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Update on the blog script

I said I would explain more about the blog script I have developed (am developing).

The script uses plain text files with Markdown formatting for the posts. Markdown allows users to include so-called "rich text" features such as headings, italics, bold, unordered (bullet) lists, unordered (numbered) lists, hyperlinks, blockquotes, and more, but stored as simple text files.

No sooner had I started to use the script than I could see 2 or 3 additional features that would be useful.

Initially, the scripts consisted of display blog posts, create post, edit and delete posts. I soon realised I would need an option to save posts as drafts, and I thought it might also be handy to be able to upload images to include within posts. These facilities I've now written. The former I can't show, but to demonstrate the latter, here is a photo of when we had snow 6 years ago.

Snow in 2012

Posted on 07-03-2018 at 14:38

My new blog, my first post

Well, I have started a blog, not because I feel I have a burning desire to say something - or even anything. Rather, I was looking for a simple blogging script that I could add to an existing website, for a client. I could have added a WordPress blog to the site, as I have done for other clients, but it did seem like a sledgehammer to crack a walnut.

So I looked around and found a few possibilities. I wanted the blog to look like part of the website and not like an add-on, and preferred to use flat files rather than databases if at all possible. As I looked at the scripts I had found none seemed to have everything I wanted; they were either not customisable, or not sufficiently so, or were missing something.

As I thought about it, I realised that I could probably write a script myself. I already had many of the components from admin scripts I had written for other sites. So, last Saturday, a dreary wet, windy and rainy day, I set to, to make a start. A couple of hours later and I had the basic display posts page and scripts to create, edit and delete posts.

A further couple of hours on Sunday and I pretty much had a working system, so much so that I decided to give it a test-drive here.

Even if I find nothing else to say, I will write more about the script in a future post or two.

Posted on 04-03-2018 at 14:21

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