Ymir Report #4 — WooCommerce load testing

published6 months ago
2 min read

Heya friend!

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


INTRO

Happy Easter Monday! Hope you're enjoying your long weekend if it's a holiday for you. I took it a bit easier myself, but I felt pretty good because I accomplished quite a bit this cycle!


PRODUCT

No major product features this cycle. I did a small change to the CLI to surface errors from Ymir if there's a problem during deployment. This is still an important quality of life improvement that I should have had already.

I spent a good part of the cycle working with a client looking at Sage 10 support. If you're not familiar with Sage, it's a starter theme by the Roots team that incorporates modern development workflows from the JavaScript and PHP ecosystems. I'm a big fan of what the Roots team does, it's always been my goal to support what they build with Ymir. That's why Ymir already support Bedrock projects.

The last big thing I worked on during the cycle was WooCommerce load testing. Me and my friend, Julien, ran a battery of load tests with WooCommerce. I've always felt that serverless would just be an amazing platform to run WooCommerce on.

The results from the initial load tests were amazing and seem to confirm that hypothesis. So that's really exciting! The goal now is to add missing features to Ymir so that we can run even more exhaustive tests.

For now, I will probably use the next cycle to start working on that. But first, I'd also like to fix some outstanding bugs and issues. I don't want to let those pile up too much.


MARKETING

My goal for marketing week was to raise awareness of the benefits of serverless with WooCommerce. I think it's a really important use case, and I want to write content so I can rank well when searching for it.

First, I tweeted about the load test I ran with Julien. Next, I wrote an article that went over the technical reasons serverless works well with WooCommerce:

Why serverless is the perfect hosting solution for WooCommerce >>

I shared the article on some of the WordPress Facebook groups. I was really nervous about doing it, but it did super well!

A small fail on my part is I didn't put any sign up form for this newsletter on the article. So I probably missed a really good opportunity to capture interest. This will be my top priority for the next marketing cycle.

I also wrote a small Sage 10 guide that was a writeup of the things I figured out to get Sage 10 to work. I also kept working on the Ymir CLI reference.


BUSINESS

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

I got a 5th customer! So that's exciting. To celebrate, I added a MRR graph on the open dashboard.

Nothing else to report besides that. I've mentioned it a few times, but I'm not expecting explosive growth. I'd be ecstatic if I got to a point where Ymir could pay my rent. (About 20 customers.)


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