The Craft CMS offers a whole range of features for clients, stakeholders and developers. Amongst its many varied features:
Craft CMS is sometimes referred to as the “bespoke CMS” because of its flexibility. It doesn’t impose restrictive layouts or themes, allowing for truly custom website designs.
It’s also not just a CMS. It’s built on the Yii 2 framework, which provides Craft with the same extensibility and flexibility that Yii 2 enjoys.
Having a framework like this with strong community backing has helped Craft CMS grow rapidly in popularity.
Being built on Yii 2 means that developers have the option to extend Craft’s functionality as required, opening the door to using many powerful features like lazy loading, Active Record, database abstractions and the core MVC architecture.
I have always been impressed by the range of capabilities Craft CMS offers me as a developer – I’m never stumped when it comes to building out complex data structures for clients. I’ve worked on e-commerce builds, hotel management sites, property development sites and more with Craft CMS.
It’s always got what I need to build powerful and high-performance websites.
Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about the Craft CMS development services I offer.
Craft CMS has always been lauded for its flexibility and developer-friendly approach. One of its standout features is the Craft Plugin Store, which offers a plethora of plugins to extend the functionality of the CMS.
WordPress, another very popular CMS, has a plugin library which is vast but can sometimes be a minefield of quality
The Craft Plugin Store is more curated with an emphasis on quality over quantity.
The Craft Plugin Store was one of the most anticipated features of Craft 3 and was designed to provide an excellent experience for both Craft developers and plugin developers.
It’s become a centerpoint of Craft’s success. I always make sure to install a number of the most vital and useful plugins when setting up a new Craft CMS project
The plugins I install include SEOMatic to provide SEO capabilities, Feed Me for easy data imports (this is very important if I’m migrating a client’s site from an old platform over to Craft CMS) and Super Table – an absolutely essential tool to make structured data easier to work with.
Here’s a list of 9 of the best Craft CMS plugins available from the plugin store. There’s
Blitz is a performance optimization plugin that statically caches your site, ensuring lightning-fast load times. It integrates seamlessly with Cloudflare, Fastly, and more.
Textmetrics offers real-time SEO suggestions as you type, ensuring your content is optimized for search engines. It also provides content quality insights.
Automatically creates SEO meta tags, sitemaps, and more with SEOMatic. It offers a comprehensive SEO solution, including support for JSON-LD and social media sharing.
Super Table allows you to create subtables within Craft’s standard field types. It’s perfect for organizing and displaying complex data structures.
Neo builds upon the Matrix field type, offering enhanced features like child block types, organized field layouts, and copy/paste functionality
Simplify data import processes, supporting content in XML, RSS, ATOM, or JSON format with Feed Me. It’s perfect for migrating content or periodic data updates.
Sprout Forms offers an intuitive interface for creating and managing forms. With its drag-and-drop builder, creating complex forms becomes a breeze.
Craft Commerce provides a robust e-commerce solution for Craft CMS. It supports a range of payment gateways and offers extensive customization options.
Redactor offers a clean, clutter-free writing experience. It’s a feature-rich WYSIWYG editor that integrates perfectly with Craft CMS.
Get in touch if you’re interested in finding out more about how I can help you with Craft CMS development and plugin setup.
Some high profile and notable companies make use of Craft CMS to power their digital presence and data management.
According to builtwith.com there are more than 43,000 websites using Craft CMS.
Craft’s own website curates a list of companies that use their content management system on their own sites. They include:
“Craft allowed the agency and developers to step back after the frontend and backend development was done, and hand over the contents of the company website to our marketing team. Without technical skills, they are not only able to make textual changes with ease, but by applying custom Channels, specific parts can be updated, added and removed.”– Poki, “Taking the Fun of Gaming to a Company Website”
“With Craft, Vector could deliver the author experience (AX) that the Associated Press was looking for, without the price tag of a complex proprietary back-end. When AP did their research, they confirmed that the cost of Craft plus Vector’s in-depth discovery process and custom dev would still be significantly cheaper than other solutions that claim to “do it all” and still manage to fall (often frustratingly) short.”– Associated Press, “Bringing Online Reporting Into the Modern Era”
“We chose Craft and Craft Commerce for this project because of its balance of design flexibility and development stability. Craft allowed our design team to forge a UI design that perfectly matched the existing % Arabica brand and helped create a distinctive digital identity moving forward.”– % Arabica, “Creating an Exceptional Ecommerce Experience For an International Coffee Brand”
One of the concerns clients often have when choosing a CMS is its reliability and the support available. Craft CMS addresses these concerns:
Robin is the dedicated developer behind Solarise.dev. With years of experience in web development, he's committed to delivering high-quality solutions and ensuring websites run smoothly. Always eager to learn and adapt to the ever-changing digital landscape, Robin believes in the power of collaboration and sharing knowledge. Outside of coding, he enjoys diving into tech news and exploring new tools in the industry.
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