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Site Boilerplate

A complete site boilerplate for @andismith's personal projects

Build Status Version 0.0.5

Project Goal

To produce feature-full static HTML sites in next to no time.

Getting Started

This boilerplate requires Grunt ~0.4.0

If you haven't used Grunt before, be sure to check out the Getting Started guide.


  1. Fork the repo
  2. git clone https://github.com/andismith/site-boilerplate.git
  3. cd site-boilerplate
  4. Install project dependencies with npm install
  5. Make sure you have the Grunt command-line interface with npm install -g grunt-cli
  6. Install SASS 3.3.0.alpha.198 with gem install sass --pre for Source Maps
  7. Run Grunt with grunt for development build, watch and server
  8. Run Grunt with grunt [dev | prod] for development/production build


  • Seperate source src and distribution dist folders
  • Watches files and runs a partial compliation on the files that have changed
  • Runs on localhost:3000
  • Assemble Templating with Handlebars
  • Styles - Normalize CSS resets, auto-prefixing, SASS compliation, Source Maps
  • JavaScript - JSHint, Source Maps and Uglification
  • JSON - Site Configuration and Linting
  • Images - Image Minification
  • Latest jQuery, Modernizr, RequireJS and Lo-Dash
  • Version number incremental updates
  • Gruntfile hinting
  • Production build tasks with grunt prod

Additional Information

Pushing to Github Pages

  1. Ensure git subtree is installed. $git clone https://github.com/apenwarr/git-subtree and sh install.sh
  2. From the root run: git subtree push --prefix dist origin gh-pages --force

Setting Up The Ultimate Reloading Workspace

You can edit files directly in the browser in Chrome Canary. Canary shows the dist folder, but you can edit the src folder. Grunt will auto rebuild and LiveReload will load your changes.

  • Download Live Reload
  • Go to Chrome Flags
  • Enable Developer Tool Experiments, Restart
  • Go to Settings, and enable Sass stylesheet debugging
  • Restart developer tools
  • Go to General and Enable Source Maps
  • Go to Workspace and add the src folder
  • Go to Sources, right click a SASS or JS file and Enable Network Mapping
  • Close the developer tools
  • Start grunt
  • Turn on the Live Reload extension
  • Refresh the page and open developer tools
  • Edit CSS/JS to your hearts content

Version History

  • 0.0.5
    • Sourcemap support for SASS. Ensure you have run gem install sass --pre and npm install after this update to get latest changes
    • Removed over eager version number updater. Run with version:dev or version:prod to update version instead
    • Instructions for ultimate workflow in readme.md
    • Editing the gruntfile rebuilds the project
  • 0.0.4
    • Initial release to Github


  • Add Common Styles
  • Require JS
  • Jasmine Testing
  • Sitemap.xml using Assemble

Issues and Feedback

Found an issue, have an idea? github.com/andismith/site-boilerplate/issues