Lagrange is a Jekyll theme that was built to be 100% compatible with GitHub Pages. If you are unfamiliar with GitHub Pages, you can check out their documentation for more information. Jonathan McGlone’s guide on creating and hosting a personal site on GitHub is also a good resource.
Jekyll is a simple, blog-aware, static site generator for personal, project, or organization sites. Basically, Jekyll takes your page content along with template files and produces a complete website. For more information, visit the official Jekyll site for their documentation.
The beauty of hosting your website on GitHub is that you don’t have to actually have Jekyll installed on your computer. Everything can be done through the GitHub code editor, with minimal knowledge of how to use Jekyll or the command line. All you have to do is add your posts to the
_posts directory and edit the
_config.yml file to change the site settings. With some rudimentary knowledge of HTML and CSS, you can even modify the site to your liking.
This can all be done through the GitHub code editor, which acts like a content management system (CMS).
To start using Jekyll right away, fork the Lagrange repository on GitHub. From there, you can rename the repository to ‘USERNAME.github.io’, where ‘USERNAME’ is your GitHub username, and edit the
_config.yml file to your liking. Ensure that you have a branch named
gh-pages. Your website should be ready immediately at ‘http://USERNAME.github.io’.
Head over to the
_posts directory to view all the posts that are currently on the website, and to see examples of what post files generally look like. You can simply just duplicate the template post and start adding your own content.
For a full local installation of Lagrange, download your own copy of Lagrange and unzip it into it’s own directory. From there, open up your favorite command line tool, and enter
jekyll serve. Your site should be up and running locally at http://localhost:4000.
The same process follows from above for adding new posts and content to your site. For a full guide on using Lagrange, check out the Working With Jekyll post.Written on December 12th, 2015 by Paul Le