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Sugar Labs

Sugar Labs web site


  • to announce our vision and mission,
  • to invite potential users of Sugar Labs software,
  • to advertise our free software and licensing approach,
  • to provide links to software downloads, and;
  • to invite potential developers to the source code we hold in trust.


Content on the site; that is information about Sugar, Sugarizer, or Music Blocks, is way more important than the style or appearance.

Please concentrate on updating the content of the site, and not the style or appearance.

For your pull requests or issues to be taken seriously, you must be a user or developer of one of our software products; Sugar, Sugarizer, or Music Blocks.


The site was redesigned during Google Summer of Code in 2017, and then informally reviewed by untainted readers in Google Code-in 2017. Many issues were created then, but most did not have consensus. Most of the issues addressed style and appearance rather than the relevance or accuracy of the content. Since then, we have decided to concentrate on keeping the content updated.

GSOC 2017 redesigned ""

These notes were part of a project that has since been merged.


This repository contains the code for the redesigned version of "". This repository code base was used for the development of the GSOC 2017 project Giving Sugar Labs Website a New Look under the organization Sugar Labs. The changes, made by Pericherla Seetarama Raju and overseen by Samson Goddy, Hrishi Patel, and Walter Bender during the 2017 GSOC period, can be viewed at #63. The work during GSOC was done in the repository A live preview of the website is hosted using Github pages and can be viewed at The code uses the same Jekyll environment as that of the original website's code. Do check out the code!

Major Services

We have integrated three major features with the help of third party services:

  1. Website users tracking - We have used the Google Analytics service to track users on the website and get a more detailed analysis of the user's usage.
  2. Newsletter subscription through email - We have used the Mailchimp service to let users subscribe to our newsletters through their emails.

Feedback/Suggestions and Issues

Feedback/Suggestions are always welcome and do mention any issues found. They can be provided through the Issues section of this repository


License Information

The license information of all the dependencies/libraries used in the code can be found in the LicenseInformation.txt file in the root folder.

Usage of code snippets:

For a few parts of the code, I have used code snippets available online. The list of all the code snippets which I referred to are:

  1. CodePen-Martinvd
  2. Bootstrapious
  3. Bootsnipp
  4. W3schools
  5. Hongkiat
  6. Codepen-Zachsaffrin
  7. CodePen-Yewnork
  8. Fiddle
  9. Pixelflips

Base template:

Base template has been designed and developed by Themefisher. For a preview, check out this link -

Code and Contribution

The code has been restructured, unnecessary code has been removed, comments were added wherever required, proper indentation was provided, and simple names were used which makes it a contributor-friendly codebase. So, hope on and contribute now!

How to run the code

Getting the code

  1. Fork this Repository.

  2. Clone your forked copy of the project.

git clone<your_user_name>/www-sugarlabs.git
  1. Navigate to the project directory 📁.
cd www-sugarlabs


Install Ruby and the Gem package manager (pre-installed in Mac OS X) and install jekyll and its related packages available in the Github hosted version by running, from this directory:

bundle install;


Jekyll can run a local web server that rebuilds each time you save a page while editing (Execute the below command from root directory):

bundle exec jekyll serve --incremental;

Then open http://localhost:4000


If some changes are not visible (after saving a page while editing), please restart the Jekyll local web server and reload http://localhost:4000.

Important points to be noted

  1. Whenever the code is changed, please ensure that the relevant code changes are reflected in main.js file (For example, if a slideshow is disabled, make sure the id of the slideshow element/section is also disabled in the main.js file if it exists).
  2. Few dependencies/libraries do not work well with other dependencies/libraries, so make sure to test before updating the dependencies/libraries.
  3. Whenever the website hosting is shifted to another url/domain, please ensure to change the internal url references and also the sitemap.txt file.
  4. Do check Answers to a few questions section to get answers to a few of the questions you might have or for steps to be followed.
  5. Be careful when changing the cache control code present in the .htaccess file.
  6. Whenever the dependency/library versions are changed, please update the local files of those dependencies as these local files are referenced when the cdn does not work.
  7. The current website uses customized versions of a few social media icons (service provided by Ion Icons). We do our customizations in a scss file (/css/ion_icon_customization.scss file in our case). Please be careful when updating this file. (Also refer to How to change social media icon colors? the subsection in Answers to few questions section)

Some Developer Notes

All internal URLs are referenced through absolute paths and not relative paths. This website primaritally uses HTML, (S)CSS, Javascript, JQuery, and Bootstrap.

