Story of – a week in the making, 3 days online 15,000 visitors a day!

Oh dear God.

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” Bible. Proverbs 11:25

My newest creation built with just spread like fire throughout the Twitterverse and internet in general. On the third day of its existence  it got 15000 unique visitors, close to a thousand of Re-tweets, hundreds of followers on twitter, etc… Check out the stats:

Somehow it also got to first page of Hacker News (#8 in there , YUPPP!!!), which makes me very happy:

This is mind blowing and very humbling experience to have such a great launch, here is a short story of and where it is headed:

Bootsnipp Story.

Last Thursday, Sept 6, 2012 I was very sick with Flu. Sore throat, nausea, runny nose, stuff like that. So I called in sick at work and stayed at home thinking how useful it would be for me personally and for others to have a repository of the common web app elements somewhere on the web where they can quickly copy paste these code snippets into their projects. The idea of was born. I do this often when I think of something and get infected with the idea to a point where it consumes all of me for a day or two and this was the perfect opportunity – there was nothing to distract me. My wife was so supportive of me, the day before I asked her about suggestions about the domain name for a site like that and we both decided on BootSnipp, A twitter Bootstrap Snippets site.

So I stayed at home Thursday and consequently Friday (still very sick with flu), hacking away a prototype of a website where I could quickly add useful snippets and have them instantly available for other people. Here is what I used:

I wrote the code in PHP to get where I wanted, to have an admin interface that allows me to post snippets quickly. Here’s how the “Create snipp” admin page looks like:

And this is the “add snippets” page:

Looks cool, doesn’t it?

The feature that I loved the most while developing this site was the LIVE code preview that allows me to see how snippets look right there in the browser. This is pretty amazing, saves me a bunch of time while writing/testing snippets.

What I want to do with :

Allow others to create snippets, vote on the snippets, make it usable for developers on everyday basis, integrate a form builder, layout builder, etc…

The story of Bootsnipp isn’t over, it just started and thanks to you it is so successful.

What would you suggest?


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  • André September 14, 2012  

    Very nice work Maks! It will definitely save us time. I really like your vision for the future of bootsnipp! Again, congratulations on the site! keep up the awsome work!

  • Jesper ordrup September 16, 2012  

    Congrats – Very useful!

  • Max September 27, 2012  

    Congrats on such a successful launch. Looking forward to using the site!

  • David Thorpe October 12, 2012  


    Brilliant stuff, I want to include some of the snips in Laravel Bootstrap if thats okay, great story too of how a small idea can turn into something big in such a short space of time.

    I wish I had the time to put similar effort into my own ideas, inspiration.


  • Maks Surguy October 12, 2012  

    Great to see you here!

    Sure you can include snipps! In fact a lot of application structure and my coding style for Bootsnipp was inspired by you, David! You can also submit snipps from your projects for the benefit of others!

    I wouldn’t put this together if I didn’t get sick and stayed at home =) So sometimes there are good things that can come out of flu!

  • rg October 24, 2012  

    thanks! very useful indeed. ive been thinking/looking for something like this too

    more power to you!

  • Kirk Strobeck November 5, 2012  

    Please make ths snips have version numbers, really threw me for a loop this morning trying to make something work ..

  • Robert November 12, 2012  

    Great job ! – Congratulations

    I will use it alot!

    And I’m surprised that a free instance of pagodabox can handle all that trafic, you could make a post explaining when a app need to be scaled up.

  • Maks Surguy November 12, 2012  

    Yes, I was just thinking about that the other day! There are lots of cool things that went on behind the scenes, I’d like to share the info with others in my next blog post!

  • Maks Surguy November 12, 2012  

    There is one single version of Bootstrap that is used across the site – it says which version in the about page =)

  • Michael Pehl May 13, 2015  

    Send me the code and I will do it for other frameworks, too 😛

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