Selfstarter makes it easy to roll your own crowdfunding site. To get started, fork this repository and change around
config/settings.yml to suit your needs.
After a rejection from Kickstarter, we decided to follow in the footsteps of App.net and make our own crowdfunding site for Lockitron. We've been absolutely blown away by the response. As a first step in what will hopefully be a long history of giving back, we have decided to open source the crowdfunding platform that got us here. Please send questions, comments, or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Selfstarter is a starting point. We made some specific choices with Selfstarter for Lockitron and we recommend you tailor it for your project:
- We use Amazon Payments for payments. You can use Stripe or WePay. We used Kickstarter's awesome
- We collect multi-use tokens from customers with Amazon Payments - this let's us collect payment information without charging the customer until we are ready to ship
- Selfstarter doesn't come with any authentication, administration, mailers or analytics tools. We recommend adding a basic set of these so that you can message backers and manage orders.
Note: This assumes you have Ruby 1.9.2 or later installed properly and have a basic working knowledge of how to use RubyGems
First you'll need to fork and clone this repo
git clone https://github.com/lockitron/selfstarter.git
Let's get all our dependencies setup:
bundle install --without production
Now let's create the database:
Let's get it running:
While it is just a skeleton, we did make it a little quicker to change around things like your product name, the colors, pricing, etc.
To change around the product name, tweet text, and more, open this file:
To change around the colors and fonts, open this file:
To dive into the code, open this file:
Deploying to Production
We recommend using Heroku, and we even include a
Procfile for you. All you need to do is run:
gem install heroku heroku create git push heroku master heroku run rake db:migrate