Author pages in Nikola v7.7.0

Since version 7.7.0 Nikola renders author pages for sites with more than one author. Let me talk a little about this.

The first Nikola site I set up was for a group of friend wanting to publish tech stuff online (for example, how to build a 3D printer with recycled elements). I noticed that author names in posts weren't linked to any page. And because this is a very common feature in blogging systems, I implemented it.

The feature can be enabled in conf.py with:

ENABLE_AUTHOR_PAGES = True

As with tags, you can configure the pages path and if you want to list links to the posts or the posts themselves:

AUTHOR_PATH = "reporters"
AUTHOR_PAGES_ARE_INDEXES = False

Additionaly, this is not required, you can add a little bio to each (or some) authors and hide others (this is, don't generate pages for them):

AUTHOR_PAGES_DESCRIPTIONS = {
    DEFAULT_LANG: {
        "Juanjo Conti": "Python coder and writer.",
        "Roberto Alsina": "Nikola father."
    },
}
HIDDEN_AUTHORS = ['Guest']

If you want to link to these pages in your own theme, you can use something like this (Mako example):

% if author_pages_generated:
    <a href="${_link('author', post.author())}">${post.author()}</a>
% else:
    ${post.author()}
% endif

You can see the feature in action on the Nikola blog: author page example, all authors page example.

Hope you enjoy it!

What is Nikola?

Nikola is a static site and blog generator, written in Python. It can use Mako and Jinja2 templates, and input in many popular markup formats, such as reStructuredText and Markdown — and can even turn Jupyter (IPython) Notebooks into blog posts! It also supports image galleries, and is multilingual. Nikola is flexible, and page builds are extremely fast, courtesy of doit (which is rebuilding only what has been changed).

Find out more at the website: https://getnikola.com/

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