- 31 Oct
Building Database-free Websites with Statamic CMS
A content management system (CMS) is a package of code around which you build a dynamic website—with components that change, adapt and update automatically, in contrast to a hard-coded, static site. In this article, Gareth Redfern presents a relatively new type of CMS that’s challenging the more established database-driven model. Statamic is a flat-file CMS that has been in the wild since 2012. It's built in PHP, and cleverly combines static and dynamic functionality. While some coding skills (HTML and CSS) are required to create a Statamic site, it's very simple to work with—having its own, intuitive templating language, and not requiring any knowledge of PHP. All you need to get going is a code editor and an FTP program to connect with your server, and you can have your own site up and running quickly. There's a handy 38 second video on the Statamic site that shows the CMS in action. Statamic is a commercial product—$29 for a personal license and $99 for a pro license. That may be off-putting people used to free options like WordPress, but benefits come with this modest price—not least prompt and direct support from the development team. Version 1 of Statamic doesn’t have a free demo, but version 2—due for beta release and built on top of Laravel—will offer this option.
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A content management system (CMS) is a package of code around which you build a dynamic website—with components that change, adapt and update automatically, in contrast to a hard-coded, static site.