This was my second attempt at setting up Jekyll and after a few hours from start to finish I was done.

I managed to get it working durring attempt one but decided to delete everything and start from scratch to make sure I understood what I did.

Here are my steps and setup:

Note: I set this up using a VM on a Windows machine. To do this I had to setup port forwarding (I used port 4000 to 4000) and set the host when building and starting the local dev server.

Originally I saw a talk at WebU2016 about Jekyll and thought I’d try it. Next I checked out the Jekyll docs and the Github docs.

First, I create a git repo, go to it and look inside.

git init my-jekyll-site-boykoc`
cd my-jekyll-site-boykoc/`

Then I created a Gemfile because there wasn’t anything in the directory.

nano Gemfile

In the Gemfile I added the following lines to get the needed gem.

source 'https://rubygems.org'
gem 'github-pages', group: :jekyll_plugins

Then install the gem and its dependencies.

bundle install

Then create a new Jekyll site.

bundle exec jekyll new . --force

This build replaces the Gemfile. You have to open it and comment out the "jekyll", "3.2.1" line and uncomment the gem "github-pages", group :jekyll_plugins line.

nano Gemfile

After you update the Gemfile you need to bundle update to update your Gemfile.lock.

bundle update

After this I added my Github origin. I had already created a new Github repo. For User pages to work you need to follow the instructions. Basically you need to make sure the report name is your username.github.io.

git remote add origin https://github.com/boykoc/boykoc.github.io.git

Check your status and add all files, commit then push.

git status
git add .
git commit -m "Initial Jekyll build."
git push -u origin master

Open a browser and go to boykoc.github.io and BAM, new site.

Then to build and start locally run bundle exec jekyll serve --host Again, I’m setting the host to work with virtual box. Those familiur with Rails will notice the similarities.

The css is a bit messed up because the domain is wrong in the _config.yml. You can remove the example url and it’ll work nicely.

At this point I created a base-build branch for fun and reference.