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Django Girls website

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This repository contains sources of Django application that powers

What's in it?

It's a simple CMS that contains 4 models:

  • Event - a list of events and their website configuration
  • EventPageContent - blocks of content that are visible on the website
  • EventPageMenu - items of menu of every website

How to create new event?

Simply go to command line and run this command:

python ./ new_event

And then follow the instructions.

How to manage your website?


Here you can change:

  • Meta tags - title and description of the website
  • Main color - main color on the website in HEX (default is FF9400)
  • Custom CSS - customize CSS on the website
  • URL - url that goes after the domain (
  • Is live? - live website is available on the homepage and can be accessed by anyone


Each website comes with some default content that you can adjust to your needs. Each object is a "block" on the website that you can modify in following ways:

  • Name - it's also a permalink that you can link to like this: #name
  • Content - HTML is allowed
  • Background - there are two available types of blocks: without background and with background. By uploading image you're choosing the type with background.
  • Is public - check this if you want this block to be visible


To manage menu available on the website, you can add objects to EventPageMenu. Available options:

  • Title
  • URL

Contributing to Django Girls website

The website is hosted on PythonAnywhere and is available here:

Please note that we use Python 3 only, so make sure that you use correct version when running commands below.

Setting up a development environment

First, clone the repository:

git clone

Step into newly created djangogirls directory:

cd djangogirls

Create a new virtual environment if needed. Then, install all the required dependencies:

pip install -r requirements.txt

Start the PostgreSQL database server and enter the psql shell (you need to have PostgreSQL installed):


In the psql shell, create a database and a role with the necessary permissions:

CREATE DATABASE djangogirls;
CREATE ROLE postgres;
GRANT ALL privileges ON DATABASE djangogirls TO postgres;

Exit the psql shell:


Run the migration to create database schema:

./ migrate

Load sample data to the database

./ loaddata sample_db.json

Create a user so you can login to the admin:

./ createsuperuser

Install dependencies for static files:

npm install

Compile CSS and JS files:

gulp watch

Run your local server:

 ./ runserver

🎉 You're done.

Run the tests

You can run the tests like this:

python -m pytest

Or if you want coverage reports:

python -m pytest --cov

For a coverage report with information about missing lines, run this:

python -m pytest --cov-report term-missing --cov

Static files

We're using a Stylus as our CSS pre-processor. Get styling with Stylus.

This means you shouldn't change any css files, but .styl files. They're in /static/source/css/ directory.

Autocompiling of .styl files to .css:

gulp watch

We're also using gulp for our static files builds. To build static files for production, run this:

gulp build

For local development:

gulp local

Hosting on PythonAnywhere

Key bits of config and secrets are stored in environment variables in two places:

  • in the WSGI file (linked from the Web Tab)
  • in the virtualenv postactivate at ~/.virtualenvs/

Google Apps API integration

We're using Google Apps Admin SDK for creating email accounts in domain automatically.

Several things were needed to get this working:

  1. Create an app in Developer Console
  2. Create a service account to enable 2 legged oauth (
  3. Enable delegation of domain-wide authority for the service account.
  4. Enable Admin SDK for the domain.
  5. Give the service account permission to access service (