March 23, 2023
Feature Preview: Series Collections
After several weeks in beta, we're very close to launching Series collections, a style of NFT collection in which the artwork and metadata can be unique for each item.
Creating a series on Highlight will automatically generate a mint page showcasing the artwork of your choosing.
With drag-and-drop metadata uploads, decentralized media storage using Arweave, best-in-class features for how artwork is revealed, and a lot more, we can't wait to see what you create with Series collections. As we're putting the finishing touches on this long-awaited feature, check out our Exhibit project and mint page to see the feature from the collector's side. More about Exhibit below.
Here’s what else we shipped this week:
Major improvements to the transaction flow while minting, ensuring a smoother experience in a variety of edge cases
Fixed a bug where some collection descriptions weren't appearing on manage and mint pages
Fixed an issue where some images weren't showing up on the collectors tab
Improved the collection creation flow, allowing creators to save progress, partially complete, and navigate between different steps
Improved borders and shadows in image previews on mint pages
15+ other visual enhancements, bug fixes, and performance improvements
On Wednesday March, 22, we launched the series mint for Exhibit—a collection of 10,000 NFT artworks that explore how art works on the Ethereum blockchain. The series includes 100+ traits to explore for more context. You can unlock the mint by owning any open edition from Highlight.
Follow us on Twitter for more info as the project unfolds.
March 16, 2023
This week we launched Draft Mode, a feature designed to make the collection creation process much more efficient and user-friendly. With Draft Mode, you can start working on creating your collection, save progress, and return to editing at a later time.
While creating a collection, simply click the “Save Draft” button before leaving the page to pick up where you left off and continue working on your collection whenever you want. Previously saved drafts can be accessed under the “Drafts” tab on the Collections tab.
Here’s what else we shipped this week:
Various improvements to our Portfolios tool, including a toggle between draft and public mode
Significant speed improvements to our Collectors tab, especially with large imported collections (look for more here in the coming weeks)
Fixed bugs related to some third-party collections not displaying properly in portfolios
Fixed a bug where creator royalties were displayed as a percentage of the amount set during deployment
Corrected an issue where token management pages were not displaying contract addresses
Improved rendering of video and audio metadata
20+ other optimizations, design updates, and functional refinements
Yesterday, we teased the start of Exhibit with a 72-hour Open Edition called Tools by Highlight. Minting this collection grants holders early access to Exhibit by Highlight, a dynamic collection of 10,000 NFTs that explores the intersection of art, technology, and culture.
Exhibit also showcases how creators can use Highlight's rich toolkit to create their own full-featured NFT projects. Along with our own tooling, we used Figma for flushing out designs, Framer for website development, and our toolkit functions for deploying and showcasing our project.
Follow us on Twitter for more info as the project unfolds.
March 9, 2023
This week, we’re introducing the ability to re-use your smart contracts to create multiple limited editions or one-of-one collections using the same contract.
For creators, this helps save substantially on gas costs and improves the collection management experience. For collectors, this makes it easier to find and collect work from multiple collections in one place.
To create a multiple editions contract, select “Create” on the Collections Tab. On the collection details page, you will see an option to select the contract to use for your collection or to create a new one. To keep track of which collections are minted on which contracts, select the “Contracts” tab on the token dashboard.
Please note that this feature can only be used for limited editions or one-of-ones. For more details, visit our Knowledge Base.
Here’s what else we shipped this week:
Added Twitter verification to Portfolios to help creators show that their portfolios are authentic
Added the ability to sort collections by newest, oldest, alphabetical order, and active
Updated Portfolio features so that the "View on OpenSea" button is available for collections minted on Highlight
Fixed an issue where the Portfolio editor would flash an error prior to loading
Fixed an issue where recently deployed contracts on Highlight weren’t detected for gating or Portfolio features
Fixed an issue where gating by ERC20 tokens was not validating large balances of tokens in a user's wallet
20+ smaller enhancements and usability fixes
March 2, 2023
We're excited to announce the launch of our newest feature, Portfolio, which offers web3 artists a powerful way to showcase all their NFT collections in one place.
With Portfolio, you can add Highlight collections or import any existing Ethereum or Polygon NFT collection to a clean, customizable landing page that showcases all your work.
Your portfolio is hosted at a branded URL with your primary ENS address. For example, ours is highlight.xyz/@highlightxyz
Check out Highlight’s Open Edition portfolio and create your own in your creator toolkit.
