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Warning! This puffer_pages version requires liquid from puffer repo. So, add following line to your Gemfile until new liquid version will release.

gem 'liquid', :git => 'git://'

I hope, it's temporarly

Puffer_pages is lightweight rails 3.1 CMS

Interface of pages based on puffer


  • Full rails integration. Puffer_pages is part of rails and you can different features related to pages in rails application directly
  • Flexibility. Puffer designed to be as flexible as possible, so you can create your own functionality easily.
  • Layouts. You can use rails layouts for pages and you can use pages as action layouts!


You can instal puffer as a gem:

gem install puffer_pages

Or in Gemfile:

gem "puffer_pages"

Did you install puffer properly?

Next step is:

rake puffer_pages_engine:install:migrations

This will install puffer_pages config file in your initializers, some css/js, controllers and migrations

rake db:migrate

To start working with admin interface, you need to add some routes like:

namespace :admin do
  resources :pages
  resources :layouts
  resources :snippets


The first thing, you should do - setup routes if you want pages path different from /(*path). Just put in your routes.rb:

puffer_page "pages/(*path)" => 'whatever#show'

Default pages route you can see with rake routes.

Puffer_pages is radiant-like cms, so it has layouts, snippets and pages. Puffer_pages use liquid as template language.


Pages - tree-based structure of site. Every page has one or more page parts.


Page_parts are the same as content_for block content in rails. You can insert current page page_patrs at layout. Also, page_parts are inheritable. It means, that if root has page_part named sidebar, all its children will have the same page_part until this page_part will be redefined. Every page part must have main page part, named by default body. You can configure main page part name in config/initializers/puffer_pages.rb


Layout is page canvas, so you can draw page parts on it. You can use layouts from database or rails applcation layouts for pages.

Rails application layouts

For application layout page_part body will be inserted instead of SUDDENLY! <%= yield %> For yield with no parans specified puffer will use page part with default page_part name.

So, main page part is action view and other are partials. So easy.



This variables accessible from every page:

  • self - current page reference.
    {{ }}
  • root - root page reference.
    {{ }}
    Both self and root are instances of page drop. View this to find list of possible page drop methods


include is standart liquid tag with pudder data model 'file_system'

for page_parts

Use include tag for current page page_parts inclusion:

{% include 'page_part_name' %}

for snippets

To include snippet use this path form:

{% include 'snippets/snippet_name' %}

Usage example:

  {% include 'sidebar' %} # this will render 'sidebar' page_part
  {% assign navigation = 'snippets/navigation' %}
  {% include navigation %} # this will render 'navigation' snippet

stylesheets, javascripts

{% stylesheets path [, path, path ...] %}

Both tags syntax is equal Tags renders rail`s stylesheet_link_tag or javascript_include_tag.

Usage example:

  {% assign ctrl = 'controls' %}
  {% javascripts 'prototype', ctrl %}
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