September 20, 2019

The perfect SaaS starter template for indiehackers

With launchr.io I’m trying to build the perfect starter template for Indiehackers. My goal is to make it extremely easy to start a new project. Someone using the template should be able to focus on the idea right away instead of writing tons and tons of boilerplate code. Ideally, it should only take a couple of minutes from initial setup to a working website with all the core features for a fully functional SaaS.

Currently, my main focus is on a set of strong base features. First and foremost, user login and signup flow in conjunction with payment/subscription processing. I’m planning to fully support Paddle and probably Stripe at launch. As a user, setting up payment processing should be a matter of copying API tokens and adding plans to the project - that’s it.

In order to launch fast, the template also ships with a beautiful design. This includes examples, a functional pricing page, a user dashboard and templates for privacy policy and terms of service.

On top of that, I’m also planning on adding a little feature that allows to control user signups. Setting the site in beta mode locks everything down to a simple form which collects email addresses. These can be used to send out invites for a small group of people to test the service. Perfect for Indiehackers who want to launch on sites like BetaList prior to their official launch.

I’m currently expecting to be ready in a couple of weeks. Launchr is Open Source, if you want to follow me building it, take a look at: https://github.com/jayfk/launchr

If you want to take a look at a demo site, check out https://demo.launchr.io/

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