Justin Cooksey

This is the second part (see part 1 here) of my migrating a static web site over to Pelican Static Site Generator, after my inital posting Pelican Static Site Generator

Google Analytics

To transfer over Google Analytics web site code to the Pelican created site was as simple as adding it in to pelicanconf.py as a varible and done.
Amended 2023-08-07 With Googles GA-4 a different approach was taken. I added a new varible to hold the GA4 code:


GOOGLE_GA4_ID = your_site_code

Then in the base.html template I added the Google supplied HTML code in the head section, with the Jinja2 varible pulled from pelicanconf.py:

    <!-- Google tag (gtag.js) -->
    <script async src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id={{ GOOGLE_GA4_ID }}"></script>
      window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
      function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}
      gtag('js', new Date());

      gtag('config', '{{ GOOGLE_GA4_ID }}');
    <!-- Google tag (gtag.js) -->

Hosting and Replacing on Netlify

As the GatsbyJS site was hosted on Netlify which also supports Python and Pelican builds rehosting on Netlify was relatively easy.

First though was getting the source repository ready. Starting with making sure the requirements.txt file exists, as Netfliy build process will be using this to install the required python libraries for the site. I generally keep this up to date as I work, but simply creating it again with the usual command is easy enough:

pip freeze > requirements.txt

Then making sure the publishconf.py file has all the correct settings for the final published site. This was pretty much correct and needed only confirming that it had the correct variables in it for the final site. Overwriting the development variables stored in pelicanconf.py.

A netfliy.toml file in the root of the repo will give Netlify the commands to build the site and location of the built site files to publish:

command = "pelican content -s publishconf.py"
publish = "output"

also a block to specificy the page (HTML file) to display for a 404 page not found repsonse:

from = "/*"
to = "/404.html"
status = 404

Linking in the new repo

After those things are all settled it is just a matter of linking the GitHub repo to the the Netlify site, and Netfliy will do the rest. Building the site and publishing it ready for use.

So is that it?

Well, while I have the Pelican built site now the active builder for the static pages on the site, I still have plenty to work on. Plenty to upgrade including the theme, which is still not quite right, and of course content on the site for other projects and well whatever else is happening in life......

Justin Cooksey

I've been investigating Pelican a static site generator to replace my current GatsbyJS generated site. Im far more at home and familiar with Python and Jinja2, so that was part of my reasoning for taking a look in to it.

So working along the basis of replacing my current GatsbyJS created site and posts with one created by Pelican, the following cover my initial issues and solutions. I've only added brief notes on what was done, without going in to detail as the plugin sites cover correct use in detail.

Redirect old site paths

In investigting moving to a new static site gernerator I also decided to change the sturcure a little. Since not many articles existed at the time of this posting minimal redirects will have to be created.

So how does Pelican handle this on a per article basis?

Enter the pelican-redirect plugin. Installing it is as simple as installling from PyPi

pip install pelican-redirect

Then by adding an additional line in to the metadata of each post

original_url: blog/hacktoberfest-2019.html

Pelican will create an HTML file at the URL location specified that will redirect to the new post location that it will create.


In order to add the canonical header entry on articles using the SITEURL variable does not create what you need if RELATIVE_URL = True is set. To get around this and always use a full URL you can copy the SITEURL variable in to CANONICALURL and then use that variable in the base.html template.


SITEURL = "https://jscooksey.github.io/Pelican"


  {% if article %}
    <link rel="canonical" href="{{ CANONICALURL }}/{{ article.url }}" />
  {% endif%}


To produce sitemap files for SEO add the pelican-sitemap plugin:

pip install pelican-sitemap

and then adding a SITEMAP variable to the pelicanconf.py as described in the README of the Repo

Social Media Shares

I also had on my curent site social media sharing links at the bottom of every article, allowing the reader to share the article on there own social media streams.

The share-post plugin does this and again is simply installed using pip

pip install pelican-share-post

Then in the article.html template add link to atricle.share_post attribute

<a href="{{article.share_post\['twitter'\]}}">...</a>
<a href="{{article.share_post\['facebook'\]}}">...</a>
<a href="{{article.share_post\['linkedin'\]}}">...</a>

RSS/Atom Feed

Adding in Atom (or RSS) feeds is as easy as changing a few options, as this is built in to Pelcon. Changing a few options in the pelicanconf.py

FEED_ALL_ATOM = "feeds/all.atom.xml"
CATEGORY_FEED_ATOM = "feeds/{slug}.atom.xml"

Code Highlighting

Markdown code highlighting is processed ultimately through Pygment which can be personailsed but has some builtin styles. Examples are on the Pygment site here and css files for these can be copied from the repo richleland/pygments-css.

You can copy the CSS file of your choice to your themes static folder (eg static/css/pygment.css) and then import that in the base.html

@import url(pygment.css);

Markdown code blocks can then be used and refer to the type of code inside them.


This is as far as I've gotten so far in working in Pelican and this Pelican created site is initially hosted on GitHub Pages at the URL https://jscooksey.github.io/Pelican/

I'll as I figure things out further, with the intention this will replace the primary site hosted at my domain.

Justin Cooksey

What began as a task just to export all Sites from a DatoRMM instance to a CSV file, has started me down the path of building a module to deal with many of the DattoRMM API end points.

Mainly working around the REST APIs that I needed to use to perform certain tasks, I've begun refactoring the export code to become more of an API interface module which may grow to be more useful. Other tasks may take my time away from this, but I will see were it may go.

The original code to export of sites is here DattoRMM-Site-Export. Currently this code pulls all Sites from a DattoRMM environment and exports the basic details in to CSV format file. It removes the system sites called Managed, OnDemand & Deleted Devices, so that you only get an export of the customer base.

Also in the repo is code to set Site variables in DattoRMM sites read in from a csv, as this was part of the next steps I needed to take.

Gets the API URL, Key and Secret from .env or environment variables (example below)

Functions to interact with the DattoRMM API are in the dattormmapi.py Python file.

Main function to do the API requests and export to CSV is in the export_sites.py Python file.

Refactoring to make this a more versatile module to handle interactions with the DattoRMM API will go in to a new GitHub repo, which I'll make public once its formed up some more.