Scriptogr.am blog

Developer blog

Jan 17, 2012

More fixes and addons

First of all we would like to thank everyone for all the positive feedback and publicity around the Interwebs. Thank you! And now time for some feature updates and bug fixes:

Bugs & tweaks

  • Blog posts date within the same date sorting: fixed
  • Admin panel UI tweaks
  • Theme template tweaks
  • Tons of minor fixes

New & addons

  • Post tags

Add this to the front block of the post body:

Tags: this, is, my, tags

Comma separated words

  • Text editor
  • New start page for the site
  • RSS feed for non custom domains only for now
  • Simple adaptive layout for mobile devices

Coming

  • RSS feed for custom domains as well
  • Custom HTML editor
  • Themes!
Jan 9, 2012

New batch of fixes and addons

Last weekend has been a really creative one. Loads of bugs has been fixed and some great features has been added. We’ve summarized a list of what we’ve been up to.

Bugs & tweaks

  • Post / page header variable Published: fixed
  • Blog posts date sorting: fixed.
  • Admin panel UI tweaks
  • Theme template tweaks
  • Tons of minor fixes

New & addons

  • CSS editor
  • Custom domain (CNAME and A-record)

Coming

  • Text editor
  • RSS feed
  • Custom HTML editor
  • Responsive layout
Dec 31, 2011

This is your blog, delivered by scriptogr.am

Thank you for using scriptogr.am. While we’re still in early beta development, we think you’ll enjoy the app. It’s designed to be fast, simple and to get the most creativity out of you.

scriptogr.am uses Markdown, a lightweight markup language, originally created by John Gruber and Aaron Swartz. Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). See the Syntax page for details pertaining to Markdown’s formatting syntax. You can try it out, right now, using the online Dingus.

Getting started

After connecting your Dropbox account to scriptogr.am, some necessary files and folders are added to your Dropbox at Apps/scriptogram. First the GET_STARTED.txt text file that pretty much explains the exact same as what you’re reading now. Next, we’ve added a posts folder. This is where you add your blog post (& page) files. These files are plain textfiles, but needs to be saved with the .md (markdown) extension like this: yourfile.md

Please use standard, non foreign filenames. Dropbox sometimes have problem syncing filenames that contains invalid HTML characters. We’ve added a post example page (this file) there for you to get familiar with.

The template data

All files needs to contain "front block". The front block must be the first thing in the file and takes the form of:

Date: 2012-04-17
Title: My first post

You can set any of the predefined variables (see below for a reference). But, the Title is required. Without the title, the system will fail.

Predefined global variables

All the variable names below are case-sensitive:

Required:

Title

The title of your post (or page)

Not required, but close to:

Date

The following date format is the correct one to use: 2011-12-31 12:31 or 2011-12-31. (The Date variable can be used to ensure correct sorting of posts.)

Optional:

Published

Set to ’false’ if you don’t want a post to show up when the site is generated.

Type

Set to ’page’ if you wan’t the post to act as a ’page’ instead of a ’post’.

Slug

Custom permalink (replaces the auto generated url based on the "Title:" variable), especially useful if titles tend to be long or they change frequently. E.g ’my-custom-permalink-url’

Link

Links the "post" or "page" title to an external source. E.g ’http://google.com’

Tags

Add tags to your posts and pages. Comma separated words. Once added, scriptogr.am will transform all tags to valid basic HTML characters.

Excerpt

Add an excerpt1 to your post or page.

Difference between ’posts’ and ’pages’

A post is a blog post.

A page is a similar as a post, but generates a link visible in the menu on your site that will lean to a page permalink.

Publishing your posts

This is simple. Just head to your admin panel and hit the ”Synchronize” button. When logged in to scriptogr.am and visiting your own page, you’ll see the scriptogr.am logotype symbol on the top right of the browser window. This is the link that leads to your admin panel.

Published vs unpublished

Total count of published and unpublished posts (& pages) are visible next to the ”Synchronize” button. ”Unpublished” means that you either removed a post text file from your Dropbox or that something went wrong while trying to sync your Dropbox with scriptogr.am. Also, if you’ve set a post to be published with the Published: false variable.

Finally, happy posting. If you have any questions, suggestions or thoughts just drop us an e-mail at any time.


  1. An excerpt is a relatively small sample passage from a longer work, such as a book or article.