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Hey Sandeep! Thanks for doing this AMA.
I would like to ask a few questions,
- What factors do you think have helped Hashnode to gain lots of recognition recently?
- What are the hardships faced at the beginning of Hashnode?
- What key features you people have focused on the start to keep this platform way different from others?
That's all from my side. Have a great day😊
What factors do you think have helped Hashnode to gain lots of recognition recently?
I would say having a niche and solving a specific problem really well was the reason behind recent growth. Then we also have very generous friends like Catalin Pit who were kind enough to spread the word.
What are the hardships faced at the beginning of Hashnode?
Recruitment was a big problem. It's not easy to find and recruit people who are as passionate as you. It takes time and effort.
What key features you people have focused on the start to keep this platform way different from others?
Well, since the beginning we have been pretty clear about that fact that we must help developers own their content. If you are a blogger and you don't publish your content under your own domain and branding you are at a loss. Your content should be on your own domain and then you can republish on other platforms for extra visibility.
This is what separates us from the rest. On Hashnode you can connect your domain for free and get a bunch of features like Analytics, Newsletter, Automated Backups, SEO features, powerful integrations, fast CDN, Markdown editor, free SSL certs and so on. We also make it equally easy to eject from the platform. Just connect GitHub to get automatic backups or download all your content in JSON format anytime -- no lock-in.
You can check out all of the features on the home page (hashnode.com) -- you need to be logged out though.