BrowserCMS: from development to production

There’re some Rails CMS such as Radiant, Refinery, BrowserCMS… and I find BrowserCMS the best one to build simple websites for my customers, we can easily create dynamic content for you websites with Portlet, create new object to manage by with Content type, and easily create template for each page (homepage, subpages…).

In this post we won’t talk about how to use BrowserCMS, please go to the BrowserCMS Wiki if you’re finding that information. This post just concentrates on things you need to do to get BrowserCMS work properly on server in production mode.

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Deploy Rails app from Github to Heroku

Recently I found deploying your Rails code which already on Github to Heroku is very useful. You can use this to show your work to your customers, friends …. Let’s start


== Generate a keypair

cd ~/.ssh
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C “”
(enter at first prompt)

Then go to your github account then add that key in Should use a text editor then ctrl-A to select all.

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Install and use your custom gems on Bluehost

It’s very normal your Rails app has to run under a Rails version different from the one on Bluehost (or any other hosts). If so, we have to find a way to install our own Rails gem and let the application knows about it.

Install a new gem on Bluehost (or any other hosts) is easy, just run

gem install gem_name -v=gem_version

Next, we’ll let our app where our own gems are located. In your ~/.bashrc, added these:

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Easily setup Rails app on Bluehost

Hi guys, below is the steps to setup a Rails application on Bluehost. Really easy

– create new sub domain (a folder named /public_html/sub_domain_name will be created automatically)
– delete the above folder
– “rails app_name”
– create soft link: “ln -s /path/to/your/app_name /public_html/sub_domain_name”
– create database (by cPanel)
– create mysql user (by cPanel)

– add user to database (and grant *ALL* privileges)

– modify /config/database.yml file to match the username/password, database name of mysql
– “rake rails:update:generate_dispatchers” to create 3 dispatchers.rb/cgi/fcgi (will use fcgi, chmod 755)
– create .htaccess with content:

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NERDTree – file and directory navigator for VIM

I used to code on Windows using e-texteditor. I find e it’s very useful and light weight, that’s why I like it.

Recently I have to switch to CentOS, so I begin to code using Vim. After hours searching on the Internet, I found NERDTree, a Vim plugin that makes Vim very comfortable. NERDTree provides a folder tree on the left hand side for you to navigate. Moreover you can set your personal options to make your own working enviorenment.

Personally, after setting these options, I think Vim on Centos becomes e-texteditor on Windows, which is my favorite editor.

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