📚 Nottingham New Theatre History Project
The history project collects and publishes information on past shows, committees and other goings-on at The Nottingham New Theatre the only student run theatre in England.
This project is run by a group from the New Theatre's Alumni Network.
📜 Working with the Repo
There are 2 common ways to use this repository:
📝 Adding & Editing Content
You can do this primarily in one of two ways: using the GitHub web interface (good for very minor tweaks); or by editing the files on your computer.
The site's Contributor's Guide has all the information you need for this.
You'll be able to see the changes you make when you open a Pull Request with our Deploy Previews. If you'd like to see your changes locally, keep scrolling.
💻 Editing the Site Code
If you're editing templates, plugins, and so on, you likely want to be able to view your changes and test them locally before you push.
The first thing you'll need to do is clone (download) the repo onto your computer. You can do this a variety of ways, the easiest are either downloading the zip or using the following command, providing you have Git installed:
git clone https://github.com/newtheatre/history-project.git
🐳 Using Docker
Docker is a cross platform software container platform. Following these instructions will allow you to build and view the site on your local machine in an environment as close to the production system as possible.
You will need to install WSL first, by doing the following:
ℹ️ Extra steps for Windows users
- Open a Command Prompt
wsl --install ubuntu
wsl --set-version ubuntu 2
wsl --set-default-version 2
wsl --set-default ubuntu
You may then need to reboot.
Setting up Docker
- Install Docker
- Open a console of your choice (typically Terminal on Mac/Linux; Command Prompt on Windows).
cd history-projectto change into the project directory.
Once everything has finished running, you should see the site at
ctrl+c to stop the server. If using 'Docker Toolbox' and
localhost doesn't work, you can find the IP address of the virtual machine by running
echo " $(docker-machine ip default)"
./run_dev.sh uses the parameters
serve in that order.
startbuilds the docker container, and starts it running in the background
installinstalls all necessary dependencies for the site
buildbuilds the jekyll site
testruns the test suite
serveruns a server so you can view the site locally
stophalts and destroys the docker container. You will need to run
installagain after running this
You can add/remove steps to
./run_dev as needed. For example, there is no need to run
every time you want to build the site.
Environment variables (such as the Smugmug API key) can be changed by modifying the
ENV lines in the Dockerfile (and then running
🛠 Building the site (without Docker)
To get the site running locally you will need:
- A working Ruby environment (preferably version 2.4, for which you may need rvm)
- Bundler installed
- Node.js 8.x (and no higher, for which you may need nvm)
- Gulp, CoffeeScript, and Bower.
We'll get that sorted, then install the project.
We don't recommend doing it this way on vanilla Windows, though if you use the WSL you can follow the Ubuntu instructions.
1. Setting up your system
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash -to setup and add a PPA for Node JS 8.x rather than a newer version.
sudo apt install ruby-dev rubygems nodejs libffi-devfor an up to date Ruby with development bits and the Gem package manager, Node.js and its package manager npm.
sudo gem install bundlerfor the Ruby depenancy manager.
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/nodebecause some Node packages put it in the wrong place.
sudo npm install -g gulp coffeescript bowerfor Gulp, CoffeeScript, and Bower.
macOSFor ease, we recommend installing Homebrew.
brew install rvm nvmfor the Ruby and Node version managers
rvm use 2.4to use Ruby 2.4
nvm install 8 && nvm use 8to install and use Node 8. You may need to use Node 10 if npm does not work.
gem install bundlerfor the Ruby dependency manager.
npm install -g gulp coffeescript bowerfor Gulp, CoffeeScript, and Bower.
2. Project Install
bundle config --local path vendor/bundleto install the Ruby packages to within the repository folder. Helpful if you are working on multiple different projects.
bundle installto install all the Ruby dependencies the project needs to build.
npm installto install all the Node dependencies the project needs to build.
- You may also need to run
npm link gulp-v3to get our version of gulp to behave.
- You may also need to run
bower installto install all the frontend dependencies the project needs to build.
gulp buildto build the site to _site.
gulp debugdoes the same but skips minification and enables Jekyll's incremental builds.
gulp serverto serve the site using the built in webserver. Changes to Sass & Coffee files will trigger an automatic frontend rebuild and reload. Content (Jekyll) changes will not, this is because Jekyll takes a considerable time to run.
gulpcommands don't work (
'build' is not in your gulpfile), try using
node_modules/.bin/gulp build) instead.
To get more verbose output from Jekyll, run
export JEKYLL_LOG_LEVEL=debug before building.
After building the site you can run the test suite with
gulp test. Currently we test for bad links, valid image tags, script references and the validity of site JSON feeds.
Bear in mind you may want to disable htmltest's external link checking as this may take some time on a consumer internet connection.
You may also test the syntax of YAML front-matter via
Branches pushed to the GitHub repo are have preview builds deployed on Netlify, you can find links to the most recent ones here: https://app.netlify.com/sites/history-project-dev/deploys.
📷 Asset Storage
All photographs, image assets, and videos under 20 minutes in length are stored using the theatre's SmugMug.
Other binary assets are stored under
assets/ using Git LFS. This separates these large files from the main repository. If you do not have LFS set up on your machine please do not attempt to commit assets as this would bloat the repository.
💌 Special Thanks
- Browser testing tools generously provided by BrowserStack.
This project as a whole isn't particularly helpful for other organizations, what we're doing here can be described as coding in the open, rather than building an open source project. That said parts of the project may be of interest or use to others. This repository is a mix of source and content, as such there are two licences that apply.
- All source files (HTML templates, Sass, CoffeeScript, Ruby, shell scripts) are released under the MIT licence.
- All content files (HTML files, Markdown, YAML datafiles, images, graphics) are copyright © The Nottingham New Theatre 2016.