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Blogit - Add a blog to your Rails application in seconds

Blogit lets you add a blog to your Ruby on Rails application in just a few seconds.

We developed blogit because we found ourselves adding the same features to client apps over and over again. Now blogit handles all of that for us.


Add these to your Gemfile

gem "blogit"
# Blogit depends on ActsAsTaggableOn
gem "acts-as-taggable-on"

...and run bundle install to install the gem.

Next, run:

# add an initializer to config/initializers with all of the configuration options
$ rails g blogit:install

# This will add the necessary migrations to your app's db/migrate directory
rake blogit:install:migrations

# You don't need to run this again if you've already done so
rake acts_as_taggable_on:install:migrations

# This will run any pending migrations
rake db:migrate

then add the following to your routes.rb file:

# config/routes.rb
mount Blogit::Engine => "/blog"

Finally, declare which of your models acts as blogger in your app (probably User or Admin) by calling the blogs method in your model.

class User < ActiveRecord::Base



Go to http://localhost:3000/blog and see your marvelous new blog.

Instant gratification

We've added some rake tasks to make development easier.

Seed blog posts

This rake task will add a bunch of blog posts to your DB:

rake blogit:seed

Make sure you have at least one model defined as a blogger (probably User or Admin)

CSS Themes

Too lazy to write your own CSS? Load in one of blogit's themes.

 *= require blogit/themes/[theme-name]

The list of themes currently available:


Running rails g blogit:install will add an initializer file named config/initializers/blogit.rb. Here you can set various configuration options.

Please read the configuration docs for a full list of the options available.

How to

There's a ton of stuff you can do with Blogit. Please read the "How To" guide for more information.

Batteries included

Blogit provides you with the following features

Features we've still to add

Blogit is still undergoing development. We're always looking for ways to make it better.

Read the TODOs page for a list of the features we'd like to support.

Upgrading from a previous version?

If you're upgrading from a beta version of blogit, please read this upgrade guide


If you discover a problem with Blogit, please let us know about it.

Remember to search the issues list first in case your issue has already been raised by another Githuber


Want to help make Blogit better?. Please read the contribution guidelines for more information on how you can contribute.

Legal Stuff

Blogit is realeased under the MIT License.

See LEGAL for full details.


Blogit was developed by Katana Code with generous contributions from:

About Katana Code

Katana Code are web developers based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Copyright © 2011 - 2015 Katana Code Ltd.