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A simple, lightweight and easy to use Blog/CMS application.

ShinyBlog is a very simple and easy to understand Blog/CMS solution. Create new blog-articles by just uploading a markdown file to your server. No overhead. This project was build with simplicity in mind. I tried to use as little dependencies as possible and keep the code as clean as possible to build a lightweight alternative to all the bloatware out there.


  • Markdown based: Article and page contents can be written using markdown or markdown-extra syntax.
  • Theme support: Create your own theme to adjust the layout of your website.
  • Category support: Blog articles can be sorted into various categories.
  • RSS feeds: Separate RSS feeds for all articles and article-categories are available.
  • Pagination: Set how many articles you want to show per page.
  • Basic SEO support: Title-Tags,Meta-Description, and index/follow stuff can be adjusted via config-file.
  • XML sitemap: Sitemap of all articles and pages is automatically generated.
  • Excerpts: Using a read-more tag in your articles you can define the excerpt to appear on the blog-page.
  • Clean Code: Well documented, PSR-0 and PSR-2 compatible PHP code.


My website is based on this application so you can consider it a demo.



  • PHP >= 7.0
  • PHP Modules DOM, SimpleXML, XML and MBSTRING

On Debian e.g. installing php7.0 php7.0-xml php7.0-mbstring should suffice.

Installation procedure

  1. Clone or download repository to your server.
  2. Rename /src/config.sample.php to /src/config.php.

How to use

Adjusting configuration

The first step you should do after installation is to adjust the config file. This file holds all information about urls, meta-tags e.g. and should be adjusted to your requirements.

The configuration file can be found in: /src/config.php

Adding contents

To add new contents you just need to place a new markdown file into the /contents/articles or /contents/pages pages folder. New articles will automatically show up in the blog. New pages also need a new route to be defined in the config file.

Every content file needs a meta-block and a content-block separated by the followin code:


An article e.g. look like this:

  "title":"Hello World!",
  "metaTitle": "Hello World!",
  "description": "Hello Word. A ShinyBlog dummy blog article.",
  "date" : "2016-01-23",
  "slug" : "hello-world",
  "author" : "Simon", 


Sit by the fire. Wake up human for food at 4am chase dog then...

Please see the dummy markdown files for a more detailed example.


All the layout is done by the theme. Themes live in the /themes folder.

The best practice to adjust the stying is to copy the kiss theme into your own folder and than adjust it to whatever you like. Don't forget to set the config to use you newly created theme!

Local testing

From your shiny_blog-folder (the one containing index.php) run:

php -S localhost:8000

Point your browser to http://localhost:8000

Thanks to / Libs used


The MIT license

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