Keeps a really simple blog section inside your MkDocs site.
This plugin allows you to host a tiny blog section in your MkDocs site.
Move away, WordPress… well, not really.
How does it work ?
It’s quite simple. 90% of the work is already done by MkDocs itself.
Each time you will build your MkDocs site or serve it, this plugin will try to find a specific directory in your documentation folder. If it finds it, every document and every subdirectory nested in it will be listed in reverse on the navbar. Plus, if you will have too many documents to be listed at once, the plugin will try to organize your remaining documents in subfolders.
How can I install it ?
You can install it through pip with this command:
pip install mkdocs-blog-plugin
Then, open your mkdocs.yml configuration file and add these lines:
plugins: - blog
Last but not least, enter you docs folder and create a new subfolder and name it blog. This plugin will try to find blog articles inside this directory.
Then you are ready to begin.
How can I add new articles to my blog section ?
Inside docs/blog create a folder for each year you are planning to add new articles. Then, inside each year folder create twelve folders, numbered from 01 to 12 for each month. Finally, in each month folder for each day create a corresponding folder but remember to add a leading zero (for example: 08, 09, 10, …) Now, for every article you will go inside the corresponding `year/month/day folder and you will create a new file there. While it is not necessary that you keep this strict naming convention, this will help the plugin to understand when your article was made.
For example, this is how I manage my blog folder:
docs ├── blog │ ├── 2019 │ └── 2020 │ ├── 01 │ │ ├── 20 │ │ │ └── first-article.md │ │ └── 26 │ │ └── second-article.md │ ├── 02 │ │ ├── 01 │ │ │ └── third_article.md │ │ └── 09 │ │ └── fourth-article.md │ └── 03 │ └── 16 │ └── fifth-article.md └── index.md
Customizing the plugins
You can customize this plugin by adding some parameters in the mkdocs.yml file, like this:
- plugin: - blog: format: "(%m/%d/%y)" text-align: "right"
Here is a brief list of every parameters supported by the current version of the plugin:
This is the section / folder in which we’ll try to build our blog
Default value: “blog”
How many articles do we have to display on our blog at once? More articles will be displayed in the corresponding subsection
Default value: 6 articles
Let’s allow our user to slightly customize the “previous articles” section. How do we have to name this section if it will contains more articles? Remember to put a percentage character wherever you want this plugin to insert the number of available articles.
Default value: “More articles (%)”
Which name do we have to give to each subsection inside our “more articles” section? Remember to put two percentage characters wherever you want this plugin to insert the actual number page and the total amount of pages made.
Default value: Page % of %”
Can we display the previous articles section, or is it better if we hide it?
Can we display the article date in the navbar, or is it better if we hide it?
How we have to display an article publication date on our navbar?
You can use these placeholders inside your string:
- %d = Day
- %m = Month
- %y = Year (2-digits)
- %Y = Year (4-digits)
Default value: “[%d/%m]”
Do we have to display an article publication date on the left side ("left") or on the right side ("right")?
Default value: “left”
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