Logarion - static website generation

Logarion v0.3 release candidate adds static website generation from archive.


Far from polished, it should be usable now. I’ll go through a phase of documentation, hoping to get some feedback meanwhile.

Generate static website from a Logarion archive:

logarion_cli convert "html"

Where html is the folder to save the HTML files and static directory.

Important changes:

  • Templates should not contain HTML code in preparation for more conversion formats
  • Started relativizing links for portability of static pages

Stylish. You have a potential customer that you don’t seem to be aware of though: shared-hosting and VPS customers who are sensitive to resource costs. People on shared hosting can get their sites suspended due to excessively CPU-costing designs or if an attack (on a search box for example, but more often it’s a brute force attempt or an obvious DOS) caused the site to use an extreme amount of resources. People on VPSes face the same hazards but experience them differently.

A typical WordPress site without a caching module, which is very popular to have off of ‘wordpress.com’ btw, can be taken down with the resources of a single attacker making requests to the site’s front page. A static site though on the same hosting architecture would need so many more requests to affect anything that you may as well drop the layer-8 attack and try a UDP flood.

Also, a typical unattended dynamic website, anything with comments, but also notably wikis, will quickly be filled with spam.

There are people who want to have a website but don’t want to have to pay web2.0’s hidden administrative costs. Logarion could be more useful to these people with self-limiting dynamic features (oops, I’ve used too much CPU time, so I’m disabled; hmm, after this last comment I notice that the owner hasn’t been around recently, so I’m going to put up a notice and stop accepting comments) and with locked-down dynamic features, like an administrative panel that requires HTTP Auth (lower-cost and also not accounted as the user’s CPU usage) before you can see the actual login page.

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Thanks for the remarks and glad you like it.

I’m aware of the efficiency issues with other systems and I aspire that Logarion will prove a solution one day. Resources still matter as far as I’m concerned. I’ve installed a couple of Wordpress blogs and I disliked the experience and result. I’ve also toyed with Ruby systems and frameworks and can’t accept their dominance.

Another issue from my perspective is centralisation. Blogging can be and should be a decentralised affair. Got some ideas on the pipeline. Hope to find the time needed to implement.

Thanks again.

For anyone watching this, it looks like I will be skipping 0.3 and going straight for 0.4 after some testing.

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