Sjabloon Year in Review 2019 (and a little celebration)
2019 was the first full year of business, as Sjabloon launched in December 2018. It’s been a great a year. So many things happened: new features, new UI components and many products built using Sjabloon. 😊
- added a section to celebrate products built with Sjabloon.
- launched v1 of Sjabloon full of new features, all-new UI themes
- welcomed on average 25 new customers every month…
- …which makes a total of (almost) 300 customers…
- …and almost built 1,200 apps altogether.
Fun give-away as a celebration
🎉 As customer 300 is really close, I’d like to do something fun to celebrate. The 300th customer will get upgraded to the unlimited plan (or get a full refund if they choose the unlimited plan). Sounds good? What are you waiting for?
If you are celebrating: enjoy your the holidays! 🎄
Announcing the biggest new release since launch
Since the launch in December 2018, Sjabloon has seen well over 250 sales. From solo-makers to successful entrepreneurs to web agencies. From Asia to Americas to Oceania. Different people from all over the world use Sjabloon as the starting point for their next new Rails app.
I’ve always sent each of these customers a short survey to ask for feedback. This huge new release is the accumulation of that. ✨
Although Sjabloon was officially offered as a beta-product, it was already incredible useful to all these people. Thanks to their feedback, Sjabloon v1 is here and is more feature-rich than ever before. From new UI themes and homepages designs, new admin dashboard design to GDPR, API integrations with Mailerlite and Buttondown.email, up to a custom generator for content marketing pages. And that’s not all, there are a lot more smaller features and fixes added too!
Also introducing now is the new pricing to better reflect how Sjabloon has been used in the past 12 months. For $79 you can build one app, for just $129 up to five apps and for the very low price of $249 you get to build unlimited apps. They also come respectively with 6 months, 12 months and unlimited access to the UI components library.
As always, the number of features on the backlog is quite long, so this is just the beginning!
Last week saw the 250th sale
Last week Sjabloon saw the 250th sale since its launch in December 2018. This is the kind of number I did not expect when I set about to launch this. I thought (and hoped) just a few people would benefit from this little thing I built initially for myself. But seeing more than 250 people who can now build successful apps quicker and easier is simply awesome. It is even more amazing, as officially, Sjabloon is still in its pre-v1 release. The v1 version is set to be released within a few weeks.
Onwards to the next 250!
New release with Rails 6 and PurgeCss
Release v0.15 is the upgrade to the highly-anticipated Rails 6 release. Sjabloon now gives you the option to add ActionText and ActionMailbox. All dependencies, but FriendlyId are updated, to be compatible with this new release. For FriendlyId we rely on their master branch on Github. A new release will be up once they will update it too.
Also new is the way credentials are added. Sjabloon already gave you the option to separate by enviroment (eg. development, production), but with Rails 6 these are now separated by different files. This is more secure as access to credentials can now be limited (ie. not everybody does need access to the production credentials).
With Webpack now as default option with Rails, Sjabloon now fully disabled sprockets as all assets (JS, but Css + images too) were served by webpack already.
Furthermore PurgeCss is now included by default. It’s a great little tool that will help you keep your Css file size small.
200 sales since December 2018
This week Sjabloon crossed 200 sales total since launch in December. This means more than 200 people can now more easily build and ship great looking web products faster.
Getting your product in the hands of actual users and customers is key for your product to survive. It too helps with motivating you, as the maker, to continue working on the product.
Here’s to helping the next 200 people ship beautiful products faster the coming months.
Another set of bugfixes and an all-new UI component
An all new release is out. v0.14.2 is mostly a bugfix release. Also some documentation is updated around billing. But v0.14.2 also add a sparkle new UI components to validate forms using Stimulus.
Bugfixes + Minimal google analytics
A new release was just launched. Version 0.14 brings mostly some bugfixes that cropped up in specific cases from the latest releases. Next is a new option to add Minimal Google Analytics as your analytics provider. It’s a great option for those that (want to) use Google Analyitcs, but don’t need all the features and also want a smaller footprint (1.5kB for this snippet, versus 73kB for the official snippet).
Choose your authentication model + act as person
Release 0.13 comes with the option to change your
User model to
Person. From a semantic point of view you don’t always want to call your authenticated model User, now you can easily change this. No extra work needed.
Also added is the option to ‘act as person’ using the
devise_masquarade gem. This lets you login as a certain person in your app. I find this especially useful early on when I develop my apps and can easily see how things look (and work) for them. For this to work, the current user has to have
admin set as true in their record.
A small, but handy feature is that you can now select
pry-rails as your debugger tool of choice (instead of the default
Lastly the custom error pages have gotten a new coat of paint.
Payments with Stripe is here
After quite some time in beta, one of the most requested features is here: billing with Stripe. From the start the aim was to make it as easy as possible to set up. So for your next new app, you only have to take three steps: grab your API keys from Stripe, add your product’s plans in Stripe and lastly run the command to fetch your plans to your app. That’s all needed to accept payments.
Sjabloon handles everything from creating your pricing page to accepting credit cards to sending your users their receipts by email.
For more information, quick start guide and a FAQ see the extra README that comes with every new app.
Added Rollbar and updated to Tailwind Css v1
Today adds Rollbar as an option for your error monitoring needs. Also Tailwind Css v1 was released. Although Sjabloon, and its many users, were already on the bleeding edge version for some time, after today Sjabloon boosts the latest official v1 release for Tailwind.
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