I’ve just finished building and deploying this website. It uses jekyll to render the content, and the content author uses git to push the changes up to the hosting machine. From there, a nice little chain of programs arranges for the site to be rebuilt on the server and made live:
D. J. Bernstein’s daemontools supervises an instance of
amqp-consume, which connects to a queue bound to the exchange the
post-receivehook delivers into, and whenever a message is received, invokes a shell-script. The command-line for invoking
amqp-consume \ -s localhost \ --username=... --password=... \ -e exchangename \ -A \ /path/to/rebuild-website-script
The shell-script invoked for every message from RabbitMQ checks out a fresh copy of the website, compiles it, and deploys the resulting static HTML into the correct location on the file system for Apache to pick up.
I’m also monitoring the RabbitMQ exchange using the rabbitmq-xmpp plugin talking to my desktop XMPP client, Adium, so whenever anyone does a
git push, I get a message appearing in my IM client from
email@example.com me know a new version of the site has just gone live.