Octopress Theme for Pelican
Why use this theme?
I really like Octopress default theme, I think is enough pretty and very readable. On the other hand I don't like any of the themes currently available for Pelican. As I'm not able to write a nice theme from scratch I've just copied the Octopress' one.
Why didn't you use Octopress?
I've started writing my blog with Octopress but I haven't found a way to easily have a multi-language blog without hacking more than the time I was planning to spend to setup my blog. You can argue that the time spent to copy the Octopress' theme is more than adding a multi-language feature for Octopress.. I'm not sure of that since I've no idea what kind of changes Octopress required to support multiple language per post.
I've found out that I like more the organization of Pelican: Octopress/Jekyll have a unique repository you have to fork, so its code is mixed with your blog's data. Pelican instead separates the two things. Also Pelican is written in Python that I know way better than Ruby.
The theme is missing XXX
I've started writing this theme just for my blog and my blog required few template pages and few features. If you want to add XXX please be free to fork this repository and submit a pull request, I'll be happy to merge it!
This theme add a nice section on the sidebar with a list of GitHub repositories of the user. You can enable it by using these settings:
GITHUB_USER: (required to enable) your username
This theme also allows sharing via Twitter, Google Plus, and Facebook. To enable any of these, use the following settings:
TWITTER_USER: (required to enable) your username
GOOGLE_PLUS_ID: (required to enable) your ID
FACEBOOK_LIKE: (required to enable)
Extra Twitter options (default values are shown):
TWITTER_WIDGET_ID: (required to enable feed) ID obtained from twitter settings
Falseshow twitter tweet button
Falseshow twitter follow button
3number of latest tweets to show
'false'whether to list replies among latest tweets
'true'show number of followers
Extra google plus options (default values are shown):
Falseshow +1 button
Falsehide the google plus sidebar link.
GOOGLE_ANALYTICS: "UA-XXXX-YYYY" to activate Google Analytics(classic)
GOOGLE_UNIVERSAL_ANALYTICS: "UA-XXXX-Y" to activate Google Universal Analytics
'auto'optional cookie domain setting for Google Universal Analytics
Trueto enable Display Advertiser Features. This setting works for both Classic Analytics and Universal Analytics.
SIDEBAR_IMAGE: Adds specified image to sidebar. Example value: "images/author_photo.jpg"
SIDEBAR_IMAGE_ALT: Alternative text for sidebar image
SIDEBAR_IMAGE_WIDTH: Width of sidebar image
SEARCH_BOX: set to true to enable site search box
SITESEARCH: [default: 'http://google.com/search'] search engine to which search form should be pointed (optional)
QR Code generation
QR_CODE: set to true to enable the qr code generation for articles and pages by browser
FEED_FEEDBURNER: set this to the part of your FeedBurner URL after the
http://feeds.feedburner.com/to set the displayed feed URL to your FeedBurner URL. This also disables generation of the RSS and ATOM tags, regardless of whether you've set the
FEED_ATOMvariables. This way, you can arbitrarily set your generated feed URL while presenting your FeedBurner URL to your users.
DISQUS_SITENAME: (required to enable) set this to the short site identifier of your Disqus site. Example:
Isso self-hosted comments
Isso is intended to be a Free replacement for systems like Disqus. Because it is self-hosted, it gives you full control over the comments posted to your website.
ISSO_SITEURL: (required to enable) set this to the URL of the server Isso is being served from without a trailing slash. Example:
NOTE: comments are displayed only if the article is not a draft and
SITEURL is defined (usually is) and either one of
ISSO_SITEURL are defined!
X min read
medium.com like "X min read" feature. You need to activate the plugin
post_stats for this to work (default values are shown):
FAVICON_FILENAME: set to path of your favicon. The default is empty in which case the template will use the hardcoded address
Main Navigation (menu bar)
Trueshow feed icons (on the very right side)
()show static links (before categories)
()show static links (between pages and categories) e.g.:
MENUITEMS_MIDDLE = ( ('link1', '/static/file1.zip'), )
()show static links (after categories) e.g.:
MENUITEMS_AFTER = ( ('link2', '/static/file2.pdf'), )
Markup for Social Sharing
In order to specify page title, description, image and other metadata for customized social sharing (e.g. Twitter cards), you can add the following metadata to each post:
title: The title of the post. This is expected for any post.
description: A long form description of the post.
social_image: A path to an image, relative to
SITEURL. This image
- will show up next to the other information in social shares.
twitter_site: A Twitter handle, e.g.
@getpelicanfor the owner
- of the site.
twitter_creator: A Twitter handle, e.g.
@getpelicanfor the author
- of the post.
In addition, you can provide a default post image (instead of setting
social_image in the post metadata), by setting
SOCIAL_IMAGE in your
These can be used for social sharing on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook as well as provide more detailed page data for Google Search. In order to enable in each respective channel, your post metadata needs to specify:
title: The title of the post. This is expected for any post.
use_schema_org: true: For Google and Google+ specific meta tags.
use_open_graph: true: For Facebook specific meta tags.
use_twitter_card: true: For Twitter specific meta tags.
ARCHIVE_TITLE: Custom page title for
archives.html. Default is
- Fork the repository on Github
- Send a pull request
- Maurizio Sambati: Initial porting of the theme.
- Geoffrey Lehée: GitHub plugin, some cleaning and some missing standard Pelican features (social plugins and links).
- Ekin Ertaç: Open links in other window, add tags and categories.
- Jake Vanderplas: Work on Twitter, Google plus, Facebook, and Disqus plugins.
- Nicholas Terwoord: Additional fixes for Twitter, Google plus, and site search
- Mortada Mehyar: Display advertising features for Google Analytics
- ... and many others. Check the contributors.