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BowTie offers the best of both worlds with a hosted flat-file CMS service. You can build your site with the same Jekyll tools you might use on your own server, but with a hosted service that lets your team collaboratively edit pages online and integrate your site with your team's other apps.

It's not quite as simple as using a standard CMS like WordPress—but it is far more flexible. To get started, you'll need your own SSH key, a code or text editor, and an understanding of GIT and Ruby Gems. It's similar skills that you'd need to run a Jekyll site, only this time you'll only have to use them to set the site up and can then manage the site with BowTie's web interface, without having to manage your own server and keep it secure.

To create your own custom content structure for pages, you can add a text file with YAML markup to list each field and item you want on your pages. Create content structures for each collection, or page set, and then you can add and edit new posts and pages in those styles in BowTie's web app using Markdown to format your work.

Then, you'll want to style your site. BowTie includes default templates and themes, or you can use any Jekyll theme to style your site. Or, you can code your own theme by hand, pushing the changes to BowTie via Git. And if you want to accept payments on your site, BowTie includes SSL encryption for every site to keep your data secure, and comes with Stripe integration for a simple way to turn your customized site into a store.

Every other site setting you can tweak inside BowTie's online admin, customizing your domain, adding users, and more. You'll get quick site analytics every time you login to your BowTie dashboard, and can add other user accounts to let your team or clients help manage content. They'll never have to touch the code and terminal side of the site—instead, they'll use BowTie's easy-to-use interface to add pages and edit text. You can build customized sites for your team and clients, using the flat file tools you love, and BowTie will simplify it for your users and help everyone work better together on your content.

Bowtie Resources:

  • Get started quickly with the BowTie documentation.
  • Learn more about BowTie with the BowTie user guides.
  • Learn more about Jekyll, the software behind BowTie's hosting service.
  • New to coding? Get started with our beginner's guide to HTML and CSS.
  • Learn how to write in Markdown to get the most out of BowTie's blogging tools.

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