Grav uses its filesystem as a database, and heavily relies on caching (filesystem, memcache, redis…)
There's an admin plugin with a nice user-interface which allows to:
- add/edit pages and articles
- configure the whole system and the plugins
- run updates and backups
- clear the cache manually
Grav is not a static site generator, as it handles dynamic operations via plugins using an eventing system. Yet it is not a Wordpress-like CMS that renders all templates on every request, as it caches rendered templates (among others).
As a concept, Grav brings the best of both worlds. But the current implementation is far from scalable (Grav team recommends setups with at max a few thousand pages).
- Fast setup, amazing documentation
- Nice responsive design
- Many useful plugins
- Multi-language support (url-based differenciation, support for language-based slugs)
- Dates are not translated
- Not optimized for big websites (1000s of pages), as building collections/taxonomies (categories, tags, events) requires parsing through all of the pages (can be made faster with SSDs, but still requires lots of RAM)
Download the latest version (bundled with admin plugin), extract it, and point your web server there.
Sample configuration files are available for nginx, caddy, Apache, IIS and lighttpd.
Updates can be made through the admin interface (from the main dashboard), or using the command-line tool, from your webroot : bin/gpm selfupgrade
Although backups are achievable through the web interface, data storage within Grav only relies on files, making daily backups of your website can be as easy as a cron job running rdiff/rsync for the user/ folder in the webroot.
To install one of these versions of Antimatter, from your themes directory:
git clone https://github.com/USER/grav-theme-antimatter antimatter
Please note that plugin/theme folders are replaced upon updating. So save your changes if you change anything in there!
The about-me plugin is work-in-progress.
Open Graph / Twitter Cards
To automatically generate og: and twitter: tags for your pages (can be overriden on a per-page basis), there's the socialmeta plugin.
OleVik has written a plugin that will display RSS feeds in a Grav site. This can be useful for bringing in content from elsewhere.
Websites running Grav:
- cmal runs Grav as their homepage, in English and French
- about-me plugin for h-card support (not yet translated)
- modified antimatter theme
- Jeremy Cherfas runs Grav as a homepage
- AboutMe plugin for h-card and social links
- RSS plugin to display stream from WithKnown in sidebar
- Struggling with display of received webmentions.