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Writing On GitHub

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Contributors: litefeel
Tags: github, git, version control, content, collaboration, publishing, writing
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Requires at least: 3.9
Tested up to: 5.4
Stable tag: 1.11
License: GPLv2
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A WordPress plugin to allow you writing on GitHub (or Jekyll site).


A WordPress plugin to allow you writing on GitHub (or Jekyll site).

Some code for this plugin comes from Wordpress GitHub Sync, thanks.

Ever wish you could collaboratively author content for your WordPress site (or expose change history publicly and accept pull requests from your readers)?

Well, now you can! Introducing Writing On GitHub!

Writing On GitHub does three things:

  1. Allows content publishers to version their content in GitHub
  2. Allows readers to submit proposed improvements to WordPress-served content via GitHub's Pull Request model

Writing On GitHub might be able to do some other cool things:

  • Allow teams to collaboratively write and edit posts using GitHub (e.g., pull requests, issues, comments)
  • Allow you to sync the content of two different WordPress installations via GitHub
  • Allow you to stage and preview content before "deploying" to your production server

How it works

The sync action is based on two hooks:

  1. A per-post sync fired in response to WordPress's save_post hook which pushes content to GitHub
  2. A sync of all changed files triggered by GitHub's push webhook (outbound API call)


Using the WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the 'Add New' in the plugins dashboard
  2. Search for 'Writing On GitHub'
  3. Click 'Install Now'
  4. Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard

Uploading in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Download from the WordPress plugins repository.
  2. Navigate to the 'Add New' in the plugins dashboard
  3. Navigate to the 'Upload' area
  4. Select from your computer
  5. Click 'Install Now'
  6. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Using FTP

  1. Download
  2. Extract the writing-on-github directory to your computer
  3. Upload the writing-on-github directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  4. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard

Configuring the plugin

  1. Create a personal oauth token with the public_repo scope. If you'd prefer not to use your account, you can create another GitHub account for this.
  2. Configure your GitHub host, repository, secret (defined in the next step), and OAuth Token on the Writing On GitHub settings page within WordPress's administrative interface. Make sure the repository has an initial commit or the export will fail.
  3. Create a WebHook within your repository with the provided callback URL and callback secret, using application/json as the content type. To set up a webhook on GitHub, head over to the Settings page of your repository, and click on Webhooks & services. After that, click on Add webhook.
  4. Click Export to GitHub

Frequently Asked Questions

Markdown Support

Writing On GitHub exports all posts as .md files for better display on GitHub, but all content is exported and imported as its original HTML. To enable writing, importing, and exporting in Markdown, please install and enable WP-Markdown, and Writing On GitHub will use it to convert your posts to and from Markdown.

You can also activate the Markdown module from Jetpack or the standalone JP Markdown to save in Markdown and export that version to GitHub.

GitHub directory structure

├── _pages
|   └──
├── _posts
|   └──
└── images
    └── some-images # copy all files (include subdirectory) to wordpress

Importing from GitHub

Writing On GitHub is also capable of importing posts directly from GitHub, without creating them in WordPress before hand. In order to have your post imported into GitHub, add this YAML Frontmatter to the top of your .md document:

post_title: 'Post Title'
post_name: 'this is post name'
post_date: '2018-03-07 15:21:26'
layout: post_type_probably_post
published: true_or_false
author: author_name
    - tag_a
    - tag_b
    - category_a
    - category_b
Post goes here.

and fill it out with the data related to the post you're writing. Save the post and commit it directly to the repository. After the post is added to WordPress, an additional commit will be added to the repository, updating the new post with the new information from the database.

Note that Writing On GitHub will import posts from the master branch by default. Once set, do not change it.

If Writing On GitHub cannot find the author for a given import, it will fallback to the default user as set on the settings page. Make sure you set this user before you begin importing posts from GitHub. Without it set, Writing On GitHub will default to no user being set for the author as well as unknown-author revisions.


Found a bug? Want to take a stab at one of the open issues? We'd love your help!

See the contributing documentation for details.

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