Jekyll is Ruby software that helps you create "Simple, blog-aware, static sites" suitable for static domain hosting. It is simple in sense that it does one thing well. It compiles HTML and markdown files into a static website.
It was made popular by GitHub's offer to build and host your jekyll powered website for free. While GitHub may be a form of a silo that can easily host a Jekyll website, Jekyll has no dependence upon GitHub. Projects like jekyll-hook can help replicate the publishing workflow that GitHub offers on your own server.
See also: projects#Jekyll
- It's git friendly!
- It's a great way to learn more about websites HTML, CSS and other web technologies and standards.
- Open source and free!
- Large community and active development team
- Lets you create pretty much any kind of static website you want.
- Has a powerful plugin system
- Easily self hosted
- Simple static pages are the result of your hard work.
- Free hosting on gh-pages or amazon s3
- The liquid templating engine has no love for pretty HTML
- It takes a while to learn the ins and outs of what can be created.
- Static pages restricts your options when participating in the real-time web
- POSSE is tricky with jekyll.
- Learning to use the ruby toolchain is really difficult for beginners and non-technical people
- Minimal options for sending webmentions. Webmentions must be sent after site built due to need for URL to exist.
- Pagoda - a self hosted, mobile friendly editor for jekyll pages.
- jekyll hook - A self hosted gh-pages like server.
- Prose.io - An editor for github repositories. Itself is hosted on GH-pages and runs almost entirely client side in the browser. read more
- gitpub an experimental git based micropub client that works with jekyll.
- jekmentions - a webmention endpoint specifically designed for Jekyll sites on GitHub pages that commits the received webmentions to a Jekyll collection.
- A quick, but wrong, fix for blank lines in Jekyll - a hacky script (see bottom of blog post) that strips out extraneous blank lines (unless they are in pre or code blocks) from a built site.
- Jekyll-IndieWeb - a Jekyll starter install with microformat markup, including support for h-card and receiving webmentions. Work in progress…
- Micropub-to-GitHub - a self-hosteable Micropub endpoint that accepts Micropub requests, formats them for Jekyll and then commits them to a GitHub repository. Perfect in combination with GitHub Pages.
- webmention.herokuapp.com - a hosted Webmention endpoint that was built to make it easy to accept Webmentions on a static site like Jekyll.
- ... Please add more as you find them
IndieWeb community members using Jekyll on their own primary sites:
- Calum Ryan (2015) on 
- Ben Ward (2011) on benward.me
- Bret Comnes (2013) on bret.io
- Pelle Wessman (2014) on voxpelli.com using GitHub Pages. Supports eg. Webmention and Micropub.
- Will Norris (2011, 2014) on willnorris.com (switched away from WordPress).
- Rudy Jahchan: on rudyjahchan.com (moved from WordPress)
- Leonardo Zangrando (2013): on lionzan.me
- Alan Leal (2014): on Leal.IO using GitHub Pages
- atomicules on atomicules.co.uk
- Giovanni T. Parra on fiatjaf.alhur.es
- Tristan Thomas on tristanthomas.me (using Sandstorm.io)
- River MacLeod on mm0hai.net
- Michael Bishop on miklb.com
- ...Lots of others. Add yourself!
Other Notable Examples
- Github uses jekyll for their own blog and more recently their support documents.
- TravisCI uses it for their documentation website (source).
Something is not working on my local box
Something is not working on my local box.
Be sure to:
- Update rvm (ruby)
- install the liquid gem
- gem install jekyll
gem install jekyll hangs indefinitely
"gem install jekyll" hangs indefinitely
- gem install jekyll takes a very long time. It may appear to be hanging but just let it go. Go for a walk or something.
- It would be nice to document step by step on example solutions and problems with POSSE-ing a typical Jekyll install.