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Templating and Coding in Zesty.io

Zesty.io provides a feature-rich environment for templating and coding, allowing you to shape your content management system (CMS) to fit your exact needs. This article will delve into key features, including view editing, template view versions, custom data files, stylesheets, JavaScript, LESS and SASS compiling, design and styling headless variables, and API access from VSCode.

View Editing

View editing in Zesty.io is a convenient feature that allows you to alter the HTML structure of your pages directly. This enables you to define the structure of your content, aligning with your design requirements. With the powerful WYSIWYG editor, you can make changes in real-time and instantly see how they affect your layout.

Template View Versions

Zesty.io supports template view versions, enabling you to create and manage different versions of your page templates. This is beneficial when making substantial changes or updates, as you can safely experiment in a sandboxed version before pushing changes to the live template.

Custom Data Files

Custom Data Files in Zesty.io allows you to store and manage additional data that can be accessed across your templates. These could include JSON or XML files. This feature is particularly useful for maintaining data that doesn't fit into the conventional content models, like global settings or other site-wide data.


Zesty.io supports the creation and editing of stylesheets within its platform. Users can write and manage CSS files directly in the system, providing great flexibility when it comes to designing and styling a site. The platform's live preview feature can be used to view the effects of stylesheet changes in real time.


JavaScript integration in Zesty.io allows for the creation of dynamic and interactive elements on your pages. You can write and edit JavaScript files directly within the CMS, with changes dynamically reflected in your live site preview.

LESS and SASS Compiling

Zesty.io supports both LESS and SASS, popular CSS pre-processors that extend the functionality of regular CSS. These tools add useful features like variables, mixins, and functions, and can dramatically speed up CSS development. Zesty.io automatically compiles LESS and SASS into CSS, streamlining the styling process and optimizing performance.

Design and Styling Headless Variables

In a headless CMS context, Zesty.io provides the ability to create and manage design and styling variables that can be used across all templates. This is particularly beneficial in a headless setup where frontend design might take place in a separate system or framework, but you still want to maintain some level of control and consistency across designs.

API Access from VSCode

With Zesty.io, you can access its API directly from Visual Studio Code (VSCode). This integration allows developers to fetch data, manipulate content, and even push changes to the CMS directly from their preferred development environment. It fosters a seamless workflow, enabling developers to work more efficiently.

With its rich set of features and tools, Zesty.io provides an extensive environment for templating and coding, making it a robust platform for developing custom websites and applications. By leveraging these features, developers can create a unique and dynamic user experience tailored to their business requirements.

Zesty.io Supports External Frameworks

Various modern front-end frameworks are supported by Zesty.io, allowing developers to build dynamic, responsive, and highly interactive user interfaces. This article provides a summary of the key supported frameworks including Nuxt, Next.js, React, Angular, Ember, Svelte, and Vue.js.


Nuxt is a powerful framework based on Vue.js. It is designed to create Universal Vue.js applications, simplifying the development of complex applications. Nuxt offers server-side rendering, static site generation, and a robust routing system. Its modular architecture allows developers to choose over 50 modules for enhancements, such as Progressive Web Apps (PWA) support, and automatic optimisation of files.


Next.js is a React-based framework for server-rendered or statically exported JavaScript applications. It allows for efficient code sharing and component reuse, making it easier to maintain and expand your application. Next.js features automatic server rendering and code splitting, smart bundling, route pre-fetching, and built-in CSS support.


React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces, maintained by Facebook. React is known for its component-based architecture and the virtual DOM, which optimizes rendering in the browser and improves application performance. It also supports server-side rendering and can be used to build mobile applications through React Native.


Angular is a TypeScript-based open-source front-end web application framework led by the Angular Team at Google. Angular is a complete solution in itself, offering a lot of inbuilt features including data binding, dependency injection, forms, HTTP services, and more. It supports both Single Page Applications and Mobile apps.


Ember is an open-source JavaScript web framework that allows developers to build scalable single-page web applications. It follows the Convention Over Configuration (CoC) principle and the Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY) principle, which makes it a highly opinionated framework. Ember provides a complete solution which includes data management and application flow.


Svelte is an innovative new approach to building user interfaces. Unlike traditional frameworks, Svelte is a compiler that converts your declarative components into efficient JavaScript code that surgically updates the DOM. This results in faster runtime performance and a smaller bundle size, which is highly advantageous for performance-critical applications.


Vue.js is a progressive JavaScript framework for building user interfaces. It is designed from the ground up to be incrementally adoptable, making it easy to integrate with other libraries or existing projects. Vue.js also offers advanced features required for complex applications such as routing, state management and build tooling.

Each of these frameworks has its unique strengths and features. Choosing the right one depends on the specific needs and constraints of your project.

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