A starting point for crafting living style guides.
Note: Sample patterns have been included in the demo. Your site will have its own unique patterns.
Getting Started With Style Guide Boilerplate
Download the Style Guide Boilerplate
You can clone, fork, or download the repo from GitHub. Once you have the files for Style Guide Boilerplate, you'll create a directory on your site for them.
Set up a directory on your site for the style guide
I recommend creating a directory named
style-guide in your site's root directory. I think it would be awesome if I could go to
anysite.com/style-guide/ and check out that site's style guide.
Upload the Style Guide Boilerplate files
Style Guide Boilerplate is currently PHP based so you will need a server that supports PHP. Just upload the files from the GitHub repo to your newly created directory and your almost done.
Hook up your own CSS into the style guide
<head> of Style Guide Boilerplate are custom styles for the boilerplate itself. These have all been prefixed with sg- so they hopefully shouldn't cause any conflicts with your website's own styles.
Below the custom styles for the boilerplate, you will add in your own custom stylesheet(s) which you use on your live site.
<!-- Style Guide Boilerplate Styles --> <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/sg-style.css"> <!-- Replace below stylesheet with your own stylesheet --> <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/style.css">
Review your live site CSS
You should be able to go to
yoursite.com/style-guide/ and see how your live site's CSS affects base elements.
The last step is creating your sites custom patterns/modules.
Create custom patterns
To create custom patterns like buttons, breadcrumbs, alert messages, etc., create a new .html file and add your HTML markup into the file.
Save the file as
pattern-name.html into the
markup/patterns directory inside of your
You should now be able to see the new patterns at
Create personalized documentation
You can use markdown or html to create personalized documentation for your examples. Create a new .md or .html file and name it whatever your markup snippet file is named.
Save the file as
markup-name.html into the
doc/patterns directory inside of your
For example, if you want to create doc for
markup/patterns/breadcrumbs.html, create a file called
breadcrumbs.html and save it into
You should now be able to see the new doc at
Running the app
You can run the application with PHP's built in web server. Simply run the following command:
php -S localhost:8000
Now, browse to http://localhost:8000 to see the website.
Generating static HTML style guide
You can generate a static index.html version of style guide boilerplate by running the following command:
php index.php > index.html
I've built Style Guide Boilerplate with progressive enhancement in mind to work on a wide range of browsers.
Known supported browsers include:
- Safari for iOS
- Stock Android Browser (4.0+)
If you come across any bugs, or have any other issues with the boilerplate, please open an issue here on GitHub.
Jeremy Keith for letting me build on top of Pattern Primer.
- A nodejs port using handlebars is available at Style-Guide-Boilerplate-nodejs.
- A ruby port avaiable at Rails_App_Style_Guide
Contributing to this project
Anyone and everyone is welcome to contribute. Please take a moment to review the guidelines for contributing.
Style Guide Boilerplate is licensed under the MIT License
Use it, build upon it, make awesome shit with it.