Painlessly manage a story website programmatically?
June 29, 2012 7:23 PM Subscribe
I'm a programmer, and I want to create a static website to host my stories.
posted by zeek321 to Computers & Internet (16 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
This thing can be quite ugly. People will still find me and read because of my niche topic. I do want to self-host so I can stick in a good contact form and collect emails to send out story updates and stuff.
I'm got a simple one column template, but I'm already going crazy pasting headers and fixing Chapter 1, 2, 3 links. And the layout isn't well tagged for simply changing the CSS to get different looks.
I've gotten a simple rails app running on Heroku before, but that's got to be overkill. But there's GOT to be an easier way to do this--I should be able to generate pages using fields and templates! And easily change the look and feel by fiddling and regenerating!
I see a lot of programmatic static website generators when I google... Can anyone recommend anything?
Should I use a CMS instead? I feel like a generator would ultimately be simpler--I don't really want to deal with a database or the security issues of a dynamic site. But I was also thinking of using Django because I think I can have auto-generated database pages with copy and paste fields? But again, this site is really going to be very simple
What would you do, if you'd rather spend your time writing than managing a website, but you still want total control and your own domain? I shouldn't be hunting down broken links in the year 2012!