Hello Rails

A modern course designed to help you start using and understanding Ruby on Rails fast.

Web apps are flippin’ hard, but they don’t have to be...

With a focus on actually building out a modern real-world idea, this course teaches you Ruby on Rails, a tried and true web application framework, from the ground up.

Ruby on Rails is a web application framework focused on convention over configuration. Conventions are easier to follow, learn, and help make resolving errors a no-nonsense process. With Ruby on Rails in your tool belt, there’s no application idea you can’t approach ready to take head-on.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you started on a typical Rails tutorial and aren’t quite getting it. Maybe you’re more of a visual learner (or designer) like me. Maybe you have a goal in mind to build out a prototype of your latest idea for an app. If any of those strike a bell then this course is a great fit for you.

Those looking to expand their skill offering

Maybe you’re tired of building WordPress websites, Maybe you’re sick of other programming languages and want a fresh start, or maybe you’re just researching frameworks to help launch your next idea, Ruby on Rails is a great choice for you.

Those who want to bring an idea to life

Maybe you’re a designer with front-end experience looking to build an app idea from start to finish but don't know how (this was how I approached Rails initially). You can reference this course as a way to hit the ground running in efforts to scale your idea fast. Save time and get validation of your idea much quicker than other frameworks (aka build a production-worthy MVP).

What if I'm already familiar with rails?

Whether you are a Ruby on Rails pro or completely new to the framework, you can easily get something out of this course. While it’s focused more towards newcomers, I’ll be discussing real-world problems Ruby on Rails developers face day in and day out. If you're already a pro, this might not be the course for you.

TL;DR: My course Hello Rails is for anyone looking for a tried and true way to make a web app at scale without a very steep learning curve.

Hello Rails is comprised of in-depth video tutorials and an optional written format (you can easily purchase the written format separately if that's more your thing 📕). Source code, assets, and other material will be published when the course is live.

What will we be building?

I’m glad you asked...This course is focused on building a comparable real-world application called Webbit, a Reddit clone built from the ground up. There are no boring slides, bullet points, or any of the stuff that is too hard to remember. I do my best to keep you engaged and explain how things work and also why they work the way they do. We'll focus on conventions, best practices, and how to scale things gracefully.

What are the prerequisites?

I recommend having some knowledge about the web and how to build basic websites coming into this course. General knowledge of the following is also advised but not 100% required:

  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Knowing a bit of Ruby wouldn't hurt!

Hello Rails covers topics like:

  • Check

    Installing Ruby and Rails

  • Check

    Configuring your local development environment for a better workflow

  • Check

    Learning enough Ruby to be deadly

  • Check

    Version control with Git

  • Check

    Understanding the Ruby on Rails MVC pattern

  • Check

    Working with Databases and Relationships between data

  • Check

    Rolling out a fully integrated User authentication system

  • Check

    What’s new in Rails 6.0.3 and how to use those features

  • Check

    Active Record Migrations

  • Check

    Working with JavaScript in Rails

  • Check

    Templating, Partials, and Loops

  • Check

    Security and Permitted Parameters

  • Check

    Commenting on things

  • Check

    Upvoting and Downvoting on things

  • Check

    Deployment: Where and how

  • Check


  • Check

    Build a Ruby on Rails App from start to finish and understand what it is you are doing along the way. Dude, Yes!

Why Ruby on Rails?

Ruby on Rails is a full feature framework capable of just about anything you need out of a web application. From it’s MVC pattern to is built in CLI, creating and scaling a web app with Rails can save you months of time compared to other frameworks where you need to roll your own solutions to rather common problems.

It’s opinionated where it counts. Convention beats configuration. Because of the convention first mantra, you can follow patterns, practices, and ideas to build things that just plain work. As a seasoned framework, you can rest assure that the bugs are worked out and support for just about anything you need is available thanks to the massive amount of Ruby gems available in the wild.

Unshockingly, Ruby on Rails is based in Ruby, a popular language for web developers worldwide. Ruby is a concise language that reads like the English language. Pair Ruby with Rails and you’ve got a framework with elegant code and tons of bells and whistles that I have fallen in love with.

