18 Feb 2013

New Blog Ftw


Kyle Ledbetter / Blog

Thanks for stopping by my new experiment. This blog isn’t powered by your traditional CMS. If you’re from the Joomla, Drupal or Wordpress world this might just blow your mind.

Built on Github Pages and Jekyll Bootstrap

I think I’ve heard of Github Pages, refresh my memory though

Github pages are sites/pages hosted directly from your Github repo. Isn’t that cool as hell? You can host a flat html page or make it dynamic with Jekyll. You just need to create a repo that matches your username like username.github.com and push to the master branch, and Github handles the rest! You can of course point your domain to github.

Right. What is Jekyll?

Jekyll is a parsing engine bundled as a ruby gem used to build static websites from dynamic components such as templates, partials, liquid code, markdown, etc. Jekyll is known as “a simple, blog aware, static site generator”.

Ok, then what is Jekyll Bootstrap?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. A Bootstrap theme slapped on top of Jekyll. It’s got a lot of other cool features.

New Tech & Toys

I’ve been a web CMS guy for so long (and I still loves me some Joomla), but it was time for a change. I love bleeding-edge tech and always want to try new shiny things. I also have what I call “web-ADHD” (squirrel!). These are probably the reasons I’ve done well in business and work, but these are also the reasons I had to change. Learning how to build on Github pages, Jekyll and a bit of Ruby has been really fun.

New Workflows

In Joomla sites I always find myself turning off JCE/TinyMCE throughout writing a blog post. I also think if you need more than markdown in a blog you’re probably doint it wrong. Lastly for “static” pages I’d rather develop them offline in Coda 2 or Espresso instead of cramming all that html into a Joomla article. These are many of the reasons I’m thrilled about my new workflow:

  1. Write post locally in markdown using Mou
  2. Save > Commit > Push to Github master using Tower
  3. Enjoy coffee and/or beer

Bonus: Free Hosting & Backups

Oh yeah, Github happens to be a versioned repository and hosting is free.

Shortcomings (had to be some right?)

I can’t figure out how to order the damn left nav! :)


References

Github Pages / Jekyll Bootstrap


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