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The Forestry Blog

Welcome to the Forestry blog! Read up on news regarding our product and the JAMStack!

Jekyll Search with Algolia and Webtasks

For this week on Frontend Friday, we’ll be covering how to set up lightning ⚡️ fast search for your Jekyll site using Algolia, the SaaS (Search as a Service 😉 ) provider. Algolia’s self-proclaimed claim-to-fame is that they are “the most reliable platform for building search into your business,” and honestly, it’s hard to disagree. Forestry’s search is powered by Algolia (just try searching for Algolia in the search above!

Hugo vs Jekyll: Benchmarked

Hugo and Jekyll are the leading static site generators according to, and both supported by our CMS. We’re often asked which tool performs better so we decided to do an analysis. TL;DR We ran two tests to measure build times with Hugo and Jekyll. The basic test used the default installation of Jekyll and Hugo to build sites with 10 posts,100 posts, 1,000 posts and 10,000 posts. The advanced test built those same sites but included common plugins and template code in order to create a similar set of features between the two Static Site Generators.

Changes & Improvements to the Media Library

We’ve got great improvements to share with you from, involving Forestry’s Media Library. The Media Library allows content editors to easily upload images, videos, and much more without needing to understand Git. Single Upload Directory We’ve received a lot of feedback from the community about which media should be displayed in the media library. Forestry used to display media from all folders throughout the project. Not all of these folders are useful for your editors, and resulted in theme assets, favicons, and other media being displayed.

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Discontinuing Zip-imported Sites

Letting developers import a site from a zip archive is a feature that a lot of our users have made use of. However, with our strong focus on Git-backed workflows, we feel that that sites imported with zips have been providing a unsatisfactory experience. At Forestry, we believe Git-backed content management systems are the future of content management, and that using a Git repository is the best way to manage sites.

Introducing Forestry Config Files

Introducing Forestry Config Files Last month we released a big update to Front Matter Templates, which provided an unprecedented level of control over the user interface content editors use to edit their Hugo and Jekyll sites with. Today we’re introducing a new feature to equally empower developers: Forestry Config Files. Config files allow developers to create and manage the settings and Front Matter Templates of a site directly in the Git Repo.

WYSIWYG Formatting in Front Matter

This week we’ve got a small, but very useful update we’re excited to share with you. WYSIWYG Formatting in Textareas Our textarea Front Matter field has been upgraded to allow for WYSIWYG input. Enjoy being able to add bold, italic, underline, and code formatting. Enable WYSIWYG for Textareas You can enable the WYSIWYG features by enabling the “WYSIWYG” toggle on any textarea Front Matter field. Give Us Feedback While the WYSIWYG features are inline only right now, we’re looking to develop this field into a truly powerful tool.

Big Improvements to Front Matter Templates

We’ve got great improvements to share with you from, involving Forestry’s Front Matter Templates. Front Matter Templates allow you to customize the UI of your front matter fields in Forestry, providing the tools necessary to create the exact CMS you need. Improved Editing Experience Forestry’s Front Matter Template editor is now two-paned. A preview of your fields is on the left, giving you a realistic preview of how they will appear when editing content.

A Hugo Update Everyone Should Be Talking About

For Hugo users a few great updates came out recently with a long-awaited feature: nested sections. Along with nested sections, Hugo 0.22-0.24 added a series of improvements that make building websites even easier. Nested Sections, What’s The Big Deal? If you’re not familiar with Hugo, sections are the different types of content your Hugo site has. For example Posts, Pages, and Press Releases. Until Hugo 0.22, nesting sections weren’t supported as a feature, meaning you couldn’t easily have a hierarchical relationship between different types of content.

Improved Collaboration & More

Document Locking & Collaboration To prevent accidental overwrites and the tango of content editing, we’ve added in a locking feature to your content and data files. If you attempt to edit a page another user is editing, you’ll get a notification. We’ve also made collaboration more powerful by making drafts shared. If you make changes to a document without publishing, the rest of your team will see these changes when they view the page.