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Denis Samardjiev
Denis Samardjiev
246 Points

What to use for simple backend system with bootstrap

I am trying to figure out how to build something very similar to:

http://startbootstrap.com/

Using bootstrap 3 for the frontend, I just need to know what path to take as far building the backend system. I need to be able to login and upload free items as well as MAYBE have a blog.

Maybe Wordpress, or something newer and much more basic/simple. I'm pretty good with HTML/CSS and beginner in Javascript. If someone could point me on the right track that would be great!

4 Answers

Are you familiar with PHP? Laravel is great for backend

Denis Samardjiev
Denis Samardjiev
246 Points

I am not too familiar with PHP no, would it be difficult to learn for this task?

Hm, I would go with WordPress then. You can use Bootstrap as the core of your wordpress theme. HTML and CSS will get you there. You will need to use PHP and the WordPress Codex to create your desired PHP functions though. Perhaps you can find a theme you like functionality wise and covert the design to responsive using bootstrap and re-tool the visual side.

Denis Samardjiev
Denis Samardjiev
246 Points

I plan on designing everything myself, I am familiar with design and Bootstrap more than anything else. I am considering Wordpress but wanted to see other available options, do you have any idea what the above website is built on?

That's just straight up bootstrap. There is no login or "backend" so far as I can tell. You can use "builtwith.com" to see what websites are built with.

Denis Samardjiev
Denis Samardjiev
246 Points

Oh okay cool thank you! If you have any other suggestions let me know, bookmarked that site as well.

Wordpress is probably the easiest if you don't know a backend language. Just reference their Codex and take a look at how existing up-to-date themes are doing the functions you desire.

Denis Samardjiev
Denis Samardjiev
246 Points

Yeah I am looking around and not really getting much better options. I like the look of http://respondcms.com/ since it uses bootstrap but I figure I might as well use the more support CMS. I basically need the same pages as http://startbootstrap.com/ but for other digital products, and my design is fairly basic. Do you think it would take me a while before I learn everything to get it done or can the WP tutorials here and the codex get me through it pretty quickly?