So a mostly positive day! I can see that people enjoy the home page a lot, and play with the demo, which is very nice.
On the other end, the conversion rate is very low, and I think most visitors just consider that it is a fun application, but not useful to them.
But the fact that one person bought the $9.99 premium plan gives me hope. I’ll try to contact this person to thank them and know what their needs are, to identify a niche I could try to reach (I guess self-published authors).
After a lot of hours spend in my code editor, I finally have a version ready for first tests. I developed it using tools I already knew, using cloud services when possible, because my goal was to release as soon as possible.
The basic features are free, and it’s possible to purchase a Premium subscription for $9.99 as a one-time payment. I’m not sure exactly of the final pricing model…
A small overview of the tech stack:
Node.js/Express for the webserver
Heroku to host the webserver
MongoDB Atlas for the database
React, only for the 3D cover editor
Auth0 for the authentication
Cloudinary to host images
Stripe to handle premium account purchase
I’m looking for some users to try it, and when it is ready, I’ll post it on HackerNews and/or ProductHunt!
For the book I just started writing, I created a web app that generates the HTML and CSS to embed a 3D book cover in a website. I posted it on HackerNews, and big surprise: it was a huge success! It stayed #1 for the whole day and brought me a lot of useful feedback.
From that day, I kept in my mind to create an application to enable people to create a 3D Cover and embed it without caring of the HTML and CSS, just by copying and pasting a small code snippet wherever they want.