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

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Updated on ・3 min read

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

...etc

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.io

Boostack SaaS Boilerplate
Boostack provides a proven starting point for new projects that save 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, bootstrapper or solo-founder Boostack is the perfect SaaS boilerplate.

Railskits.com

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Railskits gets your new software-as-a-service site off to a running start by providing you a well-tested and proven recurring billing system with credit card payments.
Railskits is a Ruby on Rails framework for building membership-based applications, including account signups upgrades/downgrades, tiered pricing levels with customizable limits (e.g, # of users, # of projects, etc.), multi-tenant data security in a single database, and more.

Innomatic.io

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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.

Saascoreframework.com

Saascoreframework
Saascoreframework the saas core framework a multi-tenant framework that would support everything you would expect in a modern SaaS application including free trial setup, a multi-tenant database architecture, and different user roles. The SaaS Core Framework is a generic version of the underlying technology that supports PetSitClick which you can use to build your own SaaS application and save time.

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

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Alexey Smirnov

Nice list! I've created a repo with some more examples github.com/smirnov-am/awesome-saas...
feel free to contribute!