By Pat Collins
Cub is a very simple template development environment and static site generator made in PHP. It was designed to make template development easier with the Twig template language, which borrows heavily in syntax from the Django template language, but is written in PHP.
I find it's great for rapid prototyping, but I realized it could have a lot more uses, so into the open source jungle it goes.
Clone the repo.
Grab the submodules:
git submodule update --init
First, point your Apache/PHP dev environment's DocumentRoot to the
folder. Make sure
AllowOverride All is set so Apache knows to load the
Here's the idea:
- Write your templates using Twig.
- Put your static files in the
- If you need data to work with, create a YAML file with some hashes in it
and stick it in the
datafolder. This data will be available to you in the templates.
- Rinse and repeat.
When you access
/index.html) in your browser, cub will
templates/index.html file, compile it using Twig (which gives you
template inheritance and other cool features), and serve it up to your
Build a static site
Sometimes you just need a static site. Anyone who has used PHP includes at length knows it is a pain, and the concept of template inheritance has shown us a better way.
Cub supports "compiling" your whole site into a set of files that you can FTP/SFTP/SCP/SSH/RSYNC anywhere. It uses Rake to make the build script easy to write and understand, so you'll need Ruby and Rake to use it.
It's simple to run the build command:
This will compile your site into static HTML files into a folder called
build. You can then
rsync to your heart's desire.
Cub requires Apache and at least PHP 5.2.4 and the following libraries:
Copyright (c) 2010 Pat Collins <burned.com>
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