It’s been some time since my last post and my personal configuration changed a bit. This website moved from my RaspberryPi to a “real” server, because there are still so many things I want to try with the RPi. But this doesn’t change anything regarding the configuration I showed. So let’s continue with building a self-hosted blog!

In my last post I talked about Jekyll, a nice alternative to Wordpress. It works without any configuration and lets you create a blog in no-time. The default design is very functional and minimalistic, which is sufficient to share your thoughts with the world. But if you want to add your own style, like custom CSS or a commenting system, it’s still a lot of work.

Jekyll Bootstrap is a really easy way to spice things up. All you have to do: clone the Jekyll Bootstrap repository, edit the configuration and blog away! It works just like Jekyll, with the key difference that you get shiny CSS (even optimized for mobile browsers!), social buttons and a commenting system for free.


git clone

This gives you a repository where you can write your blogs just like you would do with Jekyll. But on top of that, there is a file _config.yml: this file let’s you add all the nice stuff. You only need to configure some variables, like a provider for the commenting system (e.g. disqus). Use jekyll serve to try it out. Jekyll Bootstrap is Jekyll on steroids!

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10 March 2015