Backpack turns 8 years old, celebrates with 40% discount

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Time sure flies by! Backpack for Laravel has been around for so many years now, everybody in the team is getting a bit nostalgic. To celebrate our anniversary:

  • we've told the story of our 8 year-history of building Laravel admin panels;
  • we've tracked down 40+ Laravel admin panels, to create a comprehensive article about Laravel admin panel libraries and learn from them (contact us if you've launched one);
  • we're doing a HUGE discount campaign, to celebrate;

Read on to find out what Backpack is, what makes it different and what discounts you can use right now:

About Backpack Admin Panels

Never heard of Backpack? Boy, do we have news for you! Let me give you the TLDR:

Backpack CRUD (our free & open-source core) includes all the basics an admin panel needs - authentication, 300+ HTML components and basic CRUDs. You can then build your own custom features on top of it or purchase paid add-ons, that bring so much functionality it's difficult to list a few. But here goes: 25+ field types, Calendar operation, editable columns... the list goes on and on.

What makes Backpack different?

In short, Backpack is the best at KISS ("keep it simple, stupid"). It's a lesson we've learnt the hard way, and never compromise on. 8 years ago we had already built dozens of websites & apps for clients and one important thing we've learnt from our many mistakes: the simplest solution is usually the best. When we decided we needed an admin panel, we built one with KISS as the guiding principle (actually we built four, but who's counting). The point is, we followed that KISS guiding principle all the way to 2024 and that has proven to be an EXCELLENT decision, avoiding complete rewrites and making our lives a lot easier.

KISS has manifested itself in what makes Backpack different technically. So here goes. As opposed to other Laravel admin panels:

  • Backpack uses a minimalist stack. To use it, all you need to know is Laravel. To customize it, you might need to know some Bootstrap & Javascript for heavy customizations - but that's it. This makes it it incredibly easy to customize, super easy to onboard developers (from junior to senior) and a pleasure to come back in a few years to make a change.
  • Backpack has an obsession on choosing long-term tech. Out of 40+ Laravel admin panels that have been launched over the past decade... 90% are now dead. Why? Because they've chosen this or that cool new tech. And it's either proven to be a bad choice or people have just gotten bored of it and moved to the next cool tech. Backpack has always tried to stay away from tech trends. We only adopt something when we know we'll enjoy using it 5 years from now. That's why we still use Bootstrap. Hell, that's why we still have bits that use jQuery in 2024 - because it's still a good long-term tech for that specific use case.
  • Backpack offers all features you need, from one single vendor. It is very very difficult to build out all the features an admin panel might need. So difficult it took us almost 8 years to do it. To get around that, most admin panels build the core, then invite other devs to build 3rd party add-ons. But that's a trap! In most cases, your project ends up with dozens of dependencies, on dozens of developers, of dozens degrees of quality. By contrast, Backpack offers everything you need, from one vendor with a proven track record - Backpack. We have 3rd party add-ons too... but they're usually small and niche, very few projects need them.
  • Backpack truly helps with everything you might need - not just code, but also HTML components, wireframing, design, code generation, support and outsourcing. A lot of times, building an admin panel becomes way more than "coding an admin panel". We know, because we've built e-commerce, ERPs, social networks and more on Backpack, so we know how complex it can get:

To sum up, Backpack has been around for 8 years now, it's battle-tested, well-maintained, feature-packed and has a truly complete offering. Our goal was for you to have EVERYTHING you need to finish your admin panel, and after these 8 years... many people say "everything" is selling it short 🤣 Our KISS approach has proven to be a great way to build admin panels for today and for the future.

If any of the things that make us different resonate with you... we think you'll love Backpack! Maybe even as much as we do. If you decide to try it out... we have some great news!

Discounts

We've decided to celebrate our 8-year anniversay with a 4-week celebration, where everything is 25% off! In addition, we have a few flash discounts planned, where the discount is even higher (but it will be limited to the first N buyers).

Here are all the coupons codes and their details:

  • HAPPY8THBIRTHDAY40 - 40% off for 40 purchases, starting June 10th (flash sale);
  • HAPPY8THBIRTHDAY33 - 33% off for 33 purchases, starting June 17th (flash sale);
  • HAPPY8THBIRTHDAY25 - 25% off, for 4 weeks, starting June 10th 2024;

Terms:

  • Who can use them? Anybody. New buyers and repeat buyers too.
  • When do you use them? In the time windows above. All discounts expire July 7th 2024.
  • Can I buy if my updates haven't expired? Yes, 12 more months of updates will be added to your access.
  • How do you use them? At checkout, right before the TOTAL, click "Add Coupon".

If you're new to Backpack, I hope you enjoy this opportunity to try what we've worked on for the past 8 years.

If you've been with us for a while, thanks again for supporting us, all of these years. We couldn't do our jobs building out this software, if it weren't for people like you. You are freakin' awesome and we are super-grateful to have you 🙏

Now go ahead - go to https://backpackforlaravel.com and purchase our paid add-ons, at a huge discount. We recommend "everything", since that will give you the best experience. But you can start off with a Single-Project PRO license for as little as 42 EUR! 🤯

Here's to many more years of building and maintaining software for you 🍻

Cheers!

Cristian Tabacitu photo

Creator of Backpack for Laravel

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