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Dripform - No Bullshit Forms

August 25, 2018

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A little more than two months ago Konstantin asked me how long would it take for me to develop something that would let him receive forms on his website as Telegram messages.

I wasn’t sure how long it would take, but finding the task interesting I decided to just do it.

In an afternoon of work I made the first version of “Dripform”.

After making it I started exchanging ideas via email with Marc-Antoine who is working on a similar product. (btw Marc thanks for correcting my messages in french)

For around a month I never found enough time to finalise the project and didn’t think that much about it.

When I finished my last exam though I finally spent a night preparing for the launch, making Gifs:

First attempt

Final Version

The Product

For this product I decided I wanted to keep everything as simple as possible and avoid over-engineering.

So the stack of the project is pretty straightforward to understand.

For the back end I used an express/node server to handle the api requests and a high level telegram library to handle messaging.

The front end is just plain html/css with a sprinkle of javascript, no frameworks. I tried to keep everything as simple as possible. I wanted the website to give the vibe of the product, which is simple, yet fast and elegant.

The website is served using nginx on a Ubuntu Linode instance. The setup of the server was probably the most painful part in the development process as I was used to building node apps with zeit.co that automates most of the things I had to handle.

Building the website didn’t take me a lot of time, in fact I spent most of my time refining the details and problems as they came up using it.

The Launch

After getting the first users through the Solo Founders Telegram group a couple of weeks ago, I decided to launch on Product Hunt, even if I was leaving on the day of the launch and couldn’t spend much time on promotion.

To prepare for the launch Sergio sent me a link to Andrey Azimov’s latest product Preview Hunt which turned out to be extremely useful.

The Result

I managed to gather more than 100 upvotes and to be on the front page which converted to many users. What I learned from the last launch was that making good products is possible, from this one I wanted to have as many users as possible and get as many people as possible to use my product.

In the weeks following the launch I wasn’t able to answer all of the feedback I received (hundreds of messages) as I was offline for a couple of weeks, working and traveling in Paris and Burgundy.

Extra Credits and thanks to Konstantin, Marco and Kaspar that helped me make important decisions for the product.

You can check it out at: Dripform

And on Product Hunt:


Ferruccio

I'm Ferruccio and I like to make things. I also enjoy doing random experiments and writing about wild ideas.