I'm thrilled to introduce Proselog: The Open Blogging Platform that I've been working on for the last 2 months in my free time! By open I mean it's open-source on GitHub.
And from now on Proselog has officially entered the Beta phase. 🎉
And I'm getting sick of that.
Not long ago I decided to make my blog truly server-rendered, i.e. works like the good old WordPress, storing posts in the database and rendering them on demand when requests come in.
It worked well for me. So I decided to share the platform I built and make it work for everybody.
Proselog is powered by Next.js, the React Framework. I chose it because it makes building multi-tenant applications a breeze. If you're building a SaaS app that wants to offer customer subdomains or even custom domains, definitely give it a go. The Vercel Platform Kit is a nice demo of that.
As for hosting, I use Fly.io because server-side rendering is slow unless it's a platform where you can deploy app servers close to your users, and Fly.io is just that. I didn't choose Vercel which is the creator of Next.js because it only allows single-region deployment for the serverless function. Currently, Proselog is running on servers in US West and Hong Kong, Fly makes multi-region deployment really easy.
Another problem that Fly solved for me is the multi-region database, your app will only be fast if your database is also close to your app server. Will share how I do it in the Next.js app soon.
Building a product is also a learning process, and I can say I've already learned a lot and can't wait to share more about how I build Proselog in the future.
Things I will be focusing on in the coming months:
Bear in mind that Proselog is still young, it's still considered beta software, please don't heisitant to share your feedback on our Discord Server.