Netlify CMS Post Editing Form

tags: static, javascript

Static site generators — especially ones that operate on a relatively simple file-backed content store full of Markdown or YAML documents — exploded in popularity as the complexity of enterprise class CMSs rose.

Netlify developed an interesting open source pseudo-CMS that splits the difference. Configuration files define the structure and rules around markdown, JSON, or YAML files that make up a site’s content, and a Javascript application acts as a lightweight front-end for editing those files.

DevelopmentSeed built something similar for the project years ago, and released it as The Jekyll team has rolled out a Jekyll-specific version as a plugin to its static generator. NetlifyCMS seems to be the first attempt to build one that’s generator-independent.

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