Any experience integrating Netlify CMS?

Looking at doing a site for a friend, but she has zero technical skills.

Ideally, I’d like a CMS she can log into to create content - probably just adding and editing posts.

I think firing up the local Jekyll-Admin would be too much for her.

So I am thinking of trying the Netlify CMS - which I understand is free and seems a good option.

However, I am cautious of investing time and effort to try set this up only to discover there are some serious drawbacks.

If anyone has implemented Netlify CMS, can you give us some feedback?

Was it easy to implement?
Were the result as expected?
What were the limitations?
Anything else?

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I have a lot of experience in setting up Jekyll sites for non-technical people. I have used CloudCannon and Forestry, not Netlify. I have a paid account at CloudCannon, but CloudCannon also has free accounts. So does Forestry. I personally like CloudCannon a lot. They implemented form submissions and image resizing. If you have any questions, feel free to ask (also on Stack Overflow).

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Thanks for that, Joost - I saw a few of your +70 example sites earlier today, and really like your work!

CloudCannon looks interesting. However, their free plan seems like it would be off a sub domain. If I did this for a living, i’d certainly be looking at their freelancer plan - that looks pretty awesome.TBH that may still be an option.

Nevertheless, for now I was hoping to see if anyone had specifically done the Netlify CMS install. I like the idea of just dropping in a javascript app to for an admin interface.

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Note that CloudCannon can push to Github or FTP, enabling free hosting and/or regular shared hosting.

Netlify CMS is easy to implement, the documentation is OK.
Some have blogged about the complete install process.

Just keep in mind it’s still an early product. The team is currently working hard on getting to v1.0 - maybe before the end of the year?. Right now, you can use it for simple tasks like adding and editing posts, drag and drop images, etc. v1.0 aims at a new UI, a revamped edtior, a Kanban Workflow, a Media Manager and more…looks very promising.

The more users will adopt quickly, the more feedback they can give, the more stable the product will be. Netlify CMS is open-source, so I encourage you to at least test it to make yourself an opinon. Once installed, it’ll update itself, and will get better and better.

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In my experience netlify works great with GitHub and gitlab. This jekyll site works with netlify and GitHub. I set it up and the client (non-techie) has taken over. So far, no complaints.