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Why Use Federalist?

If you’re a program manager or a federal web developer you’ve probably been given a seemingly simple task: Create a basic website as part of a new initiative at your agency. The hardest part is often not crafting the content or designing the prototype, but getting the security and privacy compliance in order to launch and maintain the actual website. For that work, you might have to hire a contractor or put extra strain on your agency’s web team.

It shouldn’t be that way.

Why Federalist?

Federalist serves our fellow federal employees by expertly managing the backend and compliance work to launch and manage a website, allowing you to focus your expertise on your content.

Diagram of Federalist architecture

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 or Hugo (Hugo use is still in beta). 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 89 sites currently live on Federalist.