Content model

Simpla saves your content in a JSON file tree in the GitHub repo you initialized your project with (under _content/data/).

Content paths

Simpla uses paths to identify content. Paths roughly map to the underlying file structure in your content repo, but it’s not 1:1 (eg: paths do not include the _content/data/ base, or .json file extensions).

The path


Maps rougly to


Use paths to structure your content. There are no strict rules in how you model content with Simpla, every path can act as a Collection, a Post, a Field, or fulfill several roles.

Data schema

The JSON data at each path follows a consistent schema. Every item has the following fields

Property Type Description
path String Content path where this data is stored
type String What kind of content is stored at this path
data Object Custom data
createdAt String Timestamp of when this path was created
updatedAt String Timestamp of when this path was last updated
  "path": "/path/to/item",
  "type": "Text",
  "data": {
    "html": "<p>My content</p>"
  "createdAt": "2017-04-05T17:20:17.440Z",
  "updatedAt": "2017-04-06T09:31:47.499Z"

All custom data (ie: user content) for a given path is stored in the data object. The data inside this object can have any format, and doesn’t follow a strict schema. This is where Simpla elements store their data.

The type field is an arbitrary hint of what kind of content is stored at a given path. For example: 'Image', 'Text', 'Article'. Types are not predefined or enforced by Simpla, and are used to help with content modelling a project.

All other fields are immutable and set by Simpla automatically.

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