Basic usage

The gansa command-line tool allows you to initialize and build your website.

Create a site

To create a new site, navigate to an empty directory and run the following command:

gansa init

The following files and folders will then be created in the directory:


If settings.yaml, user.yaml, or views.yaml already exists before gansa init is run, it will be overwritten.

Site anatomy

The src directory contains all of the source code, asset files, and settings for the site.

  • assets contains "static" asset files. An asset file can be anything that you want to include on your site, but is usually either an image, a CSS stylesheet, or a JavaScript script.
  • pages contains Markdown files that are used to create the site's HTML pages.
  • templates contains Jinja2 or Jade template files that are used to control the layouts of the site's HTML pages.
  • settings.yaml is the general settings file for the site.
  • user.yaml is the user settings file for the site. Because it might contain sensitive information such as passwords, it should not be version-controlled.
  • views.yaml lists all of the HTML pages that should be created, along with various parameters to control how they are rendered.

The distribute directory will contain the rendered website. It should not be version-controlled.

Hello world

To turn your new site into a simple "Hello world" webpage, you will need to create a Markdown page and a template file. You will then need to edit your views.yaml file to link the page and the template together.

First, create the Markdown page. Save it in src/pages as

title: My Page
__block__: main

Hello world!

Next, create the template. (For this example, we'll use the Jinja2 syntax.) Save it in src/templates as base.html:

    {% block main %}{% endblock %}

Notice that the name of the block in the template is identical to the value of the __block__ variable in the Markdown page.

Finally, update your views.yaml file:

- route: index.html
  template: base.html

This creates a single view object that will be rendered on our site as index.html.

If you omit the pages variable from your view, it will attempt to infer the name of the Markdown page from the name of the route. So, if the route is "index.html", it will use "". Thus, you could actually make the views file a little shorter:

- route: index.html
  template: base.html

Render the site

To render the site, run the following command from the top of the site directory:

gansa build

Your finished site will be located in the "distribute" directory. If you've been following the "Hello world" tutorial, it should look like this.