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The Forestry Blog

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

Write Better JavaScript With Webpack

I get it. The JavaScript ecosystem is exhausting. There exists an abundance of tools and frameworks, and each one wants to rescue you from the shortcomings of its peers. Attempting to learn and keep up with these tools takes time and energy that you would rather devote to your project. Reducing cognitive overhead is a core component of Forestry.io’s philosophy — we designed a static site CMS that is easy to set up and use.

CircleCI Followup: Deploying Via rsync

This tutorial was updated on April 3, 2018. In last week’s article, we showed you how to automate the deployment of a Hugo site using CircleCI. The example we provided used the awscli utility to deploy the results of your build process to an AWS S3 bucket. In this follow-up, we will show you how to use the rsync utility to deploy your site to any rsync-enabled server.

New Pricing

We’re excited to announce new pricing! Now, the Personal plan supports unlimited sites and up to 3 free Guest users per site (a “Guest” is a single-site user with limited permissions, similar to an “editor”). The Business plan also supports unlimited sites, but is designed for larger teams who need to manage many users across their sites and branches. Finally, our Enterprise plan is designed for large organizations with special requirements.

Automate Your Static Site Deployment with CircleCI

This tutorial was updated on April 3, 2018 to use bep/s3deploy in place of aws/aws-cli. This article is part of our on-going Frontend Friday modern web development series Tools like Hugo, Jekyll, and Gatsby have made building static sites a popular and practical choice for developers. One major disadvantage these tools have, however, is the need to regenerate and redeploy their files every time there is new content to publish.

Up & Running With Hugo, Part 2: Setting up GitHub & Forestry (CI & CD)

This guide was most recently updated on March 16, 2018. — – For this week on Frontend Friday, we have a follow up to Up & Running With Hugo, Part 1: Building Your First Site. This week, we cover integrating your repository with GitHub, and setting up continuous integration and continuous deployment with Forestry.io and some other handy tools. Table of Contents Introduction Setting up Git Setting up Continuous Integration Setting up Continuous Deployment with Forestry Next Steps 1) Introduction Before we continue, you might be asking What is CI & CD.

Up & Running With Hugo Part I: Building Your First Site

This guide was most recently updated on March 9, 2018. — – The popular static site generator written in GoLang - Hugo - has taken the community by storm. It brings all the benefits of a static site generator - 100% Flexibility, Security, Speed - but also steals the show otherwise 👉 Hugo + Jekyll Benchmarked. In fact, the Forestry.io website is built with Hugo. For this week on Frontend Friday, we’ll be covering how to get set up with Hugo on your local machine, including setting up a theme and customizing it, as well as writing your own CSS & JS.

Static site search with Hugo + Algolia

For this week on Frontend Friday, we’ll be covering how to set up lightning ⚡️ fast search for your Hugo site using Algolia, the SaaS (Search as a Service 😉 ) provider. We published a Jekyll-focused version of this guide last week. 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!

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

We’ve also compared Jekyll & Hugo features across 6 dimensions. Learn More Hugo and Jekyll are the leading static site generators according to StaticGen.com, 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.

Changes & Improvements to the Media Library

We’ve got great improvements to share with you from Forestry.io, 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.