An API-first blog engine like no other

Meet the API-first blog engine that integrates with your website in minutes. Smooth, simple, and tasty content integration — that’s Butter.

Intuitive admin interface

So easy to use. So easy to customize. You’re going to love the blog you build with ButterCMS.

Handy integrations for any stack

Our blog engine has a simple content API and drop-in SDKs that make the magic happen in minutes, not hours.

A truly zero-maintenance solution

With ButterCMS, you’ll never worry about security upgrades, hosting, or performance again.

You've got better things to do than build another blog

Drop our API-first blog engine into your app, and get back to more interesting problems.

ButterCMS is an API-first blog engine that integrates seamlessly with new and existing apps. It's great for SEO, and provides a clean and modern user interface that your marketing team will love. You can deploy ButterCMS in minutes using the API client of your choice.

That leaves plenty of time for you and your marketing team to do what you do best: create killer apps with killer content.

See how Butter’s API enables you to launch a flexible blog with amazing SEO using your existing tech stack.

Best blog engine on the market

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After shopping the market, it was clear that ButterCMS was the perfect choice. It allows our developers to build powerful components and makes it easy for our marketing team to drive a better customer experience. Hampton Catlin Creator of Sass and Haml

Built to make content marketing easy

ButterCMS is the best API-first blog engine for a simple reason: It allows developers to build solutions that marketing people love. Our API allows your content gurus to quickly spin up high-converting blog templates, sidebars, related content features, and more, all using simple drag-and-drop functionality.

  • Use main domain (improves SEO)
  • Friendly admin interface
  • Upload images, video, and other media
  • Edit URL slugs and meta tags
  • Tags and categories
  • Author profiles
  • RSS/Atom feeds
  • Search
  • Webhooks
  • And more...

The simplest API-first blog engine you'll find

Our simple setup saves you time and money. Take us for a spin to see for yourself!

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It's the epitome of plug-and-play simplicity for content creators. It does exactly what I need it to. LUKE GARDNER, CONTENT SPECIALIST, PRINTAVO

Fast integration with any app

Our mission was to make it easy to integrate Butter with your existing app in minutes. It’s so simple! To demonstrate, here’s a mini tutorial to give you a feel for the process of adding Butter to your app.

Of course, you can also use our Pages and Collections to do advanced content modeling. For a full integration guide, check out our Official Guide for the ButterCMS API client.

See how easily you can integrate the ButterCMS Pages API with your app.

Seamless components

Empower your marketing team to create a customized blog engine that aligns perfectly with your existing components. 

Components are the essential building blocks of any app, and ButterCMS handles them with ease. 

Our drag and drop interface makes it simple to structure your content to match existing components and to create new reusable components whenever you need them.

The best API-first blog engine for SEO

ButterCMS gives you absolute control over on-page SEO ranking factors. Key SEO variables are built into our default post template, giving your marketing team direct access to configure all of these settings, and more.

  • Page title
  • Post tags and categories
  • META description
  • URL slug
  • Featured image / Open Graph image
  • Image ALT tags
  • Link anchor text

ButterCMS saves you development time

Most customers get our API-first blog engine up and running in less than an hour. Try it yourself!

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Simple as can be, with powerful features and great customer support. DILLON BURNS, FRONT END DEVELOPER, KEYME

How to integrate ButterCMS into your application

Integrating the Butter blog engine into your app is dead simple. Here's a mini tutorial to get a feel for setting up your blog home and blog post pages.

This example uses Javascript, but we support all tech stacks. For a full integration guide, check out our Official Guide.

