This is a report on how our bet on the skilled, rogue freelancer and the growing small agency has worked out as we approach our software-as-a-service's first year of operation.
Only a year in it's still early to make a call, but so far the freelancers and agencies have invested in the switch to HiFi have not only loved the experience but have increased their productivity substantially. We're really encouraged not only in the feedback, but in the hard numbers. Publicly, for the first time, here they are...
Let’s start with number of websites powered by HiFi. For our purposes we define this metric as the number of live websites that received traffic. This means free trial sites and sites that are currently in production but not yet live are not counted. From May through November of 2010 HiFi was in beta. In less than a year since coming out of Beta the total number of web sites powered by HiFi has grown more than 350 percent.
Monthly page views is another interesting measurement we look. September was a record setting month for HiFi with over 2.5 million page views served. By the end of October HiFi should surpass 20 million page views served since inception.
We spent some time earlier this month improving our caching system so not only are we serving more page views than ever before, they’re getting served faster than ever before. Cached pages are now served ~100ms faster than before which represents a 5-10x improvement in page load speed depending on client internet connection. You can really feel the difference in clicking around sites on HiFi!
We haven't found competing services that are publishing their exact monthly uptime records but we think it's important. This is something we lose sleep over, we're proud of, and in recent months HiFi is more reliable than ever. Since June 1st, 2011 we have a 99.998% uptime record. In the trailing year we're just a hundredth of a percent shy of that at 99.989%. Here's a look at HiFi's uptime, as measured on minute intervals by Pingdom, in the trailing year:
Bigger, Faster, Stronger
Our team is really pleased with how quickly the number of live public sites on HiFi is growing. Not only are we seeing sites grow their traffic by leveraging the baked-in features of HiFi, but we are seeing bigger sites moving to HiFi as well. This is evident in that from September of 2010 to September of 2011 our number of live sites has grown by 5x and overall page views by 8x. With recent updates we are serving these websites faster and more reliably than ever before and with no additional effort needed on the web site developer’s part.