Switch to 0% Fee
Starting this week, we’ve dropped our 5% primary sale fee to 0%, meaning creators pay zero platform fees for collections created using Highlight.
As the NFT space continues to evolve, it’s important to us to provide the best possible experience to all creators, including the cost of our tooling.
We’re committed to sustainable long-term growth for all sides of the NFT market and will evolve our model to ensure we can support creators.
Castaways Collection Launch with 0xen
Today we launched our first-ever “Series” style NFT collection, “Castaways,” by web3-native artist 0xen.
This is a 1,000-piece collection of unique, dynamically generated NFTs. Each is revealed to the owner at mint.
We’ll launch Series-style collection creation for general availability soon.
Here’s what else we shipped since our last update:
Collectors can now mint multiple tokens per transaction, saving time and gas fees
Added a bar to show how many tokens have been collected on mint pages
Updated copy on auctions when setting a gate
Fixed an issue with importing duplicate tokens
Fixed an issue with token claiming after auctions
Fixed a deploy error for limited editions when no royalty address was set
30+ design fixes, performance upgrades, and other improvements
February 23, 2023
Updated Collection Creation
We’ve completely reinvented our collection creation flow to make it easier, more intuitive, and more powerful to create your NFT projects using your own smart contracts.
Using the ERC-721 standard, our creation tool now includes purpose-built features for creating open editions, limited editions, and one-of-ones. We’ve reimagined the steps required to ensure all the details are clearer and easier to adjust than ever before.
We also introduced the following new features to the flow:
Customizable metadata attributes
Re-use the same smart contract for lower gas fees and better collection management
Better organized in the Collections tab of our creator toolkit to see projects you’ve created, imported, and associated smart contracts all in one place
Try the flow yourself in our creator toolkit or learn more in this article.
Here’s what else we shipped since our last update:
Added sorting (newest / oldest) to our Collections tab
Added status badges to our Collections tab to make it easier to see which collections have active, upcoming, or completed mints or auctions
Fixed an issue with auctions to support cases where the auction had no bids
Updated and renamed our tab navigation in the creator dashboard
Updates across our knowledge base and marketing site
10+ smaller fixes, usability improvements, and performance upgrades
February 16, 2023
Last week we added support for Daylight, giving creators using Highlight a powerful new channel for communicating rewards and benefits to their collectors.
Thousands of collectors use Daylight to never miss a mint, airdrop, or token gate. Now, any token-gated mint or page using Highlight will notify eligible collectors that have signed up to use Daylight.
We’re thrilled to partner with the Daylight team and excited to help creators using Highlight to drive more engagement to their projects.
Here’s what else we shipped since our last update:
Fixed a bug with links to arweave directing to the wrong source
Added pagination for selecting tokens from your wallet
Fixed an issue that was causing large animated image types (GIF, PNG, and WEBP) to render statically
Improved the speed of the Collectors tab on the creator dashboard when sizeable collections are imported
Updated how we display links to collections that were imported using OpenSea URLs instead of contract addresses
20+ smaller fixes, speed improvements, and visual upgrades
February 3, 2023
This week we updated our mint pages to show the collector wallet addresses that have already minted from the collection.
This feature helps creators drive more mints for their projects through social proof, and quickly build allowlists for previous collections.
Where available, we display ENS names and anyone can download a .csv file of collector addresses directly from the page.
To see it in action, check out our latest Open Edition (live through Sunday, Feb. 5) here.
Here’s what else we shipped this week:
Improved latency on our token dashboard and changed the layout to show Created and Imported collections in separate tabs
Updated our NFT spam filters to make it easier to import tokens from your wallet
Fixed a bug that was causing audio playback issues for music NFTs
Fixed an issue with how we display royalties for imported collections
Various mobile UI fixes
20+ additional bug fixes, visual improvements, and performance upgrades
January 27, 2023
One of the things web3 creators struggle with the most is communicating effectively with their token holders. Likewise, web3 collectors often miss special rewards, new projects, or other updates from their favorite creators.
This week we’re excited to unveil verified email capture, a powerful new tool that helps creators capture verified emails at the point of mint or gate entry.
Using email capture, creators can now view which of their collectors have provided an email using the Collectors tab in our creator toolkit.
To learn more about setting up verified email capture for an upcoming project, see our Gate by Email article.
Primary Sales Recipient(s)
We’ve added support for specifying a different recipient address for primary sale proceeds.
