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The making of the WWSD videos

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 3 minute read

We published a fun series of videos as a promo for our Black Friday sales. These videos are inspired by the more recent apple announcement videos. Let's take a look behind the scenes to see how they were made! The WWSD videos We used WWSD to name our week of Black Friday discounts. It stands for…

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Laravel and PHP developers to follow on Mastodon

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 5 minute read

I love Twitter and I will be there until the ship goes down. Unfortunately, there are some strong signals that it may go away for a while or even permanently. I surely hope it doesn't come to that.

Through years of curating people to follow, I've built a very nice, positive group of people I admire and get inspired by. If Twitter goes down, I want to stay following these people (in a non-creepy way, rest assured). That's why I've already created a Mastadon account, and am looking around for the positive Laravel and PHP vibes there.

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Introducing PHP 8.2: all new features and changes

Original – by Ruben Van Assche – 9 minute read

PHP 8.2 has been released. It is a minor release compared to 8.0 and 8.1. This can be partly attributed to the departure of Nikita Popov as one of the most significant contributors to the PHP language. The PHP language has a lot of maintainers and isn't built by one person, but Nikita was one of the most active of them. Features like union types, typed properties, named arguments, and arrow functions, to name a few, were all added by Nikita.

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🚀 Mailcoach Cloud is now available: affordable email marketing for bloggers, Artisans, and entrepreneurs

Original – by Freek Van der Herten – 24 minute read

We're proud to announce that Mailcoach Cloud has been launched. Using Mailcoach, you can create beautiful email campaigns, set up drip campaigns (or any email automation), and send transactional emails.

Mailcoach works well, whether your email list has 5 or 500 000 subscribers (yes, Mailcoach has been used for lists of that size), or even more. And thanks to our sharp pricing, Mailcoach is the most affordable solution compared to our competitors in most scenarios.

Privacy-minded people will appreciate that open- and click tracking is off by default. And to people that require full GDPR compliance, we can proudly say that everything is hosted on EU servers owned by EU companies.

If you decide to subscribe, you can use this coupon code for one month free: ONEMONTHFREE. You can help us get the word out, by retweeting our launch tweet, or upvoting us on Product Hunt.

In this blog post, I'd like to share why we've built Mailcoach, how you can use it, and how we have built it.

Let's dig in!

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