A website showcasing the Draw My Life initiative, partnerships and team
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A static website showcasing the Draw My Life initiative, partnerships and team

Development Setup

This website lives and is rendered on the client side. To get up and running with the development of this project there are a few prerequisites, i.e. you need to have node and Ruby installed on your local machine.

Why do I need Node and Ruby installed?

Ruby is required for Jekyll and Node will help you massively with all the javascript (see Tech Stack for more details).

Tech Stack

React Jekyll
Webpack Yarn
Please note that all Javascript is written in ECMAScript2015 (ES6).

How to install the Stack and all the dependencies

As mentioned in the Development setup intro there are some prerequisites required before you can begin work on the project.


Yarn is a javascript package management for all dependencies. It will be used to add and remove all javascript dependencies from this project.

  • You'll need to have Yarn installed globally on your local machine. This can be installed via homebrew
  • To install all the dependencies for this project you will need to yarn install on the command line
  • To add a dependency yarn add {dependency} on the command line.
  • If it's a development dependency add the flag --dev. Example yarn add {dependency} --dev to save to the package.json
  • If it's a production dependency add the flag --save. Example yarn add {dependency} --save to save to the package.json
React and Webpack are dependencies and will be installed during the installation of all javascript dependencies, i.e. yarn install


Jekyll is a popular Ruby library for creating a static blog and deploying static sites to GitHub Pages.

  • Jekyll is included in this project as part of the GitHub Pages gem. You'll need to install the package manager Bundler once to be able to install / update all gems specified in the Gemfile.

    gem install bundler

Then any time the Gemfile changes, cd into the root of the project and run:

bundle install

Building the project

It's probably best to have two terminal tabs open, as you will need to build and transpile your React components and compile assets; and then Jekyll will serve it to your local host.

Building the React Components and Asset Compilation

To build and transpile the React Components and compile assets (CSS & images) from the webpack folder to the Jekyll docs folder, you will need to run the command yarn run build in your command line. To build these whenever any files are edited, run the command yarn run watch. Note: any CSS or images you add to the project should be added in the webpack folder, which will then be built to the docs folder.

Serving the project to your local host

To build and serve the entire project so you can see local changes you will need to run the command jekyll serve in the command line and visit http://localhost:4000 to see the changes.


To ensure we have less error prone code we are using two linting dependencies to highlight any errors as we code: eslint and sass-lint. It is recommended that you also get a local linters for your IDE or text editor.

Example of Linters

Atom Sublime
ESLint Atom ESLint {I need to find one 😂}
SASS-Lint linter-sass-lint {See above}


To contribute, clone the repository and check out a feature branch. Submit a pull request for the team and other volunteers to code review your changes before we merge them into the master branch. Thank you in advance for your time and help!


This site is hosted on GitHub Pages, the live site will build anything within the docs folder in the master branch. Anything merged to the master branch will be visible on the live website.