Ahmad Awais



Improve Developer Experience: The /home shortcut

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais

tl;dr: When I’m logged into a SaaS app, it’s super hard to access the company’s homepage unless I log out. I want every company to do a “domain.tld/home shortcut so I can check out their homepage. Do that; it’s an excellent developer experience.

As developers, we often find ourselves constantly switching between different pages of the apps. Whether we’re working on a new feature, fixing a bug, or just testing out a change, it can be a hassle to constantly log in and out of our applications just to see how they appear to our users.

One pain point many developers experience is the inability to easily view their application’s homepage while logged in. This can be frustrating, as it requires an extra step of logging out just to see how the homepage appears to an unauthenticated user.

But what if there was a way to view the homepage β€” while you’re logged in? I do that all the time with a couple of companies.

Enters the /homeΒ shortcut#

By adding a simple shortcut, such as /home that takes users to the application’s homepage regardless of their login status; you can make developers happy.

Build this developer happy path. They’ll thank you for it.

Not only does this save time and frustration for developers, but it also improves the overall developer experience.

But the benefits of the “home” shortcut don’t stop there. It also improves the user experience by providing a quick and easy way for users to return to the homepage, regardless of where they are in the application.

Especially when there’s something fun on your homepage, and you want your users, i.e., developers, to showcase how cool your homepage is.

I do that all the time with

I was advising my good friends Zeno Rocha to do the same, who has just started building his new company, Resend.com β€” a new Email API for developers, an excellent upcoming developer tools company. And he did. In fact, he said, and I quote, “I was struggling with that too, always had to log out.”

The /home Shortcut

So I figured I should write about it and make it a thing, so developers would have a place to refer others when asking for the /home shortcut.


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Comments 2
  • Brendan Charles
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    Brendan Charles Brendan Charles

    Reply Author

    That sounds interesting, thanks for sharing!

    • Ahmad Awais
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      Ahmad Awais Ahmad Awais

      Reply Author

      Glad you enjoyed it. Let’s get deva to ship this in their apps.