Fast, responsive blog engine for geeks.
#lighter - fast, responsive blog engine.
The blog is built using node and mongo. There is no admin view and exposes AtomPub to create, view and delete posts.
The quickest way to get started with lighter is to run the following command once you downloaded the source:
This will install the necessary dependencies for running the project. Once done just start the server by executing the following command:
Blog modules are written with coffee script and automatically compiled in runtime using a coffescript middleware.You will also need mongodb. Please refer to the following online document for installing mongo locally:
[Installing MongoDB] (http://docs.mongodb.org/manual/installation/)
Optionally, use the following command to install the MongoDB package into your system:
brew install mongodb
The project structure is similar to the default express web template. Stylesheets are written with less and project settings are defined in settings.coffee under modules folder.
You don't have to change the settings manually rather use config variables to do so. If you are using cloud services then most cases it can be done using shell. For example if you are using heroku you can do this:
heroku config set:BLOG_TITLE=Awesome Blog
If you are using other cloud services then please check their documentation for further information.
List of config variables that you can use to modify the default settings:
- BLOG_TITLE: Title of the blog. (default: Lighter Blog)
- AUTHOR: Main author of the blog. (default: Editor).
- USER: Admin username. (default: your process username)
- PASSWORD: Admin password. (default: admin)
- FEED_URL: Feedbunder url mapped with your blog feed. The private url that you will be setting in feedburner is /atom/feeds
You don't have to set the MONGOLAB_URI / MONGO_URI manually since this is set automatically by cloud services. If you have mongo installed locally then you dont have to change it either unless you changed the default port.
In addition, please set NODE_ENV=production as you deploy your blog. By default the blog is refreshed with dummy posts each time the blog is deployed unless you set this varaible.
The blog uses newrelic for monitoring. All the variables are set automtically uneless otherwise mentioned by your provider.
Tests are written with mocha. It is required that mocha is installed globally:
npm install -g mocha
Once installed, type the following command to run tests.
My personal blog is hosted with lighter @www.meonbinary.com.
Please check this post out for further reading:
Introducing Lighter Blog Engine
##Key Facts The blog does not have an admin panel. It exposes ATOM Pub and I use MarsEdit to view/edit/delete post(s).
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