Basics

Where it is explained how to add basic content types to your Hydejack blog: Blog posts, categories and tags, as well as ‘special’ layouts included in Hydejack PRO.

Table of Contents

  1. Adding a page
  2. Adding an entry to the sidebar
    1. Adding a link to an external page to the sidebar
  3. Adding a category or tag
    1. Recap: Tags and categories in Jekyll
    2. Tags and categories in Hydejack
    3. Creating a new category or tag
  4. Adding an about page
  5. Adding a welcome page*
  6. Adding a projects page*
  7. Adding a project*
  8. Adding a resume*

Adding a page

You can add generic pages that support markdown content but aren’t blog posts. For example, this documentation is written in markdown, consisting of several generic pages.

To add a page, create a new markdown file and put layout: page in a front matter

---
layout: page
title:  Documentation
---

Now you can add content as you would in a blog post.

Adding an entry to the sidebar

Hydejack’s sidebar can add links to any page within the site. In order for a page to appear in the sidebar, it needs to have a truthy menu value defined in its front matter. The page also needs to have a title, otherwise the entry in the sidebar will be blank.

If you want the link to appear at a particular position, you can set a numeric value to the order key. However, the page is not guaranteed to appear in the 5th position when you set a value of 5, since it will only use that number to sort the pages. The position of a page also depends on the order of all other pages in the sidebar.

If you don’t want to spread the sidebar definitions across multiple markdown files, you can manage them centrally in your config file using front matter defaults, e.g.:

# file: _config.yml
defaults:
  - scope:
      path: blog.md
    values:
      menu: true
      order: 1
  - scope:
      path: projects.md
    values:
      menu: true
      order: 2
  - scope:
      path: resume.md
    values:
      menu: true
      order: 3
  - scope:
      path: about.md
    values:
      menu: true
      order: 4

You can add links to external pages to the sidebar by creating a new markdown file for each entry and adding to the front matter:

---
title: External
redirect_to: https://example.com/
menu: true
order: 5
---

You may combine this with the jekyll-redirect-from plugin to generate a redirect page at the permalink of the file, but this is optional.

Adding a category or tag

Hydejack allows you to use the list layout to show all posts of a particular tag or category.

Before you start, make sure your config files contains the featured_tags and features_categories collections:

# file: _config.yml
collections:
  featured_categories:
    permalink:         /category/:name/
    output:            true
  featured_tags:
    permalink:         /tag/:name/
    output:            true

Recap: Tags and categories in Jekyll

Posts in Jekyll can belong to one or more categories, as well as one or more tags. They are defined in a post’s front matter:

---
layout:     post
title:      Welcome to Jekyll
categories: [jekyll, update]
tags:       [jekyll, update]
---

Posts can also be assigned to a category based on their position within the folder structure, e.g.

├── jekyll
│   └── update
│       └── _posts
│           └── 2017-04-07-welcome-to-jekyll.markdown

would place “Welcome to Jekyll” in the categories jekyll and update. Whether you use this method or not, categories will always be part of a posts URL, while tags will not.

TypeURL
Categories/jekyll/update/2017/04/07/welcome-to-jekyll/
Tags/2017/04/07/welcome-to-jekyll/

As far as Jekyll is concerned, these are the only differences.

Tags and categories in Hydejack

Categories and tags are displayed by Hydejack below the title, after the date. Categories are displayed with the preposition “in”, while tags are displayed with the preposition “on”, e.g.

TypeTitle
CategoriesWelcome to Jekyll¬ 07 Apr 2017 in Jekyll / Update
TagsWelcome to Jekyll¬ 07 Apr 2017 on Jekyll, Update
BothWelcome to Jekyll¬ 07 Apr 2017 in Jekyll / Update on Jekyll, Update

Creating a new category or tag

Be default, categories and tags are rendered as plain text. Further steps are necessary if you want them to link to a page that contains a list of all posts that belong to that category or tag.

For each “featured” category or tag, a file called <categoryname>.md or <tagname>.md has to be created in _featured_tags or _featured_categories, respectively. Each file in these folders is part of a Jekyll Collection.

The the data of a category or tag is set in the files front matter, e.g.

# file: _featured_tags/hyde.md
---
layout: list
title:  Hyde
slug:   hyde
description: >
  Hyde is a brazen two-column Jekyll](http://jekyllrb.com) theme
  that pairs a prominent sidebar with uncomplicated content.
  It's based on [Poole](http://getpoole.com), the Jekyll butler.
---
layout
Must be list
title
Used as title of the page, as well as name of the category or tag as part of the line below a blog post’s title. Can be different from the name of the tag or category, as long as slug is identical to the name.
slug
Must be identical to the key used in the blog’s front matter, i.e. if you use categories: [jekyll] or tags: [jekyll] the slug must be jekyll. Normally the slug is derived from the title, but it is recommended that you set it explicitly.
description
A medium-length description, used on the tag or category’s detail page as meta description and shown in a message box below the title.
accent_image
URL. Will be used as fallback for all pages that belong to that category or tag.
accent_color
Color code. Will be used as fallback for all pages that belong to that category or tag.
menu
Set to to true if you want the category or tag to appear in the sidebar. For more information, see Adding an entry to the sidebar.

Once the file is created, the page can be found at /category/<categoryname>/ or /tag/<tagname>/.

Adding an about page

About pages are a frequent use case, so Hydejack has a special layout for it, which is a slight modification of the page layout. Demo. The main difference is that it will display an author’s about text and picture above the regular content.

To create an about page, make sure layout is set to about, and that the author key is set to an author defined in _data/authors.yml. For more on authors, see Adding an author.

# file: about.md
---
layout: about
title:  About
author: qwtel
---

Adding a welcome page*

If you bought the PRO version of Hydejack you have access to the welcome layout. It is intended to showcase your projects and blog posts in a compact way. Technically, it is a modified version of the about layout, so it will also show author information at the top. Demo.

