In 2012, cofounders Jack McDade and Mubashar Iqbal were fed up with the repetitive and painful task of building and maintaining client websites in a modern CMS without being able to version control the content. They believe most content shouldn't be trapped in a database where you can't see or touch it. It should be in a file you can — if you so choose — open and edit with any text or code editor.
At the time, no one had built a full-featured, flat file content management system. So, treading into Blue Ocean territory, Jack and Mubs set out and accomplished just that. It was important that removing the database from the equation would not sacrifice the types of features they and their clients loved and relied upon.
Today Statamic powers a vast range of websites, from large teams of journalists in top news organizations like Der SPIEGEL, to SaaS companies, startups, boostrappers, bloggers, and the small local businesses that make up the backbone of the economy. And even though Mubs is no longer with the team, the future is brighter than ever.
What does "Statamic" mean? It's simply the words Static and Dynamic mushed together. That's what Statamic is – a dynamic platform that performs technological magic with static files.
Here are a few of our major company milestones.
1.0 Released 🚀
June 19th, 2012 — built on SlimPHP.
Jason Joins the Team
2.0 Released 🚀
March 31, 2016 — built as a Laravel 5.1 application.
Spiegel began using Statamic
March 3rd, 2018
Jesse Joins the Team
We all go Full-Time
3.0 Released 🚀
August 19th, 2020, built as a Laravel 7+ Composer package.
We've been doing this for 9 years. We were here before Instagram, Slack, and Robinhood, and CoinBase.
We are bootstrapped & independent.
We believe that bigger is not always better and that VC money is not always best for a product or its customers. A small, focused team can stay nimble where larger teams cannot. We have chosen to stay small and foster the developer community and the ecosystem around us for support. We all grow together.
And while Statamic is a three person team (with some part-time help), there are nearly 30k registered Statamic developers. Our Discord chat server has 3,000 developers chatting and collaborating on Statamic around the clock, and we have a group of vetted partner agencies & freelancers we can recommend to anyone getting started with Statamic development.
The cool thing about buying from independent makers is your dollars get invested directly in their families.
We couldn't say it any better ourselves, Justin.