Statamic CMS

Statamic is a flat file cms based on Laravel since version 3, that came out Spring 2020. Before it was based on Lumen. Statamic is used by "Der Spiegel" which speaks for it I guess. Like every Laravel product over the last few years, Statamic is fashion-driven. It presents itself with a unique late 80s neon outfit and hip, conversational language in the docs. If you start with laravel you endup with Tailwind CSS and Alpine.js - it's all coming out of one think-tank.

I don't say it's bad. It's actually all really clever, self-referential and a mono-culture of brogrammers dudes.


It was bit of a hassle because I went the "Install Statamic in an existing Laravel project" route and somewhere in the process some important files were missing. First I had some trouble with getting the user stuff working (using the Backpack DB) and then was able to login, but I missed some basic Statamic things like the Pages collection, the assets and some views (I found out when I compared a vanilla Statamic installation with my backpack/statamic project).

The vanilla install was easy though.

First Impression

I like the backend a lot, I believe the features are good, I fear a config hell with YAML files like in [[CMS - Kirby]], but to setup Blueprints, Statamic offers a neat web interface, so that helps.

Once you setup Blueprints in the wrong place, because you found out you want a set of Globals to be Taxonomies, you can copy around those text blocks easily and it works most of the time.

Sometimes, in deeply nested Blueprints (fieldsets referencing other fields), I see no UI to change those settings. Might be a cache issue.

Compared to Kirby CMS I'm uncertain. I think I had a better headstart with Kirby and it's more straight forward and the Kirby docs are better. But at the end both system have similar features and I need to learn basics of both anyway. Laravel might win here, because it's so omnipresent right now.

A downside with this Laravel based system is clearly the download of 50000 composer packages and the regular "Out of Memory" notice when I want to install something else. It's also very easy to fall behind with Laravels fast developing pace.


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Error in UrlGenerator.php using Composer

`In UrlGenerator.php line 120:

Argument 2 passed to Illuminate\Routing\UrlGenerator::__construct() must be an instance of Illuminate\Http\Request, null given, called in \vendor\laravel\framework\src\Illuminate\Routing\RoutingServiceProvider.php on line 65

Script @php artisan package:discover --ansi handling the post-autoload-dump event returned with error code 1`

Fix Call to a member function selectedQueryColumns() on null

Empty the cache with php please cache:clear