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Why You Should Use SaaS Boilerplate & Starter-Kits To Speed Up Your App Development

Being a SaaS entrepreneur has its good and bad sides. While it comes with the excitement of having new ideas and launching new projects, there is one rather dull part of the process: setting it up.
Setting up the basics and taking care of the technical aspects can be time-consuming, and, to be honest, no one likes to do it. Since it requires a lot of motivation, attention, and many working hours, it can delay your app development by several weeks, even months. So, what can you do to make the process faster?

What Are SaaS Boilerplates?

What if you found out that a template could take care of all the boring, complicated parts by starting with a boilerplate that has everything that is needed, and you didn't have to do them yourself anymore? Yes, it's possible, and that's exactly what a SaaS boilerplate is. SaaS boilerplates involve functionalities that would otherwise cost entrepreneurs a lot of time and money to build.
There are things that are common across all SaaS Apps. No matter what you are building, your SaaS will most likely be needing:

  1. Authentication feature which handles all the login, logout, forgot password.
  2. Integration to payment and a way to charging the customer and manage subscriptions and plans.
  3. Features to handle recurring payments, cancelation, charging credit cards.
  4. Pre-build permission, and roles management to grant and restrict user permissions based on roles with full end-user control.
  5. Dashboard for your users
  6. Profile page for your users
  7. Built-in component library


There are plenty of different types of boilerplates available on the market, and all of them have a different set of features and facilities.
Based on your preferred programming language and the architecture you think your SaaS platform will require, you can choose one boilerplate or a starter kit that could set the ground for all your future projects.

Boostack SaaS Boilerplate
Boostack provides a proven starting point for new projects that saves you months of time when launching your next SaaS Application it uses minimal dependencies, implements idiomatic code, and follows best practices, Boostack comes with a clean project structure and clean architecture that you can easily extend or customize.
Built on MEVN stack, the open-source JavaScript stack to build powerful and dynamic apps.
Boostack is 100% Javascript with Node.js on the backend and Vue.js on the frontend, so you don't need to write, maintain, or debug in multiple languages.
For makers, bootstrappers or solo-founders Boostack is the perfect SaaS boilerplate.

Volca home page

Volca Create your SaaS using a starter kit built on proven Node and React patterns that accelerate your development and deployment speed.
Volca is a code template for SaaS products that give you everything you need to start building the features that make your product unique. Volca is powered by a NodeJS API and a React frontend built by developers with over 10 years of experience building and running applications with this technology stack.

Innomatic the open source platform for building multi-tenant applications in PHP
Innomatic reduces the time and the budget to build SaaS products by providing SaaS engineering, service management, and business management components in ready-to-use form. Innomatic Platform is based on Symfony.
Innomatic also provides a Business Application Framework for creating multi-tenant custom Enterprise applications with prebuilt features like ACL, roles/permissions, site-wide search engine, dashboard widgets.

Nextlessjs Boilerplate and Starter for Next.js, Tailwind CSS and TypeScript Made with developer experience first: Next.js, TypeScript, ESLint, Prettier, Husky, Lint-Staged, VSCode, Netlify, PostCSS, Tailwind CSS.
With Nextless.js, you don't need a UI/UX designer or an Ops engineer anymore! Concentrate on your own SaaS project as a developer and Nextless.js handles the rest for you!

We hoped this article helped you find the best SaaS Boilerplate to use.

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Top comments (7)

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Cory Zue • Edited

No mention of SaaS Pegasus? Would love to see it added.

P.s. Here's a longer write up on SaaS Boilerplates and Starter Kits that may be helpful.

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Alexey Smirnov

Nice list! I've created a repo with some more examples
feel free to contribute!

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Remi W.

I've also built a SaaS boilerplate: Nextless React SaaS Boilerplate

Is it possible to add it into the list?

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Oskar Karlsson

If you are looking for a node.js boilerplate with react, GitHub actions and AWS CDK, then Volca could be a good option! ๐Ÿš€

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Gabe Ragland

Would love to see Divjoy on this list. Happy to send over a screenshot and description if you'd like to add it :)

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Fujima Song

So easy that most can fork the articles, copy and paste or promote their own SaaS as the purpose of those "recommendations" does seem to be promote a lot and they have plenty of time to write up.

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Rayner Howard GISP

Gravity is pretty good