Plerd is a minimalist blogging platform for people who love writing with Markdown using their favorite text editors, and who wish to host their own blogs as simple, attractive, static websites wholly under their own control.
Plerd is free and open-source software, regularly used and actively maintained by its creator. All bloggers everywhere may use Plerd themselves at no cost, however they see fit.
Plerd’s creator, Jason McIntosh, publishes his blog entirely with Plerd. It’s just a static website. Every time Jason adds or edits a post, Plerd’s daemon processes modify the site’s files as needed.
Plerd’s strength comes from its minimalism. It gives you the ability to turn a folder of Markdown files on your computer into a beautiful, easy-to-edit website, and leaves the rest up to you.
Plerd includes a daemon-style program called “plerdwatcher” which monitors a specific directory for changes. Every time it sees a change, it treats all the Markdown files inside at directory as blog posts, applying them to a set of templates. Within moments, it has generated a complete blog website, including an updated RSS feed.
Installing Plerd involves downloading the software, running a single command-line invocation to get all its prerequisites into place, and then configuring it to taste.
For now, you may find all Plerd documentation on the project’s GitHub page. Installation assumes access to a Unix command line.
You can file bugs or feature requests – or propose software patches – on Plerd’s GitHub page.
Plerd's IRC channel is #plerd on Freenode. Questions and discussion about Plerd are always welcome there.
The Plerd project was created and is maintained by Jason McIntosh (email@example.com), who always welcomes comments and feedback.