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The most powerful backend of any CMS

FireCMS uses Firebase as a backend.

Firebase is an app development platform that helps you build and grow apps, websites and games users love. It is backed by Google and trusted by millions of businesses around the world. Firebase provides tools for tracking analytics, reporting and fixing app crashes, creating marketing and product experiment. It also provides a powerful backend as a service (BaaS) that allows you to build apps without having to worry about the infrastructure.

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FireCMS not only aims to be a tool to manage your Firebase data, but also to be the admin/dashboard for your Firebase app. The seamless real-time integration with Firebase, and all the backend extension provided by Google, allow to build full companies around it.

Firebase Authentication

FireCMS uses Firebase Authentication to manage user authentication. It provides a simple and secure way to authenticate users to your app. It supports authentication using passwords, phone numbers, popular federated identity providers like Google, Facebook and Twitter, and more.

Firebase Storage

FireCMS uses Firebase Storage to store files. It provides a simple and secure way to store and retrieve user-generated content like images, videos, and audio files. It also provides a powerful API to manage access control and perform complex operations like resizing images on the fly.

Firestore

FireCMS uses Firestore as a database. Firestore is a flexible, scalable database for mobile, web, and server development from Firebase and Google Cloud Platform. Like Firebase Realtime Database, it keeps your data in sync across client apps through realtime listeners and offers offline support for mobile and web, so you can build responsive apps that work regardless of network latency or Internet connectivity. Firestore also offers seamless integration with other Firebase and Google Cloud Platform products, including Cloud Functions.

Cloud Functions

FireCMS uses Cloud Functions to provide a serverless backend. Cloud Functions is a serverless framework that lets you automatically run backend code in response to events triggered by Firebase features and HTTPS requests. You can use Cloud Functions to send notifications, aggregate or transform data, or authenticate users.

Use case: Data synchronization with an external service

The power of Cloud functions

Let's see how FireCMS helps MedicalMotion to synchronize the videos of the exercises they use in their platform with Vimeo.

We use a Cloud Function to synchronize the videos with Vimeo. This function is triggered every time a new video is uploaded to the database. We listen to the onWrite event of the videos collection, and we check if the file field has been modified.

If the file has been modified, we upload the file to Vimeo and we update the database with the new video URL.

Diagram of the video synchronization process

We leverage the real time updates of Firestore to update a status field in the database. This field is used to show the status of the video in the CMS. In can take values like In progress, In sync, Error, etc.

The seconds field in this video are also updated automatically in a separate step.

This is just an example of how you can use FireCMS to build a CMS that is adaptable to your business logic. Serverless functions are a great way to extend the functionalities offered by this project and make it even more powerful.

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