On October 3rd we filled our suitcases with a boatload of ApostropheCMS Nalgene bottles,
Our trip to Vancouver truly exceeded our expectations.
We got a lot of feedback into what the community’s needs are when it comes to content management. One thing that we kept hearing over and over was the need to interface with the content data via an API. Interestingly, we have also been planning to extend ApostropheCMS with a headless module, so it was great to see our project’s roadmap reflected the interests of the community.
As a direct result of our conversations with software engineers at Node.js Interactive we have accelerated the release of our RESTful API (aka Headless) module called apostrophe-headless. Since the conference we’ve also made some updates to Apostrophe’s README for those who want to know more before visiting the documentation, and solidified our plans for the next 3 to 6 months.
These plans include publishing themed starter sites to enable users to get up and running with a fully functional, beautiful website with minimal effort. We are working on open-sourcing a WordPress to ApostropheCMS migrator to make the switch to Apostrophe even easier. Even though deploying Apostrophe isn’t difficult, it does require a bit of DevOps knowledge, so we also plan on delivering new ways to deploy and manage ApostropheCMS without those skills.
Along with spreading the word about our favorite Node.js CMS, we had a bit of time to attend some amazing talks. Kim Crayton’s keynote (@KimCrayton1) addressed, head-on, some of the recent issues around diversity and inclusion with the Node.js community. She articulated “common snags” in achieving the goal of a truly welcoming community and reminded us that the road there is not easy. And on Friday, the community met to articulate its vision and work toward a more inclusive future.
If you are interested in viewing any of the talks noted above, or anything else from the conference, you should check them out on YouTube.
Connecting with the community and the Node.js Foundation was a true highlight and we consider this one of the best conference experiences we have had. We can’t wait to come back to Vancouver in 2018.
See you next year!