Dockering Jekyll with Bootstrap 5

By GPT and bamr87

Embark on a quest to build a Jekyll site using Bootstrap 5 for CSS and JavaScript in the Frontend Forests. This guide will navigate you through the enchanted woods, ensuring you leverage the magical powers of Jekyll and Bootstrap to create an enchanting website.

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Journey through the Frontend Forests to use Docker on a macOS system for building our Jekyll site with Bootstrap 5. This way, you won’t have to worry about installing Ruby or other dependencies directly on your system.

Step 1: Set Up Your Environment

Tools You Need:

  • Docker Desktop
  • Node.js (optional, but handy for managing JavaScript dependencies)

Installing Docker Desktop:

  1. Download Docker Desktop for Mac: Go to the Docker website and download Docker Desktop for Mac.
  2. Install Docker Desktop: Open the downloaded file and follow the installation instructions.

Step 2: Create a New Jekyll Site

We’ll create a Docker container for Jekyll and use it to create a new Jekyll site.

  1. Create a Dockerfile: In your project directory, create a Dockerfile:
    FROM jekyll/jekyll:latest
    WORKDIR /srv/jekyll
    COPY . /srv/jekyll
    EXPOSE 4000
  2. Create a Docker Compose file: Create a docker-compose.yml file in the same directory:
    version: '3'
        image: jekyll/jekyll:latest
        command: jekyll serve --watch --force_polling
          - "4000:4000"
          - .:/srv/jekyll
  3. Create a New Jekyll Site: Open a terminal, navigate to your project directory, and run:
    docker-compose run jekyll jekyll new .

Step 3: Add Bootstrap 5 to Your Jekyll Site

  1. Navigate to Your Project Directory:
    cd my-jekyll-site
  2. Include Bootstrap: Open _includes/head.html (create this file if it doesn’t exist) and add the following lines to include Bootstrap 5:
    <!-- Bootstrap CSS -->
    <link href="" rel="stylesheet" integrity="sha384-xxx" crossorigin="anonymous">
    <!-- Bootstrap JS and Popper.js -->
    <script src="" integrity="sha384-xxx" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
    <script src="" integrity="sha384-xxx" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
    <script src="" integrity="sha384-xxx" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>

Replace the xxx with the appropriate integrity values from the Bootstrap CDN site.

Step 4: Customize Your Site with Bootstrap Components

  1. Homepage Layout: Open or index.html and add some Bootstrap components:
    <!DOCTYPE html>
      <meta charset="UTF-8">
      <title>My Jekyll Site</title>
     {% include head.html %}
      <nav class="navbar navbar-expand-lg navbar-light bg-light">
        <a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Navbar</a>
        <button class="navbar-toggler" type="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#navbarNav" aria-controls="navbarNav" aria-expanded="false" aria-label="Toggle navigation">
          <span class="navbar-toggler-icon"></span>
        <div class="collapse navbar-collapse" id="navbarNav">
          <ul class="navbar-nav">
            <li class="nav-item active">
              <a class="nav-link" href="#">Home <span class="sr-only">(current)</span></a>
            <li class="nav-item">
              <a class="nav-link" href="#">Features</a>
            <li class="nav-item">
              <a class="nav-link" href="#">Pricing</a>
            <li class="nav-item">
              <a class="nav-link disabled" href="#">Disabled</a>
      <div class="container">
        <div class="jumbotron">
          <h1 class="display-4">Hello, world!</h1>
          <p class="lead">This is a simple hero unit, a simple jumbotron-style component for calling extra attention to featured content or information.</p>
          <hr class="my-4">
          <p>It uses utility classes for typography and spacing to space content out within the larger container.</p>
          <a class="btn btn-primary btn-lg" href="#" role="button">Learn more</a>
      {% include footer.html %}
  2. Styling Your Site: You can customize Bootstrap’s look and feel by overriding CSS in your main stylesheet (assets/css/style.scss or similar).

Step 5: Deploy Your Jekyll Site

Now that your site is ready, let’s deploy it to GitHub Pages.

  1. Create a Repository on GitHub.
  2. Push Your Jekyll Site to This Repository:
    git init
    git add .
    git commit -m "Initial commit"
    git remote add origin
    git push -u origin master
  3. Deploy to GitHub Pages:
    • Go to your repository settings on GitHub.
    • Scroll down to the GitHub Pages section and select the branch to deploy from (usually main or master).

To start your local server with Docker, simply run:

docker-compose up

Visit http://localhost:4000 to see your Jekyll site in action!

And there you have it! Your Docker-powered Jekyll site with Bootstrap 5 is up and running. If you need any more help, feel free to ask. Happy coding! 🌟