This week, I finally started a project that is long overdue: Learning Jekyll to relaunch two websites. Overall, I’m seeming to come to terms with it pretty quickly. I already knew the Frontmatter concept from Bunch, and I also have some very basic understanding of Ruby thanks to Sonic Pi.
Since Brett has a dozen years of experience and might have influenced a lot of you to also switch to Jekyll, I wondered if any of you would have some tips for beginners?
I’ll start by sharing my three big ones from installation and setup:
- When installing Ruby on an M1/M2 Mac, your installation might fail. I followed the instructions on the Medium post by Can Erten to install Ruby successfully.
- I couldn’t get additional Pages to appear in the main menu in the preinstalled minima theme. Only after I explicitly declared the markdown files in
_config.ymlvia the header_pages: parameter, I was able to force Jekyll to include them in the header.
- Jekyll comes with minima 2.5.x installed, not with version 3 that’s available on GitHub. So don’t try to activate skins or any other features that are presented there.
I’m looking forward to your workarounds, suggestions, themes and plug-ins!