I started Is It Working as a ‘side project’.
(Is It Working checks that your SSL certificates are not expiring, and that your background server processes are running as expected)
I admit – I had hopes that it would be a huge instant success with hundreds or even thousands of users – and I’d be instantly rich 🙂
Sadly this didn’t happen. Folks are using IsItWorking – but the numbers are not huge.
On a related note, EU tax law has an annoying ‘feature’ where if you sell a single pound worth of digital services, you need to register for sales tax and send reports every three months.
I’m allergic to that kind of admin.
So, given that I don’t want to do the admin, and that it would be a chunk of work to add a payment system to Is It Working – I’m not going to.
This is not to say that I’ll never charge – but if I do start charging, I’ll give reasonable notice, and I won’t charge current users more than $1 / month for 10 checks.
This also means that I’m not doing significant work on Is It Working. I’ll keep it running because
- I think it is cool
- I use it for my own purposes
Of course – if you have a feature you’d like to see, I’m happy to add features on a sponsored basis.
I hope Is It Working will still be useful for people. If you like it – please tell your friends.
Perhaps I’ll still be rich some day 🙂