Uptime and SSL certificate monitoring doesn't have to be boring, confusing or expensive. Together with my buddy Mattias Geniar I'm currently building Oh Dear: a webapp to keep an eye on the health of your websites. Register here to try it out.
Jens Segers made some benchmarks:
Almost every email service has support for SMTP, and Laravel has an SMTP driver by default. So why even bother registering a custom email driver (aka API driver)?
First I thought it would make a difference in performance. So I did some quick tests on an Ubuntu Vagrant box.