Poetry for the Web

Do you have a text editor? Then you can create web sites with minimal fuss! Verse is a content-first site generator that lets you focus on your content, without getting bogged down in the details of consistent navigation, page layout, templating, etc.

Flexible & Static

With Verse, you start with a set of primitives for things like Pages, Blog Posts, etc., and you assemble them however you like — pick your URL scheme, design your template, choose your fonts and CSS, etc.

Then, author your content (as a set of YAML + markdown files), and let verse generate your new website, all as static HTML. No application server process, nothing but regular old files you can serve up with nginx.

Getting Started

To install Verse on your development machine, please do either of the following:

On macOS

brew tap jhunt/hacks; brew install verse

On Linux

Grab the latest release tarball from the Github repository, here.

Once that's done, initialize your new verse with:

cd /path/to/parent
mkdir your-site; cd your-site
git init
verse new

This creates the directory for your site's git repository and initializes the verse site. When you run verse new, you'll be prompted to add some basic information for your site such as the site title and the URL. If you need to edit this information later, it's stored in the site.yml file in the site's root directory which looks like:

ls your-site
data  htdocs  site.yml  theme

Website pages are maintained in the data directory - blog posts under blog and static pages under pages. The YAML template allows you to specify the title, date, etc. and then supply the Markdown for your content. Once you have completed a given post or page's YAML file, run verse build to build the updated website. You can preview your updated site with verse run, which runs a small webserver:

cd /path/to/parent/your-site
verse run

To see your site, go to in your browser. As a tip, when developing locally try using tmux and leave verse run open in a second window while working on your site. Then every time you run verse build you only need to refresh the page in your browser.

To add additional asset files to your blog posts and/or static pages, e.g. images, you can add a content and/or static directories in your project's root directory. The path you should use to reference your files should be either /content or /static, as applies.