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10 Popular Websites Built With Ruby On Rails



Since its first development until now, there has been so many programming languages used by developers to built their site or apps. Some of the most popular nowadays are JavaScript, Phyton, PHP, C#, and Ruby. Thanks to its framework, Rails, Ruby has now became popular among developers. Ruby On Rails’s popularity comes because of how efficiently and rapidly it promotes web application development while maintaining consistency on structure and methodology.


But what kind of sites built with Ruby On Rails? Does people really know them? The answer is yes! There are many popluar sites built with Ruby On Rails and here are the list of some websites that you must’ve already know.

1. 500px

500px | site built with Ruby On Rails | 41studio

500px is an online community and marketplace based in Canada focusing on photography, co-founded by Oleg Gutsol and Evgeny Tchebotarev. The company launched its Web 2.0 version in 2009 to aspires its members to upload their best work. In August 2015, the company launched a new version of its iOS app. Since its founding, 500px had inspired 12 million photographers to connect with each other, hosting stock photography, and facilitates direct connections between photographers and clients to book custom photoshoots.

2. Airbnb

Airbnb | site built with Ruby On Rails | 41studio

Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service, enabling people to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms. The company itself doesn’t get service fee from guests and hosts, instead receiving a small percentage of money paid to the host. Airbnb now has over 3,000,000 lodging listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries. If you’re travelling to some country and feels like sleeping in hotel is way too plain, you can try find a house-lodging through Airbnb for a unique experience.

3. Askfm

Askfm | site built Ruby On Rails | 41studio

Askfm probably is one of the most popular website in Indonesia. It is a global social networking site where users create profiles and can send each other questions. You can ask any question to another user while being anonymous. There are many Askfm community in Indonesia and there are people called “Selebask” because they’re so famous among the users.

4. Basecamp

Basecamp | site built Ruby On Rails | 41studio

In 1999, Jason Fried, Carlos Segura, and Ernest Kim co-founded a web design company called 37signals. Following several years until mid 2004, they decided to shift the company’s focus to web application development. Their first commercialized application would be Basecamp, followed by Backpack, Campfire, and Highrise. Basecamp's primary features are to-do lists, milestone management, forum-like messaging, file sharing, and time tracking. In fact, the open source web application framework Ruby on Rails itself was initially created for internal use at 37signals, before being publicly released in 2004.

5. Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing | site built Ruby On Rails | 41studio

Just like its rival, Airbnb, Couchsurfing is a hospitality service and social networking website. The website provides a platform for members to stay as a guest at someone's home (homestay), host travelers, meet other members, or join an event. But unlike any other hospitality services, Couchsurfing itself doesn’t rely on monetary exchange between its members. For example, you can stay at someone’s house and the host itself doesn’t demand any payment from you. So It depends on an agreement between the guests and hosts.

6. Urban Dictionary

Urban Dictionary | site built with Ruby On Rails | 41studio

Starting in 1999 as a parody of Dictionary.com and Vocabulary.com by then-college freshman Aaron Peckham, Urban Dictionary now is a crowdsourced online dictionary of slang words and phrases. Some of the definitions on the website can be found as early as 1999, but most definitions are from 2003. On early 2014, by gaining 2,000 new entries daily the dictionary itself featured over seven million definitions. You can make a submission to the dictionary as long as you have either Facebook or Gmail account and the site stated that the submissions are reviewed by 20,000 volunteers. As In November 2014, the site has averages of 72 million impressions and 18 million unique readers.

7. Slideshare

Slideshare | site built with Ruby On Rails | 41studio

You can compare SlideShare with Youtube, but instead of browsing and watching video, you can search presentation slideshow on the site. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, or OpenDocument presentations. The slide decks then can be viewed on the site, hand held devices, or embedded on other site. It was first built to facilitates slideshow sharing between employees, but now has expanded to slides merely uploaded on entertainment purposes. Although the website is primarily a slide hosting service, it also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars. SlideShare also provides users the ability to rate, comment on, and share the uploaded content.

8. Shopify

Shopify | site built with Ruby On Rails | 41studio
Shopify is an e-commerce company based in Ottawa, Ontario as well as a computer software platform for online store and retail point-of sale systems. The Company was founded in 2004, and its software platform was initially based on earlier software written by its founders for their online snowboard store. Over years of use, the company reports that it has more than 500,000 merchants using its platform, with total gross merchandise volume exceeding $45 billion. Early 2017, Shopify announced integration with Amazon that would allow merchants to sell on Amazon from their Shopify stores.

9. Scribd

Scribd | site built wit Ruby On Rails | 41studio
Scribd  is a digital library, e-book and audiobook subscription service founded in 2007 by Trip Adler, Jared Friedman, and Tikhon Berstam in California. The site includes one million titles and hosting over 60 million documents on its open publishing platform. The subscription service is also available through Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, as well as the Kindle Fire, Nook, and personal computers. Subscribers can access three books a month from over 1,000 publishers, including Bloomsbury, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lonely Planet, Macmillan, Perseus Book Group, Simon & Schuster, Wiley, and Workman.

10. Goodreads

Goodreads | site built with Ruby On Rails | 41studio

Goodreads is a website founded in December 2006 and launched in January 2007 by Otis Chandler, a software engineer and entrepreneur, and Elizabeth Khuri. The website functions like a library for books. People can view through other user’s bookshelves, reviews, and their ratings. Furthermore, you can also add a book title and write your own reviews, making catalogue of you have read, currently read, and will read in the future. By December 2007, the site had over 650,000 members and over 10,000,000 books. On July 2013, the website user base had grown to 55 million members all over the world.

And that’s 10 out of so many site built with Ruby On Rails. Do you know any other popular websites that built in Ruby On Rails? If you have any ideas or suggestions, feel free to write it in the comment section.

Sources: Skillcrush


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