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Nikola Plans

Eng­lish on­ly!

I have not stopped work­ing on Niko­la, my stat­ic site gen­er­a­tor. Here are the plan­s:

  1. Fin­ish the theme in­­stal­l­er (so you can get a theme from the site eas­i­­ly)

  2. Im­­ple­­ment a theme gallery on the site (same pur­­pose)

  3. Fix a cou­­ple of bugs

  4. Up­­­date man­u­al

  5. Pol­ish a few theme bits

  6. Re­lease ver­­sion 3.x (new ma­jor num­ber be­­cause it re­quires man­u­al mi­­gra­­tion)

Af­ter that, I will push on projects Shore­ham (host­ed sites) and Smil­jan (plan­et gen­er­a­tor) and make them more pub­lic. Shore­ham will be­come a re­al web app for those who don't want to have their own serv­er. For free, hope­ful­ly!

Once I have that, I have no fur­ther fea­ture ideas, re­al­ly. So I need more peo­ple to start us­ing it, and that means I have to start an­nounc­ing it more.

So, stay tuned for ver­sion 3.x some­time next week.

Post-Niko­la, I will do a rst2pdf re­lease, and then will get back to work on a book.

visitor / 2012-05-16 01:45:

Shoreham was Alva or am I lost?

Roberto Alsina / 2012-05-16 01:47:

Shoreham is "upload stuf via Ubuntu One, it appears", Alva is "edit via a website, it appears". Complementary stuff :-)

Kay Hayen / 2012-05-17 22:53:

I will replace my Wordpress install with RST based. Actually I had asked about something like Nikola before, and it didn't seem to really exist at the time. I was so happy when you announced it.

Obviously, the thing that makes me wonder, is how to migrate. I am probably going to make a hard cut though, and simply
do it the "easy" way, converting old posts to rst manually. It's not _that_ much, and for my changelog, the release announcements of
my Python compiler, it's already done.

I am just too much in love with RST. The "rst2pdf" of yours did that to me. And Nikola even more.

Only drawback I see, I am clearly going to miss the comments owned by myself. I will checkout Disqus, but I was e.g. proud to not
host "Like" buttons so far.


Roberto Alsina / 2012-05-17 22:58:

If you have the posts as HTML, then you can just indent them and stick a ".. raw:: html" in the first line (or I can do a html "compiler" that just copies stuff).

I think you cna disable the "like" buttons in disqus, and the ones in the template are easy to remove (they are just in base.tmpl)

Kay Hayen / 2012-05-22 20:08:

Ah ok, I misunderstood that the Disqus comments brought those with them, if that's not the case, yeah, easy enough. :-)

Jose / 2012-05-18 13:49:

Kay, I migrate my old Wordpress blog to Nikola (, and for that I wrote this script:
For the comments I saw that disqus let you import Wordpress comments.

Kay Hayen / 2012-05-22 20:06:

That's great, thank you for the pointer. The script is shockingly short. But even more welcome.

Roberto Alsina / 2012-05-18 16:49:

There is also from Brandon Meister

Kay Hayen / 2012-05-22 20:16:

Ah, I see, Nikola is even a known output format. I am btw also annoyed by JavaScript driven syntax highlighting, and want to get rid of it. That seems to cut it quite fine.

Which branch do you recommend me to use? I wouldn't be shy to contribute minor improvements, but I didn't get which branch is what. So I am currently using "master" out of lack of documentation.

Roberto Alsina / 2012-05-22 20:17:

In nikola I would use master. In quodlibetor's code, I would ask him :-)

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