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Grav - CMS with a difference

Ankit Mittal

While I love Ghost as a blogging platform, it is not best placed for things other than blogs - after all that is the basic idea behind creation of this wonderful tool.

As I wanted to host a static website using tools that don't require a database or rely on php, I went searching on interwebs.

I came across a lot of options and the most popular one appears to be Jekyll and it's variants (Nikola and such) but they require a lot of terminal activity which won't go well for regular end user responsible for maintaining content of the static website in question.So I continued looking and came across this wonderful project called Grav.

Grav is super fast, very pretty and extremely easy to deploy and maintain. Additionally, it has very good documentation.

The key features that I absolutely loved are as below:

  1. Easy installation - * Easier than Ghost / Wordpress IMHO *
  2. Good help and documentation
  3. Responsive themes and skeletons
  4. Built-in Markdown Support and then some
  5. Lot of useful plugins
  6. Browser based admin page
  7. Active development
  8. Easy upgrade and back-up

My steps for installation:

sudo unzip -d /var/www/html/
cd /var/www/html/
sudo mv grav-skeleton-appi-1.0.0/ grav/
chown <username>:www-data .
chown -R <username>:www-data *
find . -type f | xargs chmod 664
find ./bin -type f | xargs chmod 775
find . -type d | xargs chmod 775
find . -type d | xargs chmod +s
umask 0002
cd /var/www/html/grav/
sudo bash /<>/
/bin/gpm install admin

Working on Grav is an absolutely pleasing experience and the swift turnaround for a static website is phenomenal. Suffice to say, I hope that this project goes from strength to strength.