still

A static site generator built with node.js

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Still is a utility to help you manage your small site.

Because you know HTML, Git is your content management system. All that you really need is something to manage your templates. That's what Still is for.

Installation

npm install -g still

Still is a command-line utility. It's preferred that you install it globally, though it will still work anywhere you like.

Supported Template Engines

Still supports any template engine that consolidate.js supports. However, since you likely only use one or two of them, none of them are included by default.

Install your desired template engine at the same location (globally or locally) that you installed Still

npm install -g swig

Getting Started

Still comes with two utilities: still and still-server. When you're in development mode, making changes, and testing: use still-server. When you're ready to push your site live, build it to static files using still.

Still operates by recursively walking over your template directory, finding every .html file, and building it with optional related .json files that you provide, if any.

Data

For every *.html file found, Still will look to see if there is a .json file of the same name in the same directory. If the file exists, it will be used as local data context for the rendered template.

At the same time, Still will also look for a .json file for the entire directory. If that file exists, your local data will be applied over this, and the resulting data object used for the rendered template.

Example Hierarchy

site
├── index.html
├── about.json
├── about
|   ├── index.html
|   ├── index.json
|   └── contact.html
└── terms.html

In the above example:

  • Notice that all .json files are optional.
  • site/index.html will be rendered with no data.
  • site/about/index.html will be rendered with site/about/index.json applied atop site/about.json.
  • site/about/contact.html will be rendered with site/about.json.
Output Hierarchy

Still will slightly modify the hierarchy of your files in order to provide "clean URLs" for you. This means that you should always reference all pages without .html extensions and assume a trailing / instead.

Building the above example will output the following:

site
├── index.html
├── about
|   ├── index.html
|   └── contact
|       └── index.html
└── terms
    └── index.html

This means that a URL to the contact page should be /about/contact/.

Error Pages

The still server expects that your error documents be located at /error/{status_code}.html or /error/{status_code}/index.html

For example:

site
├── error
    ├── 404.html
    └── 500
        └── index.html

still: Building Your Site

still [path] -o [output path] [options]

Options:

  • -o, --out
    • Output directory
    • [required]
  • -e, --engine
    • Template engine
    • [default: "swig"]
  • -i, --ignore
    • Ignore path or regular expression
  • -l, --link
    • Create symbolic links to non-template files instead of copying them
  • --encoding
    • File encoding (input and output)
    • [default: "utf-8"]
  • --verbose
    • Verbosity mode:
      • 0 = silent
      • 1 = default
      • 2 = warnings
      • 3 = debug
    • [default: 1]

still-server: Development and Testing

still-server [path] [options]

Options:

  • -e, --engine
    • Template engine
    • [default: "swig"]
  • -p, --port
    • Server port
    • [default: 3000]
  • -o, --open
    • Open your site in a web browser
  • --err
    • Relative path to error 404 page
    • [default: 'error/404.html']
  • --encoding
    • File encoding (input and output)
    • [default: "utf-8"]
  • --verbose
    • Verbosity mode:
      • 0 = silent
      • 1 = default
      • 2 = warnings
      • 3 = debug
    • [default: 1]

License

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2012 Paul Armstrong paul@paularmstrongdesigns.com

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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