SWG - A static website generator
Copyleft by Simone Margaritelli <firstname.lastname@example.org>
What is SWG ?
SWG is a new generation static website generator, featured by the Mako (http://www.makotemplates.org/) template system, born from the need to have both performances and “WEB 2.0” contents and capabilities.
Given a set of files, one for each page/article, one for each author and one for the categories hyerarchy, SWG will read the configuration file you specify from command line and generate a complete static website, with tags and categories indexing.
To get the latest released version:
pip install swg
Create a new website
To start a new website, type:
swg --create website-folder-name
An example site with a basic structure will be created inside the ‘website-folder-name’ directory. Then you can type:
cd website-folder-name swg --serve
To test the website locally. The first article is about customization and basic configuration, so read it carefully.
Generate your website
Once you are in the directory containing your website definition (with a swg.cfg file in it), just run:
To start website generation, other options are available, use
To a display the complete list.
Importing from another platform
Right now, there’s the swg-wordpress script you can use to convert a WordPress XML backup file to the SWG format, to use it consider the following:
swg-wordpress --help - SWG Wordpress Backup Importer - Usage: swg-wordpress -i wordpress-backup.xml -u 'http://www.your-site-url.com' <options> Options: -h, --help show this help message and exit -i WPBACKUP, --input=WPBACKUP The Wordpress XML backup file. -u SITEURL, --url=SITEURL URL of the destination website. -o OUTDIR, --output=OUTDIR Output directory, default is the current working directory. -e FILEEXT, --extension=FILEEXT Output file extension, default is txt. -I IMGDIR, --images=IMGDIR If specified, it's the path where the importer will try to download images referenced by articles.
So let’s say for instance, that you have your wp.xml file and you want to export it to the ‘example-site.com’ directory, downloading images referenced by the articles into the ‘example-site.com/images’ directory (the import will replace properly image urls), you will use the command line:
swg-wordpress -i wp.xml -u http://www.example-site.com -o 'example-site.com' -I 'example-site.com/images'
And it’s all done! Now you just have to create the templates, fix the categories hyerarchy inside the file ‘example-site.com/db/categories.txt’, customize your own description inside ‘example-site.com/db/your-nickname.txt’ and make the configuration file following the example below.
An example configuration file
# DB files extension dbitem_ext = txt # URL of the site you are going to generate siteurl = http://www.example-site.com # Site name / description sitename = An example site generated by SWG # Site charset charset = utf-8 # Site language language = it # Comma separated site keywords keywords = some, html, keywords, here # Site destination basepath basepath = # Site page files output extension page_ext = html # Generated site output path outputpath = out # Items (dirs or files) to copy from datapath to outputpath (eg. static files, css, etc) copypaths = css, images, .htaccess # Command to execute once the generation is finished, for instance an rsync :) transfer = rsync -ravz out/* -e ssh email@example.com:/var/www/example-site.com/htdocs/ # Enable or disable the pager on categories, index, tags and author pages pager = true # If pager is enabled, this is the maximum number of items per page items_per_page = 10 # Compress pages (ie. index.html.gz) and create (or update) .htaccess file to serve them as html files gzip = true # Compression level, 0 to 9 compression = 9 # Clean output html with TIDY tidyfy = true
Pretty self explanatory isn’t it ? :)
Testing your website locally
From version 1.2.4, SWG offers the possibility to test your website locally, once you are in the directory containing your website definition (with a swg.cfg file in it), run the following command:
This will start the website generation and a test webserver on http://localhost:8080/ .
For an example site, look at my personal blog github repo located here https://github.com/evilsocket/evilsocket.net
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