This post summarizes the steps needed to set up a site such as this.

Setup Github

Create a new repository following the convention <USERNAME> as the repository name. E.g. in my case, this is the repository available at Like this, a so-called organization site, every push to the master branch will be published to the site itself.

Setup local Jekyll

Jekyll is used to both create an online presence and to create a local preview of the site. See below for rendering locally.

The installation is explained at Github’s Jekyll Tutorial.

Configure the site

As I wanted to use the theme jekyll-theme-architect, I needed to modify the _config.yml and fetch some files from the minima template.

Modifying the Jekyll configuration


theme: minima


theme: jekyll-theme-architect

The other values of note might be title and description, which are rather obvious.

Stealing from minima

Running this configuration will result in errors such as

Build Warning: Layout 'page' requested in does not exist.


jekyll 3.4.3 | Error: Could not locate the included file 'icon-github.html' in any of ["/Users/dschmitz/dev/"]. Ensure it exists in one of those directories and, if it is a symlink, does not point outside your site source.

This is a result of missing minima files in the jekyll-theme-architect theme. The easiest solution - at least the one I came up with ;) - was to copy the missing files from minima to the local site:

$ pushd ..
$ git clone
$ popd
$ cp -rvf ../minima/_includes .
$ cp -rvf ../minima/_layouts .
$ rm _layouts/default.html

We copy the _includes and _layouts to our local, new site. But, as we do not want to mess with the default jekyll-theme-architect theme layout, we remove the default.html.

Render locally

$ bundle exec jekyll serve

The site is available at Any errors will be reported by Jekyll, so you can fix it locally before pushing to Github.

Combining with Browser-Sync

Now install browser-sync and voila, live-reloading in your browser

$ npm i -g browser-sync
$ browser-sync  start -p