Goodbye Citrulu

3 years ago we launched a product called Citrulu. It monitored live websites to check that they were working as expected. The idea was to go one better than simple uptime monitoring (which just checks that a site successfully responds with something) by letting users describe what their site looks like when it’s working, in natural language using a Gherkin-inspired syntax.

After 3 years we’ve decided to shut it down.

Citrulu was our first attempt at creating a product at dxw and quickly became far more complicated than we’d anticipated. We still think there’s a good idea in there somewhere, but we weren’t able to justify the time and effort required to make the genuinely useful product we had envisioned.

We’ve open-sourced the application code on github:

If you were a Citrulu user and you’d like us to send you your data from the system, please let us know by emailing (we’ll keep that offer open until the end of 2015)

What’s next?

We have recently launched MongooseWP – security alerts for your WordPress site. You can sign up at and follow us on twitter: @mongoosewp

(Citrulu was live from March 2012 to July 2015)