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This is a Jekyll site built to run as a Github pages Organization Pages site:


Content from the master branch will be used to build and publish your GitHub Pages site.

This typically takes a few seconds after a commit is pushed.

Source: https://help.github.com/articles/user-organization-and-project-pages/

Information for writers

Jekyll docs: https://jekyllrb.com/docs/posts/

FontAwesome cheat cheet: http://fontawesome.io/cheatsheet/

Information for developers

This is forked from https://github.com/mmistakes/minimal-mistakes

Hosting configuration

Github repo settings have "blogs.lookinglocal.gov.uk" as the Custom Domain.

To make SSL work (important for trust) there is a Cloudfront distribution with *.lookinglocal.gov.uk SSL cert attached, whose important settings are:

  • Alternate Domain Names: blogs.lookinglocal.gov.uk
  • Origin Domain Name: lookinglocal.github.io
  • Origin Protocol Policy: HTTP only
  • Viewer Protocol Policy: Redirect HTTP to HTTPS
  • Allowed HTTP Methods: GET, HEAD, OPTIONS
  • Whitelist the Host header (this is important in conjunction with Github repo custom domain)
  • Object Caching: Customize (this is important as Github Pages caches for 10 mins)
    • Minimum TTL: 0
    • Maximum TTL: 0
    • Default TTL: 0
  • Forward Cookies: All (don't know if this is important)
  • Query String Forwarding and Caching: None
  • Compress Objects Automatically: Yes

To run locally with Jekyll

Install dependencies using Bundler: $ bundle install

On Mac OS Sierra you may need to do something like this first:

$ xcode-select --install

$ bundle config build.nokogiri --use-system-libraries --with-xml2-include=$(brew --prefix libxml2)/include/libxml2

Start server: $ bundle exec jekyll serve --safe

Or using overrides for local config $ bundle exec jekyll serve -w --verbose -c _config.yml,_config.dev.yml --drafts

Reference: https://help.github.com/articles/setting-up-your-github-pages-site-locally-with-jekyll/

Keeping your local server up to date with the GitHub Pages gem

Jekyll is an active open source project and is updated frequently. As the GitHub Pages server is updated, the software on your computer may become out of date, resulting in your site appearing different locally from how it looks when published on GitHub.

$ bundle update github-pages or simply $ bundle update and all your gems will update to the latest versions.

If you don't have Bundler installed, run gem update github-pages

GitHub Pages dependencies

If you want to find out versions of underlying components in GitHub Pages (e.g. Liquid templating engine), see:


Liquid templating engine


Unfortunately the Liquid documentation isn't version-specific.