Automad doesn't require any database. All content is file based.
Installing Automad is basically a matter of downloading and extracting a
All text-based content is saved in normal
.txt files and can be edited using your preferred text-editor or Automad's self-explanatory and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). A site's structure is basically a directory tree. Media files can be added alternatively also using your operating system's default file browser like Windows' Explorer or Mac OS X's Finder.
Automad provides a powerful caching engine to keep your site's data buffered and quickly reusable across multiple pages. All rendered pages get saved as static HTML files.
Being file-based makes it extremely easy to move or backup a complete website, including settings and content. There is also no need to adjust any settings after moving a site. Automad is always aware of its location and will automatically modulate all URLs - for all pages and media files - according to its base URL.
Being file-based and independed form a MySQL server also makes deployment very easy. Build up your site on your local computer and simply synchronize its directory with your webspace using your preferred FTP program or just a tiny rsync shell script.
Being file-based even allows for putting your whole website under version control using GIT or Mercurial.
All your content and your site's configuration can be managed via a sleek and intuitive graphical user interface.
Keep track of your media and easily upload more files via drag'n'drop.
Building Themes for Automad is very easy and doesn't require any PHP knowledge. Automad comes with its own template engine, providing a lot of useful Toolbox functions to dynamically generate a page's HTML out of your content.
In case you are missing some functionality, you can also develop your extensions and use them in combination with your Automad installation.
Automad shippes with a set of extensions and an elegant and fully responsive theme with a lot of different page types. The pre-installed sample content helps you to quickly get started building you own site.