Update: Plogger has been renamed Blugg, so as not to be confused with the open source PHP photo gallery. I’ll most likely be rewriting Blugg as a Ruby Gem instead of a Rails plugin, but this change probably won’t take place for a few weeks. Stay tuned! Short version: I wrote a pluggable blogging system in Rails called Plogger.
Long version: So, I’ve been working on updating my website lately, and I looked around to see what’s currently going on with Rails blogging systems. When I first started getting into Rails, Typo was the only system out there. But I wanted to develop a Rails site myself, and Typo doesn’t really make that easy. Neither does Mephisto.
For this version of my site (published about 2 years ago), I wrote my own system, which has served me pretty well. 2 years later, I was hoping that Rails’ options for blogging systems might have improved. Full-scale applications like Typo and Mephisto are still popular approaches, though I read a lot about people who have used them who decide to switch to Wordpress (because as much as we want to use Ruby/Rails software, we don’t want to worry about our blog).
I also looked at Bloggity, Bloget, and Enki, but they were either too opinionated for me, or did not concentrate on the feature set that I was most interested in (for example, allow guests to comment).
Seeing as how I’m on break right now, I decided to write my own blog plugin. I wanted to write a minimal system that did just what I wanted, but make it pluggable so that people who want additional features can easily add them. Enter Plogger, and the first few plugins I’ve written for it. We’ll see what happens.comments powered by Disqus