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ViloLog: Simple blogging engine, built atop Vilo and PogoDB.

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Simple blogging platform. Built with Python, atop Vilo (framework) and PogoDB (nosql).

ViloLog is a bit like Jekyll, but backed by a database, not the file system.


Install via pip:

pip install vilolog

ViloLog builds a pure WSGI application. To run that application, you'll need Waitress, Gunicorn or another WSGI server. We recommend using Waitress, with Hupper for development:

pip install waitress hupper


Pass a Postgres connection string to vilolog.buildApp(.) to create your blog.

Create module

import vilolog;
app = vilolog.buildApp("postgres://...dsn..");
wsgi = app.wsgi;

Above, app is a Vilo app-container, and wsgi is the corresponding pure-WSGI callable. To run wsgi via Waitress atop Hupper:

hupper -m waitress blog:wsgi

Or without Hupper:

python -m waitress blog:wsgi

Hupper is useful for development and testing, but needn't be used in production.

Completing Setup

Once running, visit localhost:8080/_setup in your preferred browser to complete setup.

Logging In

After completing setup, you should be able to login to your blog. By default, you can log in by visiting /_login; but this can be configured via .buildApp(.)'s loginSlug parameter, documented below.


vilolog.buildApp(.) accepts a number of parameters, only the first of which is required:

  • pgUrl (required, str): Postgres connection string.
  • blogId (optional, str): Useful if you have multiple blogs.
  • blogTitle (optional, str): Self explanatory.
  • blogDescription (optional, str): Self explanatory.
  • footerLine (optional, str): Footer attribution line.
  • cookieSecret (recommended, str): Secret for signing (authentication) cookie.
  • antiCsrfSecret (recommended, str): Secret for signing anti-CSRF token.
  • blogThemeDir (optional, str): Path to custom theme directory. (More on this later.)
  • _adminThemeDir (Non-recommended, str): Path to custom theme directory for the backend-admin UX.
  • devMode (optional, bool, default:False): Enable during development to prevent caching etc.
  • redirectMap (optional, dict): Mapping from source path to target path.
  • loginSlug (recommended, str, default:"_login"): The URL-slug for the login-page for admins. Must begin with "_login" and may only contain word characters, matching r'\w+'.
  • disableRemoteLogin(recommended, bool, default:False): If truthy, admins must login via localhost only.
  • remoteNetlocList: (optional, list of str): List of valid remote netlocs that the blog expects to run at. (Doesn't affect localhost.)
  • remoteHttpsOnly (recommended, bool, default:False): If truthy, HTTPS will be enforced, except on loclhost.

Note: While only pgUrl is required, we recommend explicitly passing each parameter that's labelled as 'recommended' above, even for picking default values.

Nascent Stage

ViloLog is currently in a nascent stage. As work progresses, we'll be adding docs, screenshots, theming, etc.


Copyright (c) 2020 Polydojo, Inc.

Software Licensing:
The software is released "AS IS" under the GNU GPLv3+, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. Kindly see LICENSE.txt for more details.

No Trademark Rights:
The above software licensing terms do not grant any right in the trademarks, service marks, brand names or logos of Polydojo, Inc.

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