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ButterCMS is an API-based PHP blog engine that integrates with PHP. Use ButterCMS to rapidly build CMS-powered blogs, dynamic pages, and more.

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Setup in minutes

Official PHP Guide

Integrating Butter into your PHP 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 an integration guide check out our Official PHP 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.


Route::get('/blog', 'BlogController@listAllPosts');
Route::get('/blog/p/{page}', 'BlogController@listAllPosts');


namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Routing\Controller as BaseController;
use ButterCMS\ButterCMS;

class BlogController extends BaseController {

  private static $apiToken = 'your_api_token';
  private $client;

  public function __construct() {
    $this->client = new ButterCMS(BlogController::$apiToken);

  public function listAllPosts(int $page = 1) {
    $response = $this->client->fetchPosts([ 
      'page' => $page,
      'page_size' => 10
    return view('posts', [
      'posts' => $response->getPosts(),
      'nextPage' => $response->getMeta()['next_page'],
      'previousPage' => $response->getMeta()['previous_page']

Next we'll create a simple view at resources/views/posts.blade.php that displays our posts and pagination links:


@section('pageTitle', 'Blog')


  @foreach ($posts as $post)
    <a href="/blog/{{urlencode($post->getSlug())}}">{{$post->getTitle()}}</a> 
    <a href="/author/{{urlencode($post->getAuthor()->getSlug())}}">
      {{$post->getAuthor()->getFirstName()}} {{$post->getAuthor()->getLastName()}}

  @if (!is_null($previousPage))
    <a href="/blog/p/{{$previousPage}}">Prev</a>
  @if (!is_null($nextPage))
    <a href="/blog/p/{{$nextPage}}">Next</a>

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

Route::get('/blog/{slug}', 'BlogController@showPost')
public function showPost(string $slug) {
  $response = $this->client->fetchPost($slug);
  $post = $response->getPost();
  return view('post', [
    'post' => $post,
    'published' => date('j/n/Y', strtotime($post->getPublished())),

The view for displaying a full post includes information such as author, publish date, and categories. See a full list of available post properties in our API reference. We use the @section Laravel helper for setting the HTML title and meta description in the <head> tag of the page.


@section('pageTitle', $post->getSeoTitle())
@section('metaDescription', $post->getMetaDescription())


  <!-- Post title -->

  <!-- Publish date -->
  Published {{$published}} 

  @if (count($post->getCategories()) > 0)  

  <!-- Post categories -->
  @foreach ($post->getCategories() as $category)
    <a href="/category/{{urlencode($category->getSlug())}}">{{$category->getName()}}</a>

  <br />

  <!-- Post author -->
  <a href="/author/{{urlencode($post->getAuthor()->getSlug())}}">
    {{$post->getAuthor()->getFirstName()}} {{$post->getAuthor()->getLastName()}}

  <br />

    {!! $post->getBody() !!}
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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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