Research Group Web Site Template
This is a Jekyll-based Web site intended for research groups. Your group should be able to get up and running with minimal fuss.
This project originated at the University of Washington. You can see the machinery working live at our site.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
- Thanks to Jekyll, content is just text files. So even faculty should be able to figure it out.
- Publications list generated from BibTeX.
- Personnel list. Organize your professors, students, staff, and alumni.
- Combined news stream and blog posts.
- Easily extensible navigation bar.
- Responsive (mobile-ready) design based on Bootstrap.
- Install the dependencies. You will need Python, bibble (
pip install bibble), and Jekyll (
gem install jekyll).
- Fork this repository on GitHub.
- Clone the fork to your own machine:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:yourgroup/research-group-web.git.
- Add an "upstream" remote for the original repository so you can stay abreast of bugfixes:
git remote add upstream git://github.com/uwsampa/research-group-web.git.
- Customize. Start with the
_config.ymlfile, where you enter the name of the site and its URL.
maketo build the site and then run
make serveto view your site.
- Keep adding content. See below for instructions for each of the various sections.
- Periodically pull from the upstream repository:
git pull upstream master.
The list of publications is in
make will generate
pubs.html, which contains a pretty, sorted HTML-formatted list of papers. The public page,
publications.html, also has a link to download the original BibTeX.
News Items and Blog Posts
For both long-form blog posts and short news updates, we use Jekyll's blogging system. To post a new item of either type, you create a file in the
_posts directory using the naming convention
YYYY-MM-DD-title-for-url.md. The date part of the filename always matters; the title part is currently only used for full blog posts (but is still required for news updates).
The file must begin with YAML front matter. For news updates, use this:
--- layout: post shortnews: true ---
For full blog posts, use this format:
--- layout: post title: "Some Great Title Here" ---
And concoct a page title for your post. The body of the post goes after the
--- in either case.
You can also customize the icon that is displayed on the news feed. By default it's
newspaper-o. We use icons from the FontAwesome icon set.
To create a project, just create a markdown file in the
_projects folder. Here are the things you can put in the YAML frontmatter:
title:The project title.
notitle:Set this to
trueif you don't want a title displayed on the project card. Optional.
description:The text shown in the project card. It supports markdown.
people:The people working on the project. This is a list of keys from the
layout: projectThis sets the layout of the actual project page. It should be set to
image:The URL of an image for the project. This is shown on both the project page and the project card. Optional.
last-updated:Date in the format of
YYYY-MM-DD. The project cards are sorted by this, most recent first.
status: inactiveSet this to
inactiveif don't want the project to appear on the front page. Just ignore it otherwise.
link:Set this to an external URL if this project has a page somewhere else on the web. If you don't have a
link:, then the content of this markdown file (below the YAML frontmatter) will be this project's page.
no-link: trueSet this if you just don't want a project page for your project.
People are listed in a YAML file in
_data/people.yml. You can list the name, link, bio, and role of each person. Roles (e.g., "Faculty", "Staff", and "Students") are defined in
The requirements for building the site are:
- Jekyll: run
gem install jekyll
- bibble: available on
- ssh and rsync, only if you want to deploy directly.
make compiles the bibliography and the website content to the
directory. To preview the site, run `jekyll serve`` and head to
Deploying to Your Sever
To set up deployments, edit the Makefile and look for the lines where
DIR are defined. Change these to the host where your HTML files should be copied to.
To upload a new version of the site via rsync over ssh, type
make deploy. A web hook does this automatically when you push to GitHub. Be aware that the Makefile is configured to have rsync delete stray files from the destination directory.