In this blog post I describe the steps needed to set up this static blog on a DigitalOcean VPS. I spent a lot of time troubleshooting before I got it to work, so I decided to document the entire process, since I am likely to forget a lot of these small steps. The end result is that I can write blog posts locally in Markdown, push the changes, and then the VPS builds the site.
On my local machine
gem install octopress --pre curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby=2.0.0 source /Users/vegard/.rvm/scripts/rvm gem install jekyll bundler git clone https://github.com/rbenv/rbenv.git ~/.rbenv cd ~/.rbenv && src/configure && make -C src rbenv rehash
To create a new skeleton directory, do
octopress new blog cd blog jekyll serve
A basic site is now browsable at localhost. To be able to use this as
site/blog, I had to change
Create a git repository in this directory.
git init git add . git commit -m "Initial commit"
This tutorial gives steps for deploying a Jekyll blog, through Git, to DigitalOcean. However, simply doing these steps was not quite enough to get it to work. So here I will repeat these steps, but with all of the additional steps I needed to get it to work.
Install Ruby and Jekyll (+ bundler) on the VPS.
curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby=2.0.0 gem install jekyll bundler
Then create a Git repo in the home directory.
cd ~/ mkdir repos cd repos mkdir blog.git cd blog.git git init --bare
--bare creates some additional stuff, which we need to set up a
cd hooks touch post-receive nano post-receive
#!/bin/bash -l GIT_REPO=$HOME/repos/blog.git TMP_GIT_CLONE=$HOME/tmp/git/blog PUBLIC_WWW=/var/www/html/blog git clone $GIT_REPO $TMP_GIT_CLONE jekyll build --source $TMP_GIT_CLONE --destination $PUBLIC_WWW rm -Rf $TMP_GIT_CLONE exit
Save the file and make it executable by doing
chmod +x post-receive.
Then make sure
repos is owned by your user (
vegard in my case), not
root. I had to do the steps above using superuser privileges, so I just changed the ownership afterwards, like so:
sudo chown -R vegard:vegard ~/repos
Back on the local machine, do
git remote add droplet firstname.lastname@example.org:repos/blog.git
In my case, I have set up an SSH key, so I did
server instead of
email@example.com. Then do
git push droplet master. Now I can edit my blog locally, and when I’m satisfied, push the changes and they become visible here (remotely).
To add it to a GitHub repository, do
git remote add github https://github.com/vegarsti/blog.git
To push to both repositories with
git pushall at the same time, create an alias
git config alias.pushall '!git push droplet && git push github'
Afterwards, I decided I didn’t like the standard Octopress layout. So I downloaded a theme called whiteglass, which allows a lot more tinkering, and put that in the
blog directory instead. The rest of the process is the same, but on the VPS I had to install some packages for Jekyll:
gem install jekyll-archives jekyll-sitemap jekyll-paginate
Thanks for reading!