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A simple, straight forward CMS.


  • Visual Studio 2017
  • ASP.NET Core 2.0
  • SQL Server 2016
  • Node.js
  • Gulp


  1. Clone the repository:

    git clone --recurse-submodules http://github.com/datasilk/saber

  2. Run command npm install

  3. Run command gulp default

  4. In Visual Studio, build & publish the SQL project to SQL Server 2016 (or greater), with your own database name

  5. Click Play in Visual Studio 2017

NOTE: An error will occur if your database name is not "Saber". Follow the instructions below to continue

  1. Open the generated config.json file and make sure the database connection string for property SqlServerTrusted points to your database.
  2. Click Play (again) in Visual Studio 2017

Saber IDE


Build web pages from within your web browser using a built-in IDE for editing HTML, CSS, LESS, & Javascript files.

Navigate to any URL

Convert any URL within your website to a valid web page simply by navigating to the URL and writing some HTML & CSS within the built-in IDE. The editor initially opens 3 files (HTML, LESS, & JS) that are resources for the web page being viewed.

Create & Modify Website Resources

Use a folder browser within the built-in IDE to open website resources (HTML, CSS, LESS, & JS files) in new tabs. Use the File drop down menu to create new files & folders.

Important file & folders include:

  • wwwroot is a public folder where you can upload files & images to utilize within your website
  • partials is a server-side folder used for partial HTML files that are included within web pages throughout your website (such as header.html & footer.html files)
  • CSS/website.less is used on every page within your website
  • Scripts is a server-side folder that contains various Javascript libraries used within the Saber editor

Upload Files & Photos

You can upload image files & other resources for a specific web page, or within the wwwroot folder to be used within any web page. Manage your uploads within a photo-gallery-style file explorer.

Multi-lingual Page Content

  • Generate text fields by adding variables to your HTML page (e.g. <div>{{article-title}}</div>)
  • Fill out the text fields with your content, which will replace the variables in the HTML page.
  • Select which language the content will be written in and allow visitors to change their desired language
  • Use Markdown syntax in text fields that will later be rendered as HTML

Include partial HTML files

  • Include html files inside other html files to render robust web pages. For example:

    {{header "Partials/UI/header.html"}}

    header is a custom variable name and the file path is in quotes

Shortcut Keys

  • Ctrl + S (save)
  • Escape (toggle editor / preview)
  • F1 (Monaco editor command window)

Support for different Code Editors

Choose between Monaco & Ace as your preferred code editor

  • Minimap next to scrollbar (Monaco only)
  • Intellisense for HTML, CSS, LESS, & Javascript (monaco only)
  • Syntax Highlighting for HTML, CSS, LESS, & Javascript
  • Code Folding

Saber IDE

Edit page resources for any URL within your domain name

Saber IDE

Browse server-side files and edit them via the IDE within Saber

Saber IDE

Use a minimap to scroll through your code faster than ever

Saber IDE

Upload images & other resources

Saber IDE

Generate form fields by writing HTML variables (e.g. <h2>{{hero-title}}</h2>) and use them to fill out content for your web pages

Under The Hood

Saber uses many technologies developed by Mark Entingh, including Datasilk Core as an MVC framework for ASP.NET Core, Tapestry for frontend CSS UI design, Datasilk Core JS as a frontend JavaScript framework, and Selector as a replacement for jQuery at only 5kb in size.

Future Development

  • Upload & manage photos & files related to a specific web page
  • Publish content using other formats besides HTML & CSS, such as uploading a PDF, DOC, DOCX, MP3 (for auto-transcribing), or Excel spreadsheet.
  • Manage list of acceptable meta title & description prefixes and suffixes.
    • Select which prefix or suffix to add to individual web page titles & descriptions via the page settings
  • Create multiple headers & footers for your website and select which ones to use within each individual page's settings
  • Upload a cover photo to use when sharing with Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms
  • Other optional meta data fields used within the page settings
    • Fields from schema.org (JSON-LD)
    • product related fields (price, saleprice, colors, specs)
  • Create template files (HTML, LESS, JS) for a specific page (e.g. /blog) and they will be used to generate initial files for new sub-pages (e.g. /blog/2018/03/17/A-New-Day)