Open sourcing Chirpy
We're so excited to announce that Chirpy has been open-sourced now. 🚀
The comment widget supports Rich Text Editing and Markdown Shortcuts 📝:
Theme editor 🎨:
Widget analytics 📈:
You may wonder why we build a Disqus alternate in 2022. Well, here are the answers:
Disqus also encumbers your website's performance: Disqus makes 76 HTTP Requests per load. 😱
To avoid such privacy issues, we chose our business model with privacy-friendly in mind. First, we'll be honest: money is necessary for keeping the project development going. A price is always exacted for what free services bestow. You see Ads or you lose privacy. We choose a transparent pricing model — You pay, and you get the service. Nothing more.
We also chose our tech stacks carefully, and we prefer to use self-hosted versions of third-party services. For example, for analytics, we self-hosted a plausible instance to avoid sharing your customer's data with third-party companies. Plausible is an open-source and privacy-friendly software as well, we have the same privacy goal.
Tech stacks 🛠
We choose modern tech stacks with privacy and performance in mind:
API client: urql
Current state 🤟
Currently, we're in the public beta phase, all basic features should work, e.g.
- Social login
- Create a project and integrate a widget into your website
- Comment with Rich Text Formatting and markdown shortcuts
- Comment moderation
- Widget customization
- Widget analytics
- More to come!
Please note: you may lose your data if there're some hard conflicts during our database migration, but that should be rare.
The community is at the core of how we build chirpy. Community members are at best a channel for evangelism. We want to empower you to participate directly in the creation of Chirpy ecosystems. Chirpy only get more accomplished and pleasing as the communities around it grow, enabling a broader range of audiences and use cases.
Chirpy is available on GitHub, it has been released under the Apache-2.0 License that lets you inspect, modify, and re-purpose it as you would like. You can also check our GitHub repo for roadmaps or discussions. Of course, contributions are welcome! 🙌
Please feel free to try our services! We're working hard to add more features to make it easier to use, stay tuned!