Using Drafts with NeoCities

DraftsxNeoCities
DraftsxNeoCities

A Drafts Action Group for interacting with WebDAV-enabled sites.

Thanks to recent learning, I have managed to manifest one of my alltime fantasy integrations: I have tied Drafts and NeoCities together directly via my NeoCities Action Group, which uses Drafts' native WebDAV support to (technically) interact with any website based on the protocol. I created it largely to interact with NeoCities over iOS, but frankly I was already doing so more effectively than the Action Group will ever offer with the iOS app Koder. It’s odd and a bit out of support, but incredibly useful and supported all the way back to iOS 9. Unfortunately, many of its functions - like deleting remote files, for instance - will result in a crash on modern devices. Also unfortunate - I’m afraid my Action Group doesn’t offer solutions to these problems. On iOS, it’s limited in function to pushing files to your WebDAV server and then opening them in a web browser.

NeoCitiesActionGroup
NeoCitiesActionGroup

It wasn’t as simple as HTML encoding the [draft] content with percentage signs, either. In order to produce satisfactory results, I had to wrap every output in a very custom HTML template which I would very much encourage you to personalize before using (considering especially that it includes my personalized footer links and colors.) You can view that template in full here. To be honest, I can’t quite recall where I found the original, but it was probably either included with a native Drafts action or found among Stephen Millard’s TAD library.

toDraft-UUID
toDraft-UUID

The most reliable means of identifying, pushing, and retrieving a draft from a WebDAV site (that I found, anyway,) is by using its Universally unique identifier (UUID) in its pathname. An apt example: the draft I’m currently whittling on, enumerated 7247282E-340B-4890-A2F7-0481AF31321E. The action above - Draft to /drafts as UUID.html - will push the contents of your current draft to /drafts/the Draft’s UUID.html. (That’s how I created the example.)

NeoCitiesActionGroup-Viewedonmacos
NeoCitiesActionGroup-Viewedonmacos

I’ve done my best to color code the actions based on the potential “severity” of their result, but the way they display will depend almost entirely on which particular Drafts theme you’re using at the moment. Nevertheless, blue/green indicate the “safest” actions - like the ones that simply open a link to a draft you’ve already pushed - and yellow/orange/red actions involve pushing/manipulating files at the root of your site.

Below is the full documentation of each of the actions (and the separators, even,) including individual install links, though I would very much recommend you install the whole bit. You’ll need to edit each action and replace davidblue.wtf with your own URL(s) unless you’d like to try and attempt my absolutely gargantuan NeoCities password.

NeoCities Action Group

Root

Type: Separator Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon:
Colour: none
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 0
Unique ID: 69B625EC-D9E2–41B7–9767–3532666E7C97
Description:

Push Draft to Root as HTML

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: 383-keyhole
Colour: orange
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: 81C89DC8-F26E-4644–87D7-BF454B345C24
Description:
Push the current draft to the /drafts directory as an HTML file by the draft’s safe_title.

Draft to Root as UUID.html

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: binary
Colour: yellow
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: ABAA6A02–806F-4B45-BEA6-E9D5F8D32236
Description:
Push the current draft to the root directory as an HTML file titled by its UUID.

Draft to Root as Text Timestamp

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: alarm
Colour: orange
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: EFF08ADA-81B6–49C3-B132–5DB477A95685
Description:
Push the current draft to the root directory as a .txt file titled by timestamp.

Draft to /{title} as index.html

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: indent
Colour: red
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: 15401CFC-114E-429C-B747–054E19C46911
Description:
Push the current draft to /NeoCities as index.html

Open /{title}

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: idea
Colour: green
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: 34630C90–6180–4394-A296-C2A5018DFEFB
Description:
Open /drafts/[Current Draft UUID].html.

/path

Type: Separator Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon:
Colour: none
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 0
Unique ID: 6F0BE49F-3B6F-49AF-ABA7–04BA7F437C1A
Description:

Push Draft to /drafts as HTML

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: 383-keyhole
Colour: orange
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: 34A59A1C-95A8–42A9–9C23–677E9731EFC8
Description:
Push the current draft to the /drafts directory as an HTML file by the draft’s safe_title.

Draft to /drafts as UUID.html

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: binary
Colour: none
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: 9C9FCDA8–687C-475A-8213-A8185CEFEE4D
Description:
Push the current draft to the /drafts directory as an HTML file titled by its UUID.

Open pushed /drafts file by UUID.

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: idea
Colour: green
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: BADE45C1-AEC4–46A6-B4BE-7B88B2357C04
Description:
Open /drafts/[Current Draft UUID].html.

Draft to /drafts/{title} as index.html

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: indent
Colour: violet
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: 5555699A-B3A6–432D-9A20-ECA78F6A5D88
Description:
Push the current draft to drafts/NeoCities as index.html

Open /drafts/{title}

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: idea
Colour: green
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: 1E5CB9D6-B8FE-4934–8AEC-E795A651C45A
Description:
Open /drafts/{title}

Draft to Specified Path as index.html

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: signs-alt
Colour: orange
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 2
Unique ID: A7D5BE00–36D3–4E08–9058–7923571189AA
Description:
Push Draft to specified directory as index.html.

/[input]/index.html

Misc

Type: Separator Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon:
Colour: none
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 0
Unique ID: 06296787-B9EE-4759–9B9C-5F994CAA894A
Description:

Push clipboard .txt to clipboard/timestamp

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: clipboard-content
Colour: blue
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: 98AF9E4B-1D48–4F95–8D2D-C879FE16BE40
Description:
Push contents of the clipboard to the /clipboard directory as a .txt file.

Open NeoCities Workspace

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut: ⇧⌃N
Icon: cat-face
Colour: gray
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 1
Unique ID: 4B8E95CE-F6A3–4F53–88CB-B01C8398A990
Description:
Open workspace entitled “NeoCities.”

NeoCities list / (macOS-Only)

Type: Action
Keyboard Shortcut:
Icon: directions-merge
Colour: gray
Confirm to Run: false
Notifications: All
Log Level: All
Number of Steps: 2
Unique ID: 898038F4-E5E4–4BDA-B15A-D2ED2D388D82
Description:
Calls a shortcut entitled “NeoCitiesRoot” with a Run Shell Script action containing the following:

neocities list /

Can only be run on macOS and requires the NeoCities CLI.

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