A Ruby on Rails Blogging application. The Panda version of Enki (Pandas are all about Haml and Sass)
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Extended Enki

A demo of our Enki version: blog.agile-pandas.com


  • Main layout and admin layout are completely different (For a preview see top)
  • Haml/Sass (some views still need to be updated)
  • i18n (some views still need to be updated)
  • Post-preview-as-you-type
  • Divise instead of OpenID
  • Draft post
  • Removed Google search

Work in progress

  • Blog-setup


  • Complete i18n support
  • Get rid of ERB (fully implement Haml)
  • Clean up JS
  • Change the way drafting behaves (current:= Leave published at blank)
  • Simple statistics (such as blog-post views)
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Webmaster tools

Original Enki README

A Ruby on Rails blogging app for the fashionable developer.

Preferences are for the masses. Any real coder knows the easiest and best way to customize something is by hacking code. Because you want your blog to be you, not bog standard install #4958 with 20 posts per page instead of 15. For this you need a clean, simple, easy to understand code base that stays out of your way. No liquid drops and templates hindering your path, no ugly PHP stylings burning your eyeballs.

Quick Start

  git clone git://github.com/xaviershay/enki.git enki
  cd enki
  git checkout -b myblog # Create a new work branch
  bundle install         # Install all the required gems

  cp config/database.example.yml config/database.yml
  # Edit config/enki.yml and config/database.yml to taste

  # Next step needs libxml2 and libxslt1 and their headers
  # On Debian-based systems: apt-get install libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev
  # On Mac OS X: no action required

  rake db:migrate
  rake            # Run tests
  rails server    # Start the server
  # Load http://localhost:3000/admin in your browser

Or for bonus points, fork enki at github and clone that instead.

More info

Enki is a compact, easily extendable base for your blog. It does this by being highly opinionated, for example:

  • Public facing views should adhere to standards (XHTML, Atom)
  • /yyyy/mm/dd/post-title is a good URL for your posts
  • Live comment preview should be provided by default
  • Google does search better than you or I
  • You don’t need a plugin system when you’ve got decent source control
  • If you’re not using OpenID you’re a chump
  • Hacking code is the easiest way to customize something

How it differs from Mephisto

Mephisto is feature packed and quite customizable. It can however be daunting trying to find your way around the code, which isn’t so good if you’re trying to hack in your own features. Enki strips out a lot of the features that you probably don’t need (multiple authors and liquid templates, for example), and focuses on keeping a tight code base that is easy to comprehend and extend.

If you’re converting from Mephisto, be sure to have a look at enki-translator

How it differs from SimpleLog

Enki embodies much of the philosophy of SimpleLog, but does so in a style that is much more consistent with Rails best practices, making it easier to understand and hack the code.


Uses rails 3. Runs on MySQL or Postgres. Works on heroku.

Contributors, these guys rock

git log | grep Author | sort | uniq

If you want to help out, try tackling an open issue.



Admin design heavily inspired by Habari