To display posts we create a few routes (using react-router) and components that fetch blog posts from the Butter API. See our API reference for additional options such as filtering by category or author. The response also includes some metadata we'll use for pagination.

routes.jsx:

import React from 'react';
import { Router, IndexRoute, Route } from 'react-router';

import App from './App';
import BlogHome from './BlogHome';
import BlogPost from './BlogPost';

const Routes = (props) => (
  <Router {...props}>
    <Route path="/blog" component={App}>
      <IndexRoute component={BlogHome} />
      <Route path="/p/:page" component={BlogHome} />
      <Route path="/post/:slug" component={BlogPost} />
    </Route>
  </Router>
);

export default Routes;

BlogHome.js:

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import { Link } from 'react-router'
import Butter from 'buttercms'

const butter = Butter('your_api_token');

class BlogHome extends Component {

  constructor(props) {
    super(props);

    this.state = {
      loaded: false
    };
  }

  fetchPosts(page) {
    butter.post.list({page: page, page_size: 10}).then((resp) => {
      this.setState({
        loaded: true,
        resp: resp.data
      })
    });
  }

  componentWillMount() {
    let page = this.props.params.page || 1;

    this.fetchPosts(page)
  }

  componentWillReceiveProps(nextProps) {
    this.setState({loaded: false});

    let page = nextProps.params.page || 1;

    this.fetchPosts(page)
  }

  render() {
    if (this.state.loaded) {
      const { next_page, previous_page } = this.state.resp.meta;

      return (
        <div>
          {this.state.resp.data.map((post) => {
            return (
              <div key={post.slug}>
                <Link to={`/post/${post.slug}`}>{post.title}</Link>
              </div>
            )
          })}

          <br />

          <div>
            {previous_page && <Link to={`/p/${previous_page}`}>Prev</Link>}

            {next_page && <Link to={`/p/${next_page}`}>Next</Link>}
          </div>
        </div>
      );
    } else {
      return (
        <div>
          Loading...
        </div>
      )
    }
  }
}

export default BlogHome;

Our BlogPost.js component for displaying a full post includes information such as author and publish date. See a full list of available post properties in our API reference. We use react-helmet to set HTML title and meta tags for SEO.

import React, { Component } from 'react';
import Butter from 'buttercms'
import { Helmet } from "react-helmet";

const butter = Butter('your_api_token');

class BlogPost extends Component {

  constructor(props) {
    super(props);

    this.state = {
      loaded: false
    };
  }

  componentWillMount() {
    let slug = this.props.params.slug;

    butter.post.retrieve(slug).then((resp) => {
      this.setState({
        loaded: true,
        post: resp.data.data
      })
    });
  }

  render() {
    if (this.state.loaded) {
      const post = this.state.post;

      return (
        <div>
          <Helmet>
            <title>{post.seo_title}</title>
            <meta name="description" content={post.meta_description} />
            <meta name="og:image" content={post.featured_image} />
          </Helmet>

          <h1>{post.title}</h1>
          <div dangerouslySetInnerHTML={{__html: post.body}} />
        </div>
      );
    } else {
      return (
        <div>
          Loading...
        </div>
      );
    }
  }
}

That's it! The blog posts created in your Butter dashboard will immediately show up in your app.

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Get to know the best API-first blog engine

ButterCMS is an API-based blog engine. We're a hosted service and we maintain all the infrastructure. We play nicely with an expanding list of leading technologies, including:

About ButterCMS

What kind of database can I use?

No database required! We're a SaaS CMS or CaaS. You simply call our Content API from your app. We host and maintain all of the CMS infrastructure.

Do you host my templates?

Unlike CMSs you might be used to, we don't control or host any of your templates. The design of your app (HTML + CSS) lives in your application along side the rest of your app. Your application calls our Content API and we return your content in JSON format. You can then render this content in any way you'd like.

Can I import my content?

Yep. To import existing content from another platform, simply send us an email.

How do you compare to WordPress?

In short, we offer all the same easy-to-use editing capabilities of WordPress but are significantly easier for developers to setup and maintain. This means you spend less time working on your CMS and more time focusing on things important to your business.

Can I self host Butter?

No, we're a SaaS CMS or CaaS. You simply call our Content API from your app. We host and maintain all of the CMS infrastructure.

For more information on how we compare to a traditional CMS, check out Headless CMS vs Traditional CMS on the Butter blog. Do you have more questions? Read our FAQ below, or feel free to chat with us directly.

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