What was the scope of their involvement?
Square63 provided API development, Stripe integration, and pay portal stuff when we shifted from Authorize to Stripe. They do Ruby on Rails work, HTML, backend, and frontend. They didn’t do server deployment, but they pulled the API information. We needed some DNS stuff figured out, so when a project is issued, the DNS propagates correctly under our cloud account.
Right now, they’re building a drag-and-drop into the web browser, so they can upload files straight to the server via the web browser, versus having to log into the server backend, then upload it via FTP. That’s pretty cool. It’s been a lot of bug fixes, little issues, like the SSL integration and stuff like that.
There’s been some intentional stuff. With this kind of development, you get up and running and then realize you have to fix the way it was done. So, it’s like restructuring the format or the frameworks of the code. A lot of the code was good. We just ran into situations when we switched the system. That’s been the majority of the work with Square63.
The DNS manager, where you can point project to a unique URL within one user’s account, was built by Square63. They have done some major overhauls and additions to the platform. By the end of the day tomorrow, they should be working on the ‘add a server’ function. Users will be able to add as many servers as they want. In the future, we’re going to have them build out team code.
We use one person full-time, and I’ve been in discussions to see if we can utilize another, just regarding timelines. We have a 12-hour time zone difference, and that’s the downside of the engagement, but they’re pretty good at communicating every day. I know we have one person full-time, and there’s a project manager and a person who does quality assurance.
How did you come to work with Square63?
We’ve used freelancer sites in the past, trying to find good and trustworthy developers. That is the most difficult thing I’ve come across. I just need someone to get it done. I don’t need someone who’s going to take on a job and learn on the go. I put out a bid on Upwork and stated the skill sets I was looking for. Baber [CEO & Co-Founder, Square63] said he could do it. I talked to him, and I liked that he started doing research, digging in to figure it out. He didn’t want to take the job unless they could do it.
How much have you invested with Square63?
We spend close to $1,000 a week.
What is the status of this engagement?
The work started in January of 2017, and our relationship is ongoing.