Running the Demo

The project comes with a demo that can be run from the project directory using:

make demo

The demo runs with everything in memory, so as soon as you stop it, everything you’ve done to it will be gone! It uses django’s development server, so if you change the source files, the server will reload and any data you had will get reset.

The Jist

The demo is a really basic blog app with the ability for people to “subscribe” by adding their email address and name. Subscribers get emailed, whenever a new article is posted, and the email contains a link that lets them comment. The article’s author gets notified whenever comments are posted. Finally, there’s also a site contact that gets notified whenever a new subscriber is added.

The demo is set up with django’s console email backend, so all the email notifications are printed to the console, where you can see what is going on.


You can use the demo however you want, but in case you’re lost, here’s a walkthough you can follow that will show you its features.

  1. First, go to the admin site. The url should be The username is and the password is password. Once in, you can go to “Articles” (under Vox Demo) and add a new one.
  2. The demo comes with a subscriber already added, so once you add the article, an email should show up the console. The email contains a link to the new article. Click (or copy-paste) the link to open it in a browser. The loaded page should display the added article and an “add a comment” section. Go ahead and add a comment. After adding a comment you should see another email in the console addressed to the article’s author.
  3. Additionally, if you go to the blog’s index (, you’ll see a form to subscribe to the blog. If you add a subscriber, you’ll get another email in the console notifying the site contact that somebody subscribed.
  4. Finally, you can look though the admin to see how things are set up. You can alter the site contacts or play with the notifications and templates. Bare in mind that while all the backends are enabled, and selectable, the users only have email contacts, so the other backends won’t do anything for anything besides site contacts.