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7 Fullstack Projects You Need to Make in 2021

What fullstack project should I make? If you keep asking yourself these questions, you're in the right place. I've curated a list of 7 fullstack project that you need to make in 2021. Let's dive right in!

E-commerce Site

An e-commerce site is a site where users can buy goods (e.g. Amazon, eBay, and more). By creating an e-commerce site, you will learn about all the parts of creating an API and a website: security, CRUD, databases, frontend frameworks, state management, and more. This is the perfect project to build for someone looking to master fullstack web development.

For me, my tech stack would be the following:

  • Svelte
  • Node.js + Express
  • Typescript
  • PostgreSQL

Tutorial (if you get stuck)

Social Media App

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A social media app is an app where users can engage with one and another online (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and more). Building a social media app is a perfect way to master how to make an engaging platform for users by prioritizing performance, security, and the app's look.

For me, my tech stack would be the following:

  • Flutter
  • Node.js + Express
  • MongoDB

Tutorial (if you get stuck)

Blog Site

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Build a blog site like dev.to! Create a site where users can share their knowledge with others. By doing this you will learn about content management, building APIs, CRUD, and more.

For me, my tech stack would be the following:

  • Next.js
  • Chakra UI + Tailwind CSS
  • Node.js + Express
  • PostgreSQL
  • Redis

Tutorial (if you get stuck)

Todo List

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The Todo List is a classic fullstack project to make. This project is the most beginner-friendly on this list. Create a site where users can log in and add and remove todo items in a list format. This project will teach you about authentication, CRUD, databases, and more.

For me, my tech stack would be the following:

  • Svelte
  • Flask
  • PostgreSQL

Tutorial (if you get stuck)

Workout Tracker

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This project is one of my favourites on this list. Create an app where users can store the workouts they have completed. This will teach you about fullstack development in general: authentication, security, CRUD, frontend frameworks, and more.

For me, my tech stack would be the following:

  • Vue.js
  • Django
  • Mongo DB

Tutorial (if you get stuck)

Chat App

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This is a fullstack project everyone is talking about nowadays. For this project, create a website which allows users to privately chat and chat in groups. This project will teach you the following: real-time data transfer, frontend frameworks, authentication, security, and more.

For me, my tech stack would be the following:

  • React.js
  • Firebase + Firestore

Tutorial (if you get stuck)

Zoom Clone

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Zoom has taken everyone by storm in 2020. Everyone I know is using Zoom for everything in their life: work, school, socializing, exercise, and more! Here's a challenge: create a "Zoom Clone" which allows users to chat using their webcam. I would definitely recommend this project for beginners.

For me, my tech stack would be the following:

  • WebRTC
  • socket.io

Tutorial (if you get stuck)


I wish you the best of luck tackling any of these projects. Please share a fullstack project that you've been recently working on, I would love to see them! Thanks for reading.

Henry

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Ande

I think the best one on this list is probably a zoom clone or a video chatting app, if you have the time of course. You learn a lot trying to make it better. It includes text chat too.

And suggestion would be to not worrying too much about the how the UI looks but focus on the functionalities and making the navigations smoother and more interactive.

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Henry Boisdequin Author

I totally agree with you! Creating an app which allows users to interact with each other via their webcam is no easy feat. This project focuses on the backend as much as the frontend and UI which makes it a true fullstack project. Thanks for reading.

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tamusjroyce

NVidia Jetson Nano has a optimized version of WebRTC and supports AI if you want to go a step further. It also makes a great security camera system.

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Parampreet Singh

you are right

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Mike Ekkel

Great list 😄. I think the best projects to learn new things with are building clones of existing products and figuring out how you would make it better. What kind of features do you think it's lacking or should be done in a different way.

I particularly like the workout tracker because I think it's fitting for the current times where gyms tend to be closed. How would we actively track and motivate home workouts, that kind of stuff.

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks for reading! I definitely think that building clones of an existing project are a great way to get better too (especially on your CSS skills).

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I’ll try out the zoom clone and social media app. I’ve done an e-commerce with MEVN stack (Mongo, ExpressJS, Vue, NodeJS) and I’m currently reproducing it with MENN stack (Mongo, ExpressJS, NodeJS, NuxtJs).

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Good luck! Thanks for reading!

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Emmanuel Barroga

WebRTC and socket.io is definitely a great tech stack choice! They are great for other use cases as well, for instance socket.io can also be used for an auto match making video game: codecustard.io/portfolio/toonkins-...

