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About Federalist

Federalist is a compliant web publishing service for open source static sites created by the United States federal government. It provides templates for websites and access to cloud-based infrastructure for high-scale hosting along with several other unique features that offer great value to our agency partners.

The team at 18F builds and maintains Federalist as a service available to federal government agencies. We also use Federalist to host many of our own websites.

Evaluating Federalist for your office or agency

Federalist is out of beta and open for business! If you work for a federal agency and are interested in buying Federalist please let us know (note to TTS bug bounty participants: this form is out of scope). If you can't access the GSA Google Form, please reach out to federalist-inquiries@gsa.gov.

Why static websites?

Federalist generates static websites instead of using a more complex content management system (CMS) like Drupal or Wordpress. There are several advantages to static websites:

What can I build with Federalist?

Federalist provides ready-to-use templates for several common website types. You can also use custom website templates based on Jekyll. 18F maintains many Jekyll-based websites that you can fork and adopt.

Possible sites include:

For real world examples, see these ten existing sites out of the 79 sites currently live on Federalist.