Built for Authors, Developed by an Author.

Braintree. The simplest way to get paid.
Braintree. The simplest way to get paid.

Braintree helps businesses of all sizes, from small to large enterprises, accept and process payments to help maximise business opportunities and revenue growth.

Companies around the world benefit from the technology and support of Braintree coupled with the scale, backing, and confidence of partnering with a PayPal service.

Use Markdown to format yout content.

Over the years I have found that writing my content in Markdown enables me to think less about formatting the text and focus more on the actual thing that I want to express. You will not see any WYSIWYG editors in this application, Only pure Markdown. If you haven't used Markdown yet, you will love it once you get going.

Use Markdown to format yout content.

Social authentication out of the box.
Social authentication out of the box.

Laravel Socialite provides an expressive, fluent interface to OAuth authentication with Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, GitHub and Bitbucket. It handles almost all of the boilerplate social authentication code you are dreading writing.

Your users can easily sign in with their existing accounts on these social networks: Facebook, Twitter, GitHub and Bitbucket. This way, the process of registration is seamless.


Let your readers write a review on how they liked or disliked your writing. Maybe you will be pleasantly surprised.


A great way to extend your content even further. Let your readers contribute with their opinions, critics and suggestions.


There is a built-in way of giving credits to the users. With this they can gain permanent access to one of your stories.


Site Administration

With great power comes great site administration web application created with React.js that is ready to be hosted on Heroku or any other platform. If you don't like the administration site, you can always build your own around the neatly crafted API.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Drop me an email if you couldn't find an answer to your question in the following list.

What is Lightning?

It is a web application that I have built with Laravel that enables you to sell your content. You can publish free content and paid content with it.

What do I get with it?

You get a website built with Laravel that is ready to start accepting payments and publishing new content.

What are the requirements?

Standard Laravel requirements (See here) and a Braintree merchant account.

Will there be updates?

Yes. Once you obtain your copy any future updates will be available to download ASAP.

Why is this not open sourced?

Building something like this costs a lot of money and I am not rich enough to give away that kind of money.

Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, no. Once you obtain a copy of the software there is no way of returning the copy back.

Can you sell it only to me?

If you are interested in buying the rights to the application contact me at mario@laravelista.com.

What version of Laravel is this running?

Currently it is Laravel 5.5. I tend to follow the latest version almost as soon as it is released.

Other questions?

I am always available at mario@laravelista.com