SaaSBox Getting Started
SaaSBox is a SaaS template for Node / ExpressJS. It is an accelerated starting point for building a Software-as-a-service (SaaS) with a few crucial pages (landing, feature, pricing, products) editable with forms, creation and syncing of Stripe plans, sign up via email and social networks using PassportJS.
If you are new to NodeJS, check out this free and high quality NodeJS SaaS / Web Application building video crash course. Learn how to install NodeJS, create an MVC application with ExpressJS, make basic SQL queries with Sequelize, how to create a migration, a basic CRUD implementation and more. SaaSBox is in fact based on an advancement of this tutorial.
You can buy and download the template at this link.
Install all the dependencies:
Run the migrations:
Create and edit a
.env file in the root directory:
touch .env sublime .env
Create Environment variables as below:
NODE_ENV=development cf_privateKeyPath= cf_accessKeyId= s3_iam_user= s3_accessKey= s3_secret= stripe_privateKey_test= stripe_privateKey_prod= stripe_publicKey_test= stripe_publicKey_prod= twitter_consumerKey= twitter_consumerSecret= twitter_dev_callbackURL=http://127.0.0.1:8081/signup/twitter/return twitter_prod_callbackURL=https://yourdomain.com/signup/twitter/return google_clientID= google_clientSecret= google_dev_callbackURL=http://127.0.0.1:8081/o/oauth/google google_prod_callbackURL=https://yourdomain.com/o/oauth/google facebook_appId= facebook_appSecret= facebook_dev_callbackURL=http://127.0.0.1:8081/o/oauth/facebook facebook_prod_callbackURL=https://yourdomain.com/o/oauth/facebook backend=
Run the local application:
DEBUG=myapp:* npm start
Test your local instance
Fire up your browser and go to:
Create admin user
Your first sign up becomes the admin user, so save your email and password you used.
Check out SaaSBox plans for fully managed hosting options - this handles all hosting complexities and you only need a domain to start.
- PostgreSQL database (size depends on the plan),
- Load Balancer with NodeJS apps behind with auto-scaling,
- An HTTPS certificate with auto-renew (you need to create a CNAME record to point at the server),
- Secure file storage, in case you sell downloadable products
- CDN: Cloudfront configured to serve your public files, images etc.
- Automatic updates. E.g. we add a new SaaS feature: “Get product reviews from your users”, this will get pushed and your SaaS migrated auto-updated.
About the project
SaaSBox is a Buzz Software product. Find out more about tech entrepreneurship and building a SaaS at https://getbuzz.io
Check the license at the root directory of your SaaSBox source code for details.