Blogging with jekyll
I started using jekyll with Github Pages few years back but Github Pages didn’t allow plugins at the time and I do want to hack a bit around jekyll for my needs so I gradually move to self-hosting. As for static blog doesn’t require much resource, I opted for the lowest package on RamNode which goes for $15 a year (a bit over a buck a month for a 128MB RAM VPS). This is actually plenty for my needs.
rbenv. If you already have one, skip this, then install
curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby=2.0.0 gem install jekyll
Create your new blog and
git init it.
jekyll new example.org cd example.org git init git add . git commit -m "Initial commit" jekyll serve --watch
I create a script on my repo
post-receive. Upon receive my push commit, the script will rebuild the site from source, output it to nginx public folder
/usr/share/nginx/html/example.org and purge varnish cache afterword. Purging varnish cache is optional but I do change my CSS/JS occationally now and then so I put it there as well.
You can do this by following this tutorial on DigitalOcean - “How To Deploy Jekyll Blogs with Git”. It’s pretty easy to follow. Use your copy-paste-fu.
Note: If you’re using Ubuntu 14.04 or later, you will have to do to
apt-get install nodejs as well. jekyll itself doesn’t depend on
I wrote a bunch of posts about jekyll as well. Check these out if they interest you.
Happy blogging. Don’t forget to share your cool jekyll hack on your new hippy blog.