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Simpla is shutting down

The Simpla platform and API are shutting down on December 15th, 2017 and Simpla is becoming an open source project. Please migrate to Simpla OSS as soon as possible.


After almost 3 years of growing Simpla and fostering change in how content is managed on the web, it’s time to say goodbye.

We’ve always believed in the promises that Simpla made, but unfortunately we failed to build a sustainable business around them. We’ve come to realise that the business model behind Simpla is fundamentally at odds with the value that developers get out of the ecosystem, which is not something we can iterate our way around.

Because of this, we’ve come to the difficult decision to shutter the company, and return all remaining capital to Simpla’s investors. The simpla.io platform and API will be shut down on the 15th of December, 2017, and Simpla is becoming an open source, community-driven project. Migrate to Simpla OSS as soon as possible to avoid downtime and data loss.

We’ve worked hard to ensure that the migration process is as seamless as possible. Simpla OSS builds on the work of other innovators in the industry, like NetlifyCMS, and uses Github as an open backend for your content. It takes around 5 minutes to migrate a typical project from Simpla Cloud, and there are minimal breaking changes to the elements and JavaScript APIs.

While the company behind Simpla is closing and the team will no longer be able to work on the project full-time, we hope that Simpla will continue to evolve in the open source community. And we need your help to make that happen - we will try to continue maintaining the project, and we would love you to get involved. Whether it’s by contributing pull requests, building your own elements, or just spreading the word.

Finally, I want to say thank you to our supporters and our users. Without you Simpla wouldn’t be where it is, and I’m sorry we couldn’t deliver on the promises we made. Simpla was always a highly ambitious project. And while we failed to build a business, we hope you’ll join us in continuing to build the future.

Sean King,
CEO & Cofounder