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Yes, socket.io can be used for many things! I love socket.io because of that!

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Levi Velázquez

Very nice list of projects. Just complementary content. I created a post here in dev.to about how to choose the right backend framework. This can help out if someone wonders what kind of framework should use based on the domain problem.

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Henry Boisdequin Author

That's an awesome post! Thanks for reading!

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Ałohe

I'm making a React web app with React, Nodejs + Express, Mysql do you think that's a good stack? like should I use another database or MySQL is fine?

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Ałohe

Also awesome post 👏👏👏 I'll definitely be making some of your suggestions

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks, that means a lot!

Regarding MySQL, if you are good at MySQL then it's fine for you to use it. If you have the time to learn PostgreSQL I would highly recommend using it over MySQL because PostgreSQL has better concurrency, more features, and is closer to and adheres to the SQL standards better. This is a great tutorial for getting started with PostgreSQL: youtu.be/tp_5c6jaNQE.

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Ałohe

Alright thanks, I'll check it out.

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dastasoft

For the video chatting app/Zoom clone I think is worth mentioning to try an implementation with Jitsi Web API. Working with an external product have value too.

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Henry Boisdequin Author

I've never tried the Jitsi Web API! I'll try it out, thanks for mentioning it!

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dastasoft

I have a simple implementation on github.com/dastasoft/project-holo with ReactJS, check it out maybe some initial issues are resolved there.

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Meryemrai

Thanks for sharing the article. Helpful information in fullstack industry online with more details. Stunned by the level of content. Also take a look in stunning Landing page simular to article is online fitness platform.

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Paras 🧙‍♂️

Great List !! :)

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks!

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shivlal kumavat

Nice, Thank you for sharing.

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks for reading!

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Desire Lumene

Finally i can get my practice on, I always wondered what projects to could try working on to get some hands-on practice thanks to this awesome list i now have a starting point.
Thanks

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Your welcome! Thanks for reading.

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Ola Popoola

Definitely worth my time. Thank you.

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks for reading!

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Andrew Baisden

Thats a pretty good list and the year is young so no reason why a developer could not complete them all.

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Henry Boisdequin Author • Edited on

That's the spirit! Thanks for reading!

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Yash Shah

Thank u so much for sharing. I was actually thinking of making a Full stack project. Thanks for the idea. I will go for First Chat App and then workout tracker

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Go for it, good luck! Thanks for reading!

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Johnny Outlaw

Thank you for this! Been in a loop of finding a good project to try out for a while, looks like I have a few here I will go for!

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks!

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Amir H. Jabari

It was really helpful ❤️❤️❤️

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks, that means a lot!

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Francis Tito

I will go for a workout tracker as my practice in learning vuejs

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Go for it! Good luck! Thanks for reading!

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tamusjroyce

Why no IoT projects? Hassio + node-red would make a great javascript-based IoT tutorial.

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Stefan Wuthrich

and then, when you are a Full-Stack Developer, find a job on my project: fullstackjob.com . Good luck :-)

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Anjil bishowkarma

i am going to try Svelte. Thanks for info. :D

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks for reading!

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Jupiter Programmer

Good List!!!

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks!

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Pawan Pawar

Good Content!

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks, that means a lot!

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Steve Wiltek

Cool! And thanks for this post

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks for reading!

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RealToughCandy.io

Nice list! The Workout Tracker is my favorite.

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Mine too! Thanks for reading.

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TalOrlanczyk

Great list.
Us there a tutorial for the blog site? Because the link there is for typescript react with graphql

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Henry Boisdequin Author

If you wanted a different tutorial, I would recommend this one: youtu.be/1NrHkjlWVhM. Thanks for reading!

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Desta-Zerihun

Thanks for Sharing!

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks for reading! Glad you found it useful!

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Ayush01arya

Thanks

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks for reading!

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Bihan Chakraborty

Nice list!

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks for reading!

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Juan F Gonzalez

That workout tracker is definitely in my "things to build list" although I would use Next.js for it.
Other than that, great article! nice ideas and tech suggestions.

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Thanks!

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Joseph Odunsi

I just finished a small e-commerce project using the PERN stack.

pern-store.netlify.app

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Henry Boisdequin Author

Cool app! Thanks for reading!