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django-articles is the blog engine that I use on codekoala.com


  • Tags for articles, with a tag cloud template tag
  • Auto-completion for tags in the Django admin
  • Ability to post in the future
  • Article expiration facilities
  • Allows articles to be written in plain text/HTML or using Markdown, ReStructured Text, or Textile markup
  • Related articles
  • Follow-up articles
  • Disqus comments
  • Article archive, with pagination
  • Internationalization-ready
  • Detects links in articles and creates a per-article index for you
  • Word count
  • RSS feeds for the latest articles
  • RSS feeds for the latest articles by tag


django-articles wants a modern version of Django--something after 1.1. It used to rely on django.contrib.comments for commenting needs, but I recently switched to Disqus. Included herein is a management command to convert django.contrib.comments comments to Disqus.

This project also expects django.contrib.sites, django.contrib.admin, django.contrib.markup, django.contrib.auth, django.contrib.humanize, and django.contrib.syndication to be properly installed.


Download django-articles using one of the following methods:

Checkout from Mercurial

Use one of the following commands:

hg clone http://django-articles.googlecode.com/hg/ django-articles
hg clone http://bitbucket.org/codekoala/django-articles/

The CheeseShop

Use one of the following commands:

pip install django-articles
easy_install django-articles


First of all, you must add this project to your list of INSTALLED_APPS in settings.py:


Run manage.py syncdb. This creates a few tables in your database that are necessary for operation.

Next, set a couple of settings in your settings.py:

  • DISQUS_USER_API_KEY: Your user API key from Disqus. This is free, and you can learn how to get it from Disqus's API Page or you can try http://disqus.com/api/get_my_key/ when you're logged into Disqus. You only need this one if you're going to be converting comments from django.contrib.comments to Disqus.
  • DISQUS_FORUM_SHORTNAME: set this to True if you want to see markers on the map

Tag Auto-Completion

If you would like to take advantage of the auto-completion feature for tags, copy the files from the articles/media directories into your static media directory. django-articles expects to find each of those directories/files in your settings.MEDIA_URL directory--if this does not suit your needs, you may override the Media class of articles.forms.ArticleAdminForm with the appropriate paths.

Another assumption that is made by this feature is that the prefix you assign to your django-articles installation in your ROOT_URLCONF will be ^blog/. For example:

url(r'^blog', include('articles.urls')),

If this does not match your installation, all you need to change is the js/tag_autocomplete.js to reflect the proper path.

When that's done, you should be able to begin using django-articles!

Good luck! Please contact me with any questions or concerns you have with the project!