|Hexadecimal ||Monitoring Hexadecimal web app and a static site (the one you're currently on). Talk about dogfooding. ||$8 / month |
|Fastmail ||Business email. Snappy web interface and your support requests don't go to |
|$5 / month |
|Sendgrid ||Transactional email. Generous free plan, but I have had a few problems in the past. ||$0 / month |
|Cloudflare ||Domain registration and DNS servers for the root domain and all subdomains. I use CNAME flattening so that Netlify can point to the root domain. Caveat: you can't change name servers ( |
NS records) once your domain is administered by Cloudflare Registrar. Switched from iwantmyname (they're also great).
|$8.03 / year |
|Heroku ||Hosting a Rails 6 app. Also, application metrics, such as response time, throughput, memory usage, and a few Ruby specific ones. This obviates the need to use a third-party application performance monitoring SaaS. All pages are rendered on the server. They take care of certificate renewals. ||$7 / month |
|Redis Cloud ||Managed Redis hosting, since AWS ElastiCache doesn't allow outside access to the cluster (technically, you can connect either via SSH tunnel or a proxy NAT instance, but it is too duct tapey). ||$10 / month |
|Papertrail ||Aggregating logs from Heroku. For privacy and performance reasons, I don't use third-party analytics, so it is the only window inside the app. I set up alerts that notify me whenever logs match some predefined regex rules (errors, exceptions, warnings, etc..). ||$0 / month |
|AWS EC2 ||4 background workers distributed globally. Running on |
t3a.micro with one Elastic IP attached to each of them. The daily cost also incorporates mysterious EC2-Other category. Once business reaches a certain scale and I have more usage data on my hands, I will probably switch to reserved instances. I am using $5000 credit from the Stripe Atlas to cover my monthly bill (on top of the free tier).
|$1.39 / day |
|AWS RDS ||Managed Postgres hosting. |
db.t3.micro with Multi-AZ failover. Backups are retained for 10 days. Encryption at rest and in transit. I use a custom parameter group that forces SSL on all connections.
|$1.05 / day |
|AWS CloudFront ||CDN for static assets (for the web app only). ||$0 / month |
|AWS SNS ||Sending SMS messages. One downside is that I can't purchase fixed phone numbers, which means I can't whitelist those numbers on my phone (for the Don't Disturb mode on iOS). ||¯\_(ツ)_/¯ |
|Github ||Hosting for git repos. As of today, a static site and a web app live separately. I configured Netlify and Heroku to automatically deploy code once I push to the |
master branch of those repos. I deploy to workers manually, using Capistrano. Lots of manual copy and paste between HTML and CSS files, which is less than ideal.
|$0 / month |
|Slack ||I have built and currently maintain a Slack app. ||$0 / month |
|Google Search Console ||Helps to see how I'm ranking for various keywords (and how many folks search for them), what backlinks point to me, and other SEO shenanigans. ||$0 / month |
|Stripe Payments ||Payment processing. Additional 1% for foreign currency conversions. ||2.9% + $0.3 / charge |
|Stripe Radar ||Payment fraud detection and prevention. ||$0 / charge |
|Stripe Billing ||Recurring subscriptions, payment recovery, revenue analytics, invoices & receipts generation, and partial EU VAT compliance. First $1 million is processed for free. The whole SCA thingie could have been handled better, especially documentation part. ||0.4% / charge |
|Stripe Atlas ||They help you to incorporate a Delaware C Corp or LLC, open a bank account, and give you a bunch of perks, such as $5000 AWS credit. I couldn't open an LLC (for some reason), so I have to roll with a C Corp for now. I will probably switch to LLC at some point in the future since I have no intention whatsoever of raising venture funding (C Corp adds unnecessary overhead). ||$500 / once |
|Rocket Lawyer ||Companies formed in Delaware are required to maintain a registered agent in the state. The first year is included in the Stripe Atlas' application fee. ||$100 / year |
|Silicon Valley Bank ||Business checking account that (optionally) comes with Stripe Atlas. Meh. ||$25 / month |
|pass ||Free and open source command line password manager for Unix. Each password lives in a separate GPG encrypted file. Using Git to track changes. I don't have team members, so there is no need to share passwords or keys. Switched from KeePassXC. Passwords are one of the few things I'm not comfortable storing on someone else's computer (i.e. cloud). ||$0 / month |
|Authenticator ||Free and open source two-factor authentication app for iOS. Switched from FreeOTP. ||$0 / month |