Mikey's Games / A Little Bit of Jekyll

Since I’m hosting this site on GitHub Pages, it seemed sensible as a first step to get the blog aspect of the site running well using Jekyll.

First I needed to get Jekyll running locally. So I installed some software:

sudo apt install ruby ruby-dev ruby-bundler zlib1g-dev
sudo gem install jekyll

Then it was time to get Jekyll really moving. So from in the project folder:

jekyll new . --force

Then modify the Gemfile to use github-pages gem instead of jekyll. I also commented out the theme gem because I want to start from scratch with my CSS.

# Happy Jekylling!
# gem "jekyll", "~> 4.1.1"
# This is the default theme for new Jekyll sites. You may change this to anything you like.
# gem "minima", "~> 2.5"
# If you want to use GitHub Pages, remove the "gem "jekyll"" above and
# uncomment the line below. To upgrade, run `bundle update github-pages`.
gem "github-pages", group: :jekyll_plugins

Then time to update the gems and try things out.

bundle update
bundle exec jekyll serve

Open a browser pointed at and make sure it looks like anything at all.

Now it’s time to take full control of the template process. Create a _layouts folder with a default.html file inside. My initial default layout is pretty sparse for now:

<!DOCTYPE html>

    <title>{{ page.title }} @ Mikey's Games</title>
    <meta charset='utf-8'>
    <meta name='viewport' content='width=device-width, initial-scale=1, shrink-to-fit=no'>
    <link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='/css/site.css'>

    <h1><a href="/">{{ site.title }}</a> / {{ page.title }}</h1>
    {{ content }}


Then I borrowed a little CSS from existing Jekyll themes to make the code snippets on this page actually halfway readable… and I think that’s the bulk of what I needed to do to Jekyll-ify the site.

Now that the site is at a bare minimum useful state for blogging I can start working on my first game, Formula X.