the updates. Similar to other community features on itch.io, comments are completely optional. If they aren't appropriate for your posts then feel free to turn them off.

Get your followers' attention

New posts are published to your followers' feeds. Additionally, we have a new devlogs section on the global feed so you can see what's up on all of itch.io.

Enjoy!

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From limited testing, it looks like the devlogs don't get sent as email notifications to followers. Are they supposed to generate emails, or just show up in the feed on the site?

Admin

Devlogs are sent to your followers via an email digest if their account settings have that enabled.

The digest groups devlog posts from other people they follow, so it does not go out immediately after a devlog is published. The digest emails go out at most once per day. You will have to wait at most 24 hours before you can confirm if the email was sent or not, and I see that your devlog was just posted 4 hours ago. Hope that explains.

Ah! Yep, that makes a lot more sense. I thought it was immediate, but a digest format makes a lot of sense too.

I can't find a way to add a second post to my devlog. I can edit my original post, but not add a new one that gives an update. 

Admin

You have to write a new devlog by going to your project’s dashboard, going into the devlogs section, and clicking the “Write a new post” button there. Hope that helps

Good stuff

love the dev log feature, but how do i share a draft with a friend to proof the post before publishing? i'm surprised it doesn't have a restricted visibility option like the game pages do. have i overlooked an obvious way to do this?

Awesome!

Great !

How to place my game in main page.

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NICE

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I tried for so long and still not able to

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how its IMPOSSIBLE! to get to this game page i do not get it make it easer to make games pls?

first, make a game, then go to https://itch.io/game/new and set it up

Hello, people! 

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Where can I see the rules that a game must follow in order to be published? like the content of the game or other things

Admin(+1)

You can check our Terms of Service and Quality Guidelines.

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Thaankss

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can we edit or delete a devlog after it's published? I can't find a way to do this. Thanks.

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Go to your profile select your project for which this devlog is made. Now find the heading "Development log" and click the link to the devlog you want to open. When opened there is a button on the top middle called edit post, click there to edit it.  In the bottom right corner of the devlog you can delete it.

Brilliant, thanks, so obvious now that I see it. I think my eyes didn't spot before because it was in the top banner of the page (staring me in the face).

You are very welcome. I assume it was you on twitter? Thanks for that, but did you delete it again, can't seem to find it anymore?

Sorry, I don't use Twitter, so I'm not sure what you're referring to. Here is my latest (corrected) devlog https://hangrybear.itch.io/dessert-strike/devlog/16183/day-18

Oh sorry. Someone just tagged us on twitter saying thanks for something related to devlogs, the same moment as you replied in here. :)

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For users to find a devlog, do there need to be a build of the game first?

no it just needs a game page. you can attach builds when you do upload though

So if you want to create a Devlog for a project you are working on you need to go to "Upload New Project" first?

Admin

That's right, you need to create a project page before you can post a devlog. The label "upload new project" is a bit misleading though, since you don't have to upload something to create a new project page.

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Great,I'm a new Dev..

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