Building a Simple Blog App in Django


Creating a blog app in Django is a popular use case for this powerful web framework. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of building a simple blog app, complete with sample code.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • Django: You should have Django installed. If not, use
    pip install django
    to install it.
  • Django Project: You should have a Django project set up. If not, refer to the guide on creating your first Django project.

Step 1: Create a Blog App

Start by creating a new Django app for your blog. This app will contain models for blog posts, views to display them, and templates to render the posts.

Sample Code

Use the following command to create a new app:

python startapp blog

Step 2: Define Blog Models

Define the models for your blog app. A typical blog model includes fields like title, content, author, and publication date.

Sample Code

Here's an example of a blog post model in your app's

from django.db import models
class BlogPost(models.Model):
title = models.CharField(max_length=200)
content = models.TextField()
author = models.ForeignKey(User, on_delete=models.CASCADE)
pub_date = models.DateTimeField(auto_now_add=True)
def __str__(self):
return self.title

Step 3: Create Views

Define views to display blog posts. You may need views for listing all posts, displaying individual posts, and handling new post creation.

Sample Code

Here's an example of a blog post list view in your app's

from django.shortcuts import render
from .models import BlogPost
def blog_list(request):
posts = BlogPost.objects.all()
return render(request, 'blog/blog_list.html', {'posts': posts})

Step 4: Create Templates

Design HTML templates to render your blog posts. Use template tags to access and display post data.

Sample Code

Here's an example of a blog post list template (


<h1>Blog Posts</h1>
{% for post in posts %}
<h2>{{ post.title }}</h2>
<p>{{ post.content }}</p>
<p>Author: {{ }}</p>
<p>Published on: {{ post.pub_date }}</p>
{% endfor %}


Building a simple blog app in Django is a great way to learn the framework's core concepts. By following these steps, you can create a basic blog application and expand it with features like user authentication, comments, and more.