This article is a personal one from me and I really need your opinion on this idea. Would be grateful for any feedback in the comments, on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org. So, in short, does the market need QuickAdmin in SaaS version?
Inspired by all the hype about new Laravel Spark and its success so far (or so it seems), I started thinking about SaaS possibilities myself. And it aligned with my old idea to make something bigger out of our package called QuickAdmin – at first we used it internally, then released as a Laravel package, and now it might be the time to build something bigger out of it.
So the idea: what if you could generate adminpanel for your next project in the cloud?
Imagine the scenario:
- You go to some QuickAdmin URL, register and create your own adminpanel, adding the structure, fields etc. Everything is web-based, so only forms and fields, no coding required (see above)
- You then could customize the adminpanel and test it directly in the cloud – a new instance of adminpanel could be created on our servers
- You can always view the structure as generated Laravel files, so the PHP source would be visible on our end
- But if you want to DOWNLOAD the adminpanel for your own real usage – then you would have to pay for it. Not much, something like 9 USD or 19 USD. I imagine it as a full Laravel project downloadable as a zip file – and then you would have to just unzip it, run composer install and artisan migrate commands.
In essence, that’s all. What do you think about this idea – would that be a viable business? As Spark saves you days/weeks of coding, so would QuickAdmin web-version.
And if we can generate money from this, then we’re able to:
- Make constant updates on the open-source version or even go full-time on it
- Support different Laravel versions – 5.1, 5.2, 5.x
- (Challenging, but) Generate adminpanel for your existing project if you upload your DB structure
- Add multi-language possibility
- Make a REST API generator for the same DB tables
- Add more different front-end themes and more visual customizations
And before you ask – yes, I know there are adminpanel-packages already on the market, but they all seem a little outdated or semi-abandoned and slowly updated. And if we have that as a SERVICE for developers, I believe there’s a bright future.
What do you think? Worth the time? Would you pay for it yourself?
Want to ask you guys before starting coding anything – that’s a lesson I’ve learnt the hard way: too many times I was pursuing the idea as a shiny object before actually finding real customers for it. People who would actually pay. So in this case – changing the plan and going for the market research first. Looking forward to your help and opinions – thanks a lot!