My blog using HTMLy, a Databaseless Blogging Platform (Flat-File Blog)
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HTMLy is an open source databaseless blogging platform prioritizing simplicity and speed (Flat-File Blog). And because HTMLy also manage the contents, then it can be referred as a Flat-File CMS.

You do not need to use a VPS to run HTMLy, fairly shared hosting or even a free hosting as long as those hosting already support at least PHP 5.3.


  • Admin panel
  • Markdown editor with live preview
  • Categorization with tags (multi tags support)
  • Static pages Eg. for contact page
  • Meta canonical, description, and rich snippets for SEO
  • Pagination
  • Author page
  • Multi author support
  • Social links
  • Disqus Comments (optional)
  • Facebook Comments (optional)
  • Google Analytics
  • Built-in search
  • Related posts
  • Per post navigation (previous and next post)
  • Body class for easy theming
  • Breadcrumb
  • Archive page (by year, year-month, or year-month-day)
  • OPML
  • RSS Feed
  • RSS 2.0 Importer (basic)
  • Sitemap.xml
  • Archive and tag cloud widget
  • SEO friendly URLs
  • Teaser thumbnail for images and Youtube videos
  • Responsive design
  • Lightbox
  • User role
  • Online backup


HTMLy requires PHP 5.3 or greater.


Download the latest version, extract it, then upload the extracted files to your server. Make sure the installation folder is writeable by your server.


Rename config.ini.example inside config folder to config.ini or you can create it one than change the site settings there, create YourUsername.ini inside config/users folder or simply rename the username.ini.example, write down your password there.

password = YourPassword

HTMLy support admin user role either, simply add the following to your choosen user:

role = admin

Admin role can edit/delete all users posts.

You can login to admin panel at

Both Online or Offline

In addition by using the built-in editor in the admin panel, you can also write it offline and then upload them into content/username/blog folder (the username must match with YourUsername.ini above).

For static pages you can upload it to content/static folder.

File Naming Convention

When you write a blog post and save it via the admin panel, HTMLy automatically create a .md file extension with the following name, example:


Here's the explanation (separated by an underscore):

  • 2014-01-31-12-56-40 is the published date. The date format is yyyy-mm-dd-hh-mm-ss
  • tag1,tag2,tag3 is the tag, separated by comma
  • databaseless-blogging-platform-flat-file-blog is the URL

For static pages, we use the following format:

That is means if about is the URL.

So if you write it offline then you must naming the .md file as above.

Content Title

If you write it offline, for the title of the post you need to add a title in the following format:

<!--t Here is the post title t-->

Paragraph 1

Paragraph 2 etc.

So wrap the title with HTML comment with t for both side.


Visit a real blog powered by HTMLy at Danlogs.


People who give references and inspiration for HTMLy:


  1. Fork and edit
  2. Submit pull request for consideration

Copyright / License

For copyright notice please read COPYRIGHT.txt. HTMLy licensed under the GNU General Public License Version 2.0 (or later).