Have you ever wanted to have a nice, simple to use free blog engine for developer? If have this post is especially for you.
I think that Jekyll is the best blog engine for programmer today. It has everything what you want as developer to write your thoughts down:
- simple template system
- markdown, html or textile templates with liquid includes and possibilities to add inline html
- code highlighting
- ability to extend system with plugins
- ready to use html templates (twitter, tom, the-program, the-minimum and mark-reid are available for now)
- permalink customization
- SEO features (meta tags, sitemap.xml, atom.xml are available out of box)
- tags supporting
- lightweight and fast
- without database
- without hosting headaches
- comments system out of box
- google analytics out of box
In the same time this blog engine is very simple and it generates static pages, so it works rather quickly. There is a just engine without any template and it available on GitHub but you can use ready templates. I prefer second variant to install it.
As a hosting jekyll get on well with github-pages. It is the simplest way to push your blog to the internet.
If you have blog on another engine (Tumblr, Posterous, Blogger/Blogspot, Mephisto, TextPattern, Typo 4+, Movable Type, Drupal or WordPress) you are able to migrate to this one very simple. How to do it you can find here.
I will describe here deployment process only to github pages. If you would like to deploy code to your server you should follow these instructions.
$ git clone https://github.com/plusjade/jekyll-bootstrap.git USERNAME.github.com $ cd USERNAME.github.com $ git remote set-url origin firstname.lastname@example.org:USERNAME/USERNAME.github.com.git $ git push origin master
After this actions you will have ready to use blog template. To write posts locally you should install jekyll gem.
Available actions with blog are:
rake page # Create a new page. rake post # Begin a new post in ./_posts rake preview # Launch preview environment rake theme:install # Install theme rake theme:package # Package theme rake theme:switch # Switch between Jekyll-bootstrap themes.
By the way this blog is also based on jekyll-bootstrap. Really awesome blog engine, check it out!