You are a small business owner who wants to make your business better. You want to improve efficiency or increase sales with help from software. But, you can’t find an off-the-shelf product that fits the bill. Getting one created might sound daunting and expensive.

What does that have to do with Ruby on Rails and what is Ruby on Rails?

You just want a piece of software that works, the geeky code bit doesn’t interest you. Here’s why we’ll explain it.

Before we start, we’ll make it simple… It speeds up development. So, you get working software faster and without a high price.

Ruby on Rails helps developers like us build websites such as Shopify (one of the largest e-commerce platforms) and web applications such as Basecamp (a popular project management tool). It makes it possible for developers to get started on projects without having to configure everything from scratch. This saves time and money.

One of the main advantages of Ruby on Rails is its emphasis on simplicity and productivity. It’s made to make common development tasks easier and faster. It lets us focus on building the core web application features, instead of getting stuck in repetitive coding.

Here are some well-known and popular platforms that are built using Ruby on Rails:

  1. Shopify is one of the largest e-commerce platforms. It powers over 1 million online stores.
  2. Airbnb – The online holiday rental marketplace relied on Rails in its early days.
  3. GitHub – The popular code hosting and collaboration platform for developers.
  4. Basecamp – A well-known project management and team communication tool (we use it).
  5. SoundCloud – An online audio distribution platform for sharing music and audio files.
  6. Twitch – The live streaming platform for gamers with millions of users.
  7. Bloomberg is a global finance software company. They use Rails for their client web terminals.
  8. Hulu – The video streaming service uses Rails for its customer-facing web application.

Most of those sites above started out in somebody’s basement with small teams, most had no more than 2 developers! Fast forward to today and those sites are now leaders in their respective industries with users across the globe.

Ruby on Rails emphasises productivity, versatility, without the need for repetitive coding. This makes it a powerful choice for software development. It’s great for startups and small companies that need to build web apps fast, efficiently, and without a big team of developers.