This initial post is to document how to configure the base Jekyll installation so that it’s ready for blogging, with posts displaying on the main page, an archives page that lists all the posts, an about page for a personal description and social media info in the footer.

Jekyll customized for blogging

The actual Jekyll installation is covered in the docs. It’s pretty straight forward. Setting up free hosting with Github is covered here.

For details of the modifications I made to the vanilla install have a look through the commits in the Github repo up to this commit.

Jekyll new install git commits

I’m using Prose.io to edit posts in my web browser. Prose knows about Jekyll so you can create drafts and publish posts, it’s also open source.