For any mint or auction, creators can now input a different wallet address for receiving sales from the initial purchase.
Using 0xSplits, creators can also now split their primary sales automatically across multiple collaborators.
The setting can be found in our creator toolkit under Tokens > Create > Advanced options.
For details, see this article.
Updated Knowledge Base
This week we released an updated knowledge base that provides how-tos, FAQs, articles, and other content for creators using Highlight.
Check it out here, and please let us know if you don’t see any topics we should cover.
Here’s what else we shipped this week:
Updated how page titles display for auctions, mints, and token-gated content
Fixed a bug that was hiding the 'Embed' option for auctions
Fixed some issues causing ENS name not to appear
Updated our smart contract token managers to support metadata updates for soulbound (non-transferable) NFTs
Adjusted styling for 'delete' modals throughout the app
Fixed an error with gated mints not unlocking on embedded pages
Fixed an issue where canceled transactions were appearing as 'Pending' on auction and mint pages
Addressed an issue on embedded pages that was causing wallets to disconnect if the page was refreshed
Updated which 'Advanced options' we show during collection creation so that only relevant and editable options appear
Fixed an issue where the mint button was shown as clickable even if the max number of mints had been reached
Added tooltips for primary and secondary (royalty) recipients
20+ other upgrades, improvements, and design fixes
January 20, 2023
Checks: An On-Chain Game of Checkers
Checks is a game inspired by artist Jack Butcher. You can find the original artwork here. As it was taking the NFT community by storm this week, we created a derivative project called Checks: An On-Chain Game of Checkers. The rules are simple:
We dropped 80 free NFTs, with a limit of 1 per wallet
80 verified holders are now playing on-chain checkers vs. Highlight
There’s 1 move per day with verified voting and daily metadata updates as we play
Any royalties go to Feeding America
We built the whole project using our creator toolkit in minutes. So far, dozens of people have been playing each day, and tokens are selling on the secondary market. For more about the project, see here.
We launched auctions last week and followed up with a series of small improvements:
Added the ability to edit and re-run auctions. Currently, auctions can have their start date, end date, and reserve price edited unless the auction has received a bid at or above the reserve price
Added copy to explain the time buffer and minimum bid increase percentage to bidders
Added full support for auctions on mint card embeds, making it even easier to host your own auction on any custom website and domain
Improved error messages for bidding, reserve prices, and more
On the Gates tab, we added visibility into auctions that may be using a token-gate
Here’s what else we shipped this week:
Made it easier to understand your collection metadata on Etherscan
Added the ability to delete an imported NFT collection or token
Added the ability to use imported tokens in various product flows
Improved the ability to select a token from your wallet in various product flows
Improved the ability to tap on mint page links from mobile
Cleaned up some scrollbar issues on the transaction history dropdown
Updated the weekly calendar in various places to begin on Sunday instead of Monday
Adjust spacing and layout throughout the mint page
When creating content for token-gated pages, the font selection input now shows a preview of each font
20+ other fixes, improvements, and performance enhancements
January 16, 2023
We’re excited to announce the release of auctions, a powerful feature that enables creators to sell 1/1 NFTs with ‘English’ auction mechanics, including a reserve price.
As with all our tooling, auctions are embeddable in any custom website, allowing creators to self-host auctions on any domain they choose. Auctions can also be token-gated or managed through allow-lists, allowing creators to host exclusive sales for select collectors.
Built from the ground up, auctions help creators capture the highest price for unique artworks. NFTs are held in smart contracts along with the top bid that meets the reserve price, ensuring a safe and transparent experience for both creators and collectors.
You can run an auction by visiting our creator toolkit's Tokens tab and deploying your smart contract.
To learn more about our auctions feature, see here.
This past week brought another major release with the launch of a new Collectors tab in our tools dashboard.
The Collectors tab gives insight into the holders of your NFT projects, whether for collections deployed using Highlight or those you’ve created elsewhere and imported.
You can now see how many tokens from each collection every collector owns. The default sorting is for the collectors who hold most of your NFTs. Along with sorting, filtering, and searching by wallet address or ENS, you can download a .csv for your collectors.
The Collectors tab is based on the NFTs in your Tokens tab. If you’re curious about the overlap between your NFT projects and others, you can import NFT collections into the Tokens tab.
To learn more about Collector insights using Highlight, check out this article.
