Local Installation

Install jekyll gem install jekyll

Creating a Blog

Navigate to wherever you want to store your blog files on your local machine, and create a new blog like so:

jekyll new awesomeblog

This will create an awesomeblog directory containing the configuration files, posts directory and other required bits. Now you can change to that directory and fire up a server process to preview it in your browser.

cd awesomeblog
jekyll serve

Jekyll will build your blog, and after a few seconds you should be able to visit http://localhost:4000 in your browser.

Now let’s initialize a Git repository in the same directory, so any changes you make can be tracked.

git init
git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit"

Prepare the Server

gem install jekyll

Second, change to your home directory and create a new “bare repository” to deploy to.

cd ~/
mkdir repos && cd repos
mkdir awesomeblog.git && cd awesomeblog.git
git init --bare

Following that, we need to set up a post-update hook. This is a shell script that Git runs when files are pushed to a repository. Create it like so:

cd hooks
touch post-update
nano post-update

Now paste in the following script, adjusting the variables accordingly.

#!/bin/bash -l

# bundle update jekyll
JEKYLL_ENV=production bundle exec jekyll build --source $TMP_GIT_CLONE --destination $PUBLIC_WWW

Save the file. Then give the file executable permissions.

chmod +x post-update

Add a Git Remote

Back on your local machine, add a remote to your blog’s Git repository.

git remote add droplet user@example.org:repos/awesomeblog.git

Now you should be able to push your latest commits to the server with the following command:

git push droplet master

Any time you make a new blog post in Jekyll, commit the changes to the Git repository and push to your Server. The cloud server will build the site and the changes will go live within seconds.

Install ruby

curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby=2.0.0