Get to know Siteleaf

Siteleaf strikes a balance between the two. It's a simple, flexible CMS designed to bridge this gap between easy development and simple content management. It fully integrates with Jekyll, which lets you use Jekyll's flexibility and host your site for free on GitHub. But it also includes an easy-to-use online editor where your team can write and edit content without having to worry about code.

This gives you the best of both worlds. With Jekyll support, you can use existing themes, ask help from experienced users, or build your own themes from scratch with Jekyll documentation. And with the option to sync your site with GitHub, changes made on Siteleaf are synced to your GitHub repositories, and vice versa. This prevents accidental overwrites and deletes, which are a pain in the neck to revert and recover. It's everything developers want for building a site, without forcing your whole team to code every time something needs changed.

As a static site generator, Siteleaf's pages are compiled once instead of dynamically generating HTML from a database each time someone visits your site as WordPress does. This means faster performance, and less resources to power your website. You'll just worry about designing a theme—or adding an existing one for Jekyll—and the site maintenance will be taken care of by Siteleaf. You won't need nearly as much hosting resources to serve static pages, and can simply save your site to GitHub Pages to host it for free.

Then, to manage your site's content, you'll open Siteleaf's app. There, you'll add your pages, organize them into sets, and publish them to your site. Everything you need to build your website is in the sidebar menu. When creating and managing content, you can either use the visual composer, write in Markdown, or drag-and-drop existing text files into the app. You can then specify authors, timestamps, metadata like additional page information or lists, and parent pages before hitting Save.

From there, building your website is pretty straightforward. You can upload and manage your theme files and site assets (e.g. images), invite users as writers or collaborators, and edit your website’s settings. You can edit your site’s metadata further for SEO. When everything's done, you can publish your site to the web, hosting it with a supported third-party hosting provider like Digital Ocean or Media Temple, or on a tool like Amazon S3, GitHub Pages, or Rackspace Cloud Files.

Whenever anything needs changes, just open Siteleaf, tweak the copy, and re-publish the site. It's the simplest way to re-deploy a static site without having to run scripts and FTP your site from your computer.

Siteleaf lets writers and developers both work the way they want, for the benefits of a static site without all of its difficulties. And even if you're not a developer, it can be an easy way to start a static site with one of the many open source themes you can find online.

Siteleaf Resources:

  • Learn how Siteleaf works through their help documentation, with tutorials for both developers and users.

  • Learn to build your first Siteleaf theme using their theme tutorials. Or, get a jumpstart with a pre-made theme from other creators.

  • Want to build a simplar companion app? Check out Zapier's guide to using a database builder app to build your own software without coding.

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