Are you using any CMS or simply building from scratch?


When I’m creating an application for a project of my own I usually use
Active Admin or something for my admin area and code everything else
myself. The backend interface is not always perfect but it’s OK because
only I will use it. The few quirks and weird stuff is OK because I know
everything works. The non-intuitive gets intuitive to me because I’m the
developer :slight_smile:

When creating something for a client it may be more important with a
and intuitive interface, easy content management etc. In the PHP world i
guess most people use something like Joomla!, Drupal or Wordpress for
kind of projects. They are easy to use, have the WYSIWYG editors etc.
the client can use to create and manage the content.

  • What do you use when developing in RoR for a client? Is it only 100%
    custom applications (with the use of some gems of course, like maybe
    Is anyone using any CMS in the RoR world? I have seen a few, like
    LocomotiveCMS, RadiantCMS etc, but I have never used one in a project.

What are your experiences here?


Hi Linus,

Yes , In ruby world also we use CMSs a lot (Like you said,
RadiantCMS, Refinary etc…), But having said that sometimes its good to
create a project from scratch as you have the full control.

I have good and bad experience in having CMSs as the base project, I had
one project (which I inherited from another party to finish) which was
developed for a specific client need, but unfortunately the initial team
has used a CMS and it was very had to implement some of the very
forward feature (in pure rails) as I had to compliment to CMS workflow.

But on the other hand, I had some good experience with CMS as sometimes
client want a basic website with editing pages etc… so CMS would be
ideal friend (I personally prefer Refinary ( due
simplicity and rails3 support)

And I’m not a big fan of ActiveAdmin, but I do use twitterbootstrap ( and its rails gem (
GitHub - seyhunak/twitter-bootstrap-rails: Twitter Bootstrap for Rails 6.0, Rails 5 - Rails 4.x Asset Pipeline) to make my pages
pretty, I guess its worth to have a look.

and for simple CMS kind of features you may use the ‘liquid’ gem ( as well

So all in all, using a CMS or not is depending on your client requirment

hope this helps



I am working on an admin interface, that could be easily transformed in
custom-made CMS, GitHub - acesuares/inline_forms: Inline Forms, it’s heavily
development. One problem at the moment you need to install rvm
( but I hope to lift that restraint soon.