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What is it

Microlog is a barebones static site generator that aims to replace the use of blogging software as a means of publishing project logs. Many un-needed features of other popular software will not be implemented, like social network integration, an online editor, comments, the concept of authenticating, or any front-face interactivity other than hyperlinks.

Why would you do that

There are a lot of similar things like this but I wanted to have a go at making my own. Plus, this way it can work in whatever screwy way I think of instead of, I don't know, something else.

Is it hard to set up

No. Microlog is just a program that needs to be run when the site is updated. The only sever software needed is a super simple HTTP server. Don't worry about security or a database or auth or anything like that - security is just a huge illusion anyway. The only authentication you care about is SSHing into the machine running it (it could be a potato, just about anything can handle this).

Uh fine but what do I have to do

Download the source, build microlog with make. Edit the makefile to use GCC if you don't have clang.

It'll create the source directory for your website, as well as the subdirs. It doesn't matter what you name the articles, but they are sorted by simple alphanumerical sorting so maybe it would be wise to prepend some numbers. Probably sorting will vary from one OS to another. Personally I use four digits with leading zeroes to make sure that doesn't happen. Name them anything you want, whatever.

Run ./microlog "name of your website" and it'll spit out stuff to a site dir. I recommend making a symlink between ./site and your public_html folder or whatever your HTTP software uses so you don't have to copy stuff.

That's all.

Okay how does it work

Running microlog generates a site\ directory. Inside is an index, a pages/ directory, an articles/ directory, and a res/ directory. These are generated from what you put in the source/ directory.

An index2, index3, etc. may also be generated. These refer to pages of navigation through the site index should the number of articles grow too large. The max number of articles per page may be specified when microlog is run.

Inside source/articles are articles. They are numbered starting at 0, and increment by one each time a new one is added. For creating these I suggest any old text editor.

There is also source/pages. These are like articles, except they have their own index that is fixed at the top of the page - things like "about" and "downloads", etc. This feature is not yet implemented.

Finally, there's source/resources. This is exactly what it sounds like, it just lets you reference things by their names and it'll drop them into res/ in the final site output. No need to specify the directory.

This sounds dumb

This tool isn't made to be versatile, or to fit the uses of others. If you don't like it, then that's fine, it's not for you. It's just for generating my extremely simple website. If the lack of modern web 2.0 HD super plus turbo features scares you off, then that's great.

On the bright side, it'll produce pretty fast pages that'll look just fine in text-only browsers!

Tell me more about articles

Articles are written in plaintext, though HTML formatting may be used. Use of deprecated tags like and is fine. Styles may be defined in styles.css, which is in the site's output directory.

There's no need to put any of the HTML boilerplate. In fact, don't, it might break something. All that is needed at the top is the first lines to be formatted like this:

[Article Name]

Then throw this guy on the second line: [Date written]

The first two lines are used for generating the index. The max length for the title is 80 characters. The date is pretty strictly in this format:


That's my birthday, though. Put whatever date you want in there. After that, type away. Feel free to use inline HTML bold and italic lines for emphasis, etc.

What sort of editing stuff can I do

While you can put HTML tags in there on your own, there are a few shorthands available. A pound sign #, followed by one of a few specific characters, stands in for some tags. A second pound sign signifies the appropriate closing.

If the parser comes across #i(name)# it'll replace it with appropriate tags in the output html. This is just shorthand for . Alt text isn't included, if that's a big deal then you're already writing a mouthful so you might as well write the whole <img> tag structure.

#c(lines of code)# makes a block of text with a darkened backdrop and a fixed width font. As the name implies, this is for code. Right now there is no syntax highlighting, but it would be a nice feature to have in the future.


#v(identifier)# generates an embedded mp4 video. #a(identifier)# generates an embedded audio playback control.

#m(identifier)# is like a, but it does not link to res/. You can hard link with this one.

Web 2.0!

How can I integrate my bootstrap theme

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