Faster, Stronger, Fewer Semicolons! Build a Website With Jekyll

date Saturday, 4 January 2014 time 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

👤 David Ramos 🏢 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library


Designers, developers, and web hobbyists: Want to build a fast, bulletproof site that doesn’t need server-side application software?

Come take a look at Jekyll, an emerging tool for managing content-rich websites. With Jekyll, your writing lives in text files — there’s no database, and everything’s under version control. The templating system is efficient, even laconic. Sites are fast and free of security issues.

You’ll learn the basics of how Jekyll works, looking at installation, templates, and updating a site. We’ll talk about how to use Jekyll today, and we’ll review efforts to bring the software farther into the mainstream. We’ll go through demonstrations in class, and you’ll return home with enough information to try Jekyll out for yourself.

We’ll also look at a few “indie CMSes” that are built around a similar respect for the web developer’s craft. The future of web publishing promises to be more diverse, more elegant, and more concerned with content.

This course is aimed at people who know how to edit HTML by hand. (You don’t need to be good at it, but you should be comfortable.) This is a hands-off intro, with no computers required.


Read the class report.

This class is presented in partnership with DC Public Library.


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW
Washington, DC
Neighborhood: Chinatown

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