Pagekit has launched version 1 in April 2016, and as we have been searching for a platform to use ourselves, we thought why not create a tutorial on how to get started with Pagekit.
We'll be using their latest version 1.0.5, which you'll get when you download it here. To install Pagekit, download it and upload the zipped file to your web server and extract it or if you wish extract it on your local machine and then upload all the files, whichever you prefer. Then point your browser to your web server where you have installed it, and you'll be greeted with Pagekits' installation screen.
After following the onscreen instructions for the installer and it's silky smooth process, login and you'll be greeted with your new Pagekit dashboard.
From your new dashboard, you'll be able to access the rest of your site like Users which will allow you to manage your users, Pages to manage your site pages and configure them, Blog to create new blog posts, System allows you to change settings, access extensions, themes, updates and info and so much more.
Setting up your new site
Right, lets get an About page setup. If you start off by going to Site, you'll end up on pages, where you'll be able to setup a new page for your site. Now Pagekit has added support for Markdown, it also has a built in HTML editor so if you prefer to code then you'll want to use UIkit. For this tutorial, we'll be just using Markdown to keep things simple.
And your about page is done! Now to view your site, just smash (not literally though) that home icon at the top of the page, and voila you'll be taken to your new website.
Now to setup the blog, we'll need the blog extension installed. Now as Pagekit has the blog extension pre-installed we really won't need to do that. You'll notice that Pagekit has already provided you with a sample post "Hello Pagekit".
Let's start by modifying the sample post to how we/you want it.
So far that looks great, far more pleasing than most default themes on the market.
Choosing a new theme
Don't get me wrong, this is a great theme for beginners, although a little too standard. We want it to be different, so we'll head over to the built in marketplace and look for a new theme to use instead. We're going to keep it clean and simple, the Minimal theme looks like it's a fantastic choice so we'll be using that one. In about a minute or so the theme will be installed and automatically activated for you.
Now we know we all, in some way or another hate ugly urls right? Well, in Pagekit version 1.0.5 ugly urls are a thing of the past, you may need to do some additional work to make sure they are enabled especially with your new blog posts. By default the blog urls are set to numeric after your first clean installation, we can fix that by going into blog settings and changing it to Name and that's it! Save the settings and head back to your site, refresh the blog page and click on your blog post, and you'll notice it's changed. To read up more on Pagekits pretty URLs on an nginx server just head to Pagekit nginx and the documentation will explain it more in detail.
From our point of view, Pagekit is a great up and coming platform. We love it to the point we chose it to be the platform for our website, everyone is different. From installation to the start of blogging and adding new pages is to us a breeze, the interface is extremely clean. Although there is not alot of extensions and themes in the marketplace, we're pretty sure that once developers catch on to it there will be alot more to offer.
Let us know if you have tried Pagekit, what your thoughts and experiences are from using it in the comments below.