Why shouldn’t I just use WordPress? It seems like everyone else does. It’s industry standard!
If you’re looking to just plop a generic theme on the internet and replace a few text blocks with your company info, then yes, maybe you should just use WordPress.
And then there's security. An estimated 78% of hacked sites online are running WordPress. It's the most targeted and vulnerable CMS on the internet today. It's built on an old code base whose plugin system leaves it consistently open to attack. If you don't have a developer dedicated to keeping your site up to date, you are vulnerable.
of the sites hacked are running WordPress. That's not very cool. (cite: sucuri.net)
Statamic is built on Laravel, the most modern, powerful, and secure PHP framework available. It includes most (if not all) of the features you normally need a bunch of extra plugins for in WordPress. If you want to take your website to the next level quickly, cost-efficiently, and securely, then Statamic is for you.
Okay but why no database?
What's so great about flat files?
Instead of using a database you can neither touch nor version control, Statamic stores all of your content and configs in files. Text files, Markdown files, even Textile if you prefer. You can see them, touch them, edit them in any application of your choosing, even email them to an old college professor for editing. Combine these files with HTML, CSS, and our Antlers template language, your site (almost literally) comes alive.
Find & replace content across your whole site. Write in your favorite text or code editor. Or even Github. Duplicate a site & get a jumpstart on your next project. Scaffold your content model as you go. No need to create fieldsets or blueprints ahead of time. You can do that later. Stay in sync with production easily. Automatically commit content changes in git. Send an entire site in a zip file. It’s like the best tech from 2017 married the simplicity we all miss from 1999.
What about writers and content managers? They don't have time to learn a code editor.
We'd never expect them to! Statamic is easier to use (but not so terribly different looking) than WordPress or other popular CMSes. Start in your site tree (or customized dashboard), explore your pages and entry collections, search for anything, manage your assets independently of your content, and all from any device you own manufactured this decade.
Combine rich text fields with switches, repeating blocks, select boxes, image uploaders, related posts, text boxes, checkboxes — you name it — and craft the perfectly tailored control panel experience for your team. They will love you for it. No bloat, no fields that do nothing. No need to above “Categories” or other features just to get content to show up somewhere. We focused on simplicity.
Can Statamic manage forms? Or do we need to pay for a 3rd-party form addon?
We believe the most common features of a website should be included and part of the core CMS product. Statamic forms serve to collect, report, and even display user submitted data on your site.
You can even export form data to Excel-compatible
.csv files, set up reporting metrics and formulas in the Control Panel, and manage/delete submissions. There's very little Statamic can't do.
We have a very photo-centric magazine-style site. We need a lot control over our images.
We love those kinds of sites. Statamic's Asset Manager will knock your socks off. Not only can you see all sorts of meta data on your assets, preview videos and various document types, but you can customize fields to manage content globally around your assets. Write that
alt tag once and forget it forever. And it gets better from there.
You can rename, move, resize, crop, filter, alter, and manipulate your images to heart's content. We even have a focal point editor, ensuring the most important parts of your photos stay in frame, no matter what dimensions your image is manipulated into.
How about multi-lingual? Can we manage different translations of our site?
Absolutely. You can translate your site into any language, no addons or extra modules required. Simply add a new locale and keep on rolling. Statamic is multi-lingual at its very core.
This all sounds really nice, but why isn't it free? WordPress is free.
Free software always needs to make money somewhere. Maybe they charge you for that one feature you didn't realize wasn't included. Or maybe you need to pay to ask a question, or need to use a special high-cost server, or your traffic is limited or throttled, or they own your data. When you're not paying for the product, you never know what external funding decision might affect your own business.
Statamic runs on your own server.
You own your site forever, and you can run Statamic indefinitely without having to pay another penny, peso, or rupee.
With Statamic, you simply pay for the software itself and get all features. No gimmicks or games. Ask us a thousand questions and we'll give you a thousand answers. Stay up to date with one-click-updates and get the latest features in a few seconds. We sell it commercially for a price and use the money to fund development and support. We have a simple business model.
Can we try it before we buy?
Yup, you sure can. We'd love it if you did.
Use Statamic for free in your dev environment as long as you'd like.