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django-vellum 1.1

A web log for Django.

Latest Version: 1.4.2

A [Django](http://www.djangoproject.com/) web log application.

Genesis

This application began life as part of [Nathan Borror](http://nathanborror.com/)'s [django-basic-apps](https://github.com/nathanborror/django-basic-apps), a collection of simple prebuilt Django applications.

When I first decided I wanted to move to a Django-based blog, I looked around to see if there were any existing projects I could use. There was certainly no shortage of blog applications, but none of them were exactly what I was looking for. Nathan's basic blog was close, but, as the name implies, very basic. [Kevin Fricovsky](http://montylounge.com/)'s [django-mingus](https://github.com/montylounge/django-mingus), which is itself built on top of Nathan's basic blog, appealed to me the most, but still had aspects that I did not like. So I decided to create my own.

In true open source fashion, I forked django-basic-apps. It provided an excellent framework to work from -- had I started from scratch, I would have ended up recreating a lot of what Nathan had already done. With that fork, along with some ideas inspired by django-mingus and Wordpress, I was able to craft a blog application that suited me perfectly. I think it's pretty nice -- and it turns out it suits some other people pretty well, too!

The only thing I did not like about it was that the blog was part of a larger collection of Django applications, most of which I did not use. I am happy to put my name on the blog, but I did not want to maintain or vouch for the numerous other apps. So, I spun off the two other applications that I did use ([django-media](https://github.com/pigmonkey/django-media) and [django-inlineobjects](https://github.com/pigmonkey/django-inlineobjects)), deleted the rest, and renamed the blog.

Thus, django-[vellum](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vellum).

Features

### Wordpress Import

A management script is included to import blog posts from a Wordpress-generated XML file. For more information, run ./manage.py wordpress_import.

### Disqus

[Disqus](https://disqus.com/) comments are supported (and recommended).

### Auto-Excerpts

An author can manually specify content to use as the excerpt or tease of a post. If they choose not to do this, auto excerpts can be enabled to automatically truncate a post after a certain number of characters and use that as the post excerpt.

### Markup

Posts can be written in traditional HTML, plaintext, or any number of markup languages ([Markdown](http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/) is recommended).

If Markdown is used, an enjoyable writing experience is provided by [django-wmd](https://github.com/pigmonkey/django-wmd/).

Requirements

### Suggested

The following packages are not required, but are suggested to take full advantage of django-vellum.

Installation

django-vellum is available on PyPI and can be installed with PIP.

pip install django-vellum

Alternatively, you may download the source and install it.

python setup.py install

Setup

  1. Add vellum to your settings.INSTALLED_APPS.
  2. Add vellum.context_processors.blog_settings to your settings.TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS.

Questions

If you have any questions, or encounter any issues, email me at [pm@pig-monkey.com](mailto:pm@pig-monkey.com).

Full documentation is coming, I promise!

 
File Type Py Version Uploaded on Size
django-vellum-1.1.tar.gz (md5, pgp) Source 2012-09-16 17KB
django_vellum-1.1-py2.7.egg (md5, pgp) Python Egg 2.7 2012-09-16 45KB
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