Weekend Project: Plusify

I’ve been wanting to redo my home page so it has a simple blog, but I didn’t want to have yet another place to remember to post stuff to. I saw people like +Kevin Rosewere using their Google+ profiles as their home pages. I liked the general idea of that, but still wanted my own domain.

I ended up hacking together a simple script that you can stick in a web directory that creates a blog/homepage that is powered by your public Google+ posts. I’m calling it Plusify. It’s easily theme-able and has the added benefit of backing up your public Google+ posts to a SQLite database.

I noticed that +Daniel Treadwell created a Wordpress plugin and a service called Pluss.es to do something similar, but I didn’t want a full Wordpress install just to run my dinky blog. Also, I wanted to continue to host my blog, so Pluss.es was out as well. 

I normally do web stuff with Python these days, but I used PHP for this because more web hosts support it. I’ve only spent a few hours working on this, so don’t hate if you don’t like the code or product. Also, I’m no designer so you’ll probably think the default theme is ugly.

Maybe +Jordan Gadapee or +Noah Hayes will be willing to contribute a better default theme if people start to use this.

There is still work to do on it and it probably has some bugs, but I think its a pretty good start for only a few hours work. I’ve open sourced the code, so you can fork it at: https://github.com/lylepratt/Plusify