I’ve been on a static site generator kick the last couple of years and use Jekyll to publish this page and everything else found on the site. The basic idea is I write a bunch of text in Markdown and Jekyll spits out a set of files1 that I upload to a webserver.
As far as Jekyll plugins, I use the following:
- jekyll-sitemap: silently generates a sitemaps.org compliant sitemap.
- jekyll-archives: generates tag archive pages.
- related-posts-jekyll-plugin: replaces Jekyll’s
related_postsfunction to use tags to calculate better post relationships.
- jemoji: adds GitHub-flavored emoji to Jekyll with the use of Liquid tags.
If you’re really interested in the specifics of how the site is built I’ve made its source available on GitHub for anyone to fork and download. And because I’m such a cool dude I’ve also open sourced a couple of Jekyll themes for you to use and abuse — you’re welcome!
Hosting and Other Stuff
- Web hosting provided by Media Temple via their Grid – Shared Hosting plan.
- Domain name registered with Hover
- Icons from SimpleIcon and Noun Project
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