News and Updates from StatusGator

Excerpts from the Nimble Industries blog.

A holding company for side projects

May 18, 2018

by Colin Bartlett

For as long as I can remember, I have loved building businesses. Ideas have always come naturally to me, and over the years I have honed my skills at actually making those ideas a reality.  I recall one of my first businesses at about 12 or 13 years old, designing nicer looking versions of property... Read More

Hardening against future S3 outages

March 7, 2017

by Colin Bartlett

Introduction On February 28, 2017, Amazon S3 in the us-east-1 region suffered an outage for several hours, impacting huge swaths of the internet. StatusGator was impacted, though I was able to mitigate some of the more serious effects pretty quickly and StatusGator remained up and running, reporting status page changes through the event. Since StatusGator... Read More

Anatomy of a Profitable Side Project: StatusGator 2016 Review

December 30, 2016

by Colin Bartlett

Background In 2016, my side project StatusGator garnered enough paying customers to be profitable. I have wanted to document and share what I’ve learned along the way for months. But doing so requires confronting the reality that my side project is not the runaway success that I had hoped it would be, but rather a... Read More

How often do you deploy?

April 22, 2015

by Colin Bartlett

There is simply no substitute for a well-tested project that deploys early and often. GitHub famously boasted about 175 deployments in one day, and that was 3 years ago. Even Facebook ships new code every single day. There are now entire products dedicated to shipping code and continuous deployment. As a team leader for nearly... Read More

Status Dashboards on iOS with Blinkenlights

April 21, 2015

by Colin Bartlett

Blinkenlights is an awesome new app for iOS by Chad Etzel, which allows you to monitor special JSON end points and produce a simple dashboard of “lights” reminiscent of an array of retro server LEDs. You can use it to monitor just about anything, including stock prices or server statuses. And how about cloud service... Read More

Introducing: Web Hooks

April 15, 2015

by Colin Bartlett

One of the most requested features from our early adopters has been web hooks: a way to specify a URL that is pinged whenever a service status changes. Web hooks have long been a tool used by many companies to allow powerful integrations. Some status page providers, even allow their own webhooks. But a unified... Read More

Minimum Triable Product

April 10, 2015

by Colin Bartlett

How I Scratched an Itch to Build a Useful Product in a Weekend Modern web applications are built upon a myriad of hosted services. For better or for worse, the health of every app or website built is now dependent on the health of easily a dozen other services. This is the price we pay... Read More