Ruby on Rails Helps with:

  • Check

    Writing SQL queries without knowing a bit of SQL

  • Check

    Super smart relationships between data

  • Check

    Integrating nicely with other APIs and frameworks in a pinch

  • Check

    Sending, previewing, authoring, and optimizing emails

  • Check

    Easy assets thanks to the Asset Pipeline and Webpack

  • Check

    Built-in image upload/rendering support thanks to Active Storage

  • Check

    Storing encrypted keys for extra security (i.e. Stripe, AWS)

  • Check

    Rendering JSON with no effort

  • Check

    Creating an API if you require one

  • Check

    Using just about any database type of your choice

  • Check

    Keeping your development, test, and production environment segregated.

  • Check

    Low initial setup. Create a new project, boot your server and code!

  • Check

    And SOOOO much more!

Over 18 hours of video

Each video is a building block towards constructing the app. My approach is rather thorough. Check out some of my YouTube videos for a taste of what you can expect.

Module 1
01:08 Hello and Welcome

Hello and Welcome

Module 1
03:51 Prerequisites


Module 1
23:22 Installing Ruby on Rails

Installing Ruby on Rails

Module 1
08:16 What we are building

What we are building

Module 2
32:45 Project Setup - Installing our first gem

Project Setup - Installing our first gem

Module 2
09:14 Installing Tailwind CSS

Installing Tailwind CSS

Module 3
09:41 Modeling our application

Modeling our application

Module 3
21:54 Adding submissions

Adding submissions

Module 3
17:05 Add image attachment support to submissions

Add image attachment support to submissions

Module 3
22:40 Add video attachment support and user associations to submissions

Add video attachment support and user asso...

Module 3
05:01 Intro to Rails Console

Intro to Rails Console

Module 3
06:01 Active Record Validations

Active Record Validations

Module 4
08:11 SVG and helpers

SVG and helpers

Module 4
01:56 Adding a home for custom CSS styles

Adding a home for custom CSS styles

Module 4
28:27 Adding the base application layout

Adding the base application layout

Module 4
14:09 Creating custom Tailwind CSS components

Creating custom Tailwind CSS components

Module 4
23:19 Enhancing devise views

Enhancing devise views

Module 4
15:02 Extending devise to account for a username field

Extending devise to account for a username...

Module 4
08:33 Globally shared partials

Globally shared partials

Module 5
37:28 Extending submissions UI

Extending submissions UI

Module 5
16:37 Submissions JavaScript

Submissions JavaScript

Module 6
13:09 Using JavaScript in Ruby on Rails

Using JavaScript in Ruby on Rails

Module 7
14:49 Create communities

Create communities

Module 7
07:09 Displaying communities

Displaying communities

Module 7
10:11 Tackling the global community dropdown

Tackling the global community dropdown

Module 8
18:20 UI Enhancements - JavaScript dropdowns

UI Enhancements - JavaScript dropdowns

Module 8
05:01 Dynamic page titles

Dynamic page titles

Module 8
30:20 Community view updates

Community view updates

Module 8
06:57 Adding helpers to remove logic

Adding helpers to remove logic

Module 8
27:38 Checking our checks

Checking our checks

Module 8
08:51 Submission show view

Submission show view

Module 8
01:26 Community view updates

Community view updates

Module 8
03:52 Authentication with Devise

Authentication with Devise

Module 9
01:53 Adding comments

Adding comments

Module 9
04:10 Create the comment model

Create the comment model

Module 9
19:29 Create a comments controller

Create a comments controller

Module 9
03:32 Comment routing

Comment routing

Module 9
02:57 Associating a user to a comment

Associating a user to a comment

Module 9
08:47 Hooking up the comment views

Hooking up the comment views

Module 9
32:04 AJAX comments

AJAX comments

Module 10
39:15 Adding user profiles

Adding user profiles

Module 11
23:31 Voting


Module 11
13:19 Submission votes AJAX

Submission votes AJAX

Module 11
10:15 Voting on comments

Voting on comments

Module 11
05:58 Concerns


Module 11
07:15 Comment votes AJAX

Comment votes AJAX

Module 12
25:09 Subscriptions


Module 12
09:11 Adding tailored subscribed communities

Adding tailored subscribed communities

Module 13
10:00 Accounting for video, images, and text on submissions

Accounting for video, images, and text on ...

