June 18, 2024

A Free Open Source Node.js & MongoDB CMS

Hundreds of free open source CMS engines have flooded the market with new releases every year. Advancements in development have allowed for greater support among CMS devs that go far beyond general Rails or PHP. Notably the Node.js library allows devs to write frontend + backend code strictly in JavaScript – something that’s seemingly quite revolutionary for the time.

This has spurred a large movement of JS devs and pushed many new concepts like the Apostrophe CMS. It’s an open source content management system written solely in Node.js with a Mongo database structure.

The creators of Apostrophe wanted to make something easy to use and editable in-context. Check out the live Apostrophe demo to see it in action.

Apostrophe CMS

With admin access you have the ability to edit any text or images on the page without moving into a backend dashboard. Inline editing is a huge feature that works perfectly for non-technical clients who just want to perform basic maintenance of their website.

I’ll admit that anyone who’s unfamiliar with Node will have a very hard time learning the ropes. You really need some foundational knowledge of JS & Node before diving into Apostrophe. But if you can get through that phase you’ll be happy to learn Apostrophe has free how-tos and dev tutorials right on their website.

The core is very easy to install with full access available from the GitHub repo. Curious Node developers that want to push their boundaries may find Apostrophe refreshing and quite the exciting learning challenge.

Jake is a creative writer and UI designer by trade. You can follow him on twitter @jakerocheleau or learn more at his personal website JakeRocheleau.com.

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