A iOS blog engine like no other

Meet the iOS blog engine that integrates with your website using a straightforward API. 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 integration with iOS

Our iOS 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 iOS blog engine into your app, and get back to more interesting problems.

ButterCMS is an API-based blog engine that integrates seamlessly with new and existing iOS 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 our iOS API client. 

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 iOS blog engine for a simple reason: iOS developers can 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 iOS 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 iOS app

Our mission was to make it easy to integrate Butter with your existing iOS 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 iOS 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 iOS API client.

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

Seamless iOS components

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

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

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

The best iOS 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 iOS 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 iOS application

Just follow the simple steps below to complete the integration and begin creating pages with Butter. Be sure to check out our full guide to creating pages using the ButterCMS iOS API.

1. First, install our swift package with either the Swift Package Manager or CocoaPods.

For Swift Package Manager:

  • Select XCode > File > Swift Packages > Add Package Dependency.
  • Provide this git repository: https://github.com/ButterCMS/buttercms-swift.git.
  • Then set your version, e.g. 1.0.7

For CocoaPods:

  • Install CocoaPods if not installed already with $ brew install cocoapods
  • Create a Podfile in the root directory of your project with $ pod init and open your generated podfile. For example: $ open -a Xcode Podfile.
  • Update your podfile so it reads like the below snippet, then run $ pod install

target 'YourAppName' do

    use_frameworks!

pod 'ButterCMSSDK', '1.0.7'

end

2. Initialize the SDK:

To get started with the Butter API, instantiate the ButterCMSClient with your ButterCMS API token.

// Initialize Butter client 




import ButterCMSSDK 




var butter = ButterCMSClient(apiKey: "YOUR_API_KEY")

3. Fetch posts or pages:


All ButterCMS Single Pages and Page Types have a configurable Page schema. In order to fetch a Page via the Swift SDK, you'll need to model the Butter Page schema as a Codable Struct and pass it to the getPages API, which will allow the SDK to deserialize the page data for you.

This is different from Blog posts, which have a fixed data model. For example, to fetch all blog posts, you can use the SDK's getPosts() function:

import ButterCMSSDK

var butter = ButterCMSClient(apiKey: "YOUR_API_KEY")

butter.getPosts(parameters: [

  .preview,

  .excludeBody,

  .page(value: 1),

  .pageSize(value: 10)

      ]) { result in

  switch result {

  case .success(let posts):

      //Do something on success

      print("Count: \(posts.meta.count)")

      posts.data.compactMap() { print("Post: \($0.title)") }

  case .failure(let error):

      //Do something on failure

      print("getPost failed with Error: \(error)")

  }

}

4. Integrate into your application.

ButterCMSDK calls to the posts or pages API return JSON responses, like the below sample, which can be easily integrated into the framework of your choice.

{

  "data": {

    "slug": "homepage",

    "name": "HomePage",

    "published":"2021-08-20T15:06:58.237911Z",

    "updated":"2021-08-20T15:06:58.237911Z",

    "page_type": null,

    "fields": {

      "seo_title": "Anvils and Dynamite | Acme Co",

      "headline": "Acme Co provides supplies to your favorite cartoon heroes.",

      "hero_image": "https://cdn.buttercms.com/c8oSTGcwQDC5I58km5WV",

      "call_to_action": "Buy Now",

      "customer_logos": [

        {

          "logo_image": "https://cdn.buttercms.com/c8oSTGcwQDC5I58km5WV"

        },

        {

          "logo_image": "https://cdn.buttercms.com/c8oSTGcwQDC5I58km5WV"

        }

      ]

    }

  }

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

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About ButterCMS

Can I import my content?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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