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Jekyll is a popular static website generator, often used for blogs and personal websites. Since all the content it generates is static, it makes for very fast and simple websites.
Create a new directory for your Jekyll project and name it whatever you want, then enter that directory:
user@tsunami:~$ mkdir jekyll user@tsunami:~$ cd jekyll
Install the Jekyll gem and set up your site. Note that the specific jekyll
path is only needed for setup since jekyll is being installed for only your
user, but after this setup, you can just add
bundle exec before any
jekyll-related commands to get them to work:
user@tsunami:~/jekyll$ gem install --user jekyll # The path used for jekyll below should be printed out as a warning when you # install jekyll using the above command, it'll be something like # "/home/u/us/username/.gem/ruby/2.3.0/bin" but can vary by Ruby version. user@tsunami:~/jekyll$ ~/.gem/ruby/2.3.0/bin/jekyll new --skip-bundle . user@tsunami:~/jekyll$ bundle install --path vendor/bundle
baseurl option in
_config.yml file to the path you want your
site available at. This is likely something like
"/~username/blog" (make sure to replace
username with your username!).
Build the site in
~/public_html (make sure to also run this whenever you
make changes to your site and want to publish them). This path should match
whatever you used for your
baseurl option, so if you chose
there, then use
~/public_html here, if you chose
~/public_html/blog here instead:
user@tsunami:~/jekyll$ bundle exec jekyll build -d ~/public_html
Your site should now be up at
whatever path you chose previously).
We've just created a default template site. Let's see how to customize it a bit to make it yours:
On your site, there should be a new welcome post (at some path like
This contains instructions on how to add a new post, but we've summarized the
In your site directory (
jekyll for instance), there should be a
_posts. Blog posts go there by default as Markdown
files. Please follow the sample post file there to make your own (note the
YAML header at the top in between
--- markers and the file name format with
the date and a title).
Other than blog posts, you can also make other pages (about, contact, etc.)
that are linked at the top right of the site. An example is the
file already placed in your site directory (note the YAML header with
layout: page to specify which layout to use).
_config.yml file in your site directory contains global site settings,
where you can change the title of the site among other settings.
For more advanced setup, please see the Jekyll Docs.
Here are some docs that might be of interest: