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ButterCMS is an API-based Node.js blog engine that integrates with Node.js. Use ButterCMS for your Node.js apps to add CMS-powered blogs, dynamic pages, and more. Butter plays well with all view-layers including React, Angular, Jade, and Vue.

Above is quick video of integrating Butter's blog engine into an application.

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Official Node.js Guide

Integrating Butter into your Node.js app is dead simple. Here's a mini tutorial to get a feel for of setting up your blog home and blog post pages. For full a integration guide check out our Official Node.js Guide

To display posts we create a simple /blog route in our app and 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.

var express = require('express');
var butter = require('buttercms')('your_token');
var app = express()

app.set('view engine', 'ejs');

app.get('/blog', renderHome)
app.get('/blog/p/:page', renderHome)


function renderHome(req, res) {
  var page = || 1;{page_size: 10, page: page}).then(function(resp) {
    res.render('index', {

Next we'll create an EJS template for displaying our posts and pagination links. This guide uses EJS templates but Butter works with any templating engine like Jade, Mustache, and React. If you need help after reading this, contact us via email or livechat


<% posts.forEach(function(post) { %>
  <a href="/blog/<%= post.slug %>"><%= post.title %></a> by <%= %> <%= %>
<% }); %>

<% if (previous_page) { %>
  <a href="/blog/p/<%= previous_page %>">Prev</a>
<% } %>

<% if (next_page) { %>
  <a href="/blog/p/<%= next_page %>">Next</a>
<% } %>

We'll also create an additional route for displaying individual posts:

app.get('/blog/:slug', renderPost)

function renderPost(req, res) {
  var slug = req.params.slug; {
    res.render('post', {
      published: new Date(

The template 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.

<h2><%= post.title %></h2>

Published <%= published.getDate() %>/<%= published.getMonth()+1 %>/<%= published.getFullYear() %>

<% if (post.categories.length > 0) { %>
  <% post.categories.forEach(function(cat) { %>
    <a href="/category/<%= cat.slug %>"><%= %></a> 
  <% }); %>
<% } %>


<%= %> <%= %>

  <%- post.body %>
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About ButterCMS

ButterCMS is an API-based, or "headless", CMS. We're a hosted service and we maintain all of the infrastructure. For more information on how we compare to a traditional CMS check out API-based CMS vs Traditional CMS.

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.

Learn more about how we're a wordpress alternative.

What's my blog going to look like?

Unlike CMS's you might be used to, we don't control or host any of your templates. The design of your blog (HTML + CSS) lives in your application along side the rest of your app. Your application calls our Blog Engine API to get the raw blog post content and then injects it into your own templates during rendering. This has many benefits including blog your instantly matching the rest of your site branding giving it a unique feel; not the cookie-cutter blog themes you'll experience with other CMS's.

Can I import my existing blog content?

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

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 host this?

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.

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Node.js is a server-side JavaScript environment based on V8. Popular web development frameworks for Node.js include Koa, Express, and Hapi.

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