Webby is a fantastic little website management system. It would be called a *content management system* if it were a bigger kid. But, it's just a runt with a special knack for transforming text. And that's really all it does - manages the legwork of turning text into something else, an *ASCII Alchemist* if you will.
Webby works by combining the contents of a page with a layout to produce HTML. The layout contains everything common to all the pages - HTML headers, navigation menu, footer, etc. - and the page contains just the information for that page. You can use your favorite markup language to write your pages; Webby supports quite a few.
Install Webby and try it out!
choose your templating language: ERB, Textile, Markdown, HAML, SASS
embeddable DOT scripts for Graphviz graphs
LaTeX snippets for mathematical formulas
automatically clean up generated content using Tidy
quick and speedy - only builds pages that have changed
deploy anywhere - it's just HTML, no special server stuff required
happy Rake tasks for deploying your website to a server
build new pages from templates for quicker blog posts and news items
But Wait! There's More!
Webby has a great autobuild feature that continuously generates HTML whenever the pages or layouts change. The HTML is served up via WebBrick, a simple webserver that comes with Ruby. Whenever you change a page, you can immediately see those changes without having to run any commands.
$ webby autobuild [10:21:26] INFO: starting autobuild (Ctrl-C to stop) [10:21:26] INFO: creating output/index.html [10:22:57] INFO: creating output/index.html
gem install webby
$ webby-gen website my_site creating my_site $ cd my_site $ webby create:page 'new page' creating content/new-page.txt $ webby create:page 'another/new page' creating content/another/new-page.txt $ webby autobuild [10:21:26] INFO: starting autobuild (Ctrl-C to stop) [10:21:26] INFO: creating output/index.html [10:21:26] INFO: creating output/new-page.html [10:21:26] INFO: creating output/another/new-page.html
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