Jekyll is a static site generator. You can browse the documentation on that site, but here are some further distilled tips based on our class on 13 Feb.
To begin using Jekyll once it is installed, change to the cloned directory that corresponds to your gitlab repository, something like this:
Then run this command, where we specify the name of the subdirectory that Jekyll should create for your new site:
jekyll new assn2
Change into that directory:
Now the site is ready to build or serve. This command:
generates all the files into the
_site subdirectory. Don’t edit anything there, because they will be regenerated and overwritten. The html files are hard to use from there directly, because Jekyll assumes it can access stylesheets and such at the top-level of the site, like
href="/assets/main.css" and that doesn’t work when using a
file:/// URL. So instead, try this:
That will generate all the files, and start a web server so you can view the generated site at
http://localhost:4000/. Also, it will wait around until it detects a saved change in one of the source files, and then it regenerates automatically. To stop the server and get back to your prompt, hit control-C.
Finally, I wanted you to edit the layout of the site. The newest versions of Jekyll do not automatically create
_layout directories. Instead, your
_config.yml refers to a default theme, called
minima, like this:
You can comment out that line (using
#), but now you’ll have no default theme. The simplest way to customize the files used by minima is to copy them into your directory. You can find them with this command:
bundle show minima
That prints a path on your system, like
C:\Ruby22\lib\ruby\blahblah and you can navigate there in your Finder/Explorer to find the files. In the named directory, you should see
assets. Copy all four of these into your project directory. Then it should regenerate the site as it did with the minima theme. But you can explore those files and edit them to adjust the layout site-wide.