ASK DN: Recommend a Rails CMS

over 6 years ago from , Designer Developer in London

Little assistance please, community.

I'm looking for the best Rails CMS that we can use as a blogging platform, and expose everything as a JSON API to an angular frontend.

Needs to be useable by our marketing assistant, not just nerds like us, and while I (front end designer/developer) will appreciate a beautiful admin panel, my backend colleague needs a solid codebase.

So far, I've been recommended Refinery—any competitors?

Thanks a lot in advance!


  • Paul BestPaul Best, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Is there a specific reason the CMS has to be built on Rails?

    Personally I've found Wordpress to be a great solution for your requirements. The JSON API plugin is nice, there is also a good User API available. With minimal config you can create complex content models, and an editing environment thats easy for the rest of your team (marketing people are usually familiar w/ Wordpress).

    With these plugins you'll be off running: JSON REST API WP Admin UI Customize Types

    Personally I also like to use: Simple Post Order Advanced Custom Fields ACF Repeater ACF Image Crop

    I'm curious if anyone has a compelling reason against using Wordpress for prototyping or small/mid size projects. Especially when you can avoid frontend bloat with an intelligent functions.php or completely decoupling the frontend via something like Angular

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  • Sam Garson, over 6 years ago

    I've just been very generously reminded of content management services, such as Prismic and Contentful—any opinion on these as an alternative?!

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  • Arden de Raaij, over 6 years ago

    I thought locomotive was pretty cool! http://locomotivecms.com/

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    • Sam GarsonSam Garson, over 6 years ago

      Do you know if you're able to expose the backend as an API? I looked around but only saw templating languages, which I'm trying to avoid..

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      • Arden de Raaij, over 6 years ago

        I don't know from experience, I've only played around with it shortly (haven't used it on any real projects yet). The site mentions a restful api though, so it should be possible.

        I'm also not sure how it compares to other rails cms systems as this is the only one I've tried to date. I am very charmed by the idea of totally separating the back-end and the front-end in this way though. I'll keep an eye on this thread

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