Resources

Jekyll’s growing use is producing a wide variety of tutorials, frameworks, extensions, examples, and other resources that can be very helpful. Below is a collection of links to some of the most popular Jekyll resources.

Editors

  • sublime-jekyll: A Sublime Text package for Jekyll static sites. This package should help creating Jekyll sites and posts easier by providing access to key template tags and filters, as well as common completions and a current date/datetime command (for dating posts). You can install this package manually via GitHub, or via Package Control.
  • vim-jekyll: A vim plugin to generate new posts and run jekyll build all without leaving vim.
  • markdown-writer: An Atom package for Jekyll. It can create new posts/drafts, manage tags/categories, insert link/images and add many useful key mappings.
  • Wordpress2Jekyll: A Wordpress plugin that allows you to use Wordpress as your editor and (automatically) export content in to Jekyll. WordPress2Jekyll attempts to marry these two systems together in order to make a site that can be easily managed from all devices.

Useful Guides

Integrations

  • Use a saas service as a backend for forms (contact forms, hiring forms, etc.)
  • Jekyll Bootstrap, 0 to Blog in 3 minutes. Provides detailed explanations, examples, and helper-code to make getting started with Jekyll easier.
  • Integrating Twitter with Jekyll

    “Having migrated Justkez.com to be based on Jekyll, I was pondering how I might include my recent twitterings on the front page of the site. In the WordPress world, this would have been done via a plugin which may or may not have hung the loading of the page, might have employed caching, but would certainly have had some overheads. … Not in Jekyll.”

  • Staticman: Add user-generated content to a Jekyll site (free and open source)

Other commentary

  • ‘My Jekyll Fork’, by Mike West

    “Jekyll is a well-architected throwback to a time before WordPress, when men were men, and HTML was static. I like the ideas it espouses, and have made a few improvements to it’s core. Here, I’ll point out some highlights of my fork in the hopes that they see usage beyond this site.”

  • ‘About this Website’, by Carter Allen

    “Jekyll is everything that I ever wanted in a blogging engine. Really. It isn’t perfect, but what’s excellent about it is that if there’s something wrong, I know exactly how it works and how to fix it. It runs on the your machine only, and is essentially an added”build” step between you and the browser. I coded this entire site in TextMate using standard HTML5 and CSS3, and then at the end I added just a few little variables to the markup. Presto-chango, my site is built and I am at peace with the world.”

  • Generating a Tag Cloud in Jekyll – A guide to implementing a tag cloud and per-tag content pages using Jekyll.
  • A way to extend Jekyll without forking and modifying the Jekyll gem codebase and some portable Jekyll extensions that can be reused and shared.
  • Using your Rails layouts in Jekyll
  • Adding Ajax pagination to Jekyll