You Don't Need WordPress

Create a blog with only Google Docs

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#1 Product of the DaySeptember 23, 2018

Create A Blog With Just Google Docs

Reviews

  • Joe Thomsett
    Joe ThomsettAdvisor, LMR Geartech
    Pros: 

    Super cool and done in under 24 hours

    Cons: 

    Couldn't view my blog

    I really love the idea and the live streaming and achievement in under 24 hours is an inspiration to all makers!

    I would really consider using this as a blogging tool if I could connect a custom domain and do basic SEO, page tagging etc

    Joe Thomsett has used this product for one day.
  • Mark Alan Effinger
    Mark Alan EffingerCEO & Dad, WebNutrients.com
    Pros: 

    Badass application of RTU codebase on a scalable platform.

    Cons: 

    If you have issues with The Goog...

    Love this. It’s StartupWeekend on steroids! Pat gives us hope that you can do anything, anytime, anywhere.

    Mark Alan Effinger has used this product for one day.

Discussion

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Pat Walls
Pat WallsMaker@thepatwalls · Developer, Starter at @starter_story
Hey PH 👋 Super excited to launch this (and very tired) YOU DON'T NEED WORDPRESS: Every time I log into Wordpress, my head hurts. I love Google Docs so I had the shower thought to use Google Drive as a CMS for a blog. I wanted to build something: 😎Dead simple and easy to use 🛠Get set up in a breeze 📝Start writing immediately! 💪Access to powerful Google Docs features ⚙️Highly customizable (tables, shapes, charts export with ease) 🚫No markdown 💻Open source Cool example: Export native gDocs charts, tables, formatting with ease: https://www.youdontneedwp.com/pa... HOW I BUILT THIS: I set a goal to build and launch this product in 24 HOURS! I live streamed the whole process on Twitch! [Recorded live stream 👉 https://www.twitch.tv/videos/313...] 5,000 people came to watch the live stream! It was nerve-racking and epic to have thousands of people watch me program, provide feedback, and ask questions. Special thanks to @alec_joness and many others! P.S. I'm sorry my Google API account is not fully approved/verified - I sent in the application and should hear back soon. Thanks for reading and let me know any feedback you have on the product!
Cam Adair
Cam Adair@camerondare · Founder of Game Quitters
Way to go @thepatwalls! Had so much fun watching parts of the livestream - more products should be shipped this way.
Pat Walls
Pat WallsMaker@thepatwalls · Developer, Starter at @starter_story
@camerondare Thanks Cam and I agree - most importantly it was just a really fun experience.
Pieter Levels
Pieter Levels@levelsio · 🌏 Serial maker 🏝Nomad List + et al
This is absolutely insane in a good way. Many people can learn from your sheer persistence and rigor! 👏👏👏
Pat Walls
Pat WallsMaker@thepatwalls · Developer, Starter at @starter_story
@levelsio Thank you 🙌🙌 You are one of my biggest inspirations Pietz!
Pieter Levels
Pieter Levels@levelsio · 🌏 Serial maker 🏝Nomad List + et al
@thepatwalls You're mine too haha, I need to ship faster if I see you do all of this!
Cosmin
Cosmin@cossssmin1
Interesting experiment :) Although bragging about exhausting yourself with work and 'you don't need X'-type of products aren't my cup of tea, I thought I'd give it a try and see if it really removes the need for WordPress || [insert CMS/blogging platform here]. It's quite featureless right now (totally understandable!), but it gets the job done, which is creating a simple page that shows content from a Google Docs file. So the most basic functionality is there. Also, besides the warning from Google (which I understand is temporary), the sign up process was smooth 👍 I couldn't find any info, so I want to ask: do you have any plans for the following? - working homepage (currently blank?) - posts index page - taxonomies (categories or tags), w/ index pages - pagination for index pages - pretty permalinks - search - open graph/social meta tags - custom code (i.e. add analytics script) - embeds (video, tweets, forms, etc) - sitemap, RSS Besides these basic requirements for blogging, I also couldn't find: - a way to change my password - a way to delete my account (had to revoke Docs access) - a way to get to my homepage (had to manually remove the post ID from the 'view draft' URL) - a link to the repo - it says on the homepage that it's open source? I know my comment looks a bit 'negative', but please don't take it the wrong way: this is my honest feedback on your current (very early) iteration, and I'm genuinely curious what your plans are with it. Cheers!
Mary Job
Mary Job@maryojob · I document tech answers @HowDoYouTech
@cossssmin1 Following, valid questions, i want to know the answers too.
Akshay Kadam(A2K)@deadcoder0904 · Maker of all things JavaScript 😘
Wow I went offline for a day & Pat already launched a startup till I came back 🤣 Many people (like me ^^) just keep thinking on their next idea for weeks & you went from idea to launch in mere 17 hours Incredible Pat 👏
Pat Walls
Pat WallsMaker@thepatwalls · Developer, Starter at @starter_story
@deadcoder0904 Thank you my man. I had this idea in the back of my head for a while. I was on a run the other day, and I realized I had no plans on the weekend... So I wrote that tweet and it kinda blew up. Idk if I would have pulled through without everyone's support yesterday! So much fun!
Andrey  Azimov
Andrey  Azimov@andreyazimov · AndreyAzimov.com
Amazing in 24 hours! Great job! How I can connect my custom domain?
Pat Walls
Pat WallsMaker@thepatwalls · Developer, Starter at @starter_story
@andreyazimov thank you! sheet2site.com was a huge inspiration for this project. I'm thinking of adding a pro plan if enough people like the project.
Primož Cigler
Primož Cigler@primozcigler · CEO, ProteusThemes
@andreyazimov @thepatwalls aweseom! What's your criteria for 'enough people'?