HubPress: build a GitHub blog

HubPress is another web app like Jekyll, to create GitHub blogs. All you need is a GitHub account.

Features

  • Quickly creates a light and simple blog
  • Create, manage posts
  • Theming supported
  • Administration console for configuring your blog
  • Integrated with DisQus, for conversations with readers
  • Google Analytics support

Usage

To use HubPress, fork the GitHub project (linked below) and you are ready to go. All your configuration goes to the hubpress/config.json file.

On GitHub: HubPress

Bitmessage & DarkLogs: your anonymous blog

anonymousIf you want to have an anonymous and secure blog of your own try the Bitmessage and DarkLogs combination. For an additional layer of security using the Tor network is advised. Bitmessage is available on Linux, Windows and Mac. Bitmessage can send messages to DarkLogs which become blog entries. The main purpose of using DarkLogs is to have an anonymous blog of your own. Helpful links to learn how to use these two powerful tools:

Webpage: Bitmessage (DarkLogs is down)

Jekyll: create a webpage on GitHub

jekyll_compJekyll is another solution similar to Pancake that can generate a static webpage from plain text or html. The webpage or blog can then be hosted in GitHub where the pages are actually powered by Jekyll. Features:

  • Super simple and no-frills
  • Supports Markdown, Liquid, HTML and CSS
  • Supports static blogs with all bog artifacts like categories, pages, posts, layout options…
  • Doesn’t need extra hosting. Your content can be hosted on GitHub.
  • Supports Linux and Mac. Windows supported unofficially.
  • Available in synaptic on Ubuntu.

To install Jekyll on Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install jekyll

Quick start commands:

$ gem install jekyll
$ jekyll new my-awesome-site
$ cd my-awesome-site
$ jekyll serve

Open http://localhost:4000 in browser.

Webpage: Jekyll

Pancake: create a webpage on Dropbox

pancake_compYou can create your own webpage on your Dropbox space and publish it using Pancake. It creates a directory in your Dropbox file tree and saves everything it needs to work under that directory. It cannot access anything above the directory so it doesn’t appear to be a huge security concern. Features:

  • Quick and easy
  • Supports plain text, HTML, JS, CSS.
  • You can embed a list of your files to share them
  • Supports many themes
  • Smart file viewer
  • Many options for power users like per page settings, blog-aware mode, custom domains…

Webpage: Pancake

Ghost: promising new blogging platform

ghost_blog_compWhile WordPress is the de facto leader when it comes to blogging platforms, there’s no denying it has become much more complicated with time. An overwhelming number of settings, increasingly complex settings management… it has become a blogging ecosystem. To deal with it, a new blogging platform is under development right now – Ghost. Watch the short video in the features page or simply scroll down to read why Ghost was started and what it comes with. The interface looks stunningly simple and beautiful. Use of markdowns (like in Github pages) along with immediate previews is a real time saver as you do not need to pause to click buttons and continue to focus on your content and writing. Finally, it is open source, so you can modify the code as you want and use it.

Right now new users can sign up, download the code and host it on your own server. The official Ghost online hosting service is getting ready and will be available soon. The default hosting is going to be a paid service. New users get a one-month free trial period to decide whether they want to use the service or not.

Webpage: Ghost