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Sceko

for me laravel is only popular thanks to laracast

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Mukul Mishra Author

Great! Tried lumen too ?

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Mazen Touati

Laracast is a subscription-based model product. In my opinion, that model won't grab enough people to make Laravel popular.

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Jeremy Jacob Anderson

Laracasts helped, but does not account for the popularity of Laravel. There are new developers entering the scene every day, and there's nothing wrong with Laracasts, it is a great resource. There's a lot of free content there, too, so subscriptions aren't the only factor.

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Mazen Touati

Indeed Laracast is a great resource that delivery both knowledge and quality. However, all the courses are paid and I quote from their FAQ page:

Are any of the videos free?

Of course! Truthfully, I'd love for all of the content to be free; however, the time investment (infrastructure cost) is considerable. A small monthly fee allows me to dedicate as much energy as possible into providing the best PHP and Laravel content on the web.

The discussion forum is accessible to the public on the other hand.


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You can find some free courses and previews in Laracast.

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Jeremy Jacob Anderson

That was not always the case, thanks for educating me. I still love ol' Jeffrey.

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Nathan Heffley

Nah, Mazen is wrong. Even the FAQ he quoted says there is free content.

Open up an incognito window or log out of your account and you'll find plenty of courses to watch for free.

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Mazen Touati

Indeed, I've checked again and there's some free courses and previews. What got me that is not obvious when you check the current website and FAQ. It clearly state that it's subscription based.

Could you clarify how the FAQ I quoted says there's a free content? here's another quotation from Laracast's FAQ

How much is Laracasts, and what do you offer?

Laracasts follows a subscription model. $15 a month gives you access to the entire catalog of videos, as well as all new content that is released each month.

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Nathan Heffley

The first FAQ you linked asks "is there any free content?" and the answer is "Of course!" aka "yes, there is free content."

It then says that the author wishes ALL the content could be free, but he charges for some of it because he needs to pay the bills.

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Mazen Touati

Cool! Thanks for the clarification. I thought that 'Of course!' was part of his wish.