Posts Tagged ‘ror’

Using Sitemap plugin for Rails

Friday, March 6th, 2009

If you have a web site and you want search engined to index your site properly you need to have sitemap for your site. Sitemap is a way to describe your web site, revealing all the static and dynamic links within your website.

I have recently been building a web site based on ROR and I was looking for a plugin to accomplish this. The plugin I used is queso/sitemap from This link has instructions and also the readme with the plugin gives enough information to install this plugin. The problem I faced was with setting up widgets and the static link in the sitemap_settings link.

Since I am new to Ruby on Rails it took me a while to figure out how to setup the widgets and static link in the sitemap_settings url.  To explain how I had setup the sitemap I am going to use  the model “Term” as an example. Basically I needed Sitemap to display the url of list of terms and all the individual terms like, etc.

In the Widgets setting screen I added a widget named Term and entered the information as shown in the image below. The model is going to be “Term”. The named route is “terms_path” which resolves to Correction: The named route is “terms_url” which resolves to Make sure to look up your routes to see if the name route you are providing is relevant and available ( use  >> rake routes command). If you leave the finder method blank, the sitemap plugin will use find(:all) method of the model to get the list of all items in the model. Sitemap plugin is going to generate an XML comprising of the url for list of terms ( ) and the url of individual terms (, , etc.).

You can create a custom finder method. We have created a find_sitemap class method in the Term model as shown in the code below:

 def self.find_sitemap(*args)

 This method is going to find all terms that are in published state. One issue I ran into was the url being generated by the sitemap for the list was coming out as “/terms” instead of “”. I had to hack the sitemap code to get this right. I had to change the code in show.xml.builder of the sitemap plugin. The code block is shown below. The following was added in line 3 in the url_for method: “root_url.chop + “. I am not sure if this is the most graceful way but I was kind of in hurry. Pardon my ignorance. There was nothing wrong with the sitemap plugin it expects a named url ( contains the entire url) instead of the path ( contains relative path). The named route in the following image should be “terms_url” instead of “terms_path”.

Sitemap Widget

Sitemap Widget

Making Permalink_fu work

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I recently came across an issue in trying to use Permalink_fu plugin for rails. The problem happened while trying to create permalinks for existing records. Lets say you are trying to add permalink facility to a model “Designers”. You already have a few records in the database and would like to generate the permalink for them. This can be done as following:


This would give an error: Iconv::InvalidEncoding: invalid encoding (“ascii//translit//IGNORE”, “utf-8”)

Turns out code needs to be changed in permalink_fu.rb at line 90.
The order is not correct. Commented out portion is what comes with the plugin. The subsequent statement is the correction.

# PermalinkFu.translation_to = ‘ascii//translit//IGNORE’
PermalinkFu.translation_to = ‘ascii//ignore//translit’

Please refer to this tutorial on using permalink_fu.

Also use this Reference

Setting up tiny_mce_plus plugin in rails application

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I recently had to struggle with setting up tiny_mce_plugin and spend a whole day trying to get it working. Troubleshooting it was very difficult since tiny_mce_plus plugin has dependencies on other plugins ( mentioned below) and there was no one place where everything was laid out to make it to work. I had to really dig in. The last step is the most important.

The following are the steps I had used to make it work on windows.


Setting up Ruby on Rails at Bluehost

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

I recently hosted my Ruby on Rails (ROR) application at Bluehost and I am laying out a step by step approach. I have tried to keep it as simple as I can.

The following steps are for setting up ROR application in a shared hosting environment at Bluehost. Bluehost does not let you use mongrel in a shared hosting as this requires running the server at a different port (12010 etc..). In order to use mongrel you need to have a dedicated IP.  In a shared hosting environment you will need to enable FastCGI in your web server ( Apache). Also the following example uses an Add on Domain .