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Say Hello to IgnitionDeck Add-Ons

Posted in Features by Nathan

Wouldn’t it be great if you could customize your software the same way in which you customize other parts of your life? Musicians customize rigs, athletes customize gear, and gamers customize their HUDs, so why shouldn’t you be able to extend that to everything you do? At Virtuous Giant, as much as we love keeping software lightweight and flexible, we’re…

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Introducing the All New Deck

Posted in Features by Shawn

Exhibit A For those of you that have been part of IgnitionDeck since the early days, you know the ‘IgnitionDeck Widget’ has come a long way since then.  As part of this transition, we’ve learned to stop calling it the Widget, and start calling it The Deck.  This is because WordPress itself has a Widgets system, and it was always…

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Test Payments with IgnitionDeck Sandbox Mode

Posted in Features by Nathan

One of the issues that plagued early versions of IgnitionDeck was the inability to test payments without modifying the core plugin files. Obviously, this made it very difficult to verify your installation before launching your campaign. It was important for us to change this going forward, especially since Beta 5 introduced a second payment system (Paypal Adaptive Payments). So as…

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Increase Campaign Reach with the New Embedded Widget

Posted in Features by Nathan

With the release of IgnitionDeck Beta 5, there are so many new features to share that we can’t fit them all into one blog post. Instead, we’ll spend the next few weeks highlighting some of the best of them, one at a time. This is the first installment of that series. It’s no secret that even great ideas need to…

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A House For Lions Success Gives Musicians Hope with Crowdfunding

Posted in Success Stories by Shawn

LA-Based indie rock band A House For Lions spent months thinking through how they’d go about crowdfunding their debut album. When they realized they wanted to try it on their own, without going through one of the many services available, they decided IgnitionDeck would fit their needs. So what did A House For Lions do to make their crowdfund a…

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500 Users – A Pivotal Milestone

by Nathan

When we launched IgnitionDeck, just 11 months ago, we did so with very mild expectations. IgnitionDeck spawned out of necessity, and while we thought that others might have similar needs, we were hesitant to bank on that. But we had to try. So on October 8th, we sent out an email to the 264 people on our notification list and…

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An Update to IgnitionDeck Translations

Posted in Features by Nathan

Half of IgnitionDeck’s audience lives outside of the US, which is why, from the very start, it’s been very important for us to ensure that IgnitionDeck could be translated as simply and as quickly as possible. And while we primed IgnitionDeck for translation very early in the process (some would say too early), it’s become increasingly clear to us that…

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Announcing Paypal IPN – A New Way to Process Orders

Posted in Features by Nathan

When we chose Paypal as IgnitionDeck’s first and primary payment system, we did so because of its worldwide ubiquity and relatively simple API. As it turns out, this was a good solution to a problem that many non-US residents were more than tired of dealing with. Namely, that they could not start their own Kickstarter campaigns because of Amazon Payments…

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Why We Don’t Support the Kickstarter 100% Model (Yet)

by Nathan

If you read about the origin of IgnitionDeck, then you’ll know that we originally built ID in order to serve our own needs. We had a desire to raise money in an environment that suited us, so we built something that allowed us to do so. In essence, we wanted to build an alternative to Kickstarter so that we could…

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The Origin of IgnitionDeck

by Nathan

In late 2009, I was working on BlueRize with my friend Oleg Mokhov when we began discussing the topic of printing T-Shirts and hats to represent our cause. The problem was that we didn’t have enough cash to test new designs, and while we were aware of Kickstarter, we weren’t sure we wanted to divert our resources on a huge…

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