Ymir Report #10 — Container image deployment

publishedabout 1 month ago
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Heya friend!

Carl here. You signed up to receive updates about Ymir, the WordPress serverless DevOps platform that I’m building.


INTRO

I'm not sure if it's because of summer. I kinda just feel like I'm going through the motions for the past month. This isn't necessarily bad, but it feels kinda slow. Especially after that huge cycle a month ago.

That said, I'm happy with product development and marketing. I managed to finish container image deployment. I also published an article that did really well on Reddit.


PRODUCT

You can always view the history of Ymir's product development at https://ymirapp.com/changelog.

There's only one big item this cycle. It's support for container image deployment. (You can read about it here.)

Container image deployment was a really important feature. By default, Lambda only allows your function size to be 250MB. This is really small and the Ymir CLI did a lot of work to reduce the size of your Lambda image as much as possible.

This also caused some issues with plugins. Not that you couldn't configure your project for those plugins to work. It just wasn't a super intuitive process. I have guides to help, but I want the Ymir CLI to help you more with that in the future.

With container image deployment, your Lambda limit goes up to 10GB. That's a huge difference. Not only can you use Ymir with larger WordPress installs especially with larger plugins (WooCommerce and Jetpack are 40MB each.) But you also have less compatibility issues with plugins since there's no need to trim files.

The tradeoff is that you have to use Docker to deploy your image. So if you don't have space on your machine or aren't comfortable with the idea of using Docker, that can be an issue. That's why it won't be the default way to deploy with Ymir.

For the next cycle, I'm exploring a new feature. I'm a bit worried to lose momentuum because it's really something different. So there's going to be a lot of trial and error.


MARKETING

Marketing was a combination of the usual marketing things I've been doing. First, I published an article on serverless security. It did really well on Reddit.

How serverless helps keep your WordPress site secure >>

Continued working on documentation. I wrote a guide on container image deployment which I linked earlier. Worked on other sections of the documentation as well.

I also did another Q&A video. Trying to keep it going as long as I can. This time I answered a question from Reddit instead of Twitter.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask via email if that's what you prefer. :)

On the cold email front, I'm not sure I'm ready to go forward with it. Summer vacations are starting. There aren't enough prospect to warrant wasting good will emailing them while they might be in vacation.

I'll still do more research and get ready if I want to try it out. But if I pull the trigger, it'll probably be in September.


BUSINESS

You can always view Ymir's up-to-date business metrics at ymirapp.com/open. They're updated every 10 minutes.

Business continues to grow. After losing a customer, I gained another one so ending the month with 10 customers officially! With a net +2 for the month.

It's slow progress, but I'm grateful for any at all. :)

Carl


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