One of our friends insisted that we should register our company name as a trademark. It was not so expensive then we said why not. After a few months since applied, we got the documents.
We have planned to add an API to Gooo.to but the timing had not to be decided. But there is a tiny light about that we may work with a big company to shorten their tons of important links. So, we added the API immediately and we understand that we also need an API doc.
While we use Laravel Livewire to made Gooo.to why not we make the API doc interactive? We should and we did.
Now, our interactive API doc is ready.
Almost one year passed after started and we realized that our website has untouched. There is a proper saying for that in Turkish culture: The tailor can’t sew his own rip. Oh, there is another one: Candle doesn’t enlight own foot. Of course, these are not acceptable for a tech company.
And our web site’s new look is online. Take a look.
Our 8 hours side project Gooo.to becomes a fine service which has two main functions. First; it is a link shortener service and second; it is also a link hub service.
This is obvious. If you want to shorten the link that you need to share or use it for something else; just paste the link and make it shorten. If you do it after login, you can change the title or the shortened link. Easy.
This is new. One of our friends encouraged us to add this function to Gooo.to. With this ability, you can create a public profile page that includes all the link that you want to show it together; like Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook pages. Not only social media links, but you can also add any link that you want. Then you can use the Gooo.to profile page in your social media profiles, which only one link allowed to share in these profiles, thus, you share all your important links with people on a single page.
You can customize the link hub page with several backgrounds, button styles, or fonts.
Yesterday we started a project and finished after 8 hours later. We have decided the domain should be kodv.in. It was small enough and usefull to use for our URL shortener project. But, after a few hours more we realised, which we didn’t remember how, there was .to domains in the market. We always use the Name.com for domains and they don’t sell .to domains. Somehow it appeared while surfing and and we start searched. Finally we found the Canadian company that name is register.to was selling .to domains with a quite discount. We bought our second domain name for the new micro project and this one was not cheap as the original one. But more elligible and usefull we thougt.
The new domain is: Gooo.to
What are you think?
We decided to create our own short link service. We used to use our payment service’s short link to remind our customers of their invoice. No more foreign short link.
To create this service was easy. The hard one was to decide the domain name 🙂 After discussing a few domain names we chose a completely different one.
Our nominees were:
And the winner is:
kodv.in: The shortest domain name for our brand-new short link service.
We started to build the project after buying the domain immediately. Normally 2 or 3 hours enough to build this kind of small project but little details can be challenging sometimes.
We spent at least two hours to sort desc the latest links backward. Either PHP or JS array sort functions not worked for the list that we keep in session, which we didn’t understand why. We have had to loop the array and created another one. There would be 10 rows max, so why not.
Enjoy our brand-new, easy to spell URL shortener service.
One of our goals was to have USD income (or EUR, it doesn’t matter). The plan was to release the new version of Kitapi and open its market section to the world. But our other jobs don’t let us finish the new version, yet. Then something happened and we have gotten several foreign customers. They came from google we think.
We have several blogs about different topics. We publish commercial posts there, sometimes. These foreign customers wanted to use our blogs to introduce their products to our country. Even Kitapi’s blog has had such a customer. So, we got our first USD income. Thumbs up!
As a company, why we don’t buy a proper local commercial domain? It is not a big deal and also cheaper than other .com domains.
In our country, official documents must be provided if wanted to buy a commercial local domain. We have many of these 🙂 So to buy the domain has cost only a few seconds.
It is kodventure.com.tr
A lot of things has done in the last two weeks. We got a commercial credit card to use for the company. All Internet-based services’ payment configurations that we used were converted to this card like Hetzner, GitHub, Name.Com.
A little e-store is developed on Kitapi, which is our main project. There are some physical little products like stickers or labels for books. Also, there are somethings abstract like remove the commercial for a month or a year. We already did a couple of sales this week. We have sent the first bills. They are electronic bills and no need to print them out. In fact, we are not allowed to prepare an old-style bill on paper. We wanted it that way.
We have been visited by a tax officer, yesterday. He checked out our address. He asked a few questions and took some pictures of my documents about the company. He was using specific software for this on an iPad.
We have been completed the whole set up after his visit.
Well, we already finished the official chores. We have documents about registration and taxing. We have a commercial bank account. The next step is preparing about accounting. We are going to use Parasut for this. This is a very talented platform for accounting. It can be integrated with a lot of important services.
The other step is the electronic invoice setup. Our government provides us this feature but there are some chores about security to handle it. After that, we’ll no longer need to prepare invoices on paper.