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OpenSMC Landing Page Build Status

The starter website for OpenSMC, a Code for America Brigade in San Mateo County, California. Forked from Code for San Francisco


  1. Explain what OpenSMC is and the type of work we do.
  2. To celebrate our events, projects, and discussions!
  3. Encourage current and new members to participate with clear ways to get involved.

Blogging Instructions

If you are tasked with writing posts for the site blog, follow these instructions:

What you'll need:

  • a github account with access to the OpenSMC github organization. (ask somebody at OpenSMC brigade for this)

To create a new post:

  • go to
  • if the page asks you to "authorize with github", click the authorize button note: ensure you are signed in with your github account
  • create a new blog post by clicking the "new file" button there are various controls for formatting text, links and creating images

To add an image:

  • click on the add image button.
  • click "selecting one".
  • pick a file on your local computer.
  • in the "image url" field, ensure to change the url from something like "_posts/blog/yourimagename.jpg" to "images/blog/yourimagename.jpg" this is changing the path of the image to be images/blog/ rather then _posts/blog. !this is important, as the image will not work if this is not done!
  • add in alt text for the image. Alt text is important for users who browse websites using text readers.

Adding a Notification

To add a new notification:

  1. Open up _includes/header.html
  2. Click the Edit button
  3. Search for Notification
  4. Copy/paste the example and modify the title and description
  5. Preview your changes
  6. If satisfied, commit your changes with a small description of them. This will create a pull request (basically a change request) and someone will review your changes. If it is time sensitive, please reach out to someone on the website and tools team directly (see []) to have them review
  7. Later you should remove the notification by deleting it using the same process as above


Built using Jekyll, Bootstrap, and the CfAPI.


Submitting an Issue

We use GitHub Issues to track bugs and features. We've included several of our open GitHub Issues right on our homepage using the Civic Tech Issue Finder.

Running the Site Locally on Your Computer

To run the site locally on your own computer (most helpful for previewing your own changes), you will need Jekyll installed (click here for Jekyll installation instructions.)

Fork and clone the repository, then install dependencies (requires ruby and bundler).

bundle install

Finally, run the following command in the root directory of the repo:

$ bundle exec jekyll serve


$ bundle exec jekyll serve --watch

The latter will cause Jekyll to watch for file changes and automatically regenerate the HTML (though you will still need to refresh the browser). If the --watch flag does not work, try the following instead:

$ bundle exec jekyll serve --force_polling

(See here for background information on why --watch might not be working.)

Your computer should now be serving your local copy of the site at:

If the above URL does not work (e.g. when using Chrome), try:

(See this issue for more information.)

Sharing Your Changes Using Jekit

You can use the nifty Jekit app to preview changes you make to this site.

To do this, fork this repo, and commit your changes on a branch to your fork. You can then preview what your changes look like by navigating to:

For a basic example of its usage, if GitHub user @lolname has made changes to the projects page on their fork (on the master branch), they can preview their changes using Jekit by going to:

Submitting a Pull Request

  1. Fork the project.
  2. Create a topic branch.
  3. Implement your feature or bug fix.
  4. Commit and push your changes.
  5. Submit a pull request.


Initial website for Open SMC, a Code for America Brigade in San Mateo County.



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