Foundation & MVP
The VePress project was loosely started in mid Feburuary, 2019, and participated VeChain Development Challenge hoping to get supports from the VeChain community and the foundation.
Since this is an SNS platform project, once we gain some financial support, we will run a promotional contest using a portion of the fund from the Dev Challenge. The VePress team has a strong social background in Japan, so we are expecting to form a community with multi hundred enthusiasts.
SMART CONTRACT VALIDATION
Even though we've already deployed our first smart contract extention "Campaign", it is still supposed to be in alpha and needs many improvements. So we will run thorough tests on the contract and upgrade it to a production ready contract.
As this version of VePress is an MVP, we have so many small todos (fix bugs, improve UX, add missing features) to work on. Before we open source the project, we will refactor the code and test as much as reasonable.
OPEN SOURCE PROJECT
At some point shortly, we will open source the whole project to accelerate the development cycle with the open source community. We will try utilizing bounty hunging model with VET token. Open-sourcing VePress will also let anybody run the same platform for free so it's expected to massively expand the community base.
To spread the token economy to the mass, it is crucial to lower the barrier for the entry. To do that, we will utilize the VeChain's original MPP feature and create a refferal program so people who have no VET/VTHO can easily join the platform with small sponsorships. This will also accelerate the expansion of the community if done right in a shape of a smart-contract-driven campaign.
IMPORT FROM OTHER PLATFORMS
We don't believe in the confinment of personal contents in a single platform. Instead, our contents shoud be free to be imported and exported among many platforms. So we will create a way to import contents into VePress platform and let users monetize them as long as the contents belong to the right owners. We are strong advocates of the Web3 data economy.
SMART CONTRACT DRIVEN TICKETING SYSTEM
For our second pluggable smart contract, we will build a ticketing system where you can purchise a ticket and later use it for a variety of services provided by other users. For one, users will be able to sell their articles if a blockchain record of a ticket purchise is the only key to unlock the articles for viewing
PLUGGABLE SMART CONTRACTS
In the early stage, we will create and integrate our own smart contracts with VePress such as "Campaign" and "Ticketing". Then we will also make it possible for anyone to plug their own smart contracts into VePress so what developers can achieve with VePress will become unlimited.
SMART TICKET BASED MARKETPLACE
E-Commerce marketplace apps are often built with a CMS just like VePress. With VeChain, tokens and our smart-contract-driven ticketing system, it is not going to be much hard to build a new type of marketplace apps all powered by blockchain. And this is where VePress starts to seek a way to integrate with one of the core value of VeChain, which is tracability in the supply chain.
For the original contents uploaded to VePress, we are relying on the Google Cloud Platform for now since anybody can use it for free if the size of the project is relatively small. In the later stage, we would like to store the original contents onto IPFS as it works as a massively scalable permanent storage.
INTEGRATE TOKEN CREATION
We will make it possible to easily issue VIP180 tokens on the VePress UI so platform owners can create their own token economy which will be interconnected with other VeChain projects via blockchain. We believe forming many domain specific child communities who share the same parent VeChain community will shape a strong foundation for the VeChain ecosystem.
ISSUE VIP180 VEPRESS TOKEN
We will also issue our own VIP180 token to incentivize and accelerate the community activities. We will create a scheme for contribution based governance and write a whitepaper for it.
LAUNCH SAAS PLATFORM
Even after open-sourcing the whole code, there will still be a major part of the society who cannot use VePress as they like, especially non developers. We will launch a fully managed and paid (with VET!) SaaS platform where anybody can run a customized VePress. This will be one way for us to monetize this project.