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.

The Hidden Value Lies Behind Keeping 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?

By keeping a changelog!

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 keeping 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 Templates

After long researches, 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 rock!

1. Introduction

changelog template and example

First of all, 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.

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].

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2. New

What’s New?

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!

Hey there,

We have some awesome news! Our [Feature Name] has now been officially launched!

Ever wanted to [Action]? Now you can!

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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.

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Just go to [Relevant Page] and active 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].

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Click here to try [Feature Name] immediately!


[Feature Name]

[Problem]

Isn’t it sound better to [Solution] Yes, good news. We are now providing you with [Feature Name]

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2. Fix

What bug have we fixed?

This category is mainly dedicated to announcing bug fixes and performance improvements.

But, it is so meaningless to say “Bug fixes”. Nothing more. Come on; this even has no grounds.

Always explain the problem, solution and benefit.

Ask yourself, “What did I fix?” “How will this affect the performance?” and “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!

Hey there,

[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!

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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].

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[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.

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3. Improvement

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. Therefore, 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].

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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]

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Now you can;

[Action]
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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.

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To find and use [Feature Name], log in now!

4. Integration


[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!

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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].

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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].

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Now you can start

Check out our [Your App] + [X App] integration here >

That’s a Wrap!

As we discussed, keeping a changelog is an inseparable part of your ongoing process.

But do you think there are many more things to do?

Then fasten this process with our various well-designed changelog templates and minimize the time you spent on them. 🏎

I hope these changelog templates help you create attractive posts and find the inspiration to find the voice that best suits you and keeps your users informed and engaged. You can also check our changelog do’s and don’ts here.

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