Wagtail content management


New customers often ask if we also offer Wordpress websites. If we ask a little more, they mainly want a user-friendly CMS that allows them to publish pages in an easy way. Wordpress can certainly be a good choice for the simpler sites. But in 96% of the cases we recommend a more modern and dynamic CMS. For us, that's Wagtail. It allows us to program all the technical challenges and offer a super user-friendly CMS. That's why we choose our webdesign services the number 1 CMS in the Python world: Wagtail.

What is Wagtail CMS?

Wagtail is a contemporary Content Management System built on top of the Django web framework. It has all the features you would expect from a modern CMS.

  • Tree navigation
  • Richtext content editors with possible extensions
  • Manage media materials such as photos and documents in one central place
    • Artificial intelligence implementation for recognizing photos
    • Point of interest focus area
  • Internationalization, easy to manage multiple languages
    • Integration with DEEPL for automatic AI translations.
  • Establishing workflow in the path from concept to publication for articles.
  • Backend is WCAG compatible, this for the visually impaired and blind people
  • Formbuilder so you can create your own forms.
  • Streamfields
  • Extensive rights system
  • Multisite capacity
  • SPA or MPA (headless CMS)
  • and much more ... (see on wagtail website)

What makes Wagtail so beloved by users?


From a user perspective, Wagtail is an excellent experience primarily as a content editor. As a web developer, you can do anything with it that your imagination allows. For each component that you as a customer need, we can create small component programs. As a result, you are able to create ever richer pages. Ultimately this benefits the overall UX user experience. Your pages become more dynamic within the framework that we program for you.

Create SEO content with a team.

Wagtail lends itself very well to working on content and SEO with multiple people. This is thanks to the built-in content flows that you can set up as an owner. For example, do you work with a copywriter or a translator and have a proofreader? Well, with Wagtail you can easily set up these flows in the CMS. You can use the rights system to create certain profiles. When a page is created you can set up an automatic flow for this, so you can get reviews and approvals from the right people every step of the way. In this way the copywriter is always informed when he needs to edit a text and the translator is automatically involved at the right time. In addition, thanks to a comment system in Wagtail you can provide texts with comments within the team. And thanks to the rights system you are also able to split up these flows, for example if you work with different teams.

Web site modifications and enhancements.

Once your website is live, you may want to add whole new page types or other customizations or extensions within your system. Well, Wagtail, thanks to its Django architecture and modularity on both the frontend and backend, is easily customizable by your web developer. This also allows you to request new features all the time.

In most cases when we build a website there is more needed than just a website. It often needs to be integrated into a CRM or with an API. Sometimes we are allowed to build web applications ourselves for special business logic cases. Well, Wagtail is an excellent partner for these as well. More than that: it's the reason why we choose Wagtail in the first place and therefore one of the USP's.

Where does Wagtail come from?

She originated at the renowned UK Non Profit based web agency Tourchbox. The developers became frustrated with the existing popular content management systems like Wordpress and Drupal. Therefore, a few years ago they started building Wagtail as an Open Source project. Once Wagtail was stable, they made the choice to no longer work with Wordpress or Drupal, even though they had reputable NGOs there.

Since then Wagtail has become the #1 CMS in Python/Django land and a fast growing success worldwide. Torchbox and many others create large websites such as Oxfam, Nasa jet propulsion laboratory and smaller websites are built with Wagtail.


Are you looking at having a website created for your business or project, make your website content manager happy by going for Wagtail. In doing so, you are making an excellent choice.

Features of Wagtail


Wagtail is incredibly fast. Your website will therefore score extremely well on speed

User friendly

The CMS is very intuitive. No complex user interface that make you configure your CMS incorrectly or need training to understand the cms.

Content Management

Wagtail perfectly allows you to work with a team on your content. You can incorporate revisions and approval processes as you like.


Thanks to the eco system that Python and Django provide, it is easy for programmers to add additional features.

Open source

Because there is worldwide support for Wagtail, the CMS continues to improve and we are confident in the future.


Wagtail can be applied completely headless so that the website can be built entirely with APIs, making it super flexible and fast.

What does a Wagtail website cost?

When you ask for different quotes from webagencies you will get very different prices. That's because a lot depends on what services you need. Exactly how much custom development and design is required and how many design revisions? Are there API integrations? Does content need to be written? Does a marketing plan need to be created?

Code-on builds your website with Wagtail headless or SPA technology. This means that your website will use the most current and best techniques and will not only be super fast, but also has a lot of possibilities.


With Wagtail, our developers can quickly create the necessary components of a website and ensure that it features a very easy-to-use, user-friendly CMS.

Onno Timmerman Manager Code-on