blog-base

An extremely lightweight blogging backend for node.

npm install blog-base
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node-blog-base

A dead simple blogging backend that lets you drop in a Markdown formatted blog to any existing Node.js site. It handles parsing and processing posts, but makes you set up your own site (routes and templates).

There are tons of sweet static content generators out there that are perfect for many sites built from the ground up as blogs, but they do so much for you that it's more difficult to integrate them with existing sites.

Posts

Posts are stored in a single folder, with the name format YYYY-MM-DD-title.md. The title in the file name is the one you'd use in a URL, and should be free of weird characters.

Metadata is stored at the beginning of post files in YAML, delimited by ---. The remainder of the post is standard Markdown.

Example: 2010-01-23-nodejs-is-web-scale.md

---
title: Node.js is ★Web Scale★
tags:
- Javascript
- Node.js
- Web Scale
---

Just like [MongoDB](http://www.mongodb.org/), Node.js is web scale. That means
it's high-performance.

Why?
----

Blocking IO wasn't built for web scale. **Node.js handles web scale.** You turn it
on and it scales right up.

Usage

First:

npm install blog-base

Next, create a Blog and point it to your post folder:

var Blog = require('blog-base')
var blog = new Blog(__dirname + '/blog-posts')

Then, define some routes for your blog, however you like. Blog provides these methods:

blog.posts([offset], [count])

Returns count posts starting at offset in reverse chronological order. If offset and count are not specified, returns all posts in reverse chronological order.

blog.postsForTag(tag, [offset], [count])

Same as blog.posts, but returns posts that include the tag tag.

blog.post(year, month, day, name)

Returns the post published on year/month/day having name name.

blog.postCount()

Returns the total number of posts.

blog.postCountForTag(tag)

Returns the total number of posts that include the tag tag.

blog.reloadPosts()

Rebuild the cache of posts from the filesystem. Done automatically on file modification if inotify is installed.

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