Experimenting with Kirby CMS

This is an experiment with Kirby Content Management System as a way to manage small scale web projects. The software developer describes KirbyCMS as "Easy to setup, easy to use, flexible as hell". I certainly sure hope so!

Kirby CMS

Kirby CMS

The key reasons i'm attracted to flat-file CMS is because i dont want to be forced to handle large, bulky databases for small scale web projects like blogs and static pages. I also like to backup my information in data formats i recognise visually. It's hard to know what's going on in a database and i've lost important information in the past due to Wordpress database implosions.

This will be my first website in many years, it'll be my new blog run locally via XAMPP for Windows.

So installing XAMPP, checking FTP server works as intended:

Kirby CMS

Kirby CMS

Yup it works!

Next, make sure i install KirbyCMS correctly in to D:\Xampp\htdocs

Kirby CMS

Kirby CMS

Looks like that worked. I had some issue where the subfolder pages didn't load correctly. I think that's been resolved now (i basically had to overwrite the previous install with a fresh set of files).

The last step of the setup process is figuring out how to add content:

Kirby CMS

Notepad plus plus

So i've updated the home page!



Things to do with Kirby

  • Finish kirby tutorial
  • Expand the width of the template
  • Find out how to drop images/media
  • Learn/revise CSS
  • Figure out how to add timestamps
  • Figure out the config
  • Backup procedures
  • Learn to code in php
  • Change the formatting
  • Change logos
  • Add content
  • Add image galleries
  • Geocache on Flickr and add google maps

I'm still playing around with headings in KirbyCMS. I need to take some time to figure out how the headings and subfolders work. I also need to figure out just what kind of information i want to display on the main page. Should it be my portfolio or just a blog? Apparently KirbyCMS also works with tags. I haven't figured that one out yet.

I will also need to update the style sheet with new classes for things like titles, dates, keywords and post times like my old website.



content management system, web development, experimentation, xampp, windows