Module 14
01:12 Transactional emails

Transactional emails

Module 14
02:06 Action Mailbox in Rails 6

Action Mailbox in Rails 6

Module 14
10:09 Generate a new response mailer

Generate a new response mailer

Module 14
10:19 Previewing and sending emails locally

Previewing and sending emails locally

Module 14
9:00 Background jobs and Action Mailer

Background jobs and Action Mailer

Module 14
20:19 Unsubscribing from e-mails

Unsubscribing from e-mails

Module 14
05:23 Resubscribing to e-mails

Resubscribing to e-mails

Module 14
03:15 Enhancing the email UI

Enhancing the email UI

Module 15
11:49 Databases and modeling

Databases and modeling

Module 16
21:14 Deployment


Module 17
6:30 Working with Webpack and modern JavaScript frameworks

Working with Webpack and modern JavaScript...

Module 18
09:11 Debugging a Ruby on Rails application

Debugging a Ruby on Rails application

Module 19
01:40 Testing 101

Testing 101

Module 19
03:50 Getting started with testing

Getting started with testing

Module 19
07:02 Formats and tooling

Formats and tooling

Module 19
09:34 An Example TDD Rails application

An Example TDD Rails application

Module 19
34:31 System tests

System tests

Module 19
09:28 Functional tests

Functional tests

Module 19
09:06 Integration tests

Integration tests

Module 19
02:36 Final words on testing

Final words on testing

Module 20
04:53 What's new in Rails 6

What's new in Rails 6

Module 20
12:44 Action Text

Action Text

Module 20
01:05 Multiple Databases

Multiple Databases

Module 20
01:21 Parallel testing

Parallel testing

Module 21
04:17 Where to go next

Where to go next

Module 22
25:02 Integrating search

Integrating search

Module 23
32:21 Dealing with user permissions

Dealing with user permissions

Module 24
06:50 Seeding data

Seeding data

Module 25
02:12 Accepting recurring payments with Stripe

Accepting recurring payments with Stripe

Module 25
03:56 Why the SaaS model?

Why the SaaS model?

Module 25
07:39 Stubbing out ad spaces

Stubbing out ad spaces

Module 25
12:24 Adding Stripe support

Adding Stripe support

Module 25
26:07 JavaScript


Module 25
04:03 Creating a recurring payment plan

Creating a recurring payment plan

Module 25
18:57 Modifying the User model

Modifying the User model

Module 25
06:10 Testing our work

Testing our work

Module 25
12:39 Canceling subscriptions

Canceling subscriptions

Module 25
04:48 Final steps

Final steps

Module 26
02:00 Pretty URLs and SEO

Pretty URLs and SEO

Module 26
15:18 Pretty URLs with FriendlyId

Pretty URLs with FriendlyId

Module 26
11:51 Meta tags and favicons

Meta tags and favicons

Module 27
15:45 Redeployment and bug fixes

Redeployment and bug fixes

Module 27
01:35 Final words and thanks

Final words and thanks


Starter Course

  • Check
    The Hello Rails book in HTML format
  • Check
    Access to the starter course video bundle
  • Check
    An account on hellorails.io for 24/7 quick and easy access to your bundle
  • Check
    Source Code
  • Check
    Lifetime access to any updated material added to this course

Master Course

  • Check
    The complete Hello Rails book (includes bonus content*) in HTML format
  • Check
    Access to the complete Hello Rails course video bundle (includes all bonus videos)
  • Check
    Downloadable and Printable Cheatsheets
  • Check
    Access to a private Hello Rails Slack community
  • Check
    An account on hellorails.io for 24/7 quick and easy access to your bundle
  • Check
    Source code (includes all bonus sections)
  • Check
    Lifetime access to any new or updated material added to this course

Buying for your team? View team pricing options.


Just want the book?

Some perfer to read and learn. Save a buck and get the book on its own. Read the book in HTML format and download source code instantly after confirming your account.

Note: Purchasing only the book does not include bonus content. You'll need to purchase the master course or a team license to obtain this in book format.

