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Ohdear (PHP Limburg)

Ohdear (PHP Limburg)

A tour behing the scenes of Oh Dear!

Freek Van der Herten

September 17, 2018

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  1. Freek Van der Herten Partner & developer at Spatie @freekmurze

    Blogging at https://murze.be
 Side project: https://ohdear.app About me
  2. Oh Dear! Website monitoring SaaS https://ohdear.app Checks uptime, SSL certificates,

    mixed content, broken links Heavily customized Laravel Spark application Sideproject by Mattias Geniar and me What?
  3. Oh Dear! Launched February 2018 More than 80 million checks

    performed ± 200 paying customers ± 1 500 EUR monthly revenue What?
  4. Oh Dear! Other tools either: • do too much •

    confusing • ugly • expensive Why?
  5. Oh Dear! Oh Dear! aims to be • beautiful, easy

    to use • no feature bloat • built with companies like Spatie in mind • easy price structure Pro-tip: build something for yourself Why?
  6. Oh Dear! Competitors There are a lot of competitors out

    there Doesn't really matter Finding your audience Pro-tip: focus on what your audience finds important
  7. Oh Dear! Already had a lot of things in the

    open source space First meetings in August of 2017 Started building September 2017 Pro-tip: start a mailing list Process
  8. Oh Dear! First working version late November 2017 Tested with

    sites belonging to Spatie & Nucleus customers Invited some close friends Launched in beta February 2018 About 10% - 15% conversion from our mailing list Pro-tip: don't be afraid to launch Launch
  9. Oh Dear! Dividing the workload Mattias: SSL knowledge + customer

    support Freek: coding Laravel Spark took care of the boring stuff Design: outsourced to Spatie Pro-tip: team up with someone Process
  10. Oh Dear! Mailing list Discount codes Code snippets on Twitter

    Doing talks Pro-tip: provide value in your marketing Marketing
  11. Oh Dear! Main web server at Nucleus Uptime sattelites: DO

    and Vultr servers Sentry Gmail GitLab Pro-tip: use services you know and love Services used
  12. Future plans No new checks Nova tool Bring documentation to

    the next level Crawlers running on satellite servers
  13. Q&A