Dropplets is a minimalist Markdown blogging platform focused on delivering just what you need in a blogging solution, but absolutely nothing you don't. When it comes to basic blogging, all you really want to do is write & publish which is where Dropplets excels. It's databaseless, so it installs on any server in just about 30 seconds.
Markdown is a text formatting syntax inspired on plain text email. It is extremely simple, memorizable and visually lightweight on artifacts so as not to hinder reading.
The idea is that a Markdown-formatted document should be publishable as-is, as plain text, without looking like it's been marked up with tags or formatting instructions.
- Writing Posts
- Publishing Posts
- Editing Posts
- Changing Settings
- Changing Templates
- Updating Dropplets
Dropplets is compatible with most server configurations and can be typically installed in under a minute using the few step-by-step instructions below:
- Download the latest release and then extract the downloaded zip file.
- Upload the entire contents of the extracted zip file to your web server wherever you want Dropplets to be installed.
- Pull up your site in any modern web browser (e.g. if you uploaded Dropplets to yoursite.com, load yoursite.com in your browser to finish the installation), then create and confirm your password.
With Dropplets, you write your posts offline (using the text or Markdown editor of your choice) in Markdown format. Here's a handy syntax guide if you need a little help with your Markdown skills. All posts for Dropplets MUST be composed using the following format:
# Your Post Title - Post Author Name (e.g. "Dropplets") - Post Author Twitter Handle (e.g. "dropplets") - Publish Date in YYYY/MM/DD Format (e.g. "2013/04/28") - Post Category (e.g. "Random Thoughts") - Post Status (e.g. "published" or "draft") Your post text starts here.
All posts must also be saved with the .md file extension. For instance, if your post title is My First Blog Post, your post file should look like this:
Some templates include the ability to add a post image or thumbnail along with your post in which should match your post file name like this:
Post file names are used to structure post permalinks on your blog. So, a post file saved as my-first-blog-post.md will result in yoursite.com/my-first-blog-post as the post permalink.
After you've finished writing your post offline, you can then publish your post using the Dropplets toolbar:
- Login to your Dropplets installation using the password you created during the installation and setup process.
- Click the Dropplet in your toolbar to select, upload and publish your post.
Re-upload your edited post file using the steps above. Doing this will automatically overwrite the existing post and publish your new edits. To delete a post, change the Post Status at the top of your post file to draft.
To change your blog settings, click the gear icon in the Dropplets toolbar. This will load the settings panel where you will be able to change all of your blog settings including your password.
To change your blog template, click the star icon in the Dropplets toolbar. This will load the templates panel where you will be able to browse and change your blog template as well as purchase new premium templates.
Eventually, we will be implementing auto-updates for the Dropplets platform, but until then, just replace everything but your posts directory and config.php when we release a new version of Dropplets.
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