How to Build a Website Using Craft CMS Plugins and Templates

How to Build a Website Using Craft CMS Plugins and Templates

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Since WordPress came out in the early 2000s, it covered a large share of market websites by providing themes and plugins on top of the CMS. It certainly didn’t require building other CMS systems, but some nerdy minds like Brandon Kelly already had different ideas in mind. His team developed a CMS system that instantly got huge praise in the market, known today as Craft CMS.

What is Craft CMS?

Craft is not just a CMS. It provides a complete digital experience to content creators, developers, and front-end designers. The main feature that makes Craft CMS stand out is the flexibility it offers to the developers. CraftCMS simplifies the entire website development with scalability that allows you to extend your application’s functionality. Craft CMS offers a range of advanced dev features to streamline the web development process.

Craft CMS offers users with a complete digital experience that they can quickly adapt to. In the subsequent paragraphs of the article, I’ll explain about the major Craft CMS plugins, how to perform templating in Craft CMS and other potential features that are useful for anyone using it.

Craft CMS is powered by PHP v7.0 and above, and is built on the top of Yii2 Framework. For templating, it uses Twig to render the content.

Check out some of the key advantages of using Craft CMS:

1- A user-friendly dashboard for creating content and managing admin tasks

2- Traditional modeling for content and server-side rendering useful for front-end developers

3- Plugin store with hundreds of free and paid plugins

4- Clean codebase framework and a vibrant community

Now, let’s get down to more details about how the Craft CMS works.

How Craft CMS Works?

Craft CMS has ditched the traditional CMS systems that come with pre-built Craft CMS themes, CSS frameworks, and ready-to-go websites. It provides a bespoke solution to developers. Craft CMS neither offers pages or posts nor it offers any themes and bootstrap features to spin up the frontend.

If you are new to Craft CMS, you might face some issues using it for the first time. As soon as you’ll understand the essence of clean state systems, where you can build anything on your own, and provide customized solutions for your clients including HTML, CSS or Javascript (React and Vuejs also), you will eventually love this CMS.

If there is no page/post like structure, then how can developers build sites using Craft CMS? Check out some of the building blocks you need to know about.

Entries, Sections & Fields

Let’s mention the Entries first with some examples for clear

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This article was written by Umer Jalil and originally published on The Official Cloudways Blog.

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