Switching framework to Flextype

Published @ February 10 2019 by Morten Johansen

After started blogging with WordPress in around year 2000, I've tried many blogging frameworks since then. The last one I used was Kirby CMS version 2. They have released a version 3 that they think is €100 worthy when going from 2 to 3....I don't agree. That's just to aggressive for a flat file framework - the product is good, but it is not that good.

I've searched and tested a lot of frameworks before coming across Flextype . It is still in early development (version 0.8.3 at the time of writing) but it looks very promising. That's also why I made the decision to make the switch and maybe see If I could help the project where my skills allowed me to help out.

At the time of writing I've created a theme; Flexnotes that's simply based on the default theme, but with some more features added such as: author/date info on top of posts, tweet/back button on posts, footer adjusted with more info and prism added for code highlight. All features I myself would need to use Flextype as a blogging framework. I've also helped out translating the platform to Danish where the progress is now 100%.

You can see some of the features that Flextype provide in the screenshot below.

When working in the admin panel of Flextype you are dealing with stuff like: templates, fieldsets and entries. Entries is where you define your content, that being a static page or a blog post. Fieldsets define how your content is added and administered thru the UI. Templates are the pieces that structure and present all the data. We have head, footer, blog-post etc in this section.

Blog-post template showing how easy it is to add your own code and logic below.

Fieldset for blog post in the Admin UI below.

Go and check out Flextype on the Website, Twitter or GitHub - hope you'll enjoy it as much as i do :)

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