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Top 11 PHP flat-file Projects

  • Grav

    Modern, Crazy Fast, Ridiculously Easy and Amazingly Powerful Flat-File CMS powered by PHP, Markdown, Twig, and Symfony

    Project mention: I moved this blog from Medium | | 2022-01-23

    Congratulations. A big win for Internet decentralization! (It's not sarcasm, I'm all for having your own space on the Internet).

    I invite you to try Grav CMS[0], it's what I use for my personal blog[1].

    Grav is a flat-file CMS, it doesn't use RDBMS. It's highly perfomant. I also have CloudFlare in front of it, but it was already faster than your typical WordPress you see elsewhere.

    Grav also adheres to the latest PHP version, so you don't have to carry along legacy syntax around like other CMSes. Its error pages are comprenhensive and the stack traces are actually readable.

    I personally think it's the best out there technically speaking, the best of both worlds (Flat-file and at the same time, dynamic instead of compiling the build every new post), the only drawback is that its plugin ecosystem it's still in the early stages, so if you're to create marketing landing pages or similar, you'll still fall short there.


  • Pico

    Pico is a stupidly simple, blazing fast, flat file CMS.

    Project mention: Exploring the 17 Content Management Systems of Symfony | | 2022-01-14

    The official site for Pico

  • Cloudways

    Managed Cloud Hosting Platform. Deploy PHP applications on Cloudways web hosting platform to get high uptime and optimized performance. Use the BFCM promo "BFCM2021" to get 40% FLAT discount for FOUR months straight.

  • Bludit

    Simple, Fast, Secure, Flat-File CMS

    Project mention: Easiest, Free, and Customizable Blogging Platform in 2022? | | 2022-01-24

    If you want to use something nice and simple, Bludit is a good option. I am considering to use it for my next projects. It is one of the easiest to install and does not use any resourses, does not need a database either. Just upload the files and fill the setup form and you are done:

  • htmly

    Simple and fast databaseless PHP blogging platform, and Flat-File CMS

    Project mention: Simple Photo Blog Solution | | 2021-03-29

    Another flat-file blog I tried is HTMLy, by default it has a content type Image post which is basically what you're looking for.

  • Kirby

    Kirby's core application folder

    Project mention: Is there any Bootstrap CMS? | | 2022-01-05

    Try Kirby CMS.

  • Flextype

    Hybrid Content Management System with the freedom of a headless CMS and with the full functionality of a traditional CMS

    Project mention: Styling console applications based on Symfony, Laravel, CakePHP, and other frameworks using Termage! | | 2021-10-26

    In August, I started working on a task that was on me - to make a CLI APP for the functionality of my CMS.

  • WonderCMS

    WonderCMS - fast and small flat file CMS (5 files)

  • Scout APM

    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

  • automad

    A flat-file content management system and template engine

    Project mention: A good replacement for Drupal that is docker friendly? | | 2021-10-14


  • Typemill

    TYPEMILL is a simple and lightweight Flat-File-CMS for authors and publishers.

  • nicholas

    ✨ Ultra-lightweight, no-fuss, flat-file & nearly-headless blogging system

    Project mention: Displaying blog content from markdown files | | 2021-04-11 can turn them in to a JSON feed for you.

  • novagallery

    novaGallery - a beautiful and and ease to use php image gallery for your photos - flat file - no database required - modern responsive design

NOTE: The open source projects on this list are ordered by number of github stars. The number of mentions indicates repo mentiontions in the last 12 Months or since we started tracking (Dec 2020). The latest post mention was on 2022-01-24.

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Project Stars
1 Grav 13,132
2 Pico 3,505
3 Bludit 939
4 htmly 765
5 Kirby 648
6 Flextype 481
7 WonderCMS 388
8 automad 266
9 Typemill 191
10 nicholas 39
11 novagallery 12
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