A simple flat-file website solution for publishing text, quotes, videos, photos and links.
With so many outlets available for sharing text and media (photos & video), I wanted to create a simple self-hosted solution that doesn’t require an account, a complex CMS or even a database. Timeline has been built to read a folder of simple text files and display the contents and linked assets of those files in a vertical timeline. You can publish several different content types including short (paragraph-long) bursts of text, links, videos via YouTube or Vimeo, or even photos. Timeline requires a PHP compatible server to work, but that’s about it... just upload and start posting your content (no setup).
- Add your MailChimp API and list ID within "settings.php".
- Modify your site text within "index.php".
- Upload to your server.
You can post text, links quotes, photos and videos with the Timeline template. Posting content to Timeline is super easy using simple text files. The “content” folder includes sample post files for each post type, but continue reading for more details below:
- Create a new text file using the editor of your choice.
- On the 1st line, add a title.
- On the 3rd line, add a date (e.g. “08 April 2015”).
- On the 5th line, add your text (only one line of text is supported for now).
- If you’re sharing a link, you can add a link title on the 7th line followed by the link URL on the 8th.
Timeline knows what type of post it is by the prefix you give your text file name. For instance, a quote would be named something like “quote-about-something.txt”. Use the same method for all post types including:
- Text: text-any-post-name.txt
- Link: link-any-post-name.txt
- Quote: quote-any-post-name.txt
- Photo: photo-any-post-name.txt
For photo posts, you need to add a “jpg” with the same name as your post file. Here’s an example of how that might look:
Video posts are slightly different. Currently, Timeline supports YouTube and Vimeo embeds (I’m working on support for more). Start out by creating a new text file as explained above including a title, date and text. Before you save your file, grab the video ID for the video you would like to embed (usually the last part of the URL on YouTube or Vimeo). Prefix your file name with the video service you’re using (e.g. “youtube-”) and then add your video ID. So, if you were going to embed a YouTube video with an ID of “5Qo0Q_91ZXg”, you file would look like this:
When you refresh your site, a thumbnail image will automatically be generated for you.
Photo and video posts support background images. To create a background image, simply add a new image to your content folder using the same file name as your post with “-background.jpg” at the end. You will end up with 3 files like this:
The same structure works for video posts as well.
If you need help developing the functionality you need for your own site, I'm available for hire to help you with whatever customization or implementation services you might need. To get started, just send me an email (email@example.com).
- NEW: Initial release.
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