So you want to get a website up, but would rather mess around with
getting your site hosting framework perfect rather than generating
actual content? Me too.
If you want to try static website content hosting and you're a python
fan, Pelican seems to be a great
minimalist text format of choice. I looked at
hyde thinking it would be the
python alternative to Jekyll, which people seem to love, but it seemed
too complicated. With Pelican, you can write a single isolated blog
post in markdown and have a website. As an experienced blogger (I've
been blogging for all of 10 minutes now), that's what I want.
You'll generate a site skeleton with pelican-quickstart. You'll put blogposts
as separate files in
yoursite/content. E.g., yoursite/content/firstpost.md. Sitewide
settings are in pelicanconf.py. You'll run
which will generate all the content. You'll upload the content to your
host of choice with something like
During development, you'll host your website locally with
Just go to http://localhost:8000 to see your site.
is great. Follow it.
Pelican comes with two themes built in, but there are many more on
github. Let's see how easy it is to try them out. Change to a
development directory and
git clone --recursive git://github.com/getpelican/pelican-themes.git
Be sure that --recursive is there, because some of the themes are
included as submodules. I got some errors on this step because the url
used for the submodules are formatted differently (e.g., http
vs. https vs. email@example.com) and putty complained that their keys
weren't cached. SSH into the offending url to update your cache. Also,
it seems that you need a github key to get all of them. So, try
leaving out the --recursive if you just want it to work, but some of
the themes will be empty folders (e.g., chunk iris neat
pelican-mockingbird relapse svbtle).
Now, lets install all of the themes so we can try
them out. Just to be quick and dirty about it, lets do this
manually. Change to the pelican-themes directory and
pelican-themes -i Just-Read basic bootlex bootstrap bootstrap2 brownstone built-texts cebong dev-random dev-random2 lightweight martyalchin mnmlist notmyidea-cms-fr notmyidea-cms sneakyidea subtle syte tuxlite_tbs waterspill-en waterspill chunk iris neat pelican-mockingbird relapse svbtle
Just to check this worked
should list everything above.
Now, to try out a theme, just add (or change) in pelicanconf.py:
Great. Now, you can just flick through all of the themes that other
people have worked really hard to build and convince yourself you are
'designing' a website.
It's really just copying, right? Pelican has some built in options for
deploying, using rsync over ssh to save on transfer. But, I use
windows because I like things difficult, and getting rsync working on
windows is... difficult, especially if you are trying to do it with
putty/plink. (I believe an older version of
the closest, but then see
for workarounds. You can also try installing rsync with the MSYS
developer tools, but it has the same plink issue.)
So, winscp has some rsync like functionality. Put this into a
winscp.com /command "open firstname.lastname@example.org" "synchronize remote -delete -mirror -criteria=either -filemask=|*~;*#;*.pyc output/ /home/username/website/" "exit"
replacing all of the relevant fields. You need the 5.x version of
winscp to use the filemask option.
Sweet! That's all for now.