I posted about how I had hit $630 MRR two days ago, and yesterday we hit another big milestone!
Since we launched on May 1st, we have grown 833,2% (according to Baremetrics) and reached $1k yesterday.
I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has supported us, from the people who helped beta-test the product before it was ready to everyone to shared it on launch day and especially everyone who decided to try it out and ended up sticking till the end of the trial.
If you're curious about the rest of our metrics, you can view them in our open page.
It's now been a week (and two days) since Sitesauce launched, which also marks the end of our 7-day trial for all consumers who signed up the first days. In the last two days, our MRR has grown a mind-blowing 334% and reached $630/month today.
If you're curious and want to see more metrics you can do so in our open page.
Today, after eight months of working on Sitesauce, it's finally out for everyone!
I'm super excited to share Sitesauce with the world. It's probably my biggest thing yet and it has already helped many people and will hopefully help many more.
Jason Fried famously said he only listens for feedback from customers who just bought or people who just cancelled. If someone decides your service isn't worth it anymore, you probably can learn something from them.
Yesterday I invited Peter Suhm from Branch CI to the Sitesauce private beta.
He initially reached out to me asking if Sitesauce would work with their WordPress site, to which I responded with a link to a generated static site for their site. He was instantly sold, and I gave him access to the private beta to get their website to production. In less than five minutes, their static website was up-and-running on their main domain.
I've done other onboarding sessions before, but this was the first one where everything truly clicked from the start. He went from registration to production in around a minute with no roadblocks and no questions. I'm starting to feel like Sitesauce can really help people!
The Sitesauce public beta will be dropping soon, so make sure to leave your email on our landing if you're interested to get notified when that happens! (and if you can't wait, DM me on Twitter and we might be able to work out something ;)
Sitesauce relies on a generator component that actually does the work of converting your dynamic website into a static site.
Until now, Sitesauce ran the generator on the server, then compressed the output and uploaded it to Zeit or Netlify. Yesterday, I experimented with running the generator directly on the Zeit build process, getting rid of two build steps and making the process 70% faster.
I took the weekend to build a CLI for Sitesauce and got everything working!
This is exciting because, until now, you needed to keep your dynamically-generated websites (like a WordPress blog) hosted somewhere (like on a subdomain) for Sitesauce to generate your static sites. With the CLI, you can just open your project's directory and run
sitesauce deploy to upload it to Netlify or Zeit, no server required!
As I mentioned, I'm really excited for this, because it reduces the friction of getting ANY CMS-powered website online to zero, just run a command in your local site and it's up, for free!
The Sitesauce UI was originally designed during the MVP phase, and hadn't really been updated since then. It had a few stylistic issues and wasn't responsive, so I set out to rebuild the entire UI in the weekend. Overall, I was really happy with how it turned out! Here's a video preview.
After hitting the first customer milestone last week, yesterday I got a my second customer (and I haven't even began inviting people to the private beta yet). This is exciting for two reasons: firstly, this customer wasn't someone I knew before starting Sitesauce (whereas the first one was a friend). It also means I'm one customer away from covering all the running costs and making Sitesauce profitable.
You can check our stats in our open page
Static sites are a step back into the origins of the web and greatly simplify the process of building a website. With Sitesauce, I aim to bring the benefits of static sites to everyone.