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High Voltage Build Status

Rails engine for static pages.

... but be careful. Danger!

Static pages?

Yeah, like "About us", "Directions", marketing pages, etc.


$ gem install high_voltage

Include in your Gemfile:

gem "high_voltage"

For Rails versions prior to 3.0, use the 0.9.2 tag of high_voltage:


Write your static pages and put them in the RAILS_ROOT/app/views/pages directory.

$ mkdir app/views/pages
$ touch app/views/pages/about.html.erb

After putting something interesting there, you can link to it from anywhere in your app with:

link_to "About", page_path("about")

This will also work, if you like the more explicit style:

link_to "About", page_path(:id => "about")

You can nest pages in a directory structure, if that makes sense from a URL perspective for you:

link_to "Q4 Reports", page_path("about/corporate/policies/HR/en_US/biz/sales/Quarter-Four")



By default, the static page routes will be like /pages/:id (where :id is the view filename).

If you want to route to a static page in another location (for example, a homepage), do this:

get 'pages/home' => 'high_voltage/pages#show', :id => 'home'

In that case, you'd need an app/views/pages/home.html.erb file.

Generally speaking, you need to route to the 'show' action with an :id param of the view filename.

High Voltage will generate a named route method of page_path which you can use, as well. If you want to generate a named route (with the :as routing option) for some route which will be handled by High Voltage, make sure not to use :page as the name, because that will conflict with the named route generated by High Voltage itself.

For example, this will work for top-level routes (we will get a named route called static_path which does not conflict with the generated page_path method):

get '/:id' => 'high_voltage/pages#show', :as => :static, :via => :get

Specifying a root path

You can route the root url to a high voltage page like this:

root :to => 'high_voltage/pages#show', :id => 'home'

Which will render a homepage from app/views/pages/home.html.erb

Enabling root domain routes

You can remove the directory pages from the URL path and serve up routes from the root of the domain path:

Would look for corresponding files:


This is accomplished by changing the HighVoltage.route_drawer to HighVoltage::RouteDrawers::Root

# config/initializers/high_voltage.rb
HighVoltage.route_drawer = HighVoltage::RouteDrawers::Root

Note: This is not a catchall route. It will check the HighVoltage.content_path (by default this is app/views/pages) and validate the view exists.

Disabling routes

The default routes can be completely removed by changing the HighVoltage.routes to false

# config/initializers/high_voltage.rb
HighVoltage.routes = false


High Voltage uses a default path and folder of 'pages', i.e. '' , 'app/views/pages'

You can change this in an initializer:

HighVoltage.content_path = "site/"


Most common reasons to override?

  • You need authentication around the pages to make sure a user is signed in.
  • You need to render different layouts for different pages.
  • You need to render a partial from the app/views/pages directory.

Create a PagesController of your own:

$ rails generate controller pages

Override the default route:

# in config/routes.rb
get "/pages/*id" => 'pages#show', :as => :page, :format => false

# if routing the root path, update for your controller
root :to => 'pages#show', :id => 'home'

Then modify it to subclass from High Voltage, adding whatever you need:

class PagesController < HighVoltage::PagesController
  before_filter :authenticate
  layout :layout_for_page

    def layout_for_page
      case params[:id]
      when 'home'

Custom finding

You can further control the algorithm used to find pages by overriding the page_finder_factory method:

class PagesController < HighVoltage::PagesController

  def page_finder_factory

The easiest thing is to subclass HighVoltage::PageFinder, which provides you with page_id:

class Rot13PageFinder < HighVoltage::PageFinder
  def find
    paths = super.split('/')
    directory = paths[0..-2]
    filename = paths[-1].tr('a-z','n-za-m')

    File.join(*directory, filename)

Use this to create a custom file mapping, clean filenames for your file system, A/B test, and so on.


You can test your static pages using RSpec and shoulda-matchers:

# spec/controllers/pages_controller_spec.rb
describe PagesController, '#show' do
  %w(earn_money screencast about contact).each do |page|
    context 'on GET to /pages/#{page}' do
      before do
        get :show, :id => page

      it { should respond_with(:success) }
      it { should render_template(page) }

If you're not using a custom PagesController be sure to test HighVoltage::PagesController instead.



Please see for details.



High Voltage is maintained and funded by thoughtbot, inc

Thank you to all the contributors!

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High Voltage is Copyright © 2009-2013 thoughtbot. It is free software, and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the MIT-LICENSE file.

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