nooline

Content made easy peasy ✌

What's It All About?

Nooline is a platform built for making content management utterly, starkly simple. It supports multiple users and multiple sites right out of the box. It's scalable, fast, extensible, and written entirely in JavaScript.

It is currently in beta.

The era of page redirects, mandatory admin dashboards, and content "previews" is over. Today's content demands that we be able to edit content where it exists on a page, as it looks when it's live, without barriers. It demands that we shouldn't sacrifice SEO concerns for rich, asyncronous web interactions. It demands that the framework shouldn't require a learning curve.

An efficient framework doesn't need to sacrifice good architecture for extensibility or user experience, and vice-versa. Our time is too important to be mucking around with a framework's specific details. We should be creating new things instead. This is what nooline aims to achieve.

There is a core set of principles which guide how Nooline is built:

  • There should be a near-zero amount of training time required to let a content editor use the platform. All controls should be blatantly self-evident in use, and naming conventions should be painstakingly easy to understand.
  • Don't refresh the page or go to a new one unless it's 100% unavoidable. Maintain the user's context if at all possible.
  • Modifying the system should require minimal amounts of work. Store data in simple structures.
  • Share code between client and server where possible. This will keep the codebase smaller and lead to better technical design.
  • Push as much work to the client as is reasonably possible. This must not impact user experience.
  • Build components with "Offline-First" in mind. Follow that with "Mobile-First". Finally, address wider screens. For a related and simple set of informing guidelines, see The Unix Philosophy.

Nooline is built Isomorphically – that is to say, much of its code can execute both on in the browser and on the server. It follows patterns found in many MV* frameworks, and relies upon a core set of components with wide-spread community use. Under the hood, Nooline uses a simple, extensible stack: Express, Backbone, and RequireJS.

All hands are welcome! Head on over to the milestones and pick something that interests you. Or submit a pull request for an idea you have!

Getting nooline running on your system is super easy. You'll need the following things already installed on your system:

Once you have those things up and running, head on over to the wiki for the rest of the details!