Select NFTs From Your Wallet
Creating a token-gate or viewing collector insights is now as easy as selecting NFTs from your wallet.
If you own the NFT you’d like to use for a token-gate or to import for collector insights, you can select it from your wallet. Previously, we required you to look up a contract address or collection URL.
Last week, we launched an integration with Paragraph, the leading web3 newsletter and blogging platform.
Now, pasting a Highlight NFT collection link into your Paragraph post turns it into an embed, letting your readers collect your NFTs directly from your posts or via their inboxes.
We can’t wait to see how creators use NFT embeds within Paragraph. We’ve created a commemorative mint to celebrate the launch, available for the next few days.
Featured Project: VÉRITÉ's Love You Mad Libs
A few weeks ago, we helped VÉRITÉ, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, make a fun mini-game called Love You Mad Libs.
It was a case study in community-building and offered varying levels of access to holders of her ~10 NFT projects. To share learnings, we made a video with VÉRITÉ showing how we built it.
If you’re looking to build fun projects in web3, this video gets into the weeds of the project and the Highlight tools that made token-gating a breeze.
Here’s what else we shipped this past week:
Updated how we display pagination for some NFT collections
Fixed an issue with token-gates on mint pages when viewed on mobile
Fixed a bug with minting on mobile if the connection to a chain changed
Fixed a problem where markdown text was appearing in collection descriptions
Improved the responsiveness of the Tokens tab when importing NFTs
Updated global style settings for mint embeds to ensure they don't interfere with style settings on hosted sites
Fixed an issue that was causing some ERC20 token-gates to appear as ETH currency requirements
Fixed a problem with connecting certain wallets with specific browsers on mobile
Improved NFT collection loading across the app
Adjusted text sizes in various places
30+ other speed upgrades, bug fixes, and visual improvements!
January 6, 2023
Bring Your Own Token
This week, we’re excited to ship the ability to import an existing NFT — either a collection or an individual token (e.g., a 1/1) — into your creator dashboard.
This feature allows you to see all your projects in one place, whether or not they were deployed with a Highlight smart contract. In the coming weeks, we’ll release more around this functionality to help web3 creators see and manage all their projects with ease.
To add an imported token, it’s as simple as visiting the Tokens tab and selecting Import Token.
Here’s what else we shipped this week:
Updated image rendering across the app for faster performance
Fixed a display bug with the preview window on page creation
Visual updates to our in-app tooltips
Many design updates, fixes, and other improvements!
December 30, 2022
Improvements & Bug Fixes
With most of the team off for the holidays this week, we continued to polish our creator toolkit. Here's what we shipped:
Updated images displayed for native currencies
Improved pagination in various places
Improved font displays
Improved how mint pages render on Safari, on both iOS and desktop
Added validation that prevents 0 balance token-gate conditions for ERC20s and native currencies
Made the loading bar throughout the app consistent
Fixed some issues with the flow for deleting token-gates
Fixed an issue where the sidebar was disappearing at different screen sizes
30+ other fixes and improvements
We could not be more excited about our mission to empower web3 creators in 2023 and what's in store.
Happy New Year!
December 23, 2022
This week, we fixed 50+ usability issues, imperfections, and bugs, including:
Better token-gating support for shared/marketplace contracts
Improved the pending and success messages for smart contract deployment
Improved logged-out states across the app
Improved the calendar view for selecting mint start/end dates and displaying date formats
Updated the page creation preview for locked/unlocked states and embed code copying
Even better share card support, now with dynamic image rendering for token-gated pages
Fixed a bug that caused a display issue with Firefox
Fixed a bug that was causing a misleading ‘Insufficient funds’ error
Fixed an issue that was causing ERC20s to display incorrectly in some places
More intuitive authentication across various parts of the app
Audience Insight 👀
Looking for insight on your token holders? We’re rolling out tools soon to get a better view of your collector base. Please email us at email@example.com to request early access.
Happy holidays ❄️
December 16, 2022
Announcing Our v1 Launch
This week, we announced the official launch of Highlight v1.
So what does v1 do?
Token Gate Anything™: make a gate in minutes with any Ethereum or Polygon contract, any OpenSea collection URL, any balance of ETH, MATIC, or ERC20, allow-lists (wallet address), any specific trait or attribute in metadata.
