Django Project Tutorial 2

Learning Objectives:

Follow the instructions in this tutorial:

Notes for PythonAnywhere

Remember that you never use runserver on PythonAnywhere:

python runserver     # <-- Never run this on pythonanywhere

Instead after you change files, run

python check

And then go to the the PythonAnywhere Web tab and press Reload.

Also when it tells you to navigate to a localhost like


Instead nagivate to the same path on your PythonAnywhere site:


If You Create an admin User and Need to Change its Password

Note that when Linux / Bash is promoting for a password, it does not "echo" your characters so someone watching over your shoulder does not see the password. Just type the password and press enter. Trust that Linux is listening as you type even though it does not show the characters as you type.

If you run createsuperuser and end up with an admin account and want to change the password for an account, use:

cd ~/django_projects/mysite
python changepassword admin

You can change any Django user account using this approach.

If Your Model/Database Gets Messed Up Completely - Start over

Since this is your first time doing a model and migrations, things can get messed up - if you want to clean up your database and start with a fresh database using the following instructions:

cd ~/django_projects/mysite
rm */migrations/00*
rm db.sqlite3
python makemigrations
python migrate
python createsuperuser    # If needed

You need to recreate the superuser because it is stored in the database and the rm command emptied out your database. You can do this process any time your database feels like it is messed up. But you have to re-enter all your data.