Starting up with kirby CMS

For a while now I've been trying to get this site up and running, but as probably most of you already know, it's really hard for a web developer to get his own site up and running; there's always that client that needs more tweaks, that exciting new project that's about to start or all those bugs that need fixing which leaves very few time to focus on your own site.

And this is wrong.

Our websites are one of the, if not THE main presentation card we have when showcasing our skills to the world, to open up and speak up and say "Hey! I'm here! And I'm doing stuff!".

So what's one to do when there's this important gap to cover, but so little time to do right?

Meet kirby.

Kirby is a beautifully simple CMS that requires no database and can get up and running pretty quickly. The templating system is very simple, and still carries all the power that PHP can bring you, and already has fair number of snippets, plugins and templates to get you on your feet in no time.

As an alternative to Wordpress, which is what I've used for years, I found it to be amazingly simple. The file system and being able to write my articles in markdown makes it so easy to add content, and the customization power is exactly the same, without the bloat.

The best part? Amazing support

Ever since I started developing this website in Wordpress, trying to look cool using a JSON API and backbone to power it up, I had the idea of writing a nice tutorial of the whole process. The idea was still alive when I stumbled upon kirby, but it was quickly dismissed after seeing it's amazing documentation and the tutorials that Bastian Allgeier, the mind behind it, has already written. I cannot praise him enough for all the work that he's put on not only the product, but it's documentation and spread. And if you have any problems, he offers his assistance personally.

Bottom line, get Kirby. It's fast, it's beautiful, it's simple and it'll help you get what matters most quicker: content.

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