Get started

Let's create your first project with Simpla! We'll use Github as a backend and Netlify for authentication.

Create Github repo

Open a Github account if you don’t already have one. Either create a new repository or pick an existing repo you’d like Simpla to use (all data will be stored in a _content folder).

Note: Simpla doesn’t currently support bare repos. If you are creating a new repo, initialise it with any file before connecting it to Simpla

Register OAuth app

Register a new OAuth application for Simpla in your Github account using the button below, with the following settings:

Setting Description
Name Name of your website
Homepage URL URL of your website
Authorization callback URL Set to for Netlify auth adapter (below)

register app

Note: you can also register OAuth apps on a Github organization account, see this guide

Setup auth provider

Simpla provides adapters for authenticating users with Github, and this guide uses the Netlify adapter.

Setup Netlify for OAuth:

  1. Take note of the Client ID and Client Secret of the Github OAuth app you created in the previous step
  2. Open an account on Netlify, and create a free site from your Github repo
  3. In your Netlify site, navigate to Settings > Access control > OAuth
  4. Under Authentication Providers, click Install Provider
  5. Select GitHub and enter the Client ID and Client Secret, then save

Setup Simpla

Include this snippet in the <head> of your page, and update the configuration settings in Simpla.init to match your site

<!-- Include Simpla, Netlify auth adapter, and cross-browser polyfill-->
<script src="^3.0.0"></script>
<script src="^3.0.0/adapters/netlify.js"></script>
<script src="^0.7.24/webcomponents-lite.min.js" async></script>

<!-- Init Simpla -->

    // The Github repo you want Simpla to use
    repo: 'username/repo',

    // Netlify auth adapter, initialize with your Netlify site name
    auth: new SimplaNetlify({ site: 'mysite' }),

    // Public content source (optional)
    // Defaults to fetching directly from Github
    source: ''


You can also import Simpla as an ES6/UMD module, and set additional options in init. Read more about Simpla.js

Pro tip: If you’re storing your content alongside the rest of your site, set source to window.location.origin so you can read content from localhost in development

Get elements

Simpla uses new HTML elements to manage content, install the ones you need with Bower (NPM support coming soon). For example:

bower i simpla-text simpla-img simpla-admin --save

Add elements to your page with HTML imports in your <head>

<!-- Import Simpla elements -->
<link rel="import" href="/bower_components/simpla-text/simpla-text.html">
<link rel="import" href="/bower_components/simpla-img/simpla-img.html">
<link rel="import" href="/bower_components/simpla-admin/simpla-admin.html" async>

Then use them wherever you want editable content. Give each element a unique path, which determines your content model.

<!-- Block of editable richtext -->
<simpla-text path="/text"></simpla-text>

<!-- An editable image -->
<img is="simpla-img" path="/section/img">

Each elements has its own documentation, find elements in the element catalogue

Enable CORS

If you are serving your content and your site from different domains (eg: if you have a repository just for Simpla content) then you will also need to enable CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing) on your content repo. If your content and Simpla are in the same repo or served from the same domain, you can skip this step.

The easiest way to enable CORS on your content is to serve it through Netlify (since we're already using that for authentication) using their headers configuration. Just upload a file called _headers to the root of your repo, with the following contents:

## Allow access from other domains
    Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *

Publish and save

Make sure you have the included simpla-admin element, then upload your site to a static server (eg: Netlify, GitHub Pages) or run one locally.

Add #edit to the end of your page’s URL, and login with your Simpla account when prompted. Add content to the elements you used, then press save.

Hey presto! You just built and published your first project with Simpla.

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