CMS functions for a Rails web application

Hi,

I’m a newbie to Ruby on Rails, but I’m very attracted to this awesome
web
technology. The only thing I’m wondering about, is how you can add
CMS-like
functionality to your Rails website.

Do you implement the CMS functions yourself, using Ruby Gems, or do you
pick a Rails CMS like Refenery CMS, Locomotive CMS etc …

I’m especially interested in a very lightweight CMS, and I’m wondering
what’s the best strategy:

just implement the CMS functions myself or use a Rails CMS solution like
Refinery CMS, Locomotive CMS, etc …

Thanks for your advice,

Anthony

On Mar 20, 2013, at 6:16 AM, Anthony Candaele wrote:

Hi,

I’m a newbie to Ruby on Rails, but I’m very attracted to this awesome web
technology. The only thing I’m wondering about, is how you can add CMS-like
functionality to your Rails website.

Do you implement the CMS functions yourself, using Ruby Gems, or do you pick a
Rails CMS like Refenery CMS, Locomotive CMS etc …

I’m especially interested in a very lightweight CMS, and I’m wondering what’s
the best strategy:

just implement the CMS functions myself or use a Rails CMS solution like
Refinery CMS, Locomotive CMS, etc …

The honest answer is “it depends”. Do you need the multi-user goodies of
Refinery, providing you a full suite of editing and publishing controls?
Do you need to manipulate a site “tree” and place content in a
hierarchy? If your needs are simple, you might be best served by writing
something yourself. It will be just enough to do what you need, and
you’ll know where the bodies are buried. But if an honest assessment of
your needs turns up some of the things that an existing solution does
well, you may as well just use it and learn what it can do. You may end
up adding features – for free – that you didn’t know you needed.

Walter

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