About nine years ago, I launched my Plugin Boilerplate Generator. I used a free template and a quick NodeJS script to do the job and hosted it on Heroku.
Heroku at that time was amazing, but sadly, it doesn’t anymore.
I started getting emails all the time from people who use the generator where they reported that the generator was not working; I needed to go and restart my Dynos. This happened a couple of times per week.
Due to the lack of stability on Heroku and keeping in mind that the code was nine years old and the design was a little bit outdated, I decided to start fresh.
Now the WordPress Plugin Boilerplate Generator has a new design, and it’s built entirely using NextJs, Vercel serves the frontend, and the generator (the backend) is now a single serverless function.
By the way, sometimes you ask me if the people are really using the generator; well, I track every build, and according to GA, in the last six years, almost a quarter of a million plugins have been built with the generator, yeah, 250,000 plugins, sadly I didn’t track that data in the first three years.
Anyway, If you enjoy the generator and have suggestions, please get in touch with me at @tmeister.