Add to your Gemfile:

gem 'buttercms-rails'

Then run:

bundle install

If you don't use bundler:

gem install buttercms-rails

The source is available on Github.

Set your API token in an initializer:

# config/initializers/buttercms.rb
require 'buttercms-ruby'
ButterCMS::api_token = 'your_api_token';

Run this in console:

p ButterCMS::Post.all(page: 1, page_size: 10)

This API request fetches your blog posts. Your account comes with one example post which you'll see in the response.

Next, run:

p ButterCMS::Content.fetch(['homepage_headline']).data

This API request fetches homepage headline content. You can setup your own custom content fields to manage any content kind of content you need.

ButterCMS lets you manage content using our dashboard and integrate it into your front-end of choice with our API. You can use ButterCMS for new projects as well as add it to existing codebases. You can use ButterCMS for new projects as well as add it to existing codebases.

ButterCMS comes with a blogging interface and APIs for blog posts, categories, authors, and XML feeds. For other use cases you can setup custom content fields based on your needs.

For example, if you wanted to enable a non-technical person to edit some copy on your homepage, you might create two custom content fields called "Homepage Headline" and "Homepage Main Paragraph". The non-technical person would be able to edit the values of the fields and the JSON API output would look something like this:

{
  "homepage_headline": "OMG I can edit this!",
  "homepage_paragraph": "I love ButterCMS"
}

Custom content fields can be used for more complex cases like creating dynamic pages and managing knowledgebases, which we will cover in this guide.

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Introduction

Learn how to quickly build a custom blog with great SEO. If you need help after reading this, contact us via email, livechat, or book a time with to pair with one of our developers.

Using the generator

The Butter Rails gem includes a generator that scaffolds a blog in a single command. Run it using the following command:

rails generate butter:install_blog

The generator creates an initializer file, controllers, and views:

|-- app
    |-- controllers
        |-- buttercms
            |-- authors_controller.rb
            |-- base_controller.rb
            |-- categories_controller.rb
            |-- feeds_controller.rb
            |-- posts_controller.rb
    |-- views
        |-- buttercms
            |-- authors
                |-- show.html.erb
            |-- categories
                |-- show.html.erb
            |-- posts
                |-- _post.html.erb
                |-- index.html.erb
                |-- show.html.erb
        |-- layouts
            |-- buttercms
                |-- default.html.erb

|-- config
    |-- initializers
        |-- buttercms.rb

It also adds routes to your routes.rb file:

scope :module => 'buttercms' do
  get '/categories/:slug' => 'categories#show', :as => :buttercms_category
  get '/author/:slug' => 'authors#show', :as => :buttercms_author

  get '/blog/rss' => 'feeds#rss', :format => 'rss', :as => :buttercms_blog_rss
  get '/blog/atom' => 'feeds#atom', :format => 'atom', :as => :buttercms_blog_atom
  get '/blog/sitemap.xml' => 'feeds#sitemap', :format => 'xml', :as => :buttercms_blog_sitemap

  get '/blog(/page/:page)' => 'posts#index', :defaults => {:page => 1}, :as => :buttercms_blog
  get '/blog/:slug' => 'posts#show', :as => :buttercms_post
end

After running the generator, set your API token in the initializer, restart your server, and browse to http://localhost:3000/blog to view your blog. Your blog includes an index page, post page, category page, and author page as well as RSS, Atom, and sitemap XML feeds.

See our API reference for more information on fetching data:

Comments

Butter doesn't provide an API for comments due to the excellent existing options that integrate easily. Two popular servies we recommend are:

Both products are free, include moderation capabilities, and give your audience a familiar commenting experience. They can also provide some additional distribution for your content since users in their networks can see when people comment on your posts. For a minimalist alternative to Disqus, check out RemarkBox or for an open-source option, Isso.

CSS

Butter integrates into your front-end so you have complete control over the design of your blog. The rich text editor allows for formatting that you'll want to make sure you have styled. The boilerplate CSS covers most cases:

.post-container {
  h1, h2, h3, h4, h5 {
    font-weight: 600;
    margin-bottom: 1em;
    margin-top: 1.5em;
  }

  ul, ol {
    margin-bottom: 1.25em;

    li {
      margin-bottom: 0.25em;
    }
  }

  p {
    font-family: Georgia, Cambria, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
    font-size: 1.25em;
    line-height: 1.58;
    margin-bottom: 1.25em;
    font-weight: 400;
    letter-spacing: -.003em;
  }

  /* Responsive default image width */
  img {
    max-width: 100%;
    height: auto;
  }

  /* Responsive floating */
  @media only screen and (min-width: 720px)  {
    .butter-float-left {
      float: left;
      margin: 0px 10px 10px 0px;
    }

    .butter-float-right {
      float: right;
      margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;
    }
  }

  /* Image caption */
  figcaption {
    font-style: italic;
    text-align: center;
    color: #ccc;
  }

  /* Inline code highlighting */
  p code {
    padding: 2px 4px;
    font-size: 90%;
    color: #c7254e;
    background-color: #f9f2f4;
    border-radius: 4px;
    font-family: Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, "Courier New", monospace;
  }

  pre {
    display: block;
    padding: 1em;
    margin: 0 0 2em;
    font-size: 1em;
    line-height: 1.4;
    word-break: break-all;
    word-wrap: break-word;
    color: #333333;
    background-color: #f5f5f5;
    font-family: Menlo, Monaco,Consolas, "Courier New", monospace;
  }
}

Migration

To import content from another platform like WordPress or Medium, send us an email.

