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Creating a Theme for Nikola From Scratch (almost)

The­re is so­me do­cu­men­ta­tion about crea­ting the­mes for Niko­la, but ma­y­be a tu­to­rial is al­so a use­ful way to ex­plain it. So, he­re it is. I'­ll ex­plain how to crea­te a the­me (al­mos­t) from scra­tch. Al­ter­na­ti­ve­l­y, you can take an exis­ting the­me and mo­di­fy on­ly par­ts of it via inhe­ri­tan­ce, but tha­t's for ano­ther do­cu­men­t.

I wi­ll try to crea­te a the­me that looks like Vi­ni­cius Ma­s­su­che­tto­'s Mo­nos­pa­ce The­me.

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Nikola Feature-by-request: tag cloud!

I asked for fea­tu­re re­ques­ts for Niko­la my sta­tic si­te ge­ne­ra­to­r. I got so­me. One was from lon­g-­ti­me user Kay Ha­yen, so I just could­n't say no.

He asked for tag clou­d­s. Look:

An­y­thing in he­re wi­ll be re­pla­ced on bro­w­sers that su­pport the can­vas ele­ment

Cu­te, is­n't it? And it's rea­l, ac­tual tag da­ta from this ve­ry si­te. Wi­th li­nks!

How it's do­ne:

Niko­la ge­ne­ra­tes a JSON fi­le that has the cloud da­ta (tag na­me, si­ze, li­nk), and tha­t's pro­ce­ss­ed by JQue­ry and ta­gCan­vas and ... we­ll, it wo­rks.

You have to add jquery.tagcanvas.min.js somewhere and embed a whole pile of raw HTML (see here for details) but hey, it works.

Ho­pe you are ha­pp­y, Ka­y, you ma­de me co­de ja­vas­cript, du­de ;-)

It's pro­ba­bly ra­ther "ea­s­y" to make it use any of the­se ins­tead of ta­gCan­vas if an­yo­ne is so in­cli­ne­d.

New in Nikola: slideshows (work in progress)

This is no­whe­re near ready for re­lea­se, but why not show it?

Niko­la can now turn this:

.. slides::

   /galleries/london-paris-2012/P1000198.JPG
   /galleries/london-paris-2012/2P1000235.JPG
   /galleries/london-paris-2012/3_P1000298.JPG

In­to this (whi­ch wi­ll not look good in RSS):

Mis­sin­g:

  • Cus­­to­­­mi­­za­­tion

  • Su­­pport for sli­­des­ho­­ws that are not ma­­de of ima­­ges

  • Sty­­ling

This is ba­sed on sli­de­js whi­ch see­med nea­t, but I am not 100% su­re it's the way to go (it see­ms to look bad if the ima­ges are not all the sa­me wi­dth, for exam­ple).

Why Use Something Else?

I wro­te a sta­tic si­te ge­ne­ra­to­r, ca­lled Niko­la a whi­le ago, and it's star­ting to get so­me adop­tion and con­tri­bu­tion­s.

I thi­nk it's a fair­ly ni­ce pie­ce of co­de, to be ho­nes­t, and it pre­tty mu­ch does eve­r­y­thing I nee­d. On the other han­d, it's fun to co­de wi­th.

So, if you are using ano­ther sta­tic si­te ge­ne­ra­to­r, or are re­sear­ching in­to it, or just ha­ve opi­nions about it... wha­t's mis­sin­g? What should it ha­ve that it does­n't ha­ve no­w?

No fea­tu­re too sma­ll, no idea too cra­z­y, plea­se sha­re! I pro­mi­se to make a good effort to im­ple­ment any that seem like a good idea :-)


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