Blog Updates

On my first post, I mentioned that I wanted to add extra features to my blog. Well, guess what, I'm totally changing it.

One day I wanted to write a post, so I searched a markdown editor, and tried some nice ones. But then, I needed to login, then press "add"-button and fill in the form, copy-paste the markdown. Press save and hope that everything works fine. But it didn't, so I wasn't able to post my own post on my own blogging system...

Ofcourse, you'll say that I have to add some testing to avoid this kind of things. Well, I ignored that part for my blog. And now, I need to debug over and over and fix the app on every fail...

The second thing, that annoyed me, was that I need to fill in the form and refill it if anything goes bad... And copy-pasting from a markdown editor, is not always easy... So I wanted to bypass that step as well.

I want some changes for my blogging system.

If anything goes bad on the server(mongo crashes or the server dies for whatever reason), I will lose my posts. Ok, I can solve this with backup, but I need to configure the server again, and this will take time and motivation...

So couple of things came into my head. Those are:

  • Create a docker image, so I can easily redeploy the app on another server.
  • Use git to store the posts, so it's backed up and versioned.
  • So, if we are using git, why not add the settings/configurations also in git.
  • I can also create some pages like this.

How this will work:

  1. I will spin up a vps
  2. Download docker
  3. Run image with my data-git-repo Yep only this 3 steps (4.) when I add/update/delete a post, a githook will be fired, and the website will be up-to-date. (5.) same goes for the settings

What kind of settings can I add?

  • Blog title,
  • color theme,
  • how to create the slug,
  • add signature
  • set up language
  • ...

How does a post look like?

[//]: # (keyword: value)
...

hello world
Blablabla...
...

The pages can also be created like this.

I also need a folder structure.

./settings.js
./posts/some-post-file.md
./pages/about.md

This way, I don't need to login to the website, but only commit my changes.

You can follow my updates on my github account about this :). Or just here, when I post it ;)

Thanks and take care

2018-08-27
blog, git, refactor