* Bonus content includes:

  • Icons/card

    Payment integration and setup with Stripe

  • Icons/computer code

    Custom URL structure and SEO setup

  • Icons/search

    Integrating search

  • Icons/battery charge

    Seeding sample data and writing custom rake tasks

  • Icons/user love

    Custom user level permissions and actions


Team Licenses

Applicable only for the Master Course

With a team license you purchase spots to invite team members to the course. These spots do not expire and you can fill the spots from your dashboard whenever you like. Spots cannot be reassigned once in use.

All prices in USD

Looking for more 40+ spots or something more customized? Let's chat

Frequently Asked Questions

What version of Ruby on Rails is this for?

This course is written with Rails 6.0.3 using Ruby 2.7.0. I'll update the source code and book periodically as Rails and Ruby update. Screencasts will be updated for major breaking changes of Rails where necessary.

I lost, deleted or never got my welcome email. What do I do now?

Reconfirm your account or email me with the email you used to buy the course and I'll hook you up.

What format are the videos? How do I watch them? Can I download them as well?

After buying the course you will be emailed access to a personalized dashboard for your chosen version of the Hello Rails course. There you can watch the videos and download any materials. Each video is stream-able and downloadable. Team purchases will be able to invite however many spots purchased to download the same content.

Will this course make me a pro Ruby on Rails developer?

Not even the slightest, but as with anything, practice makes perfect. My intent is to guide you through building an app from start to finish and explain the "how" and "why" along the way. In doing so, you should be able to take the knowledge gained and construct your own applications. If you purchase the master version of the course you also get access to a private Hello Rails Slack community where you can ask questions and get answers in an ongoing fashion. Ultimately, to get better, always be building 🙌.

What if this course isn't what I was hoping?

That happens and I get it. I want you to be satisfied. If you didn't learn from the course or assumed it was something else, email me or contact me here within 30 days to get a refund.

Do you offer student discounts?

Absolutely. I was once a student and understand everything gets pricey so I'm happy to help. Contact me with some current proof that you're an active student before purchasing the course and I'll hook you up.

Why don't you accept PayPal?

Right now I only use Stripe as payment method. If enough requests warrant adding PayPal I'll consider it. If you absolutely must use PayPal or Stripe isn't available in your country please reach out to me and we can work things out together.

Why should I buy this when other tutorials are free (ahem..RailsTutorial)?

There are no doubt a lot of sweet tutorials out there. My approach with Hello Rails is to be very thorough by explaining core concepts and their reasoning. Ultimately, my goal is to provide realistic use cases makers/developers deal with day-to-day. This course is more modern on the design and development front and also touches on things like billing, user roles/permissions, and integrating other frameworks/gems. The Starter course gives you the basic knowledge of the Ruby on Rails by building a Reddit clone from start to finish. The Master course goes one step further addressing things like payments, search, user roles/permissions, and much more.

Can you help convince my boss to fund this for me?

Absolutely, Use this email template as a starting point.

I have another question!

Sure thing, Contact me directly from this site or email me.

Companies Using Rails Everyday

twitch airbnb basecamp dribbble github 500px kickstarter soundcloud

Who am I?

Hey! I’m Andy Leverenz a.k.a. @justalever.

I’m an author, designer, developer, father, and guitarist hailing from the Midwestern U.S.A.

You may know me from my YouTube Channel, because I work as a Product Designer at @memberful (previously @dribbble), or because I run @webcrunchblog in my free time ( holy crap...what free time? 😂).

I'm a person with an entrepreneurial mindset who loves to teach, share, collaborate, and ultimately expand my knowledge on anything. This course is my first in the Ruby on Rails realm even though I have been teaching for over a year on my YouTube Channel and Blog. Join me on your own journey towards learning Ruby on Rails so you can build out your wildest app ideas in minimal time and effort.

I’ve written articles for Elegant Themes, Web Designer Depot, Web-Crunch and have been featured on the blogs of Adobe and Dribbble.

I’ve also written books. Check out LUXD: Learn User Experience Design and Pro Tumblr Theming

And finally my personal website: justalever.com

Have questions, concerns, feedback, favorite colors? Head here to get in touch with me directly.


Receive automatic updates

Software is always changing. The code used in this course is no execption. I'll update the source code to be as current as possible. Major breaking changes of Rails will warrant a new screencast series. If you haven't already purchased the course you can subscribe here for updates.