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Introduction

Learn how to make content on a static page editable using Butter.

Making your content dynamic with Butter is a two-step process:

  1. Setup custom content fields in Butter
  2. Integrate the fields into your application

If you need help after reading this, contact us via email, livechat, or book a time with to pair with one of our developers.

Setup content fields

Let's suppose we want to add a CMS to a static FAQ page with a title and a list of questions with answers. Here's the initial code for the server and static page:

controllers/pages_controller.rb:

class PagesController < ApplicationController
  def faq
  end
end

views/pages/faq.html.erb:

<h1>FAQ</h1>

<ul>
  <li>
    <h4>When was this company started?</h4>
    <p>2014</p>
  </li>
  <li>
    <h4>What forms of payment do you accept?</h4>
    <p>Credit cards and checks.</p>
  </li>
</ul>

Making your content dynamic with Butter is a two-step process:

  1. Setup custom content fields in Butter
  2. Integrate the fields into your application

To setup custom content fields, first sign in to the Butter dashboard.

Create a new workspace or click on an existing one. Workspaces let you organize content fields in a friendly way for content editors and have no effect on development or the API. For example, a real-estate website might have a workspace called "Properties" and another called "About Page".

Once you're in a workspace click the button to create a new content field. Choose the "Object" type and name the field "FAQ Headline":

After saving, add another field but this time choose the "Collection" type and name the field FAQ Items:

On the next screen setup two properties for items in the collection:

Now go back to your workspace and update your heading and FAQ items.

Integrate your app

To display this dynamic content in our app, we fetch the fields with an API call and then reference them in our view. Here's what the code looks like:

controllers/pages_controller.rb:

class PagesController < ApplicationController
  def faq
    @content = ButterCMS::Content.fetch([:faq_heading, :faq_items]).data
  end
end

views/pages/faq.html.erb:

<h1><%= @content.faq_heading %></h1>

<ul>
  <% @content.faq_items.each do |item| %>
    <li>
      <h4><%= item.question %></h4>
      <p><%= item.answer %></p>
    </li>
  <% end %>
</ul>

That's it! The values entered in the Butter dashboard will immediately update the content in our app.

If you need help after reading this, contact us via email, livechat, or book a time with to pair with one of our developers.

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Introduction

Learn how to create dynamic pages using Butter.

Creating dynamic pages with Butter is a two-step process:

1) Setup custom content fields in Butter
2) Integrate the fields into your application

This guide uses the Sinatra web framework but Butter integrates with any Ruby web app (we also have a Rails guide). If you need help after reading this, contact us via email, livechat, or book a time with to pair with one of our developers.

Setup content fields

Let's suppose we want to be able to create pages for retail-chain locations using ButterCMS and we're starting out with a basic static page template for a single location:

config/routes.rb:

get '/locations/:slug' => 'locations#show'

controllers/locations_controller.rb:

class LocationsController < ApplicationController
  def show
  end
end

views/locations/show.html.erb:

<h1>Widget Store - Chicago</h1>
<img src="/images/chicago.jpg">
<p>Our Chicago location is located at 566 Wacker Drive.</p>

Enabling new pages to be created with Butter is a two-step process:

  1. Setup custom content fields in Butter
  2. Integrate the fields into your application

To setup custom content fields, first sign in to the Butter dashboard.

Create a new workspace or click on an existing one. Workspaces let you organize content fields in a friendly way for content editors and have no effect on development or the API. For example, a real-estate website might have a workspace called "Properties" and another called "About Page".

Once you're in a workspace click the button to create a new content field. Choose the "Collection" type and name the field "Location Pages":

On the next screen, we'll setup the properties for each page in the collection.

Now go back to the work space and create a location:

Integrating your app

To create these pages in our app, we create a dynamic route that fetches content for the page by using a URL parameter. Here's what the code looks like:

controllers/locations_controller.rb:

class LocationsController < ApplicationController
  def show
    slug = params[:slug]

    # Filter list by slug
    result = ButterCMS::Content.fetch(["location_pages[slug=#{slug}]"]).data

    # location_pages is a collection so we call call `.first` on it
    @location = result.location_pages.first
  end
end

views/locations/show.html.erb:

<h1>Widget Store - <%= @location.name %></h1>
<img src="<%= @location.feature_image %>">
<p><%= @location.description %></p>

That's it! If you browse to /locations/chicago, you'll see the content we just entered into Butter.

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