Exactly 2 years after the launch of WebComponents.dev, we reached 100,000 users! Looking back at the journey and what's next.

Looking back

End of 2018 - Prototyping

We wanted to create a Design System solution, and Web Components looks like the best technology candidate because you can pretty much use them everywhere.

We started building a prototype... It was closer to an early version of CodePen ๐Ÿ˜„

Feb 2019 - First commit on GitHub

It's time to go multiplayer! GitHub repo created and code pushed!

First commit on GitHub dated February 1st

June 2019 - Good enough

The product is good enough! We need to show it to more people!

We only had 7 templates and very experimental Typescript support.

Today we have many more templates ๐Ÿ˜„

December 2019 - Advent of code

We challenged ourselves with 1 feature every day for 25 days from December 1st to 25th. It was fun and challenging at the same time. We were only 3 people at the time!

We wrote a fun little blog post about it: 25 features in 25 days before Christmas.

February 2020 - All the ways to make a Web Component

We released the first version of our blog post All the Ways to Make a Web Component.

"Only" 25 variations at the time ๐Ÿ˜„, there is a lot more of them in the latest edition.

This blog post brought much attention to Web Components, and it continues to bring new people to Web Components on every update.

November 2020 - 1000 Followers on Twitter

It was a big deal.

We couldn't thank enough people in one tweet ๐Ÿ˜

January 2021 - Seed round

In the shadow of WebComponents.dev, we have been actively working on Backlight - our all-in-one platform for Design Systems.

We closed our seed round in January 2021 after a busy December ๐Ÿ˜„. The funding serves to accelerate our product development and marketing capabilities. Both WebComponents.dev and Backlight will benefit from it. We also have new products in the pipe ๐Ÿคซ

That's what prevented us from doing the advent of code in 2020, but I have good hopes for 2021 ๐Ÿ’ช Stay tuned!

Reaching 100K users

As of August 2021, 100,000 unique users created or viewed a Web Component on the WebComponents.dev.

It's not hundreds of millions of users like Tiktok ๐Ÿ˜… but it's an insane milestone for us and Web Components ๐Ÿคฏ.

Signups on WebComponents.dev has been accelerating in 2021.

Web Components are here and growing!

What's next!?

The team is much bigger now, and growing!

We have been full speed on Backlight and silently trickling all the features back to WebComponents.dev. (We need to communicate more on all those beautiful features!!)

We have significant plans specifically for WebComponents.dev

To be revealed soon ๐Ÿค— Stay tuned!

Closing thoughts

WebComponents.dev would not be popular without a healthy ecosystem for Web Components. We have so many people to thank for that, but we have to highlight the significant work of the OpenWC team, the Lit team and the fantastic members in both Lit & friends Slack and Web Component Community Slack.

We contributed by providing quick access to Web Components and giving an equal voice to all framework authors by promoting their framework no matter how many GitHub stars they got.

We like to think that we brought a positive contribution to the ecosystem, but we leave you (the reader) be the only judge of that ๐Ÿค—

Thank you for reading!


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