February 20, 2017

Move Jekyll blog to Ubuntu VPS

(Tested on: Linode with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS)

Install Jekyll on Ubuntu VPS

sudo apt-get update && apt-get -y upgrade
sudo apt-get install ruby ruby-dev ruby-bundler zlib1g-dev build-essential make gcc
sudo gem install jekyll bundler

Automated deployment with Git


mkdir ~/blog.git # the site source
mkdir -p ~/www/blog # the built site

Setup git hook to automatically build the site whenever after site source is updated:

cd ~/blog.git
git init --bare
cp hooks/post-update.sample hooks/post-receive

--bare means that our folder will have no source files, just the version control.

Edit hooks/post-receive:


jekyll build -s $TMP_GIT_CLONE -d $PUBLIC_WWW

Serve static site with Nginx

Install nginx:

sudo apt-get install nginx

Add a configuration:

sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/blog.conf

with content:

server {
  # listen on http (port 80)
  # remove the "default_server" if you are running multiple sites off the same VPS
  listen 80 default_server;

  # the IP address of your VPS
  server_name herrkaefer.com;
  # see http://nginx.org/en/docs/http/server_names.html for options
  # to use your own domain, point a DNS A record at this IP address
  # and set the server name to (eg.) "blog.example.com"

  # the path you deployed to. this should match whatever was in your
  # Capistrano deploy file, with "/current" appended to the end
  # (Capistrano symlinks to this to your current site)
  root /home/herrkaefer/www/blog;
  index index.html

  # how long should static files be cached for, see http://nginx.org/en/docs/http/ngx_http_headers_module.html for options.
  expires 1d;

Then remove default config file and restart Nginx:

sudo rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
sudo systemctl restart nginx

Remember to allow Nginx port if the firewall is enabled.

Local machine setup

On local machine, in Jekyll repo folder, add remote repository:

cd [jekyll_blog_folder]

Show remotes:

git remote -v

Add remote named web:

git remote add web username@[host]:~/blog.git

If you need to specify other SSH port, you should do:

git remote add web ssh://username@[host]:[port][absolutePathTo]/blog.git

note that ssh:// can not be omitted.

Write and publish

After writing,

git commit -am "blog updated"
git push web master

Last modified: 2017-11-21