Create an NFT Drop With Style: 100% creator-owned smart contracts, fixed or open edition, limit mints per wallet, gated mints & allowlists, protect your royalties
Generate Custom Landing Pages: polls, surveys, raffles, merch, mints, and rewards for your collectors
Embeds: Add any of the above to your website to fully customize the look & feel of your project. Highlight allows embeds for both NFT mints and gated landing pages onto third-party websites.
Commemorative Mint & Win a Ledger Stax
To celebrate our launch, we made something fun and mintable for you here.
Once you mint, go here to enter a token-gated contest to win a new Stax hardware wallet designed by Tony Fadell, courtesy of Ledger. Entry closes Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, at 11:59 pm Pacific.
Support for Operator Filter Registry
Recently, there’s been a fierce debate about whether NFT marketplaces should enforce creator royalties. At Highlight, we believe this should be up to creators – not marketplaces – to choose.
To provide tools to help creators protect their on-chain royalties, we rolled out support for adding the Operator Filter Registry to your smart contracts using Highlight. Tokens using the Operator Filter Registry may not be sold on marketplaces that do not enforce royalties.
Learn more about the Registry here or see this week’s interview with our CEO, Nat Emodi, in Peter Yang’s Creator Economy.
To add support for the Registry to your NFT collection on Highlight:
From the Tools dashboard > Tokens, select 'Create a token’
Under Advanced, hit the toggle under Operator Filter Registry
Improved the social share cards that appear when sharing a link to an NFT drop or token-gated page using a Highlight URL
Added the Zora NFT API to improve how we display Zora NFTs minted using their shared contract
Added a sidebar button for our Quick Start Guides
Fixed how the delete gate modal displayed linked pages/mints
Fixed how Polygon NFTs displayed the link to Polygonscan
Fixed a bug affecting how theme colors were shown in preview mode
Added support for ENS names in the Royalty payout address field
Updated the Token Management page layout
Fixed a bug with video and audio NFTs not loading on mint card embeds
Fixed an error when saving a page
Improved how we link to OpenSea in various screens
Improved the error message during gate creation if an NFT collection on an unsupported blockchain was entered as an OpenSea URL
Dozens of other speed improvements, bug fixes, and visual updates
December 9, 2022
Token-Gating By Attribute
One of the most exciting things about NFT projects is the variation within collections – traits, attributes, and rarity. It’s no surprise that within PFP communities such as Bored Apes and Moon Birds there are sub-communities formed around specific traits. The same applies to art, music, and many other exciting parts of web3.
What’s more, artists have often used a shared smart contract to release separate projects. This means that to reward collectors of a specific project, they couldn’t easily limit the gate at the contract level.
Until now, creating a gate based on a specific trait or attribute was hard and usually required custom code. Today, we’re excited to roll out the latest addition to our powerful token-gating feature – the ability to create a gate based on specific attributes:
Creating an attribute-based token-gate is simple:
From our Tools dashboard, create a Gate by adding a conditional with ‘Holds a token with a specific attribute’
Enter the smart contract address or OpenSea URL
Select the relevant attribute from the drop-down list
For the creators who’ve asked for this, we’re excited to see all the uses of attribute-based gates.
Mint Card Embeds
Hosting mint drops on your custom domain is one of the primary things our creators care about. We’re excited to extend our ability to embed NFT drops with new mint cards that fit neatly into any website with a simple code snippet.
First, to embed a mint card, deploy an ERC-721 collection using the Tokens tab from our creator dashboard. Then, select ‘Custom site embed’ and copy + paste the code under ‘Mint card.’
Quick Start Guide & Tooltips
This week we shipped a new Quick Start Guide and in-product tooltips to help creators get more value out of Highlight faster.
The Quick Start guide links out to specific guides covering our three most-used features: token-gating for anything, NFT creation/drops, and gated NFT drops.
In a similar vein, we released contextual tooltips throughout the product. Mint a token, create a gate, or build a gated page, and you’ll learn more about how these features work and can be combined.
Improvements to our links out to OpenSea collections
Updated the icons throughout the app for consistency
Fixed a bug where editing a gate opened a new tab
Fixed an issue where gated pages weren’t displaying a share card on Twitter
Fixed a bug that prevented token-gated minting even when the user had the required tokens
Fixed an issue where some token metadata was displaying incorrectly
Fixed an issue where editing gates from “any” to “all” requirements wasn’t saving
Refactored various modal screens throughout the app
Adjusted the in-product feedback form to the left-hand navigation bar
Added clearer error messages for when a live smart contract without any tokens minted from it was input into the gate creation flow
Many other bug fixes, system upgrades, and visual improvements
December 2, 2022
This week we added another powerful feature to our creator toolkit: allow-lists for both NFT drops and gated content or rewards.
