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Every template gets an object with the exact same structure - whether it's a template or a widget or a page or a post.

Here we only document Desirae's default behavior, but there are many objects added for compatibility with Ruhoh that are not documented.

config.yml vs site.yml

site.yml is for anything that changes the content of the site (navigation, title, analytic and ad ids, default author, etc)

config.yml is for anything that doesn't change the site (from where to read directories, which order to load plugins)

desi = {}


  • config - literally config.yml, parsed
  • site - literally site.yml, parsed
  • authors - literally the authors from authors/*.yml, parsed
  • author - the primary author of the site
  • env - urls and paths for this build (be it production, development, staging, etc)
  • content - pre-rendered content (i.e. content rendered into the post layout rendered into the default layout)
  • collection - config related to this collection
  • entity - the page, post, article, etc that is the focus of the present template process
  • themes - all themes
  • theme - the default theme
  • layout - the selected layout for this theme
  • satch - the selected swatch for this theme
  • categories - all categories
  • tags - all tags
  • styles - ??? goes into the final template in the head
  • scripts - ?? that goes into the final template just before the body close



  • uuid
  • title
  • disqus_url
  • disqus_identifier

more stuff

  • type - post, page, etc
  • authors - literally the relevant authors from authors/*.yml, parsed
  • author - the primary author of this entity
  • theme - null or a non-default theme
  • layout - null or a non-default layout for this theme
  • swatch - null or a non-default swatch for this theme
  • categories: [] // all categories in all collections
  • tags: [] // all categories in all collections
  • production_canonical_url the PRODUCTION canonical_url for this entity
  • production_url the PRODUCTION url for this entity
  • production_path the PRODUCTION path for this entity
  • url the full url in the current environment (might be production, development, etc)
  • path the non-host part (i.e. /compiled_dev/articles/my-first-post.html)
  • previous the previous entity in this collection
  • next the next entitiy in this collection

NOTE: Plugins, widgets, etc SHOULD NOT modify config, site, authors, author, or env.


  , posts: { collated: desi.collated }