Chapter 3. Building a Blog

Blogs are one of the most popular type of sites on the internet. In fact, WordPress, an open source blogging engine, is currently used by over 60 million bloggers.

At its heart, a blog is fairly simple. Like a diary, each entry in the blog is an individual story and typically presented to the user in reverse chronological order. Blogs will also usually have categories to organize entries. Visitors can then read more entries in a particular category to focus on things that may interest them more.

In this chapter, we’re going to build a simple blog. The static site generator we’ll be using in this chapter actually builds a blog out of the box, so not much time will be spent on building a specific blog per se. But we will demonstrate how to find a real blog template, implement it, and then create some temporary content so we can see the blog in action.

Last-Minute Change

Jekyll released a major update right before the publication of this book. While basic operations are the same, some screenshots may look slightly different on your installation. Any serious issues will be reported in the book’s errata.

Blogging with Jekyll

Jekyll is a static site generator focused on creating blogs (Figure 3-1). While it certainly can be used to build non-blog sites, out of the box its primary use is creating blogs. It also integrates natively with GitHub Pages, which provides you a free hosting option for your site as well. (Since the site has to run ...

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