Netlify CMS vs Forestry.io. Until the other day, I had no idea there were more than one git-based content management systems available. Read more.
I have been using Netlify CMS for more than one year now. Until I came across this amazing book: Modern Web Development on the JAMStack by Netlify.
Forestry.io sincerely took me by surprise: how come I’ve never tried this?
Anyway, let’s go slow.
You can learn more about JAMStack in this amazing website that introduces you to all the concepts of JAMStack.
To be sincere, I like all my website and contents in one place. So, I have read about Contentful and frowned because I don’t really want to have my website all over the place. Even though Contentful is great if you like their idea.
So, I chose Netlify CMS because it saves my content directly to my git repository.
I mainly post using my phone and then later do any edits from my computer. However, with Netlify CMS, it crashes every time I try deleting something on the editor. I dont know yet what this is all about. It always gives a weird error. I think it’s got something to do with Slate not supporting mobile very well yet.
To overcome this, I have been using Writer Plus for Android to draft the posts and then open Netlify CMS and paste the markdown text.
This is cumbersome a little. But for the price of free, Netlify CMS is amazing!
I haven’t used this CMS for more than two days yet. But I am already hooked. I mean, I don’t have to worry about the editor crashing. Also, the setup didn’t take me more than 5 minutes since I just imported the front matter from my existing documents and use the same folder I set up for Netlify CMS for the media.
What’s even cooler is that this same setup allows me to still run Netlify CMS at
/admin and the Forestry.io CMS from their website. Therefore, if things fall apart with Forestry, I simply go back to my old posting flow.
I will obviously have to update this post to include my experience as things progress. However, its pure love for now.