A Look Under the Hood
- VueJs – VueJS allows you to extend HTML with attributes (directives), expand functionality, and take advantage of built-in directives as well as user defined directives.
- Express – Express is known as a ‘minimalist’ framework that is set up to support NodeJS.
- NodeJS – NodeJS is an open source server environment that is platform independent. It is among the most popular options for web servers because it eliminates the need for waiting while tasks are completed.
- MangoDB – This is a very popular database that has been proven to be very reliable. It functions well even on very large databases, which makes it a great option for this CMS.
The fact that it is a universal Typescript platform will allow you to make changes dynamically, so your live website is updated in real time.
No Need to Reinvent the Wheel
One of the biggest advantages of Factor is that just about everything can be done using plugins. While plugins are certainly nothing new in the CMS world, Factor is looking to make them easier and more powerful than ever. The big claim is that with Factor, plugins ‘Just Work.’ There is no mandatory customization or need to code things in yourself. Instead, if one piece of your website or web app puzzle has been done in the past, it can be incorporated using a plugin. This will help to minimize the amount of coding (especially repeat coding) needed for a given project, which is obviously something that developers will absolutely love.
There are already quite a few plugins available to download from their site, and many more are undoubtedly being developed. This is on top of any custom plugins that developers create for their own libraries.
Getting Started with Factor
Once everything is installed, the Factor Dashboard is where most developers will spend their time. This is a very simple layout that appears to be extremely intuitive. As you add in additional plugins and features, the layout will evolve, but at its core it remains one of the easiest CMS dashboards we’ve seen to date.
While there is undoubtedly still a lot to learn about the Factor CMS between now and when it is launched, we are already quite excited about it. Baring any major changes or problems between now and launch date, we expect this to quickly become one of the more popular options for web-app developers in 2020.