It has been three months since the last Private Preview date came and went. It was a tough call at the time, but I know it was the right one. We simply were not ready back then. I spent many hours weighing which features we should should cut, or which features we could cut, all in an effort to delivery early. I was so focused on getting to market and building hype and traction with the product that I lost sight of the goal. I lost sight of the entire point of Ondina.
We’re building a shared web hosting service. We’re innovating shared web hosting. Quality above all else. It wasn’t until I stepped away for a few days that I realized compromising on features for an early private release achieved none of the goals. After playing Team Fortress 2 with Gaming Stack Exchange people I was reminded of an interview with Valve about the delay of it’s Half-Life 2 release. They said, and I’m para-phrasing, “We’ll release when it’s ready.”
We weren’t ready. With only a few functioning sections, inconsistent User Interface, and no real means of use, the Control Panel amounted to an over-glorified DNS editor. In order to get back on track, and to avoid another letdown for those waiting for PPR, I effectively turned off the flow of information. No more announcements. No more posts. If we were going to still do this, we needed to circle the wagons and get to building — and that’s what we did.
I finally feel we are ready to try this again. A lot of lessons have been learned from what happened back in October. As such, February 13th the first of the invites will be going out! We are very excited to show off a nearly complete control panel, and a hosting service that’s secure while providing features seldom found in other services, such as Python and Ruby (Rack, Rails) hosting along side your PHP sites, an efficient, simple, and powerful control panel with which you can manage your sites, multiple database engines, simple DNS management, and the ability to fine tune all aspects of the sites you can host on your account.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be releasing all new videos of the now nearly completed control panel along with additional information about what to expect from the service during PPR and public launch. As always, we’re happy to field questions about the upcoming service and take requests for features. Let us know below in the comments below!