Jekyll Static site demo with Netlify CMS
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This Jekyll Demo site is meant to showcase how a typical site can be created with Jekyll. It features a mix of developer friendly aspects such as galleries built from the file system, along with Client friendly features using Netlify CMS for basic editing that a client can login and update content via a web UI.

Live Demo

Features at a Glance

  • Gulp.js build allows for SASS/SCSS and JS/Babel processing.
  • live reloading local development with Browser Sync
  • Homepage markup freedom that lets developers go wild!
  • Use partials/includes for re-useable content such as headers, footer and calls to action (_include/call-to-action.html) that is easy to maintain.
  • Dynamic page content from .CSV files that is easy for clients to manage using Excel.
  • Image gallery built from images in the file system. Developers simply add an image to a folder and the gallery is updated.
  • Netlify CMS integration allows editing page content as well as creating News.
  • Contact form uses Netlify Forms to receive submissions which can be piped to other services
  • Uses Jekyll \_data to output content like variables across multiple pages, making content easy to maintain.

Getting started

This project requires first that Jekyll be installed along with the Node.js. If its your first time run gem install jekyll bundler to install both Jekyll and Bundler locally.

After cloning the project

  • run bundle install to install gem dependencies

  • run npm install to install npm modules

  • run gulp to start live development

    Deploy to Netlify


The theme and JS files are located in the /assets/_scss and /assets/js folder. Gulp will process these files and build the sites final CSS and JS files.

Netlify CMS Integration

The Netlify CMS edits the YAML files in _data/* along with the _posts folder for the sites News. By allowing the Netlify CMS to edit mainly the _data files, you are free to use complex markup on the rest of the site pages (more than markdown provides), and to pull in Netlify CMS managed content you simply tell Jekyll to output {{ }} which coresponds to the _data/home.yml to access the Netlify CMS managed YAMl data.

Each _.html page will need a corresponding _.yml file that the Netlify CMS will edit. So you can control exactly what the client can edit.

You can have Netlify CMS save content as Markdown, and have Jekyll process it into html using the markdownify Liquid filter ex. {{ | markdownify }}

This demo site also uses some 'Global' yaml files _data/business.yml and _data/social_media.yml that can be edited which are like site wide settings that multiple pages use such as a business address or phone number. So only one Global file needs updated, and the rest of the site is updated.

News can be created by the Netlify CMS similar to a blog example, which creates markdown files in the \_posts directory.

Directories Explained

This is a quick overview of this projects directories, and how they are used.

  • _data Jekyll Data Files which is also what Netlify CMS will mainly edit to update site pages.
  • _includes Reuseable components/partials that are used across multiple pages
  • _layouts Default Jekyll layouts
  • _posts Defautl Jekyll Posts/News articles configued to be edited by Netlify CMS
  • admin Netlify CMS configuration
  • api An example of making a static JSON file an API endpoint
  • assets SCSS/JS files mainly related to the Theme, processed by Gulp.js
  • docs A folder of static files used to build dynamic pages (Documents) based on the files in these folders, easy for a Developer to maintain.
  • img Static images as well as the Gallery Page is dynamically created from the contents of the img/gallery folder
  • uploads The location Netlify CMS editor uploads files.
  • ___.html The site pages are mainly created from these .html files which pull data from the _data directory that can be maintained from the Netlify CMS