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First Look at Pagekit CMS – Clean, Extensible, Fast, But…

Pagekit hit version 1 recently, and as I’d been looking at personal blogging engines, I thought it’d only be fair to check it out. Granted, blogging is merely a subset of the functionality Pagekit can offer, but a good basic test-drive subset nonetheless.

Pagekit logo


Note: we’ll be using Homestead Improved for the environment in which to test things. All the commands, if any, will be listed with that in mind. Adapt for your own OS if necessary.

To install, we download and extract their archive, then point the web server to the newly created folder. Pagekit will immediately greet us with the installer screen.

Pagekit installation screen

After a short but incredibly smooth installation process, we land on the dashboard.

Pagekit dashboard

From the dashboard, we can access all other parts of the site like managing users, configuring new pages and routes, installing themes and extensions, deal with widgets, and more.

The permissions/roles subsystem is a bit limited in its default state, supporting only authenticated users, admins, and guests, but for a blog, which is what we’re testing here, that’s more than enough. If need be, more roles can be added in the Roles screen later.

Setting up a Pagekit Blog

Custom Pages

First things first, let’s set up an about page. If we head off to Site, and then Pages, we can set up a new page. Conveniently, Pagekit supports Markdown out of the box so we can use that to write the content.

Creating an about page

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