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Addon List

Tool to help developers discover new addon services

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Kevin Li
this is very cool
Ellen Chisa
Hunter
I think this category link might actually be the best way to understand it: http://addonlist.com/products
Chris Tosswill
Hey all, creator of AddonList here. Love to get your feedback and feature suggestions or just AMA.
Ryan Hoover
Love the idea. Reminds me of Hack Design's Toolkit (https://hackdesign.org/toolkit). Why did you build this, @Tosswill?
Chris Tosswill
@rrhoover Thanks! I built it basically to solve my own problem: not knowing enough about my options when building an app. In the last few years there has been a huge increase in the number of hosted solutions for pretty much everything from image processing, emailing, analytics, credit card processing... you name it. I kept finding myself picking the one I had used in the past... simply because I knew it. Not because it was the best for the job. However, finding out about new services can be challenging. Google search for "email delivery" and see how few of the options actually turn up. @rrhoover , @ckevinliu what is a feature you would like to see added to AddonList ?
Ryan Hoover
@Tosswill - the categorization is fantastic and I like that you've focused on serving engineers (as emphasized with the Github login). Just riffing but it might be useful to include pricing information (could be split out by free, freemium, paid, etc.). To better surface the products for their needs, maybe users could provide more information on what type of company/tech stack they're using through a step-by-step process, surfacing the best products for that specific use case/context.
Chris Tosswill
@rrhover my goal for the site is to be very engineer/product focused. However I am growing concerned that people are very wary of signing up with Github as opposed to say email. Yourself included ;) I want to include pricing info, including full tiers of what each service offers however I am concerned about keeping it up to date. What do you think about letting people share 'war stories' of their struggles or successes with a service?
Kevin Li
@Tosswill have a section that rates the ease of integration, maybe show snippet of sdk integration etc
Chris Tosswill
Hmm I posted a response but it didnt show up... @ckevinliu totally agree, snippets should get added. I had been thinking about adding a stickiness metric, basically how hard is it to remove a service once you have integrated and started using it. Most of the 3rd party services have been optimized to integrate simply but lock you in to make it hard to remove
Ellen Chisa
Hunter
@Tosswill this is a total nit-pick, but you need a visual indication for what page you're on. there's no underline for some reason. Also like the snippets idea. Perhaps also more specific recs (good for smaller companies, good for open source projects, etc).
Chris Tosswill
@ellenchisa I think my goal is to collapse the category page into the landing page so you can filter by category or search all in one place. The category page is actually hold over from what the site looked like when I first launched. I am curious on how best to stop spam/flames/gain saying in comments and reviews.
Ben Yoskovitz
Some of the categories are simpler than others - Comments for example - doesn't leave much room for interpretation. Others, like Data or Media, may need to be broken up, or you almost want to see user comments saying, "I used this for such-and-such specific thing" to narrow down the use cases / value props of each product. I really like that it's focused on technical products. I almost feel like there's another category there specifically for services that make developers' lives easier. Stripe is a great example of that. Which is different than other tools that developers would rarely, if ever, roll on their own. btw, @Tosswill, I submitted GoInstant to the list (under Data). I hope it fits :)
Chris Tosswill
@byosko I am working on a cleaner taxonomy for the products. It's currently implemented using tags and tags can be parents/children of each other so Data -> Databases -> MongoHQ could become an option but is not yet in use. Just approved GoInstant, thanks for adding it! If you were going to add a sub-category for data to put GoInstant in—what would you call it?
Ben Yoskovitz
@Tosswill Probably BaaS, although that isn't always the easiest thing for people to understand either, b/c then we get into SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and so forth. But for your audience it might make sense.
Chris Tosswill
@byosko yea agreed, I would like to avoid the *aaS names. Although they may be technically correct they feel too marketing-y
Ryan Hoover
@Tosswill - you may be familiar with this but check out Credii - https://credii.com/
Yuval Shoshan
Agree with @ellenchisa - The categories page is better than the current landing page, in my opinion.
Chris Tosswill
@yuvals thank you for the feedback, do you think it needs to be two columns or would it work as one column grouped by category?
Yuval Shoshan
@Tosswill I think the two columns are fine - just add the green header, and it will be great.
Chris Tosswill
@yuvals So when I launched the site, there was no search just 3 columns grouped by category... maybe I should go back. @rrhoover , @byosko , @liveink what do you think?

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