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Feri Forgacs

👋 Hey, it’s Feri!

(pronounced like ferry :))

I’m a designer, developer, mostly focusing on web things but open-minded to mobile development and hardware technologies as well. One day it would be great if I could learn to bake all kinds of pastry too 😅

I have more than 12 years of experience in web development. I started as an ActionScript developer, then learned the basics of PHP, HTML, JS, and some server configuration stuff as well. With this knowledge stack, I could build most of the things I wanted to.

In the past 5 years I had the opportunity to grow my management skills, as the head of development team at the biggest social media agency in Hungary.

To fulfill my dreams about the bakery stuff (kidding), in January 2019 I left my 9 to 5 job and jumped back on the dev train. Now I build products to solve my own (and hopefully others’) problems.

My social network of choice is Twitter (@feriforgacs) but in most cases I’m on a read only mode. I’ll try to share my progress more often there 🤞, so if you are interested, feel free to follow me. For more detailed information about my thoughts, ideas and the projects I’m working on you can take a look at my blog posts. 👇

  • Weekly backlog 07.


    Short summary:

    • 🤖 Someone is working really hard to hack my server
    • 🎉 The maker report got 50+ responses
    • 🏗️ Started to work on my yearly review

  • Weekly backlog 06.


    Short summary:

    • 😥 Lost a Discount Hunt customer
    • 🏗️ Added extra fraud protection tools to CreativeDevJobs
    • 🎉 Finally launched The Maker Report

  • Weekly backlog 05.


    Short summary:

    • 📝 I started to collect and upload positions to CreativeDevJobs
    • 🏗️ Made a few adjustments on the Gift Hunt, Discount Hunt and Story View landing pages
    • 🥳 The guest post about Gift Hunt went live
    • 🐞 Found a bug in CreativeDevJobs and someone used the job posting process to test stolen card information
  • Weekly backlog 04.


    Short summary:

    • 🏗️ Gift Hunt updates about pro features
    • 🥳 New Discount Hunt customer
    • 😔 I have to pay for another monthly service
    • ✍️ I finally finished the guest post about Gift Hunt
    • 🤗 Another great chat with a fellow maker

  • Weekly backlog 03.

    Short summary:

    • free version of Gift Hunt is live
    • landing page changes
    • Google Ads for Discount Hunt
    • virtual meeting with a fellow maker
  • A bit different direction with Gift Hunt

    Short summary:

    • I decided to create a free version of Gift Hunt because I think I can’t reach the necessary amount of people without submitting my plugin to the WordPress plugin directory
    • for the Pro version I have to offer something that users will pay for and I decided to add features that will make it possible to customize...
  • Internet outage, Story View updates and Gift Hunt results

    This is my first weekly backlog post. Writing a summary at the end of every day about what I was working on makes it a bit easier to get over the feeling I’m not doing enough. Although, I still have mixed feelings about the results.

  • Weekly backlog

    At the end of last week, I reached one of my yearly goals. I’ve read 6 books by far and while I updated my goals subpage I also realized that by the end of the year I’m not going to publish 30 blog posts if I don’t change my writing habits. So, that’s what I’m doing now :)

  • My first Shopify extension

    Well, I can’t say it was an easy ride, but it’s finally here. Today my first Shopify extension went live on the app store. Here are a few things about why I built it and what I learned during the process.

  • There is no time for perfection

    For years I was always the one who wasn’t 100% satisfied with the end result. When it was possible, I wanted 120%. And I always found something that (I thought) could be better.

  • Re-Product - An online market for your "trash"


    • I decided to participate in Fixathon
    • I used Node.js, Express, and MongoDB to build my product
    • this happened right after I finished the Learn Node course, so I can’t say I was an experienced Node.js developer
    • I could almost finish all the functions I wanted to
    • the platform is live and looks like it works fine as a...
  • I’m trying to take my part to fix the climate

    Before starting to write this post, I just realized, that the upper part of the Chestnut tree, standing in the backyard of our building is almost dead because of the heatwaves in the past few months. I hope it’ll get better but by taking a look at the weather forecast, I can’t say I’m optimistic about it.

  • 6 months as a fulltime maker

    6 months just passed by since I left my manager position to become a fulltime “maker”. I can’t say everything goes as planned, but when I look at the big picture, I think, I’m going in the right direction.

  • 5 free hosting solutions for your next project

    When I started web development, there were a bunch of free options to host the sites I created. Most of them offered 200Mb of free space and a custom subdomain (It was about 15 years ago). Today, developers have much more and much better options to push their sites or web apps online, and they don’t even have to...

  • My first desktop application


    • I decided to participate in the Product Hunt Makers Festival
    • ended up building my first desktop app
    • had to learn the basics of Electron, Node.js, Express, React, GraphQL, Apollo to accomplish my goal
    • spent a ton of time by watching and reading tutorials just to make the basic authentication process work
    • had dreams about the issues I struggled...
  • From Avengers Endgame to my first (kind of) successful product

    Have you ever felt while reading an article that it would be great to get just a short summary of it to find out if it worth your time to read the whole thing? I had the same feeling while I was traveling home for a long weekend and was trying to catch up on the latest news about Avengers:...

  • New things I learned in the past 5 months

    When I started the “maker life” at the beginning of this year one of my goals was to try at least one new technology with every product I build. This is a summary of the things I learned while building 5 tools in the past 5 months.

  • And the winner is...

    As more and more brands are moving to Instagram the need to have the right tools that can help to overcome the weaknesses of the platform is getting bigger. TWiS (The winner is) is one of these tools. With the help of it, you can manage your Instagram contests in your business accounts much easier.

  • A special kind of developer, the creative one

    Are you one of those developers who likes to play around with animations, new tech, VR and all kind of other stuff that needs developer skills but also some kind of creativity? Maybe you are one of those special kind of developers.

  • My most productive 4 months with the least results

    It’s been more than 4 month now since I “started a new life” and I can’t say everything goes as I planned. To date, I launched only one (free) product mostly because some bad decisions.

  • How to monetize a free product?

    At the end of January I launched my first product, the HashtagCalendar. My original goal was to create products that will generate a passive income and as a free product, HashtagCalendar doesn’t seem to help me achive this goal. Or does it?

  • Takeaways after the first month


    • Based on RescueTime reports my productivity was ok, but I don’t feel that way
    • When I have to deal with repetitive tasks, I got distracted easily
    • It’s also hard to stay motivated during these tasks
    • Tested the pomodoro technique to stay focused » didn’t work, looking for a new solution
    • Need to organize my tasks much better »...
  • Back on the dev train

    When I first left my day to day job back in 2009, my goal (dream) was to create products that could generate enough revenue to cover my basic expenses (food, clothes, rent, etc) so I could spend more time with learning and experiencing new things without the fear of becoming homeless if something goes really wrong 😄