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Installing Locally


You need to install Ruby. After you install Ruby you can simply install Bundler: gem install bundler

Then to get the necessary gems for the site you run bundle install from the project root.

You will most likely get an SSL error while trying to build so you need to grab then install it anywhere (e.g. Ruby folder) and add it to your PATH.

OPTIONAL If you want to edit or create posts more easily (instead of by hand), you can uncomment - jekyll-admin in _config.yml to use the admin interface at localhost:4000/admin. This change does not need to be committed as jekyll-admin is local only. I would recommend leaving it otherwise commented as it appears to disable file watching while editing the site design.

OPTIONAL If you are ever designing new pages and need to change \bower_components in order to add package dependencies you will need to install Node.js/npm. You must then install Bower with npm install -g bower. From there you can add Bower packages to the project root's bower.json and then run bower install or you can run bower install <package>.

Building and Running

To build the site locally you run jekyll build. To serve the site locally you can run jekyll serve. This will serve from localhost:4000 and will watch for any changed files so that changes will show up as you make them.

To view what the site would look like with the posts in _drafts published you can run jekyll serve --drafts.


Jekyll will parse any file with front matter at the very beginning of the file. Empty front matter looks like so:


You can also include the following variables:

Variable Description Format
layout: Which template to choose in _layouts. default, page, post
title: Text which shows in the webpage title and also the jumbotron <string>
date: Used to sort a post in chronological order. Also used in feed.xml. YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS +/-TTTT
category: What category your post belongs in. <string>
categories: What categories your post belongs in. [<string>, ...]
tags: A list of tags relevant to the post. [<string>, ...]
excerpt: Text which shows in the page meta description. If used in a post it will act as the synopsis on the front page. <string>
subtitle: Text which shows under the title in the jumbotron. <string>
menu: Which navbar item is to have the class selected <string>
toc: Whether this page should have an auto-generated table of contents. true | false
geopattern: A custom string input for the jumbotron SVG background. Otherwise it uses title: <string>
navbar: Used to override the navbar style for this page. navbar-inverse navbar-inversed
css: Custom CSS to include on this page. Must install to /assets/css/ but only list the filename. [<string>, ...]
js: Custom JS to include on this page. Must install to /assets/js/ but only list the filename. [<string>, ...]

A common example of front matter for a post would be

layout: post
title:  "Example Post"
date:   2017-05-10 13:25:35 +0200
categories: nifskope releases


To avoid publishing manually, you may use jekyll-admin if you have uncommented it in _config.yml and restarted jekyll. The admin interface will be available at localhost:4000/admin. You can include custom front matter variables in the field below the post text.


Placing any Markdown or HTML file in _posts with valid front matter will publish the file to the site. Where it goes will depend on the front matter such as the layout and what categories are listed. A post layout with categories: nifskope releases will get published to /nifskope/releases/.

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Most posts should likely consist of two categories: the project or main product name and a subcategory such as releases e.g. categories: nifskope releases or categories: blender releases. If posting about general developmental news or about multiple projects, use something like category: updates.


A page layout titled will get published to /mypage if it is in the project root.

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