Navigation bar / Header

We have 3 header designs based on the screen sizes:

  1. header for screen sizes greater than 1260px
  2. header for (screen sizes greater than or equal to 768px and less than or equal to 1260px)
  3. header for screen sizes less than 768px


We render 2 types of logos displayed in the header:

  1. Dynamic logo
  2. Static logo

Dynamic logo

This is a svg version of Sugar Labs logo and we have a code snippet in main.js file to alter the svg code and change color of logo randomly everytime.

Static logo

This is the png version of Sugar Labs logo with no color changing functionality.

The dynamic logo is enabled for:

  1. Safari
  2. Chrome
  3. Opera
  4. Firefox
  5. Edge
  6. Small devices browsers like on Android|BlackBerry|iPhone|iPad|iPod|Opera Mini|IEMobile


However due to several issues, I disabled the dynamic logo and rendered static logo for all the other browsers.


For other browsers apart from those mentioned below, the loader, dynamic logo are disabled.

  1. Safari
  2. Chrome
  3. Opera
  4. Firefox
  5. Edge
  6. Internet Explorer
  7. Small devices browsers like on Android|BlackBerry|iPhone|iPad|iPod|Opera Mini|IEMobile


The dynamic logo is also disabled for Internet Explorer.


The loader screen is enabled for:

  1. Safari
  2. Chrome
  3. Opera
  4. Firefox
  5. Edge
  6. Internet Explorer
  7. Small devices browsers like on Android|BlackBerry|iPhone|iPad|iPod|Opera Mini|IEMobile


To reduce animations, we disabled the loader for all the other browsers.


The font being used is the Google font, Varela round. When we call the font sheet directly, it is not properly rendered on certain browsers, so we hosted the required font sheets in the fonts folder itself. For more details, please refer to How to add/change the new font? the subsection in the Answers to a few questions section.

Design Layout of Website/Project

The following pages share a similar design: index.html about-us.html about-irc.html about-libre-software-culture.html booting-soas.html contact-us.html inquiry.html more.html music-blocks.html press.html sugar-forraspberry-pi.html turtle-blocks-js.html

The following pages share a similar design: parents.html school-administrators.html students.html sugar-for-raspbian.html sugar-lesson-plans.html sugar-stories.html

The relevant pages can be checked to adopt a similar design.

Answers to Few Questions

How to remove loader?

  1. Go to index.html file.
  2. Go to the Loader section (check comments) and remove the whole section.

How to alter disabling?

  1. Go to main.js file.
  2. Go to Disabling code section (check comments) and change the code accordingly.
  3. Take a look at the attributes of elements being changed in the airspace.css file also and carefully change the code.

How to change background image in main page?

  1. Go to airspace.css file.
  2. Under the slider id css, enter the url of new background image in the background attribute.

How to add new page?

  1. Create a new html page in the root directory.
  2. Enter the required intial information for the new page (Take the help of the intial information available in other html pages).
  3. In the sitemap.txt file, add the declaration of the new page (take the help of other page declarations).

How to change video thumbnail?

  1. Go to index.html file.
  2. Go to the About Sugar section (check comments) adn add the new thumbnail url in the poster attribute of the html video tag.

How to add/change new font?

  1. Go to fontsquirrel.
  2. Search the required font and go the specified page.
  3. Under Webfont Kit, enable all font formats and click Download @font-face kit.
  4. Add all the font format files to the fonts folder.
  5. Go to the googlefonts.css file and add those references.

How to alter Google analytics code?

  1. Go to Google Analytics.
  2. Your account needs admin rights so ask Samson Goddy for admin permissions.
  3. Log in using this account.
  4. Get the final code from website.
  5. Go to footer.html file
  6. Replace the existing code with the final code under the Google analytics code section (check comments).

How to change logo?

  1. Go to nav.html file.
  2. Please be aware that we have 2 types of headers/navigation bars and for each header, we have 2 logos associated(static and dynamic)(refer to Logo subsection in About the website/project section). Code is written to accommodate both the logos and the necessary disabling is done in the main.js file.

Changing dynamic logo

  1. To change the dynamic logo, replace the new svg in space of the existing svg logo path in nav.html file.
  2. Do this for the 2 header sections in nav.html file.
  3. Go to main.js file.
  4. We have code to change colours of dynamic logo under Colour changing affect of logo section (check comments).
  5. Change/add code there.

Changing static logo

  1. To change the static logo, replace the new png in space of the existing png logo path in nav.html file.
  2. Do this for the 2 header sections in nav.html file.

How to change cache control?

  1. Go to .htaccess file
  2. Change/Edit the code there.

How to change social media icon colors?

  1. Go to /css/ion_icon_customization.scss file.
  2. Find the color section you wish the change (it is commented)
  3. Change the variable here only.
  4. Do not change the code below the variables unless you wish to add or remove a color instead of changing a color.