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Top 5 Ruby On Rails CMS You Should Know

  • By Agira Technologies
  • June 25, 2018

Developing an impressive website is great but maintaining the site with dynamic updates is the real battle. Furthermore, having a Content management system is a great way to handle any dynamic website. With the help of one effective CMS, we could control the overall content part of the website. Moreover, Ruby on Rails has several content management systems, but choosing the right CMS for our website is a bit hard. So we evaluated the results from our experts and came up with the list of Ruby on Rails CMS that would give you better control over the content management systems.

1) Radiant CMS

It is currently one of the oldest yet most popular open-source Ruby on Rails CMS created in 2006, and now it consists of nearly 200 extensions. Users can benefits from these extensions in various ways, and there is no modification done in the code, so upgrading the CMS is also easier. It holds a vast collection of templates with multilingual support, including native languages like English, Russian, German, etc. Also, this CMS provides snippets, pages, and layouts as the element. We can manage enormous fields for content per page and assets. Plus, it’s totally free of cast.
It will look best in Safari and Firefox. Another plus is, though the project is not updated for long, it will support the latest version of Ruby.
If we want to use the specific part of the content in several places, we can save it as “snippets,” and we could use it wherever we want, thus saving our time and effort. The design part of Radiant CMS would help us to rebuild the complete look of the website.
Github : /radiant


  • Ruby on Rails
  • MySQL

  2) Camaleon CMS

Ultimately, Camaleon is an advanced, cost-effective, modular Ruby on Rails CMS which acts as an alternative to ROR WordPress. In any case, It will allow us to manage the website from anywhere, all you need is an internet connection. This can be adapted for any programming language. A well-established, powerful platform that comes with features essential to maintain the proper web standards.
It also allows you to create multiple roles and can give various permissions. This CMS also provides plugin security and space to store the files in the Amazon s3 cloud. Similarly, we can improve the speed by using the accelerators like cache contents, cache queries, or manifests. We can publish the content in English, German, French, Italian, and on the other side, The admin panel is made available in English and Spanish. Though the Camaleon is user-friendly, it has some drawbacks also, because it supports only a few languages, and the theme collection is limited to 5. Otherwise, it would remain too cool if you are using it for simple and mid-sized applications. After all, the main feature of Camaleon is, it has advanced contact form features.
Github: /owen2345/camaleon-cms 


• Rails 4.1–5.0
• SQL database (MySQL 5+, SQlite, or PostgreSQL)
• Ruby 1.9.3+
• ImageMagick

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3) Locomotive CMS

Moreover, the Locomotive is the only open source and the hosted solution compared to all other Rails CMS we listed here. It’s specially designed for developers to create both personal blogs and corporate blogs with fewer efforts. So, no wonder if you call Locomotive a “Blog engine” because it’s an ideal system that supports blog creation.
Unlike other CMS, in Locomotive CMS, we can’t directly change the look & feel of the website from the admin panel. If you want, then we must create this website and contents locally, and we can apply the changes to production only once it’s locally done. Basically, the locomotive open source is free, but we can also get hosted versions for which we need to pay $19 to $199 per month. The significant difference is that the hosted version has some labeled features for both personal and enterprises.
Like other CMS, It provides multi-language support, provides extensions, and has active community support. Precisely, another cool feature is it provides real-time editing so the notable limitation is that it will substantially work on the non-relational database.
Key Features:
• Multisite
• Great for design customization
• Flexible and powerful templating
• Extra tags to embed services like Google Analytics
• Localization
• Restful API 


• MongoDB for database
• Ruby 2.2+
• Ruby on Rails 4.2
• Wagon command-line interface
• ImageMagick
Github: locomotivecms/engine

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  4) Refinery CMS

At this point, this free, open-source CMS currently has more contributors, and we can add multiple roles and can provide various permissions. Also, it has tree structure navigation.
On the other hand, it provides us full control over layout and design as it provides a simple, easy-to-use interface to get things done in fewer minutes. In addition, the UI of Refinery is regularly getting updated to deliver the ideal experience for users. Also, the add-on is that it supports 3o + languages, including English, German, French, Italy, Japanese, and so on.
Github: refinery/refinerycms 


  • Ruby 2.0+
  • Ruby on Rails 4.2–5.0
  • SQL database (SQLite, MySQL, or PostgreSQL)
  • jQuery (frontend JavaScript library)
  • Dragonfly (for image editing)
  • ImageMagick (for image editing)
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 5) Spina CMS

Consequently, Spina is another rails-based content management system that provides an interface to add user roles and set various permissions. Plus, it provides SEO-friendly management from which you can easily redirect the URLs, one of the prominent features which most of the CMS failed to provide. However, this feature doesn’t have multiple language support, and it will not allow us to manage multiple websites from the same admin panel.

Github SpinaCMS/Spina

Technology :

• Ruby 2.3+
• Ruby on Rails 5+
• jQuery
• CoffeeScript
• Trix HTML editor
• Sass
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