Now with just a few clicks, you can add a list of approved wallet addresses to anything you want to gate. Offer pre-mint access, collector rewards, raffles, or exclusive content — all just by pasting in a comma-separated list and applying it to your gated project.
Create an allow-list using these simple steps:
From our Tools dashboard, create a Gate and select “Is on an allowlist of wallet addresses”
Paste in up to 5,000 comma-separated wallet addresses and click ‘Add condition’
Apply your gate to an NFT drop using the Tokens tab or something else using our Pages tab
“Consensual” Soulbound Tokens
We created a smart contract extension that can allow the recipient of a soulbound token to transfer the token back to its creator, making the soulbound mint “consensual.” We now offer two different soulbound extension modules, which you can choose from.
For those familiar, this is similar in approach to EIP-5484. While we’re not adhering to this specific standard, we are following its ethos by allowing our soulbound tokens to be transferred back.
Improved gate creation from within the page creation flow, avoiding the need to open a second tab
Improved the flow for deleting a gate, especially in cases where the gate was in use
Updated our APIs for better consistency and error handling during gate creation
Fixed a calculation issue in our "Earned" revenue summary on token management pages
Fixed a display bug with very long token IDs
Fixed a bug that was preventing gates from being saved
Fixed an issue where certain master smart contracts weren't displaying in gates properly
Fixed some display issues with embedded mints and pages
Added a sign-up link to receive our weekly changelog via email
Lots of other visual improvements, smaller bug fixes, and speed upgrades
November 25, 2022
Host Your Own Token-Gated NFT Drops In Minutes
This week we released a powerful new feature to help creators gate their NFT drops by requiring ownership of existing NFTs.
Now, web3 creators can offer existing collectors exclusive NFTs as rewards – or provide pre-mint access to an upcoming drop – in minutes, all using our creator-owned smart contracts and embeddable mint pages.
To our knowledge, nothing this easy or elegant exists in web3.
Launching a token-gated drop is accessible in a simple series of steps using our no-code web3 toolkit:
From our Tools dashboard, create a Gate comprised of one or more NFTs or NFT collections across Ethereum or Polygon, or a minimum amount of ETH, MATIC, or an ERC-20.
Using our creator-owned Tokens tool, deploy a smart contract and ERC-721 edition for your NFT drop.
Once deployed, you can select the tokens required to access your mint from the token management screen:
Importantly, adding a gate to your NFT drop is editable. So if you’d like to give collectors early access to your mint, you can apply the gate (and lower or remove the price if you wish to do so.) Once collectors have had access, you can remove the gate (and adjust the price) for your public drop.
For creators, this new feature means you can now offer collectors of any project (including both NFT and social token holders) exclusive or early access to new NFT drops, all within a few clicks.
Added more help resources to our global navigation menu
Fixed an issue where deleting a page caused a related gate to be deleted
Fixed an issue where some images weren’t rendering on gate modals or the create gate grid
Updated all footers throughout the app
Updated our 404 and 500 pages for clearer navigation when something goes awry
Updated the fonts needed for our page editor
Improved the date display for token sales
Lots of other smaller fixes, speed upgrades, and design improvements across the entire toolkit
November 18, 2022
Token-Gate Anything With Multiple Types of Token
To help creators easily build token-gated rewards and experiences, we released a series of updates this week on our “token-gate anything” toolkit. Using Highlight, creators can now make token-gates with multiple requirements in seconds, and save that gate for easy re-use.
If you're a creator with more than one NFT project, this means you can now offer every type of holder (including both NFT and social token holders) all types of rewards and experiences.
Token-gates now include support for:
Any NFT from a specific contract address on Ethereum or Polygon
Any NFT from any OpenSea collection URL
Specific NFTs from any contract address or collection
A minimum amount of ETH, MATIC, or an ERC-20
Because token-gates can now be stored, creators can save even more time providing rewards or experiences.
This week the Highlight creator toolkit also evolved to provide gates, pages (for token-gated rewards, experiences, media, polls, etc.) and token-minting in separate tabs. Now applying a gate for all your NFT projects is as easy as selecting it from a drop-down menu:
Embeds: Simple No-code Snippets for Custom Sites
We’re also excited to unveil our first copy-and-paste embeds for bringing your NFTs and token-gated experiences to any custom site.
