PieCrust can be used either as a static website generator or as a dynamic CMS. This section is about using the static generation feature to publish a completely static website. For how to deploy a PieCrust website as a dynamic CMS, see the deployment documentation.
To publish your website, you need to “bake” it, and then place the output of this bake on a public server somewhere.
When you “bake” your website, PieCrust will generate all the pages, posts, assets, and other pieces of content you made into simple files on disk. To do this, simply run:
$ chef bake
You should see some information about how many pages PieCrust baked, how much
time it took to do so, etc. Without any arguments, the output is placed inside
_counter directory at the root of your website.
You can specify another output directory:
$ chef bake -o /path/to/my/output
For other parameters, refer to the help page for the
bake command by running
chef help bake.
At this point, you only need to copy or upload the output files (everything
_counter, or whatever other output directory you specified) to a place
where people will be able to access them. This is typically a public directory
on machine that will serve it via HTTP using software like Apache or
PieCrust is also capable of publishing your website more or less automatically
for the most common types of setup. This is done with the
You can specify various “publish targets” in your website configuration. By default, a target will first bake your website into a temporary directory, and then execute some steps that depend on the target type.
For example, the following configuration has one target (
upload) that runs
rsync to copy the output of the bake to some web server:
publish: upload: type: rsync destination: email@example.com:/home/user/www
You can then run:
$ chef publish upload Deploying to upload [ 863.1 ms] baked 4 user pages. [ 5.3 ms] baked 1 theme pages. [ 79.2 ms] baked 0 taxonomy pages. [ 84.8 ms] processed 3 assets. [ 1210.9 ms] Baked website. building file list ... done sent 29965 bytes received 20 bytes 19990.00 bytes/sec total size is 22189128 speedup is 740.01 [ 991.5 ms] Ran publisher rsync [ 2203.3 ms] Deployed to upload
Of course, the output will vary based on your website, your target, whether you previously published that target or wiped the PieCrust cache, etc.
For more information about the different types of publish targets available in PieCrust, refer to the publishers reference.