Method Types

Plugins provide methods to different parts of the site generation pipeline. The method types are:

Plugins can also change other aspects of the pipeline, for example, the Pygments plugin adds a pre-renderer to all markdown files which let’s you specify code blocks in a special syntax.

You can create your own plugins, see the Creating a Plugin guide.

Available Plugins


Provides a site helper called feed that triggers a feed to be written from a MoonScript file when the site is written. First argument is source, second is destination.

feed "my_feed.moon", "feeds/feed.xml"

The feed file must return a table of feed entires:

-- my_feed.moon
date = require "date"
return {
  format: "markdown"
  title: "My Site's Title"
    title: "The First Post"
    date: date 2011, 11, 26
    link: ""
    description: [[
      The things I did.

      * ordered pizza
      * ate it

When rendering each entry, if a key is missing the entry, it will be searched for in the root. This lets you set defaults for entries.

The format field is special. If it is set to "markdown" then all descriptions will be rendered to html from markdown.


Provides site helper deploy_to and a command line helper deploy.

deply_to is used to configure where the site should be deployed to, it takes two arguments, a host and a path. This can be done in the initialization function:

deploy_to "", "www/mysite"

Deploying is done over ssh with rsync. It uses the command rsync -arvuz www/ $host:$path.

Assuming everything is configured correctly, the site can be deployed from the command line:

$ sitegen deploy

The deploy command line helper will only deploy, it will not build. Make sure you build the site first.


Provides a template helper, index, that indexes the current page based on headers. It scans the html for header tags (h1, h2, etc.) and inserts anchors inside of them. It then renders the tree of headers to a list, with links to the anchors.

An example page with a header hierarchy. The index rendered at the top:


# My Title
## Sub-section
## Another Sub-section
### Deeper
# Upper Level
## Cool


Provides new syntax for markdown rendered files. The syntax lets you describe a code block that should be highlighted according to a specified language.

For example, to highlight Lua code in a page:

local test = function(...)
  print("hello world", ...)

test("moon", 1, 2, 3)

The generated code does not have the colors embedded, only html tags with class names. Colors can be added in a stylesheet.

This plugin requires that the Pygments command line tool is installed.


Provies a template helper, render_coffee that lets you embed compiled CoffeeScript into the page from an external file. CoffeeScript must be installed on the system for this plugin to work.

In some page:


It will produce script tags embedded with the resulting JavaScript.


Provides a template helper, analytics, that lets your easily embed the Google Analytics tracking code. Takes one argument, the account code as a string.

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Provides a template helper, dump that dumps the contents of a variable. Will pretty-print tables. Useful for debugging.

In some page