Worry-free deploying to GitHub Pages using Jekyll
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Kickster provides a basic Jekyll project setup packed with web best practises and useful optimization tools increasing your overall project quality. Kickster ships with automated and worry-free deployment scripts for GitHub Pages.


Install the gem:

gem install kickster

Execute gem and scaffold Kickster files:

kickster new site_name

Setup your environment:

cd site_name


Run Jekyll:

bundle exec jekyll serve

Used tools:

If you do not want the Kickster setup but just the deploy scripts then copy them from the bin folder.

Deploy to GitHub Pages

Run this in the root project folder in your console:


Don't forget to enable your repository on Circle CI and update the _config.yml file!

Automated deployment with Circle CI

Automated deployment is by default not included in your Kickster generated Jekyll project. Please follow the steps below to include automated deployment.

Note that changes will only deploy when your code is merged into master.

1. Copy the required automated deploy script

Copy the automated script inside the /bin folder of your project (make sure the file has execute permissions!).

2. Update circle.yml

Replace your circle.yml file with this one. And adjust the following 2 lines with your information:

- USER_NAME: <your-github-username>
- USER_EMAIL: <your-github-email>

3. Enable Circle CI.

Make sure you enabled your repository on Circle CI. In Circle CI go to Project settings > Checkout SSH Keys and create a new User key. This is required to push to the GitHub repo from a script (permissions).

Screenshot of user key creating in Circle CI

That's it, start pushing changes and enjoy your automated deployments from now on!

Want to use Travis CI? Click here to view all info on how to setup.


Need help with setting up Kickster? Join me on Gitter and I help you out.

If you found a bug please report it in GitHub issues.


MIT License


  1. Fork it ( https://github.com/[my-github-username]/kickster/fork )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request

Big thanks to @wouterw for helping out with his Ruby magic.