Why are good changelogs so hard to come by?
Not everyone reads changelogs, but the people who do read matter.
It might be painful and challenging to keep a changelog for this exclusive branch of people.
Therefore, our team would like to lighten your burdens! This series of changelog templates and examples will help you to make your changelog a work of art.
Table of Contents
- The Hidden Value Lies Behind Keeping a Changelog
- 10+ Easy To Use Changelog Templates With AnnounceKit
- Write Changelogs That Your Target Audience Will Appreciate With AnnounceKit
The Hidden Value Lies Behind Knowing How To Write a Changelog
Buying a software product is no more as a straightforward process as it used to be.
Buying a software product is now an ongoing process.
Place your users in this ongoing process and go on a wonderful trip. How?
A changelog page is the museum of a product. It is a place to keep your historical record, how much you developed and let your users know what’s new and changed.
Customers love commitment to transparency. It gives them a reason to trust you.
This, therefore, boosts your product’s success. Your changelog is more than just a way to keep your changes; it’s a way to show that your product is killing it.
Here is a list of best and worst practices of keeping a changelog
Changelog Examples Make It So You Don’t Reinvent The Wheel
We’re really sorry to burst your bubble.
But you’re not that special.
I know I know, it might sting a little bit. However, it’s true. You’re not the first one to create a changelog.
And there are hundreds (if not thousands) of changelog examples that you can mimic.
As you’ll see from just 2 changelog examples below, they’re completely different.
And you know what’s great about that? You can choose which example you like better!
Zoom Changelog Example
As you can see from Zoom’s changelog, it’s pretty robust. It’s organized by different types of features with sub-bullets sharing more detailed information. Nice!
WordPress Changelog Example
WordPress has all of their releases listed out with links to the changelog for each version, allowing you to quickly scroll through all versions (yep, you can scroll through 20 years worth of versions in a matter of 30 seconds).
Again, the point of showing you a few of these changelog examples is to let you know that 1) there’s no “perfect” way to do it and 2) you don’t need to reinvent the wheel if you don’t want to. You can find some examples of changelogs that you like and just replicate them.
Which gets us to the next section of changelog templates and showing you a few templates that you can leverage to make your life easier.
10+ Easy To Use Changelog Templates With AnnounceKit
After lots of research, we’ve gathered our best changelog templates together under 5 categories to inspire your product development and lighten your burdens.
All you need to do is copy the template to your dashboard and modify the copy by replacing the text in [brackets] with the relevant information, and you’ll be ready to rock!
Introduction Changelog Templates
First, you want to let your users know that now you are keeping a changelog!
Greet them with open arms. Keep it friendly and announce that you would like to take them with you on this journey.
Here’s an example of how to capture users’ attention and introduce your changelog:
New Public Changelog!
Our team is happy and humbled to see you here!
We will be using this page to announce new features on [App Name] from now on. You will be able to access it directly in your [Location].
Introduction Changelog Example: WEGLOT
New Changelog Templates
In this category, share the important new features, functionalities, etc., that you want to highlight related to your product.
Keep your title simple and direct. Users don’t spend too much time in each post while scrolling for feature updates, so it is important to introduce the feature directly in the title.
Decide on your audience and tune your voice accordingly.
Write short and informative content.
Ornament your posts with relevant images, screenshots, videos, and GIFs to catch your users’ attention. In AnnounceKit, we believe that the text-image-text model is the king.
Add a link to the related help desk article and call your users to action.
You can use our formula by following these changelog templates:
- [Feature Name] is Launched!
We have some awesome news! Our [Feature Name] has now been officially launched!
Ever wanted to [Action]? Now you can!
Be the first to learn about [Feature Name]
- Change the way you [Action] with [Feature Name]!
Hey, [Your App] world!
We are happy to announce to you our new [Feature Name]. Now it is easier to [Action] with our fresh [Feature Name] from the oven.
Just go to [Relevant Page] and activate yours today.
- [Feature Name] is Ready to be Served! [Emoji]
We have some exciting news! [Feature Name] has been officially launched.
You ask, we deliver! Now with [Feature Name], you have another great way to [Action].
Click here to try [Feature Name] immediately!
