This article is the second in a series about my discoveries and feedback as an intern.
After being interested in Wordpress and for a future project, it was essential that I dive into the discovery of the Bolt tool. In the context of this future project and due to the lack of competence concerning the tool in question because I had never used it, I had to start training myself on the basics and the use of Bolt version 4 (latest version 5.0).
Bolt is what is called a CMS, or Content Management System, a software that allows you to design websites, manage their content, publish them and update them. It is an open source content management system, making it accessible to everyone. It is based on the Silex micro-framework until version 3 of Bolt, then in the higher versions it is now based on Symfony. Bolt CMS has a Back-Office (administration interface) with CRUD (Create Read Update Delete) management for its content types and a Front-Office (visual website) with templates that are created via Twig.
This tool requires technical knowledge in PHP for its implementation which will make it more suitable for use in a Web agency for the realization of your project.
To install it locally, I advise you to follow the Bolt installation documentation.
Docker, Docker-compose or Symfony CLI, PHP >= 7.0, MySQL/MariaDB, Composer
What are the advantages of using a CMS like Bolt?
Let's move on to the disadvantages of using Bolt, in my opinion:
From my point of view, Bolt is a simple and easy to configure CMS that allows you to design a dynamic website in general. I find Bolt to be very similar in spirit to WordPress - the administration interface and installation is very simple and straightforward. You'll be up and running in a matter of minutes. The configuration, however, is developer-driven when you edit YAML files directly via an online editor. This applies to menus, which pale in comparison to the superb menu editing capabilities of WordPress. Moreover, Bolt is suitable for projects set up by experienced PHP developers. Its scalability, its base on Symfony and Twig, its documentation and its basic features make it possible to quickly create a project with basic functionality.
If you want to discover more about the Bolt tool and its use to make your own website, I recommend you to consult the Bolt documentation. As for Wordpress, I also advise you if you want to learn live via a video.