I have to admit, I’ve been looking for something like Jekyll for a long time! Guys at GitHub just know how to create awesome products.

My personal website used to be written in ASP.NET, and it felt not the right tool for the job. Of course, you don’t need active server pages for a couple of HTML documents, but you do for the blog. There is always WordPress, however it’s too heavy, slow, requires to remove almost everything before desired look-and-feel. No, WP, thanks, next time.

Not speaking of free hosting!

Ok, I’m a fan now, let’s create our awesome blog. We would need a couple of useful things: Comments and Analytics.

Disqus comments

It seems that Disqus commenting system is everyone’s favourite, We’ll use it as well. Comments will be enabled by default, to disable just add comments: false to post Front Matter

{% if jekyll.environment == "production" and page.comments != false %}
   {% include disqus.html %}
{% endif %}

By the way, to highlight a Liquid template inside Liquid template we need to use raw tag

{% highlight liquid %}
{% raw %}

Don’t forget to close tags with endraw and endhighlight. This was skipped from the example, because Liquid throws syntax errors for nested tags.

disqus.html is located in _includes folder and contains universal embed code

Disqus asks to provide two config variables, page’s canonical URL and page’s unique ID. To get unique ID we’ll use additional hash generator (author).

String.prototype.hashCode = function() {
    var hash = 0, i, chr, len;
    if (this.length === 0) return hash;
    for (i = 0, len = this.length; i < len; i++) {
        chr   = this.charCodeAt(i);
        hash  = ((hash << 5) - hash) + chr;
        hash |= 0; // Convert to 32bit integer
    return hash;

var disqus_config = function () {
    this.page.url = {{ page.url | prepend: site.url }};
    this.page.identifier = this.page.url.hashCode();

Google Analytics

We just need to add a snippet to our default page template

{% if jekyll.environment == "production" %}
  {% include ga.html %}
{% endif %}

Github Pages hosting

Everything is pretty straightforward: we need to push our code to sbedulin.github.io:master and add CNAME file for a custom domain. Github gives a good overview on how to set up a custom domain, subdomains, configure DNS records, differences between CNAME and A, etc, make sure to check it out.

BTW, Github Pages sets JEKYLL_ENV to production for us.