Development & community

Aldryn News & Blog is an open-source project.

You don’t need to be an expert developer to make a valuable contribution - all you need is a little knowledge, and a willingness to follow the contribution guidelines.

Divio AG

Aldryn News & Blog is developed by Divio AG and released under a BSD licence.

Aldryn News & Blog is compatible with Divio’s Aldryn cloud-based django CMS hosting platform, and therefore with any standard django CMS installation. The additional requirements of an Aldryn application do not preclude its use with any other django CMS deployment.

Divio is committed to Aldryn News & Blog as a high-quality application that helps set standards for others in the Aldryn/django CMS ecosystem, and as a healthy open source project.

Divio maintains overall control of the Aldryn News & Blog repository.

Standards & policies

Aldryn News & Blog is a django CMS application, and shares much of django CMS’s standards and policies.

These include:

Please familiarise yourself with this documentation if you’d like to contribute to Aldryn News & Blog.

Running tests

Aldryn News & Blog uses django CMS Helper to run its test suite.

Backend Tests

To run the tests, in the aldryn-newsblog directory:

virtualenv env  # create a virtual environment
source env/bin/activate  # activate it
python install  # install the package requirements
pip install -r test_requirements/django-1.7.txt  # install the test requirements
python  # run the tests

You can run the tests against a different version of Django by using the appropriate value in django-x.x.txt when installing the test requirements.

Frontend Tests

Follow the instructions in the aldryn-boilerplate-bootstrap3 documentation and setup the environment through the Backend Tests section.

Instead of using python described above, you need to excecute python server to get a running local server. You can open the development server locally through The database is added within the root of this project local.sqlite. You might want to delete the database from time to time to start with a fresh installation. Don’t forget to restart the server if you do so.


You can run the documentation locally for testing:

  1. navigate to the documentation cd /docs
  2. run make install to install requirements
  3. run make run to run the server

Now you can open http://localhost:8000 on your favourite browser and start changing the rst files within docs/.