Experience with CraftCMS 3

I’ve been working with CraftCMS (v3.1) + Craft Commerce for the last couple of months and initially I was pleased with it. You can do so many things with the system and the existing plugins that you would think that everything can be done with ease. Then I had to create few custom plugins. And oh boy, things started to go south quickly. So here’s my pros and cons for CraftCMS.

Short background: I was a Laravel (based on Symfony) developer for few years (around v5) and absolutely loved it. I had a pretty good relation with PHP back then but few years has passed and things has changed in me. I’ve got accustomed to TypeScript (NodeJS, Angular, Vue), C# (.NET Core) and DartLang so I decided to hop back on a PHP to see how it feels after few years of absence.

Note: This article might not be accurate for further versions.

Pros

  • Flexible admin UI for creating semi-complex sites with only touching Twig templates. (Reminds me of ACF in Wordpress).

Neutral

  • It’s a paid CMS (with trial). This can be great for longevity (devs got the financial support) but limits the potential userbase. As a freelancer, this is a bigger down than a pro for me.

Cons

  • It’s clearly not test driven and has many holes to say the least. And what about Commerce plugin? It doesn’t even have tests, but hey, it only handles money transactions, why would you test that.

Conclusion

I would gladly go with CraftCms for things that it already knows but would think twice if I had to add more complex custom features to it. The upcoming 4th major release will have some really neat features which I’m excited for.

Choosing the unknown

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