The Road Forward

Last week was amazing.

The post-launch press from CNet and ReadWriteWeb was both unexpected and exhilarating.  Prior to launch there was a big question mark hovering over the project: Would people like it? Would people pay for it? Would it be secure? I’m happy to say that the answers seem to be yes, yes, and yes.

I’m cautiously optimistic looking forward.  Its a great start, no doubt, but its just that: a start. It’s no time to be complacent; the site needs a lot of work in order to prosper in the coming weeks and months. I’ve got no shortage of ideas to make that happen, only a shortage of time to implement them.

Before I start adding more features I’m going to add credit card processing to the site. The percentage of people that follow through to Paypal to complete their registration is abysmal. That might be because its not clear that it costs money–though I think it is–or it could be because people don’t like using Paypal for whatever reason. I need to give people the option to do it on Domain Pigeon or I’m going to constantly wonder just how much of an impact its having on the revenue.

Adding credit card processing is tedious and I honestly can’t wait till its implemented so I can get back to adding features. When I program, I tend just to hack away and then fix things as they break. Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury while handling credit card information. I won’t be comfortable with it unless its meticulously planned and tested prior to deployment. And that, I’m sorry to say, is going to keep me busy for the next few nights.

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