Blogging like a Hacker – Jekyll Tutorial


is a simple, blog-aware, static site generator. You can do a lot of things with Jekyll. Here instead of explaining about Jekyll I will write how easily you can make your blog in few minutes with Jekyll.

I assume that you are doing this on either Linux OS or Mac OS as we will be working on terminal. And also, I am assuming that you have already installed ruby(programming language) in your computer. If you have not installed then please google installing ruby or something or follow this link.

After installing you can be sure by checking the ruby version using

ruby -v

In my case I get output as:

$ ruby -v

ruby 2.2.5p319 (2016-04-26 revision 54774) [x86_64-linux]

Now, lets install Jekyll

gem install jekyll

You can verify by

jekyll -v

now lets create a blog, in my case my blog name is “nepal”, replace nepal with you what you want

jekyll new nepal

let move inside nepal directory

cd nepal

if we do jekyll serve we will get error, we need to install bundler, so lets do

gem install bundler

after it completes,

bundle install

now lets do

jekyll serve

it will successfully build our website and gives the localhost address like , lets open up this link in our browser!

Voila !! Our site is up!!

We can see that the basic site is up with one page and one blog post auto genereated by Jekyll. Also, our site is mobile responsive. This is great!

Now lets try pushing it to Github so that we can publish our site live.

in our terminal lets stop the server by Ctrl+C command.

now lets initialize Git in this site and do steps as below:

git init
git add .
git commit -m "your message here"

The default branch will be master, to host on Github its recommended to use gh-pages branch as when pushed to this branch, github will automatically publish our site.

lets create new gh-pages branch by

git branch gh-pages

switch to new branch

git checkout gh-pages

For this first lets goto Github and Sign Up if we don’t have account.

  • Now lets make a new repository and add the remote to our site by copying as github gives the origin
  • I made a repo with name huhuhu, give it an awesome name 😀

then move to terminal and run the command to add the remote:

git remote add origin

Finally lets push to this repo by

git push origin gh-pages

It migh ask for your github username , give your email address and provide your password.

Now if we go to our github account and find our new repo and go to its setting then there will be the deployed link of our site, sth like click on the link, and your site is live!!

If you want to make this site in your desired domain name then you can easily achieve this by adding a CNAME to your repo. Before I assume that you have a domain name like mine is, so we can do this by :

in our local computer inside our jekyll site , lets make a new file in the same place as where index.html is located

Inside this file add your domain name , I would write: 

and save it under filename CNAME all in capital letters with no any extension.

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After adding lets again push it to github, the general procedure for pushing changes is:

git add .
git commit -m "CNAME added"
git push origin gh-pages

Now, your site is live at your desired domain name.

Adding a new Page in Jekyll Site

Nothing is easier than adding a new page in Jekyll site. For this we just need to make a new file with markdown extension.

Also, the best part of Jekyll pages is when we add any pages it will automatically go into navbar, we don’t need to add our page to menu link manually.

Here I am trying to make a new page Contact for this what I do is make a new file in the same location as where index.html is located and add the following yaml front matters in the head.

title: Contact
permalink: "/contact/"
layout: page

This defines how our page will be, its layout and its title and permalink which are self explanatory. Remember if you don’t add this few piece of lines to your pages then they would look so ugly. 😀

You can add your desired content below the last --- lines which will be directly delivered to site. You can use both html and markdown.

For instance I am adding following random contents:

You can call me directly at 01010101 or send a message in fb.

After this I will save the file with extension .md, my filename is If you want certain pages to appear in menu before the other, how can you do?

Jekyll automatically sorts pages in navbar alphabetically according to their filename. So in our case, about would come first before Contact, to make Contact come first is you can make it alphabetically come before about to do this I would easily add some letters to the filename. 😀 So, my new filename is . Now, Contact Comes before About 😀 😀

Adding a new Post in Jekyll – Blogging with Jekyll

In Jekyll to add either page or page, we need to create a new file. To add a new post, we create a new file and add front matter to it, the general structure would be:

title: My New Post
date: 2014-06-06 04:06:47 Z
categories: random
layout: post

Like in page, the content of post will go below ---, we can use html or markdown or both. For a single post, we need to add a new file.

And while saving the file there is one strict rule that must be followed, we should save the post’s file in order : first date and file name

for instance I have saved this blog post as

As above, we need to save each post files inside our ** _posts ** folder. The general rule is we should start writing with Date and then file name


Some examples of post file names are:

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About the Author
Lakshman Basnet
Nepali Digital Media Marketer currently based in Adelaide, South Australia who apart from playing with his cat - Eleven, also enjoys developing web content, publishing blogs and YouTube videos in his free time.

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