It's been a quite couple of weeks in my blog and it's been longer since the last time I wrote about my upcoming product. Before I get down to business let me just wish you a happy new year (that's according to the Jewish calendar).
In the last couple of weeks, I've been mostly busy with preparations for my beta launch. My product is now packaged and ready to ship. There are known issues, but no show-stoppers. I even have some basic license management capabilities, so I'm ready to rock.
On the marketing front, I'm working on setting up a web site. Part of the reason for not exposing my product name is that I don't own the domain yet. I named my product when I started the development, although the specific domain was taken. At the past couple of weeks I made an effort to either acquire the domain or come up with a new name.
After many hours of searching I decided that my original name will remain, even if I don't get the exact domain. Many great software companies and products don't have the domain which is exactly their name and that's just fine (BaseCamp at basecamphq.com, Omni at omnigroup.com to name a few). My attempts to buy my domain are not over and that's a topic which is post-worthy.
In the mean while, I'm working on setting up a web site. In order to minimize expenses, I'm doing the site myself. I decided to go for a Content Management System (CMS) rather than develop my site from scratch. I checked several popular CMS systems and found that Drupal feels more comfortable than other popular systems like Joomla and Plone.
I decided to start working on Drupal using Linux, so I installed Ubuntu 8 on my MacBook Pro using VMWare Fusion. It took me about 10 minutes and just a few clicks to install. I was mostly busy doing some other work at that time. You've gotta love virtualization.
Once my site will be ready I'll need to host it. My main concern is keeping up with traffic spikes. That's an advantage when using a platform like TypePad. My usual traffic is low, but when an article gets submitted to Reddit the traffic can really soar. TypePad can handle the load, but a single installation of Drupal may cave in. If you have any recommendations based on your experience, drop me a line.