Overview

This is a meta post about how to host a blog with Pelican, the static site generator, and Firebase Hosting, Google's easy-peasy platform.

Why?

  • Static pages are fast and uncomplicated
  • Creating static pages with Markdown templates is more straightforward than writing HTML
  • With a static site generator we can manage content with version control
  • No database required
  • Pelican is good at turning Markdown into HTML pages; it is written in Python, and it provides the following out of the box:
    • Themes
    • Syntax highlighting for code samples
    • Support for RSS feeds
    • etc.
  • With Firebase we don't have to think about:
    • Servers
    • Object storage
    • Permissions
    • CDN
    • SSL
    • etc.

How?

Initial setup

Project layout

  • I opted for the following directory structure:
.
├── blog
│  ├── __pycache__
│  ├── content
│  ├── output
│  ├── pelican-elegant -> ../../pelican-elegant
│  └── pelicanconf.py
├── firebase.json
├── LICENSE
└── requirements.txt
  • The symlink to the theme directory (pelican-elegant) is cloned separately

Firebase configuration

  • Create a firebase.json file, something like:
{
  "hosting": {
    "public": "./blog/output",
    "ignore": [
      "firebase.json",
      "**/.*",
      "**/node_modules/**"
    ]
  }
}

Production

  • Once you are happy with your new site, run firebase deploy
  • Point DNS to the new website

Day-to-day

  • Create content (vim ./content/this_post.md)
  • Generate static content (pelican content)
  • Test locally (pelican --listen)
  • Commit (git add -A && git commit -am "Add a post about important content" && git push)
  • Deploy (firebase deploy)

Notes

Some of the complexities and prerequisites not detailed here:

  • Setting up a local Python development environment
  • Creating a Google Cloud Platform account and hooking it up with Firebase
  • Buying a domain and configuring DNS

Source

This source of this project can be found here


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