Build

On how to prepare your Hydejack site for a production build and deployment.

Table of Contents

  1. Preparation
  2. Building locally
  3. Building locally with latent semantic analysis
  4. GitHub Pages

Preparation

Before building, make sure the following is part of your config file:

# file: _config.yml
compress_html:
  comments:  ["<!-- ", " -->"]
  clippings: all
  endings:   all

sass:
  style:     compressed

You can check out jekyll-compress-html and https://jekyllrb.com/docs/assets/#sassscss for details.

Building locally

When building Hydejack it is important to set the environment variable JEKYLL_ENV to production. Otherwise the output will not be minified. Building itself happens via Jekyll’s build command.

$ JEKYLL_ENV=production bundle exec jekyll build

This will generate the finished static files in _site, which can be deployed using the methods outlined in the Jekyll Documentation.

Building locally with latent semantic analysis

By default, related posts are simply the most recent posts. Hydejack modifies this a bit, by showing the most recent posts of the same category or tag. However, the results are still pretty “unrelated”. To provide better results, Jekyll supports latent semantic analysis via classifier-reborn’s Latent Semantic Indexer

To use the LSI, you first have to disable Hydejack’s default behavior, by setting use_lsi: true under the hydejack key in your config file.

# file: _config.yml
hydejack:
  use_lsi: true

Then, you have to run jekyll build with the --lsi flag:

$ JEKYLL_ENV=production bundle exec jekyll build --lsi

Note that this may take a long time. Once it is finished, the generated static files will be located in the _site directory, which can be deployed using the methods outlined in the Jekyll Documentation.

GitHub Pages

To deploy to GitHub Pages, the steps are:

$ cd _site
$ git init # you only need to do this once
$ git remote add origin <github_remote_url> # you only need to do this once
$ git add .
$ git commit -m "Build"
$ git push origin master:<remote_branch>
$ cd ..
github_remote_url
Find this on your repository’s GitHub page.
remote_branch
Either master for “user or organization pages”, or gh-pages for “project pages”

More on user, organization, and project pages.

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