Our release this week is for adding a full Highlight mint page to your own domain. Instead of a Highlight-hosted drop, use our embed to host your own sale using our beautifully designed mint pages.
Our creator-owned contracts and mint pages currently support ERC-721 tokens on Ethereum or Polygon; creator royalties; visual, video, or music NFTs; limits per mint; and open editions. We’re adding new features here every week so stay tuned for updates on what you can embed.
Royalties for NFT Minting
You can now add a creator royalty fee and recipient address when minting an ERC721 on either Ethereum or Polygon. This includes support for auto-populating royalties for your NFT collection on most major marketplaces.
Updated how we upload NFT metadata to Arweave
Updated how we auto-populate OpenSea collections for contracts deployed using our minting tools
Fixed a bug that was causing mint pages for music/audio NFTs to crash
Updated the link from a mint page to Etherscan to direct to the token page instead of the proxy contract, which was confusing
Verified our mint manager contracts on Etherscan, giving buyers more confidence in creator-owned contracts and NFTs minted using Highlight
Updated how we display calendar dates for setting start/end dates for a mint
Fixed a bug that was preventing a user's active wallet from displaying correctly
Adjusted how we display our creator toolkit, gated pages, and mint pages on mobile vs desktop
Fixed how we display the remaining quantity for open edition mints
Many other small bug fixes, speed improvements and visual updates
November 11, 2022
NFT Collection Deployment Improvements
NFT collection deployment and token minting has been live for a week and we are glad to see people start using it. With usage, comes some additional features, improvements and bug fixes, including:
Non-transferable (aka ‘soulbound’) tokens for both Ethereum and Polygon. To prevent a token from being transferred or sold, simply toggle “Make this token non-transferable” under Advanced options in the creation flow:
We now display the ENS name of the creator of the token on the mint page
Gas optimization of all contracts to keep things as inexpensive as possible!
We made it easy to copy the contract address to the clipboard on the mint page
More detail under the “pending transactions” dropdown so you can see what each blockchain transaction is doing (deploying, minting, which token, etc)
Prettier icons for different blockchains when deploying a collection
Fixed a bug that made it difficult to edit HTML embeds on a custom page
Added a link to our tool dashboard from any minting page
Added a feedback form! Please send us any feedback from anywhere within our tool dashboard
November 4, 2022
NFT Collection Deployment
We’re really excited to announce the next major feature on our platform - NFT collection deployment and token minting. If you have always wanted to create NFTs and sell or give them away, but lack a dead simple way of doing so, this feature is for you. Just navigate to our Dashboard, select your blockchain, tell us about your token, set your price, and click “Deploy”. No engineering skills necessary!
Our contracts support the following features:
Deploy on Ethereum mainnet, Polygon mainnet, Mumbai (Polygon testnet), or Goerli (Eth testnet)
Create 1/1, 1/N, or an infinite numbers of tokens
Support for images, videos, and music NFTs!
Limit the number any single wallet can hold to prevent hoarding
Deploying NFT collections doesn’t do much good if you can’t distribute them. Therefore, we are also launching the ability for people to mint tokens through a beautifully designed mint page.
To mint a token, first deploy a collection, then click “View Sale”, then “Mint Token”.
Now, using Highlight, you can deploy a collection, mint tokens, create gates using those tokens or tokens minted elsewhere, and create custom pages available to only those token holders. It’s starting to come together and we love being on this journey with you all!
October 28, 2022
Edit HTML Embeds in the Page Editor
Wow, that’s a mouthful of a feature description! Let’s break it down. Highlight allows you to create custom pages that can be token gated. Custom pages can be anything - text, images, audio, video….and HTML embeds. Embeds allow you to put other website content in your custom page such as YouTube videos, Disqus comments, StrawPoll polls, photo galleries, Dropbox links, etc.
Before today, there was no way to edit the HTML embedded in the page, which was a giant pain. But no longer! Now you can mouse over the area in the editor, click “Edit”, and change what you need.
October 21, 2022
Emoji Support in Page Editor
When creating custom pages to token gate, you can now easily insert emojis into the page using our new emoji picker. Sometimes, it’s the small things that are the big things! And everybody loves emojis.
