I built Nicholas to be everything I wanted from a blogging system and nothing more. A pleasure to write, flexible to integrate, quick to set-up, fast to load and secure by default. It is open source in the hopes that someone else finds it useful too!
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Creating new content with Nicholas is simple, flexible and fast. Write in Markdown, HTML, plain text or a mixture using your favourite editor. When you're done, upload the file to your posts directory using FTP, Git, SSH or anything else you like to immediately and automatically publish your post.
All of your posts are available with a super simple JSON API giving you the freedom to integrate your blog in to any website or application you are building regardless of programming language. The Nicholas API includes options to filter by post tag and date or grab just a single post.
Nicholas includes an optional front-end and theming system that you can use to get up and running with your blog within minutes. Choose from or edit one of the pre-built themes or create your own using your own HTML, CSS, PHP alongside handy helper functions.
Nicholas is free software licensed under MIT.
Less than 750KB installed with default theme.
Simple, easy-to-use JSON API for your post data.
Get started right away with ready-to-go frontend.
Nicholas parses Markdown Extra and accepts HTML.
Inherently secure with no database and no admin.
Allow visitors to subscribe with RSS.
Filter and organise posts by tag.
Download, drag, drop & go. Job done.
No build step or command line requirements.
Add functionality with your own plugins & themes.
Just a handful of functions working quickly & quietly.