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Discussion on: Managing the codebase for a coding platform I wrote in 8 weeks as a highschooler

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Zane Milakovic

So I am not sure my advice is what you want to hear. I don’t know django or heroku vs aws, etc.

You have 76 users from the leaderboard, and only 8 with domes, whatever that is.

It may be worth looking at growing that user base, before you make a investment with more money.

One of that largest problems to solve for any maker, is when to stop making and instead start selling.

It won’t ever be prefect or complete, but without users it’s not worth maintaining either. If you feel it’s at the point where you are asking for sponsorships, than start getting users.

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Arth Tyagi Author

Well, I agree. Also, Domes are points. There are just 76 users for the most part because I released the alpha version just 4 days ago but just in case the user growth slows which at some point ofc will, how do I plan out my user acquisition strategy?

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Zane Milakovic

It’s too early to know what will work.

I think a good start would be to try and get some early feedback. For example, on the design I had to scroll fairly far on my mobile to kinda understand what the site was about.

Get some feedback on design and messaging before you spend too much on acquisition. That being said, I would start by sharing it on places like Dev.to and other areas.

Maybe write some posts on your experiences building it, or how users can use it and what type of skills they can learn.

Then when you start building a audience, and have traffic, then it makes sense to tackle things like load balancing and scale.

Overall it is a very impressive 8 weeks of work. Start collecting feedback and spend your energy on addressing those issues, and figure out what type of marketing activity works.

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Ayush Tripathi • Edited

correct! Plus i also visited the site the design needs to altered, the color schemes are offensive for the eyes. overall good approach.

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Arth Tyagi Author

That could be the case since my screens are retina and 100% true color so when I chose those colors, I only tested on the retina screens so it could be that the colors appear different on other screens. Is it too dark?