Are you intrigued about taking your idea from a mere tweet to launching it as an open-source project? In this article, you will walk through my journey of building Papermark, where I'll share the importance of community engagement, lessons learned, and the tools and technologies I used to bring this project to life.
Before we begin, let me introduce you to Papermark. It's the open-source DocSend alternative that helps you manage secure document sharing, including real-time analytics and custom domains. It's all open-source!
I would be absolutely thrilled if you could support us our launch today! Don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments section ❤️
On May 23, 2023, I bet my wife that a tweet would get 50 likes so I can work on an open-source project idea.
The tweet received 265 likes.
I knew it was possible to build out the MVP in a weekend because of the incredibly powerful tech stack:
- framework: Next.js
- styling: Tailwind CSS
- database: Vercel Postgres
- file storage: Vercel Blob
- database ORM: Prisma
- authentication: Next-Auth
And right on time it was done! The launch tweet received 450 likes and over 95,000 views. I was onto something!
I spent the next couple of weekends to build more features and polish the UI.
And I took the time to document how I built it open-source out in the public!
Finally, after the product felt "ready", I launched it on Product Hunt.
On September 4, 2023, we launched on Product Hunt.
From a tweet to a launch, building Papermark has been a rewarding journey. Along the way, I learned the importance of community engagement and the role of choosing the right tools and technologies in building a successful open-source project.
I am Marc, an open-source advocate and the created the open-source project behind papermark.io - the open-source DocSend alternative. Remember, the journey of coding is a continuous process of learning and discovery. So, keep coding, my friends!
If you found this article interesting and maybe inspired you to build your own open-source project, I would be extremely glad if you could show your support on Product Hunt! And don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments ❤️