Netlify-CMS is an open source project that you can use without using Netlify. In order to do so, you need a way to authenticate; one of the ways to do this is using GitHub oAuth. If you're going to do that though, you need a server-side component acting as the oAuth client, allowing your admin users to connect to GitHub's servers to authenticate.
This is that system.
- Use Netlify-CMS on several front end projects withg one lightweight backend shared between them.
- Deploy simply to AppEngine and forget
- Profit from your free lightweight CMS (it's unlikely your usage fo this will take you over the GAE Free Tier)
How to use this
- Clone the repo locally
- Set up a GitHub oAuth App
- Put your new app's key and secret into the
/app.yamlfile (or manage your secrets another way, as long as they end up as environment variables in the deployed codebase)
- Set up a Google Cloud Platform account and enable AppEngine
- Set up the GCloud SDK locally
gcloud app deployfrom the root of the project folder
- Edit your netlify CMS config to have the following
backend: name: github repo: <<user/reponame>> # whichever repo your admin system is going to be affecting base_url: https://<<appengine-url>>.appspot.com # the URL you got from the deploy command above
Then simply login to any running version of your codebase (including locally).