Tanam 🌱 Plug-n-play CMS for websites on Firebase

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Tanam is a free CMS; both free as in FOSS and as in free ice cream 🍦

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DISCLAIMER

Tanam is currently in a very early development stage. It is NOT production ready.

Get involved if something isn't working. We are happily receiving pull requests.

Create an issue if you find a bug. But no feature requests please.

Use at your own risk.

Problem statement

Building a website for content creation such as personal blog or even for a business with regular updates can be unnecessary complicated or expensive.

Some of the most popular CMS platforms requires to be hosted on a VPS or a cloud hosting offer that both will set you back a few dollars per month and in the case of VPS it will probably come with a fairly poor performance.

Static websites are increasingly popular for the of performance of serving time. But they are on the other hand relatively difficult to maintain for a non-technical content creators.

Firebase is a suite of services that offers all elements necessary to serve a CMS... and at virtually infinitly high performance.

What is Tanam

Tanam is built and fully powered by Firebase. It transforms your Firebase project to a dynamic content website backed by a CMS that is completely free; both free as in FOSS and as in free ice cream 🍦

Tanam is providing a platform that server side renders your dynamic content and delivers it with static site performance straight out of the box. It's a auto-scaling platform that will work just as well for small personal sites as it will also be able to serve heavy load without breaking a sweat.

The simple way to describe how this is possible is to say that we're using Google's global CDN as our filesystem for statically generated pages. All cached content is immediately replaced as you update it. Since we are pre-building the content, all your URLs will serve instantly as a static website would. Performance only depends on the size of your page.

The word tanam means "to plant" in Indonesian language. It is how we envision Tanam to be: just plant the CMS into Firebase and let it grow and scale by itself. There is no need to manage the resources or configure it for performance.

Does it really cost nothing?

Hosting Tanam can cost you as little as nothing. Firebase has a very generous pricing model with a free tier that is more than enough for most Tanam sites.

You must still put your project into the Blaze plan, since we're using outgoing HTTP requests to pre-heat your website's cache. The good thing about the Blaze plan is that it still won't cost you anything unless you go over the free tier quotas.

Tanam is using fairly little database and cloud function resources since content is only updated on demand, and as the owner of your website you and your team are the only users that create content.

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License

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