- [Feature Name]
Isn’t it sound better to [Solution] Yes, good news. We are now providing you with [Feature Name]
“What’s New” Changelog Example
Changelog Templates for Fixes
What bug have we fixed?
This category is mainly dedicated to announcing bug fixes and performance improvements.
It is so meaningless to say “Bug fixes”. Nothing more. Come on; this even has no grounds.
Always explain the problem, solution, and benefit.
“What did I fix?”
“How will this affect the performance?”
“In which way will the user experience it?”
Let’s fill in the brackets in these changelog templates and create more appealing fix notes:
- [Feature Name] is Fixed!
[Action] could not be properly used in the past, which was bad for anyone who [Specifty the Need]. Now it can be. Did you hear that? It is now fixed!
[GIF/Image/Video] -if necessary-
Click here to see how it works now.
- Cool Bananas! No Longer [Problem] with [Feature Name] Correcting!
Anyone hoping for a [Action] was previously disappointed when it was discovered that [Feature Name] causing [Problem].
To whom it may concern, listen carefully! No longer disappointments. We fixed [Feature Name].
[GIF/Image/Video] -if necessary-
[Feature Name] lovers, let’s take it from the beginning.
- [Date] Fixes
Fixed: [Feature Name] was sometimes shown in [Problem]. Now you can [Action].
Fixed: [Feature Name] can now be displayed. Hooray!
Fixed: App no longer crashes if you [Action].
Fixed: We’ve fixed an issue with [Action] to improve your [Feature Name] experience.
- [Feature Name] Issues… [Feature Name] Issues Everywhere!
We’ve just started rolling out a new version of [Feature Name], focusing on fixing some minor issues and bugs.
Fixes Changelog Example
Improvement Changelog Templates
You might think users aren’t as much excited as you are for improvements, but you’d be surprised at how even minor changes can provide a unique experience to your product.
People do notice it and would like to learn about it.
So, just saying “performance improvements” is meaningless as “bug fixes”. Answer “What improvements have we pushed out to existing features?”
You can use our improvement formula by following these changelog templates:
- New and Improved [Feature Name]!
Here’s a nice improvement for you! You can now [Action].
Just go to [Relevant Page] > [Relevant Section] to see what you can do now. So easy!
Click here to change [Feature Name] settings >
- Yet another [Feature Name] Improvement!
You asked for it; we have done it! Now it’s even easier to [Action] with
[Feature Name] improvement. Don’t waste any more for [Problem]
Now you can;
- Check the new version out immediately!
Everything You Need, But with an Improvement!
We’ve added a wide variety of [App Name] actions — like [Actions], and more — to [Location], so everything you need is in one handy place.
To find and use [Feature Name], log in now!
Improvement Changelog Example: Waitwhile
Integration Changelog Templates
Utilize your changelog as a platform for unveiling not only the technical integrations but also the collaborations with other brands. Enlighten your target audience about the ways these integrations and partnerships enhance their workflow, leading to an improved user experience.
When using our integration changelog formula, you may consider using one of these templates:
- [Your App] + [X App] Integration is Out!
Are you on [X App]? Of course, you are. That’s why this new [Your App] + [X App] couldn’t be more exciting for you!
Available in [Plan]
Click here to connect [Your App] with [X App]
- Attention Please, [Your App] + [X App] Integration is Coming!
Ever wanted to connect [Your App] to more tools? You can now use [X App] to connect [Your App] directly to [Action].
This new [Your App] + [X App] is available for [Plan]
Setup [Your App] + [X App] integration today and improve your workflow!
- More and More Integrations!
We just launched a brand new integration with [X App] that lets you [Action].
Now you can start
Check out our [Your App] + [X App] integration here >
Integration Changelog Example: LambaTest & Microsoft Teams
Write Changelogs That Your Target Audience Will Appreciate With AnnounceKit
If you’ve searched for changelog templates for any amount of time, you’ve likely come across websites with tons of coding and no easy solutions.
AnnounceKit is providing a simple solution to creating changelogs.
We offer a no-code changelog tool that allows our users to save time by delivering necessary product updates efficiently.
With AnnounceKit’s changelog tool you can:
- Share product changelogs that both internal teams and users can understand
- Allow your dev team to focus on product enhancements
- Gain insights into audience opinions about product updates with our robust analytics and data built-in.
Get started for free today!