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Rails. Engine. CMS. Plug-and-play content management system for Ruby on Rails. Have a go at the demo ([email protected] // georgiacms).


  • Media library on the cloud (or on files)
  • Messages Inbox with georgia_mailer
  • Spam filter
  • Multilingual from the get-go
  • Heroku-ready with georgia_heroku
  • Review you pairs and draft new pages
  • Preview before publishing
  • Add a blog with georgia_blog
  • Rollback to previous revisions when it hits the fan
  • Great UI, nice search, gravatars, etc.
  • Editable menus
  • Widgets
  • Slides
  • Permission levels
  • Sitemaps
  • Extendable (georgia_mailer, georgia_blog & more coming)

Why? aka Comparison with refinerycms

  • Because diversity is good.
  • Because Georgia is a Rails Engine. You can add to an existing application.
  • Because it's prettier.
  • Because the guys on refinerycms did a great job and you should check them out.
  • Because it's easy to start a website and push to Heroku.

Getting started

Add Georgia to your Gemfile

gem 'georgia'

Make sure you have properly identify your default locale and possible available ones. Georgia uses available_locales to know which translations should be configured or not.

config.i18n.default_locale = :en
config.i18n.available_locales = [:en]

Then run the generators to mount routes, run migrations & setup initial instances.

rails generate georgia:install
rails generate georgia:setup

We built Georgia to help you quickly develop an application with a CMS (Content Management System). However, we don't want to be in your way when you need to customize it.

rails generate georgia:views

Start your server (rails server) and go to http://localhost:3000/admin to get started.

Cloud Storage

Georgia's media library stores your documents and images on the cloud. You'll need to configure the solution that best fits your needs. Two options for you: Cloudinary or Custom Storage with Fog (e.g. Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files)


This will only work if you plan to have only pictures/images in your Media Library. Cloudinary won't work for .pdf files and other documents.

  1. Add cloudinary gem to your Gemfile.

    gem 'cloudinary'

  2. Set storage to :cloudinary in the config/initializers/georgia.rb file.

    Georgia.setup do |config|
      # Storage = :cloudinary
  3. Open a Cloudinary Account

You can skip this step if you plan on using Heroku. Otherwise, take 10 seconds to open an account on Cloudinary if not already done. Download your cloudinary.yml file and add to your config folder.

Custom Storage

The georgia:install generator added a carrierwave.example.rb file to your initializers. Use it to configure your custom location.


Georgia will run smoothly and cheaply (read free) on Heroku but you will need certain addons to make it work.

Get Started

To get started, add georgia_heroku gem to your Gemfile in development.

group :development do
  gem 'georgia_heroku'
Run the generator

Prepare your app to be hosted on Heroku by adding necessary gems, cache config, unicorn web server, tools such as Bonsai, Sendgrid & Memcachier.

$ rails g georgia:heroku:install

Follow the post-install instructions in the README.

Add the buildpack from TurboSprockets
$ heroku config:add BUILDPACK_URL=


Use the georgia:heroku:deploy rake task to deploy. It will compile your assets locally before pushing to Heroku. Otherwise it is likely you will exceed the time limit allowed to deploy your app. It is also faster.

To deploy:

$ bundle exec rake georgia:heroku:deploy


Add sendgrid addon to handle emails.

heroku addons:add sendgrid

The generator should have taken care of this but if you want to do it manually, here's the Sendgrid config to add to your production environment file.

# config/environments/production.rb

# Send emails via sendgrid
config.action_mailer.smtp_settings = {
  :address        => '',
  :port           => '587',
  :authentication => :plain,
  :user_name      => ENV['SENDGRID_USERNAME'],
  :password       => ENV['SENDGRID_PASSWORD'],
  :domain         => '',
  :enable_starttls_auto => true


Add bonsai addon to handle elasticsearch

heroku addons:add bonsai

Add config/initializers/bonsai.rb with:


Create your elasticsearch indices with this command:

*** After your first deploy ***

heroku run rake environment georgia:create_indices

For more information, you can also follow these instructions to setup More here on


Add cloudinary addon to handle media library cloud storage

heroku addons:add cloudinary

Create your admin user

Finally, create your first admin user to access to web panel:

heroku run rake georgia:seed

Rails 3

Look at branch rails3 for support on Rails 3.2