Updates to Social Features on Replit

The Replit Team

In 2024, we're excited to introduce improvements to our social features on Replit, all centered around making it easier to share and explore code.

We learned from our top creators that a cover page's primary value is sharing code and giving other developers something to fork. Additionally, we recognized that viewing applications in an iframe is a suboptimal experience. Often, missing Secrets prevented the program from running as intended. The best way to view someone’s work is to visit the production deployment directly.

With this in mind, we’re reimagining cover pages to focus primarily on code consumption. This shift marks a move away from running and viewing program outputs. Instead, we’re making these pages a hub for exploring and understanding code.

Starting early next year, when you land on a cover page, it will show the project’s code or README file. They’ll be presented in an intuitive, editor-like environment for more straightforward navigation.

New cover page design
New cover page design

When you find a project you want to work with, forking it is straightforward. We’ll set up an identical development environment for you so you can start making changes or running the code immediately.

Here’s a summary of what to expect next year:

  • Cover pages will primarily display a project’s README file or code.
  • To run Repls, you can visit the deployed version of the application or fork the Repl and run it from your workspace.
  • Comments will no longer exist on cover pages.
  • The embedded Repl component on profile pages will be removed. While you can still pin Repls to your profile, running or commenting on them directly from this section will no longer be possible.
  • Embedded Repls will be optimized for viewing code.

While these are mostly UI changes, we wanted to share them early as they may influence how you showcase your work on Replit. Our goal is to make your development and sharing processes more efficient, straightforward, and focused on what matters: the code.

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