Smaller is better (The rise, fall, and rise of flat file software)

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  • Typemill

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

    I'm trying to get away from a DB-based CMS for some company web sites. Static generators won't do for a number of reasons, so a flat-file CMS seems like a good fit.

    Currently I'm looking at GravCMS [1] as an alternative. It's free initially, but it can become somewhat expensive with many official plugins. But it's file format is Markdown, and one can combine multiple files into a so-called modular page. It has a backend for editing, forms and e-mailing of form submissions. Seems perfect for small and mid-sized company web site.

    Another option I considered was Kirby [2]. Its backend UI is configurable. That's nice in theory but the documentation is somewhat lacking, in my opinion. I've used the starterpack and it took me hours to find the one command to be able to add new pages. Its content format is also custom, not Markdown. Finally, it's €100 per site.

    Also, a few days ago, I stumbled upon Typemill [3] which I will check next week.

    [1] https://getgrav.org/

    [2] https://getkirby.com/

    [3] https://typemill.net/

  • Kirby

    Kirby's core application folder

    I'm trying to get away from a DB-based CMS for some company web sites. Static generators won't do for a number of reasons, so a flat-file CMS seems like a good fit.

    Currently I'm looking at GravCMS [1] as an alternative. It's free initially, but it can become somewhat expensive with many official plugins. But it's file format is Markdown, and one can combine multiple files into a so-called modular page. It has a backend for editing, forms and e-mailing of form submissions. Seems perfect for small and mid-sized company web site.

    Another option I considered was Kirby [2]. Its backend UI is configurable. That's nice in theory but the documentation is somewhat lacking, in my opinion. I've used the starterpack and it took me hours to find the one command to be able to add new pages. Its content format is also custom, not Markdown. Finally, it's €100 per site.

    Also, a few days ago, I stumbled upon Typemill [3] which I will check next week.

    [1] https://getgrav.org/

    [2] https://getkirby.com/

    [3] https://typemill.net/

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  • Grav

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

    I'm trying to get away from a DB-based CMS for some company web sites. Static generators won't do for a number of reasons, so a flat-file CMS seems like a good fit.

    Currently I'm looking at GravCMS [1] as an alternative. It's free initially, but it can become somewhat expensive with many official plugins. But it's file format is Markdown, and one can combine multiple files into a so-called modular page. It has a backend for editing, forms and e-mailing of form submissions. Seems perfect for small and mid-sized company web site.

    Another option I considered was Kirby [2]. Its backend UI is configurable. That's nice in theory but the documentation is somewhat lacking, in my opinion. I've used the starterpack and it took me hours to find the one command to be able to add new pages. Its content format is also custom, not Markdown. Finally, it's €100 per site.

    Also, a few days ago, I stumbled upon Typemill [3] which I will check next week.

    [1] https://getgrav.org/

    [2] https://getkirby.com/

    [3] https://typemill.net/

  • PluXml

    PluXml, Moteur de Blog et CMS à l'XML sans base de données

    I use PluXml[1] for a while on my personal blog en other sites I've created. The contents is stored in XML files. To be fast, the post creation date and tags are stored directly in the filename. This hence benefits from native OS file search.

    [1] https://github.com/pluxml/PluXml

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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