For reference, the layout/order of content on the welcome page looks like:

  • Title
  • Author’s about text
  • Content (before content_separator)
  • Latest/Selected Projects
  • Latest/Selected Posts
  • Content after content_separator (if any)

You can create a welcome page by creating a new markdown file and setting the layout to welcome in the front matter.

# file: index.md
---
layout: welcome
title:  Welcome
author: qwtel
---

Without further configuration, the welcome page will show the two most recent projects and five most recent blog posts. However, the welcome layout supports selecting specific projects and posts, by adding to the front matter, e.g.:

# file: index.md
---
layout:            welcome
title:             Welcome
selected_projects:
  - _projects/hydejack-v6.md
  - _projects/hyde-v2.md
selected_posts:
  - _posts/2017-05-03-javascripten.md
  - _posts/2012-02-07-example-content.md
more_projects:     projects.md
more_posts:        posts.md
big_project:       false
content_separator: <!--more-->
---
layout
Must be welcome.
selected_projects
A list of paths to project files that should be displayed below the main content of the page. The paths are relative to the main directory with no leading ./. If no paths are provided, the two most recent projects will be used.
selected_projects
A list of paths to blog posts that should be featured on the welcome page. The paths are relative to the main directory with no leading ./. If no paths are provided, the five most recent posts will be used.
more_projects
The path to the main projects page. The path is relative to the main directory with no leading ./.
more_posts
The path to the main posts page. The path is relative to the main directory with no leading ./.
big_project
Optional. When true, project thumbnails will span the full width instead of half. This setting takes precedence over the big_project value of individual projects, i.e. it will apply to the entire page.
content_separator
Optional. Defines a marker that will be used to split the content in two parts. The first part will go before the “Selected/Latest Projects” and “Selected/Latest Posts” section, the second part will go below it.

Adding a projects page*

The projects page will show all projects in a particular collection. First, you need to make sure that you have the projects collection defined in _config.yml:

# file: _config.yml
collections:
  projects:
    permalink: /projects/:path/
    output:    true

Next, add a projects.md to in the root (you can adjust the name/location to match the the permalink of the collection). This file has the projects layout (mind the “s” at the end) and should have a show_collection key, with the name of the collection as a value, e.g.:

# file: projects.md
---
layout:          projects
title:           Projects*
show_collection: projects
big_project:     true
---
layout
Must be projects.
title
The title of the page. Note that this name is reused as part of each individual project page (for the link that directs back to the projects page).
show_collection
The name of the collection you want display on this page. Defaults to projects.
big_project
Optional. When true, project thumbnails will span the full width, instead of only half. This setting takes precedence over the big_project value of individual projects, i.e. it will apply to the entire page.

Adding a project*

Projects are organized using Jekyll Collections. Each project generates an entry on the projects layout (Demo) as well as its own detail page (Demo).

Each project is defined by a file in the _projects directory. The project’s meta information is defined in the file’s front matter. You can also add markdown content. A project’s front matter may look like:

# file: _projects/hyde-v2.md
---
layout:      project
title:       Hyde v2*
date:        2 Jan 2014
screenshot:
  src:       /assets/img/projects/hyde-v2@0,25x.jpg
  srcset:
    1920w:   /assets/img/projects/hyde-v2.jpg
    960w:    /assets/img/projects/hyde-v2@0,5x.jpg
    480w:    /assets/img/projects/hyde-v2@0,25x.jpg
caption:     Hyde is a brazen two-column Jekyll theme.
description: >
  Hyde is a brazen two-column [Jekyll](http://jekyllrb.com) theme that pairs a prominent sidebar with uncomplicated content.
  It's based on [Poole](http://getpoole.com), the Jekyll butler.
links:
  - title:   Demo
    url:     http://hyde.getpoole.com
  - title:   Source
    url:     https://github.com/poole/hyde
author:      mdo
big_project: true
---
layout
Must be set to project
date
Providing a year is the minimum requirement. Used to sort the projects.
screenshot
A 16:9 screenshot of the project. You can pass a URL to an image, but it is recommended that you provide an entire srcset (see above). Hydejack will show the screenshot in various sizes, depending on the screen width, so that no specific size will fit all. Instead it is recommended that you use a mipmap-like approach, providing the image in multiple sizes, each image half the width of the previous one. The src key is a fallback image for browsers that don’t support the srcset attribute. The keys of the srcset hash will be used as descriptors. For more information on srcset, see the documentation at MDN, or this article from CSS-Tricks.
caption
A short description, shown as part of each “project card” in the projects layout.
description
A medium-length description, used on the project’s detail page as meta description and shown as message box below he screenshot.
links
A list of title-url pairs that link to external resources related to this project.
author
Optional. Shown below the project, similar to posts.
big_project
Optional. When true, the project preview will span the full content width. You can use this for projects that you want to direct additional attention to. You can set/override this for an entire page, by setting big_project in the front matter (applies to the projects and welcome layout).

Adding a resume*

Hydejack’s PRO version features a generalized resume layout. Demo.

It generates the resume page from a valid JSON Resume, which is good news if you already have a JSON resume. Otherwise, there are various ways of obtaining one:

Once you have a JSON Resume, place it into _data.

If you prefer editing YAML files, there is an example _resume.yml file in _data. In order to use it, rename it to resume.yml and delete resume.json.

To render the resume page, create a new markdown file and set the layout to resume in the front matter:

# file: resume.md
---
layout: resume
title:  Resume
description: >
  A short description of the page for search engines (~150 characters long).
---

NOTE: You can download the final resume.json (minified) from the assets folder. When running locally, you can find it at _site/assets/resume.json.

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