Ymir Report #68 ā€” WordCamp Phoenix


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


INTRO

Happy Monday!

I'm a bit delayed sending this report out. (It's also not really edited šŸ˜…) I got back home at midnight from WordCamp Phoenix. I gave the serverless WordPress talk I gave at WordCamp Asia last year.

The talk went great and the WordCamp itself was surprisingly good. I didn't expect to network as well as at a flagship WordCamp. But I did so it feels good!

I also managed to get a lot of work done on Ymir. I was talking about it at WordCamp. I'm more productive when I'm travelling. It's weird! šŸ˜… Also why I'm looking forward to another long stay in Tokyo. I have big plans for my time there.

On the business side, everything is flat. No trials, no cancellations.


PRODUCT

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

In the last report, I mentioned that I found a lot of small issues with Ymir and ElastiCache. I managed to tackle most of them. You can now:

  • Modify a Redis cache cluster using the Ymir CLI tool.
  • Create or modify a Redis cache cluster to use cheaper Graviton instances.
  • Newly created (not retroactive) Redis cache clusters come with a custom parameter group. They also use allkeys-lru as their eviction policy which caused some issues before.

I also created a new warning system when validating project configuration files. This is the first step to handling the evolution of the ymir.yml configuration file. For now, I just want to be able to say when there are things in the configuration file you could remove.

I have a few other changes I didn't manage to finish up this cycle like PHP 8.3 support. This should be out next cycle.


MARKETING

In terms of marketing, WordCamp Phoenix felt really good. I had a lot of good conversations. Not sure if that converts to sales.

I worked on the documentation some while I was in Phoenix. I wrote a guide on how to install the GD extension if a plugin needs it.

There are some other documentation changes that I didn't manage to wrap up as well.


BUSINESS

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

As I mentioned earlier, everything is flat. I talked a lot with two hosting companies at WordCamp Phoenix. It's so clear I'm still super early, but it's on their radar more and more.

I'm still thinking about pricing a lot. I don't like it. It's going to change. I'm just not sure to what.

On the flight back home, I listened to this podcast on ONCE. It was a really insightful discussion. But one thing they discuss that I'm realizing and thinking about is that SaaS needs volume. Especially when selling to SMB or prosumers.

I want to offer something to SMB and prosumers. But it's clear (and I mentioned it in my year in review) that I can't get the volume from the $39/month plan to make a business of Ymir right now or maybe ever.

I want to keep the $39/month plan. But I need to figure out what to do so that most of my customers want the middle tier plan. That way, I don't need as much volume to succeed.

Carl

Ymir

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