October 14, 2022
We were heads down working on a new major feature this week. In the words of our lead designer it’s “super dope” but in the words of the eng team it’s “not ready to launch yet.” But don’t despair! We shipped a bunch of improvements that benefit you, the end user, and here they are:
MP4s weren’t displaying as playable images on gated pages. Now they are, which is way better.
On the Page List, we fixed how we display the gate requirements so you can better understand them
In our Community Building App, we changed the account creation flow so it succeeds even if two browser tabs try to create a new account at the same time
We improved the look and feel of gated pages (consistent font sizes, etc)
Stay tuned to this space for feature announcements, easter eggs in screenshots, and weekly witty banter and jokes that crack me up (sometimes only me).
October 7, 2022
Non Transferable Token Minting
This week we enabled non-transferable token minting in our Community Builder app. Non-transferable, or “soulbound” (editor's note - soulbound is a weird word for this) tokens prevent users from selling the tokens, which disincentivizes speculation. This can lead to more true fans and healthier community engagement. Create a community here in order to mint tokens.
Gate Pages with ETH or MATIC
Now, you can gate any page based on the amount of ETH or MATIC in a user’s wallet. This is useful for verifying that a user has sufficient currency to mint tokens on a gated page, for instance. Or targeting whales (100 ETH, anybody?). Or targeting fans of Tommy Tutone (deep cut!).
Custom theme css now works better on locked pages. This avoids problems where buttons became impossible to read based on which colors were chosen.
Hid the “Buy on OpenSea” button for ERC-20 tokens since it doesn’t make sense.
Fixed bug preventing saving of page titles. Life is better when data persists properly.
Made the alert banners prettier. Everybody likes prettier things.
September 30, 2022
Enabled ERC-20 Token Gating
You can now gate pages with ERC-20 tokens, not just NFTs. This is useful for easily creating token-gated experiences for any creator, community, DAO, or other project that's launched its own fungible token.
Enabled Gateless Pages
You can also create pages that have no gating requirements. This is useful for creating publicly accessible pages for drops, for instance.
We now display the creator name on every token-gated page to help verify identity
We now show ENS names instead of wallet addresses throughout the UI
Adjusted the max column width of pages for better content layout
Adjusted how we display the example use-cases
Fixed a bug with bullet points in the content editor
September 23, 2022
Launched New Marketing Site
Our new brand identity and marketing website is live at https://www.highlight.xyz. There’s lots more to come here as we unveil new features. Check it out!
Added examples to the List Pages screen
We added example use-cases to the List Pages screen to help spark ideas for token-gated experiences. We’ll be adding to these over time to help users find inspiration and quickly create things for their communities.
Improved the Metamask login experience on Android
Save button provides error and success feedback
15 small CSS improvements that were bugging the Design Team (rightfully so!)
Replaced HTML Embed / Media preview with a static image to avoid bugs related to multiple embeds on the page at once
Fixed bug for embeds in the Content tab showing up out of order
Fixed how small images were being expanded beyond their resolution
September 16, 2022
The team spent the week at an offsite, working hard on new features for upcoming releases (stay tuned!).
Despite the heads down building of future features, we still took the time to fix up a variety of bugs.
Twitter sharing didn’t show a preview card
12 CSS bugs that were small but super annoying
Fixed the List Pages screen when a user has not created any pages
Modal corners not always rounded
September 9, 2022
This week we shipped the ability to embed any HTML in a gated page. This opens up a world of exciting possibilities for what can be gated. For instance, using HTML embeds, you can token gate live polls through StrawPoll, entire comment threads using Disqus, or any other site on the internet that supports embed sharing codes.
Here is just a sample of what can be done with this new feature:
Token Gated Polls
Token Gated Music Release with Comments
Made the Page title editable on the header
18 small CSS fixes
Fixed a problem deleting pages from the Page List screen
September 1, 2022
Token Gate Anything
This week we released an entirely new, modular application that allows you to token-gate anything in 3 easy steps. It is live now at gate.highlight.xyz. Go check it out!
To create a token gated page, first, determine which content to gate. Pages can contain text, images, music, videos, or media from over 1900 other sites on the internet.
Once the content is defined, optionally customizing the look and feel of the page so it matches your own unique brand or style.
Finally, determine which tokens are required to open the gate. We currently support 721 and 1155 NFTs on Ethereum and Polygon.
Click Publish and we will give you a link to share with your token owners on social media. That’s it!
This is the easiest way to create an Ethereum or Polygon token-gate on the internet and we can’t wait to hear your feedback.