Walkthrough Jekyll

Getting settled in (part 1)

May 31, 2018

Up until I finish these “Getting settled in” posts, the site is using a boring old default minima theme. It’s actually really well rounded, but me being me, I can’t live with default.

As usual, we’ll start the post with a new branch.

$ git checkout -b assets


For part 1 of this part of this “Let’s start from scratch” series, we’re finally getting around to installing asset dependencies with the help of Bower.

No site is complete without jquery, and for prettys I am ditching bourbon in favor of bulma.

First we’ll create a .bowerrc file that disables usage statistics, and tells Bower where to save the dependencies.

    "analytics": false,
    "directory": "src/_assets/vendor"

Then we’ll initialize the bower.json file. Get ready to answer some questions.

$ bower init

Install jquery and bulma which creates the src/_assets/vendor directory. On a side note, we’ll be in that src/_assets/ directory a whole bunch.

$ bower install --save <package>

Let’s scope out bower.json real quick.

  "name": "burdendotcc",
  "authors": [
    "burden <burden@burden.cc>"
  "description": "",
  "main": "",
  "license": "",
  "homepage": "burden.cc",
  "ignore": [
  "dependencies": {
    "jquery": "^3.2.1",
    "bulma": "^0.7.1"

Update .gitignore.


Add an assets: section to _config.yml.

destination: www
  - _assets/vendor
  digest: true
  compression: true
  gzip: false
    js: { integrity: false } # true on JEKYLL_ENV=production
    css: { integrity: false } # true on JEKYLL_ENV=production
    img: { integrity: false } # true on JEKYLL_ENV=production
    css: false
    js: uglifier

Wrapping everything up, we need to make a quick addition to .travis.yml, telling it to do the bower thing before building.

  - npm install -g bower
  - bower install

At this stage, we’re not doing anything with the dependencies yet. Next time around, we’ll do something about that. Let’s commit and move on.

$ git add .
$ git commit -m "Adding customize post pt1"