Let's be sincere: until this moment, learning how to properly use DatoCMS with your favorite static generator was not an easy task: you had to manually create a new website, integrate it with our plugins, properly configure a deployment method, build an administrative area.. whoa! So much work just to decide if it was even worth it!
Thanks to our friends at Netlify, we're finally happy to announce a new, easier and faster way to get started and evaluate DatoCMS. Just sign up and connect your Github and Netlify accounts: in less than 10 seconds we'll prepare and publish a completely working static website editable with DatoCMS.
After granting us the authorization to connect to your Github and Netlify accounts, that's the steps we'll perform for you undercover:
We'll create a DatoCMS administrative area modeled after a specific template (a designer portfolio website), already filled with some sample data;
We'll add a new public repository on your Github profile containing the actual website — written for the requested static generator — that already use the content coming from the DatoCMS backend, with all the bells and whistles of a modern website: assets bundling, live-reload on development mode, proper SEO management, etc.;
We'll create a new project on your Netlify account, linking it to the just-created Github repository;
We'll tie the 3 services together, creating all the necessary hooks between them so that they can communicate properly;
Netlify in step 3 is already working to publish the website to a randomly-picked domain. Job done, that was easy, wasn't it? :)
We were eager to release and publicly test this improvement over the existing onboarding process, so right now we only offer one template: a clean and responsive creative portfolio website. It might not be exactly what you want, but it will be a great source of faster learning in any case :)
We'll slowly add more templates for you to choose, to better show the capabilities and the flexibility of DatoCMS for your specific use case (blogs, coming-soon business card website, photography websites, agency websites..). Stay tuned for more!