Hi, it's Yusuf.
For those of you who have signed up back in the early days, you would know that One Profile was initially made free to everyone. But after some time, I decided to close that door and place a paywall because I felt like I can make a business out of it. Although I did make a couple of sales, it just didn't sit right with me.
My dream for One Profile is that I want it to be ubiquitous, where everyone has their own personal about page on the internet — a page where the focus is only on them and a page that is free from social metrics such as likes, shares, comments, followers, and followings. That's when I decided going free is the way forward.
Before I created One Profile, I was looking for a simple, beautiful, and affordable personal profile page of my own on the internet. My top criteria were:
- Well-designed; beautiful, minimalistic, and clean.
- Easy and straightforward to setup.
- Has useful features like a calendar and a contact form.
- Nice and short URL (custom domain is an added bonus)
- Basic analytics or some integration with third party analytics
- Affordable. To be honest, I won't fork out more than $5 per month for a simple about page.
Current solutions in the market don't help much — about.me (too dull but very expensive), webflow.com (too expensive and requires lots of time to design), wordpress.com (too complex and expensive), squarespace.com (too expensive), carrd.co (too customizable, too many templates), and notion.so (no custom domain feature and URL is too long and ugly). In the end, I decided to to build my own page. Coincidentally, I was pivoting from another project where I was creating profile pages for startups and founders. So, I thought maybe I can just start building from there. That was how One Profile started out.
Here's a table comparison between similar solutions to One Profile:
That's it for this post. Next post will be something about sustaining a freemium product, and the next one will be on creating the perfect mini-storefront using One Profile.
I hope you'll support my vision of everyone having their own personal about page on the internet and please tell your friends, colleagues, followers, and everyone you know about it!
—Yusuf, My One Profile