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Been feeling better since the last update. I decided to go ahead and start working on a new major feature. It's allowing Ymir to configure CloudFront as an image CDN. I'll talk more about it in the product section below.
But this means I've mostly done no marketing. It's not great, but I really wanted to start working on these larger features. I have to balance my time with doing support, consulting work, and managing my video game addiction 🙃
I might start back marketing consistently this next cycle if I do solid progress on the image CDN. Otherwise, it'll be in April.
You can always view the history of Ymir's product development at https://ymirapp.com/changelog.
Ok, so an image CDN! This feature has been on my backlog for a while. The reason is that media library plugin support has been difficult from the start. It's the one area where I'm not sure I'll ever have parity support with a regular WordPress server installation.
That said, customers use these plugins for a reason. Most of the time, it's because they want to have optimized images. This is just so Google Pagespeed doesn't complain about it.
Well, if that's the main reason people use them, this isn't a problem. I can have CloudFront do instead of a plugin! And that's why this feature is important.
During the last product cycle, I got a proof of concept working.
Slowly making progress on @YmirApp next major feature. Configuring CloudFront to be an image CDN for all your images. Recorded a small demo of it resizing images on the fly. pic.twitter.com/Ygyvtd5ll0
March 9th 2022
Even if I have it working, there's still a lot to do on the application side as well as the WordPress side of things. I'm hoping I can have it done during this upcoming cycle, but I'm also tackling some other issues with the runtime which is also consuming a lot of my time.
Like I said, I barely did any marketing this cycle. All that I did really was one small Twitter thread on a feature I did last month, which led to a new YouTube video.
Last month, I added the "--with-uploads" option to the @YmirApp CLI "deploy" command. This allows you to import your project's #WordPress upload directory during deployment.
March 15th 2022
You can always view Ymir's up-to-date business metrics at ymirapp.com/open. They're updated every 10 minutes.
There's been quite a bit of turnaround this month. I have a few customers whose project they wanted to use Ymir for didn't work out. This led to a few cancellations, which is understandable.
That said, I've had a few new agencies sign up. That’s exciting! (They were also very excited!) I currently have 3 active trials.
So we'll see how everything goes when the dust settles. I might be up a few customers this month. That said, a few cancellations kick in next month.