The Return to Pulse

And just like that I’m moving my site back to Pulse CMS. Nothing against Statamic, I think it’s a great flat-file CMS, but I don’t have the luxury of time to learn its structure, syntax, YAML and the rest right now.

With a three-year old in the throws of potty-training, and a six-month old who considers sleep a form of torture; a full-time job; the constant threat of squirrel attacks, and all the other crap we all deal with on a daily basis, my time is extremely limited. Right now, I need to get any type of site up a running so I can continue to practice fundamentals rather than learn something new.

So, for now at least, Statamic has been back-burnered. However, I definitely hope to use it in the future at some point. Its depth and flexibility are exciting and I want to see what I can do with it. I ran into a few snags here and there (which I expected) but nothing on the order of WordPress. What I really needed to make Statamic work in the short-term were large blocks of time to devote to it. Maybe that time will come when everyone in the house is out of diapers?

I’m switching back to Pulse because I’m mildly OCD when it comes to CMSs, but mostly because I’ve used it in the past and liked it. It seems to be the perfect-sized CMS for the types of sites I do. Its also the “right-sized” platform for me to use when building a new site. That’s a tricky, very personal thing each developer needs to explore on their own. For me, Bootstrap, Foundation and WordPress/BlankSlate/Any Theme, never quite fit the bill. It was “Goldilocks Syndrome” I guess; too big, too small; too much, not enough; Pulse though, is just right. I can dive into writing clean, pattern-oriented HTML, CSS, and creating content, rather than burning precious time and energy on learning things specific to a CMS.

When I first discovered Pulse I was hesitant to get too invested because there didn’t seem to be a lot of real-world use. Later on, I had concerns when the original developers sold the software to Michael Frankland, of Would it die on the vine, or be killed off? Would it get more expensive? Would it move in a different direction and lose what I liked about it in the first place? Just who is this, “Michael Frankland?” Why does he live in Japan? Why is that black Suburban parked outside my house?! So, so, so many questions.

I took my tin-foil hat off though and kept tabs on the updates. So far, Frankland is doing it right. In quick succession, he has released a new version, several themes, several add-ons, and updated the forums. This guy must get 2 hours of sleep a night, or he has several robot helpers (Which must be why he lives in Japan!). Version 4.0 of Pulse is, so far, a welcome upgrade rather than a radical change. For the first time in my life I was “that developer” who went from initial download, to functioning site in a matter of hours. Woo hoo! I’m excited to dive deeper in 4.0 and to see what comes next.