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Web edit tool (wedit.io)

wedit uses static HTML website as template and allows the content to be changed through WYSIWYG editing using the web browser.

All changes are immediate and align with the intended website design.

How it works

wedit works by:

  • Opening self served HTTP server on the localhost serving a template folder.
  • Starting the OS default browser and point it to the local server in edit mode.
  • Allowing to edit the website in the browser by using CTRL key to highlight and edit any element marked with wedit attributes.
  • Generates resulting static HTML files in the public folder.

Usage

1. Initialize

To start fresh, create a new folder on your machine.

Navigate to the new folder and run:

$ wedit init

This will generate the wedit folder structure:

  • template - folder containing static HTML template.
  • content - folder containing entered content.
  • public - folder containing the resulting static website.
  • wedit.json - wedit configuration file.

2. Static template

Copy a static HTML website to the template folder.

3. Prepare template

Every editable HTML element within template html file can have one of the attributes:

  • wedit="{unique-key}" - marks HTML element as editable.
  • wedit-repeat="{unique-key}" - marks HTML element as repeatable.
  • wedit-include="{path}" - includes target HTML template file as child element (useful for headers and footers).

You can't use wedit, wedit-repeat or wedit-include on the same HTML element.

If {unique-key} start with prefix !, its value will persist throughout all pages with same key (useful for headers and footers)

Text editing

Edit through markdown using paragraphs, links, headers, bullet points, basic text decorations, inline images or even HTML.

<div wedit="text-key-1">...</div>

Repeat sections

Replicated same section multiple times with different content.

<div class="carousel">
<div class="item" wedit-repear="repeat-key-1">
...
<div>
</div>

Site-wide content

Mark content as available for the whole website, so changes are applied to all pages.

<div class="footer">
<span class="mantra" wedit="!footer-mantra">...</span>
</div>

Images

Supports <img> elements.

<img wedit="image-key-1" src="..." srcset="...">

If srcset is used with 'width' descriptor (like srcset="image-s.jpg 320w, image-m.jpg 640w, image-l.jpg 1024w"), the new uploaded image will be automatically resized and different files will be supplied for each descriptor.

Includes

Append entire HTML fragments from separate files to include similar sections in different pages.

<div wedit-include="footer.html"></div>

Variations

wedit follows the template folder structure for the static website. The one exception is the variation folder, which will be mapped to any string while wedit is in edit mode. By default the variation folder name is a single hyphen ().

As an example, the file in template folder blogs/-/index.html will be used as for URLs like /blogs/some-article/index.html and /blogs/some-other-article/index.html.

To create new variations, while in wedit edit more, navigate to the desire URL and wedit will create the variation in the public folder.

4. Start editing

Run wedit tool within the project folder:

$ wedit

wedit opens the default browser with the template site in WYSIWYG edit mode.

Once the page is loaded at http://{localhost}:{port}/ you can press CTRL key to start editing.

Entered content is saved in the content folder and the resulting static website is saved in the public folder.

5. Deployment

The resulting public folder is a static generated website that can be deployed to any hosting service/server.

Config file

Default wedit.json file:

{
    "templateFolder": "template",
    "contentFolder": "content",
    "publicFolder": "public",
    "variationFolderName": "-",
    "rootJsonFile": "root.json",
    "rootKeyPrefix": "!",
    "editAttribute": "wedit",
    "repeatAttribute": "wedit-repeat",
    "includeAttribute": "wedit-include",
    "keepAttributes": false,
    "defaultPage":"index.html",
    "allowedPageExt": [".html"],
    "host": "localhost",
    "port": 5000,
    "openBrowser": true
}

Get wedit

Requires Go to be installed.

$ go get github.com/sofmon/wedit

Build

The build requires setup for Go and Dart environments.

$ ./build.sh # or build.ps1 for windows

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