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The modern open source flat-file CMS

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We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Grav and what they use it for.
  • Ask HN: What self-hosted CMS can import from WordPress?
    I moved my personal blog to Grav a couple of years ago: There are plugins for WordPress to generate markdown files from your posts and then you can import that into Grav. I self-host this in Docker and find it much more pleasing to actually write things. Statamic is another similar markdown-based CMS that I've been eyeballing. - Source: Hacker News / 2 months ago
  • best php-based cms/tech choice
    Another area of CMS Systems are Flat File System based CMS which I did last time not hear a lot around but there was a lot of noice in the past from Kirby CMS and Grav CMS. Instead of a database they store all there data inside files and I mostly saw more for simpler website build with it where not specific security releated user context based content where used. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Learning curve for Joomla and Drupal
    I would recommend Grav or Kirby (if your site is less than 50 pages) or Craft if your site is larger than that. Craft is especially nice. I has an incredibly powerful developer experience and an incredibly refined editor experience. Those 2 don't often go together. Grav and Kirby are nice in that they give you all the nice features of a CMS, but don't require a database, so they're trivially easy to stand up... - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • I want to learn Frontend Development, but all the technologies and how they interact with each other are overwhelming and confusing. Where do I start?
    So, I looked for some alternatives and stumbled upon stuff like Statamic, Grav, or Craft. The features sound super cool and it looks just awesome! Just what I need. But then there's the thing called... installation. Via package managers. npm. Composer. Terminal commands. YIKES. In my imagination, I just install it on my webspace (web hosting provider, shared hosting), similar to e.g. WordPress, and configure it... - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • How do I set up a website, advice needed!
    Well that’s a loads of arse. In that case build something with Grav or similar static generator like Jekyll. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • What cms to use free and get first experience to integrate it?
    The CMS I use for personal projects is Strapi ( It can be used as either a dynamic CMS or static site generator and it's a powerful JavaScript backend. However, for beginners who might not want to use Wordpress, I recommend Grav ( Instead of using a database, it uses a flat-file architecture which means your web server only requires PHP. And once you learn the Twig... - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • What "hidden gems" generic CMS do you know?
    If you like craft, but want something a little lighter, check out Grav. - Source: Reddit / 6 months ago
  • Yak Shaving: A Short Lesson on Staying Focused
    > I had that idea at least 1-2 years ago, and I've only recently written my first post within the past 2 months. I think I enjoy tinkering with build systems much more than writing. This is very much an easy trap to fall into! What helped me was not sweating over the small stuff and setting up an instance of Grav, though I think that most of the turnkey blogging solutions out there would work (e.g. Ghost/Bolt as... - Source: Hacker News / 7 months ago
  • Looking for a non-blog type static website builder
    I have always liked grav - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Need a website idea
    Not mine, I just found this online, as I wanted to suggest using grav as a CMS for your portfolio site, as I've really enjoyed it with my website (which is not a portfolio). - Source: Reddit / 7 months ago
  • Show HN: Markdown as Web Page/Site
    The Grav CMS also internally uses Markdown for the page contents and generates static files: They do use YAML FrontMatter for attaching metadata so the CMS knows how to process certain pages (e.g. Page title, page type etc.), but it isn't too complicated in practice: They also have an admin plugin, which you can use if you prefer a... - Source: Hacker News / 7 months ago
  • Wikenigma is an encyclopedia for topics with unknown answers
    One of my blog articles got on the front page of HN a while ago: In total, I saw roughly around 27'000 views, which meant just short of 8 GB of data being transferred and in my case over 500'000 files being requested (given all of the CSS files, images, JavaScript etc.). Now, the blog held out fine, because it was based on Grav, which means that it ends up being a... - Source: Hacker News / 8 months ago
  • Goodbye Medium, Hello Ghost: Why my blog is migrating from Medium to Ghost
    My personal blog runs on Grav, a flat-file CMS: It was really simple to set up as a Docker container, it is pretty fast due to not having a backing database but instead being file based, allows for some customization in the form of plugins (e.g. RSS/Atom feeds), is themeable and also reasonably secure (as long as you consider using additional auth in front of /admin, though the admin module... - Source: Hacker News / 9 months ago
  • Goodbye Medium, Hello Ghost: Why my blog is migrating from Medium to Ghost
    There are couple great solutions that fit points you describe. One of them is [Statamic}( which is IMO the best flat-file CMS currently available with a lot of flexibility if you're dev and want to extend to it (it's free for solo writers). Another one that I know is [GravCMS]( I didn't have much experience with Grav, but it looks OK. - Source: Hacker News / 9 months ago
  • Cms for costum html & css
    Grav might be a good option. It's php-based so it would feel familiar. It's a flat-file cms, so you don't need a db, and it uses twig so migrating from a preexisting HTML doc should be pretty easy. - Source: Reddit / 9 months ago
  • WonderCMS – smallest flat file CMS
    Haven't used WonderCMS but we have had success using Grav, another flat file CMS: - Source: Hacker News / 10 months ago
  • Smaller is better (The rise, fall, and rise of flat file software)
    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... - Source: Hacker News / 10 months ago
  • Ask HN: Best CMS with role-based access and SSO?
    Drupal definitely is the 800lb gorilla in the PHP space. You can do everything with it, but you'll often need to spend some (read: lots of) time getting it going. For lighter sites, I recommend GravCMS [1], which does a fair amount of what you're looking for. Their documentation [2] is decent, as well. How many users does your client have? It's been a while since I last played in the WP land, but is it possible... - Source: Hacker News / 11 months ago
  • Open Source Alternatives to Wordpress is the place to find it. - Source: Reddit / 11 months ago
  • Create and edit Markdown from a browser and publish as HTML from web server
    It look like you are exactly describing the markdown CMS Grav ( ). - Source: Reddit / 12 months ago
  • what can I do to improve my website speed?
    Not the OP, but I dropped WP years ago and now favour Grav. Very different to WP but for small to mid-size sites it's ideal. It's super fast too, both in terms of development and page-speed and I even built a simple e-commerce theme with it. - Source: Reddit / about 1 year ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Grav

11 Popular Free And Open Source WordPress CMS alternatives in 2021
It comes with a powerful API and extensive hooks that allow for plugins to extend Grav. Flexible Twig templating allows the easy realization of your designs.
Top 5 Open-Source CMS Platforms
As fascinating as its logo, the Grav CMS platform is another modern, sleek, and interactive cross-platform compatible platform to design and create websites. Not as popular as others in the list, i.e., WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, this CMS platform is yet a tough competitor of the existing CMS giants. The open-source CMS platform was launched in 2014 and since then the platform has managed to power 0.1% of total...
Resources20+ Non-Traditional Tools to Make Your Website
Modern open source flat-file CMS to build faster http://s/. Grav is a fast, simple, and flexible file-based web-platform. There is zero installation required. Grav focuses primarily on your content and turns your content structure into a navigable site.
CMS comparison 2018: The 5 most popular open source systems
Grav places a high value on speed, but doesn’t disregard the aesthetic aspect. On the official website, you can find both the installation data (a small ZIP archive) as well as individual themes that can be used to customize the design. You can also extend the functionality with more than 300 plugins, with which you can set up the backend for administration work, for example. If you don’t want to assemble all...
Goodbye Statamic. Hello Grav.
Whilst looking for other options, I stumbled upon Grav, which as far as I've been able to tell is incredibly similar to Statamic. It has a really nice admin interface, plugins including search, and best of all it's completely free. The community seems strong, and I've not had too many issues trying to find help. It took me the best part of a day to switch my little site here from Statamic to Grav, and I'm really...

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