NO LONGER UNDER ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT
Webby is no longer under active development. If you would like to take over the project, please contact me via the GitHub message and notification system.
For similar functionality, please look into the nanoc project of Denis Defreyne.
Webby is a fantastic little website management system. It would be called a *content management system* if it were a bigger kid. But, it's just a runt with a special knack for transforming text. And that's really all it does - manages the legwork of turning text into something else, an *ASCII Alchemist* if you will.
Webby works by combining the contents of a page with a layout to produce HTML. The layout contains everything common to all the pages - HTML headers, navigation menu, footer, etc. - and the page contains just the information for that page. You can use your favorite markup language to write your pages; Webby supports quite a few.
Install Webby and try it out!
choose your templating language: ERB, Textile, Markdown, HAML, SASS
embeddable DOT scripts for Graphviz graphs
LaTeX snippets for mathematical formulas
automatically clean up generated content using Tidy
quick and speedy - only builds pages that have changed
deploy anywhere - it's just HTML, no special server stuff required
happy Rake tasks for deploying your website to a server
build new pages from templates for quicker blog posts and news items
But Wait! There's More!
Webby has a great autobuild feature that continuously generates HTML whenever the pages or layouts change. The HTML is served up via WebBrick, a simple webserver that comes with Ruby. Whenever you change a page, you can immediately see those changes without having to run any commands.
$ webby autobuild [10:21:26] INFO: starting autobuild (Ctrl-C to stop) [10:21:26] INFO: creating output/index.html [10:22:57] INFO: creating output/index.html
gem install webby
$ webby-gen website my_site creating my_site $ cd my_site $ webby create:page 'new page' creating content/new-page.txt $ webby create:page 'another/new page' creating content/another/new-page.txt $ webby autobuild [10:21:26] INFO: starting autobuild (Ctrl-C to stop) [10:21:26] INFO: creating output/index.html [10:21:26] INFO: creating output/new-page.html [10:21:26] INFO: creating output/another/new-page.html
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