Clients can now buy single job posts

We recently launched membership options for clients. We have added the ability to purchase a single job post without a subscription.

Single job posts do not give access to Moonlight's full functionality, such as search, cold outreach to developers, and direct hiring. But, they are a great way to test Moonlight before committing to a membership.

New homepage

We redesigned the Moonlight homepage! Check it out and let us know if you see any problems.

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Updated profile themes

We have updated the default profile and header images on Moonlight! To change yours, go to your profile and click "Edit"!

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Important updates to Moonlight's pricing

Today Moonlight is switching from per-hour and per-hire fees to a subscription membership for clients.

For Developers

Moonlight is free. Previously, your hourly rate included Moonlight's 15% hourly rate. Now, that 15% fee has been removed, so your hourly rate has decreased by 15%. You still earn the same amount per hour, but you may wish to tune your hourly rate.

So, if your rate was displayed at $100/hr before, you earned $85/hr after Moonlight's fee. Now, your rate just shows as $85/hour.

For Clients

Before, Moonlight included an hourly fee for all transactions. Hourly rates no longer include that fee, so rates are cheaper across the site.

In addition, Moonlight previously charged $5K per full-time hire. That fee is now waived for subscribers.

To continue using Moonlight to post jobs and hire developers, you'll need to pick a membership plan.

Questions and answers

Do subscribers still have to send payments through Moonlight?

No. But, if you still choose to do so - Moonlight charges a 5% processing fee.

What is happening with open and ongoing projects?

If your project is ongoing, you have been grandfathered into Moonlight's hourly rates. A subscription may save you money - contact us if you want to discuss this.

What is happening with the referral program?

We will be overhauling it in the next few weeks!

Any other questions?

Set up a time to talk with us here!

Updates to our file hosting

This past week, some users have reported issues loading Moonlight's website. The underlying problems seem to be related to HTTP/2 errors while loading static files that we use to show the site in your web browser. Replicating and fixing the issue has proved challenging.

To solve the problem, we are moving all of Moonlight's static assets (such as Javascript files and stylesheets) onto Google's CDN. The assets are being served from a new domain, moonbay.app. Using a different domain stops the browser from sending cookies with the request, which make the requests simpler and faster. Files are now being served directly out of Google Storage, which completely isolates them from our web servers.

If you experience any problems loading our site, please email us at team@moonlightwork.com so that we can help!

Editing jobs: title, overview, skills

Now clients can edit the title, overview, and skills after they've posted a job. This allows them to continually tweak their message to candidates looking to apply for the position.

Hiring tip: Moonlight does matching based on skills and availability. If you're looking to get a wider pool of applicants, try adding more skills or more detail to the description! Developers want to work on interesting technical problems with organized teams, so make sure your job post represents the best version of your product and company!

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New client onboarding

Most clients who sign up for Moonlight are looking to hire a developer or designer right away. Today we launched a new, focused onboarding process for clients that guides them through posting their first job.

Our goals for this feature:

  • Teach new clients how Moonlight works
  • Help new clients post their first job and get value from Moonlight faster
  • Increase the number of quality projects on Moonlight

If you are reading this post, you probably already have a Moonlight account. But, now would be a great time to recommend Moonlight to a friend to try out this new feature!

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Updating fonts

Today we changed the fonts on Moonlight's website from Poppins to Montserrat and Roboto.

If you see any spacing that seems off or kerning that looks like keming - please let us know, and we'll fix it!

While we picked the font Montserrat for its looks, it holds a special place in our hearts. The font's author named it after the Montserrat neighborhood in Argentina, which we visited while living in Buenos Aires earlier this year. But, that neighborhood was named after the beautiful Montserrat ("serrated mountain") outside of Barcelona. It was one of our team's favorite places to visit during our world travels, and we went back multiple times.

So, here's a view from a hotel room in Montserrat where we built part of Moonlight:

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Updated skill search - now with machine learning!

Moonlight users search across 400+ skills in many parts of the app - such as while posting a job, updating their profile, or finding a developer. We just published an overhaul of the skill selection component. This redesign makes selecting skills easier to use.

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In addition, we incorporated Moonlight's first machine learning algorithm. As you add skills, the skill search component will automatically suggest related skills. So, if you add "Django" - it may suggest "Python". Under the hood, this uses a collaborative filtering algorithm. It is trained on anonymized collections of skills that developers have added to their profiles.

Try it out by adding new skills to your Moonlight profile! Maybe you will discover some new skills that will match you with new opportunities in the future!

Updated search page for clients

Today we are launching a redesign of the search page for clients! We have overhauled its layout to make it easier to use. Also, we have added the ability to filter developers by country (in addition to filtering by city) and to add multiple location filters at the same time.

Try it out, and let us know your thoughts and feedback!

💡Tip: You can bookmark a search results page to come back to it. Also, you can share that link with coworkers (who you can invite to your account!).

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Surely Moonlight will start publishing changelogs very soon.

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