I was dreaming of this for years!
Now I finally was able to start it: Setting up my own webspace!
Since I found out, that some articles I’ve read while creating this blog were vanished, I decided to document the procedure another time. Just in case ;-)
I expect you to have basic knowledge on a terminal, know what a prompt is, how environment variables are used, are familiar with using git and know how to read things up on StackOverflow in case you don’t.
That’s easy. Just go to their registration space and pick an username.
The prices are really affordable!
Shortly after registration you should
generate SSH keys (explained on the Internet. Use
upload the public one on uberspace, so
you don’t have to remember the password when logging in.
That’s easy if you have uploaded SSH keys and use a terminal on GNU/Linux or
$ ssh <username>@<host>.uberspace.de.
username equals hereby the user
you entered for registration. After the sign up, you can figure out your
in the data sheet
of your uberspace account.
Uberspace lists cool articles, were I found how to install Jekyll on Uberspace.
In order to preserve what was written their here a short version:
- Log in into Uberspace via SSH.
- Create a directory (I named my jekyll) in order to be safe, that you don’t
open a vulnerability if a bug comes up in Jekyll, that is, the directory
should be different from
cdinto that directory and run
gem install jekyll bundleras described on the installation guide of jekyll. bundler manages Ruby Gems for you. Jekyll makes heavy use of them.
- In order to create a jekyll blog, run
jekyll new <blog-name>.git. That will create a new directory and install dependencies there. Mine is named
Setting up git
Now that you have a jekyll blog on your webspace, make it a git repository, so
you can version any changes and sync it with different work stations like your
laptop or mobile. That’s as easy as running
git init --bare from inside the
blog directory, here
Cloning your blog on a local machine
In order to have a copy of your blog locally switch to your machine and run
git clone ssh://<username>@<host>.uberspace.de/home/<username>/jekyll/andre-blog.git cd andre-blog.git git remote add deployer <username>@<host>.uberspace.de:/home/<username>/jekyll/andre-blog.git
Configuring git post-receive hook
Before you make changes on your local machine and push them up to the webspace, configure a post-receive hook so the jekyll will happily build your blog and push it to a web root.
I found the instructions for deployment methods on the official website of jekyll.
Therefore create a new file
$HOME/jekyll/andre-blog.git/hooks/post-receive and save it with the
GIT_REPO=$HOME/jekyll/andre-blog.git TMP_GIT_CLONE=$HOME/tmp/myrepo PUBLIC_WWW=$HOME/html git clone $GIT_REPO $TMP_GIT_CLONE bundle exec jekyll build -s $TMP_GIT_CLONE -d $PUBLIC_WWW rm -Rf $TMP_GIT_CLONE exit
As you can see, we need to create a
TMP_GIT_CLONE directory before we can
In order to let git run the hook, we need to make it executable:
chmod u+x hooks/post-receive.
Now you should be able to make changes locally, create a git commit and push it to your webspace, where jekyll will build it for you and push it online soon after:
git add . git commit git push -u deployer master # -u and master are only needed first time
I plan to buy a domain, create subdomains and put everything online.
Then I want to migrate my content from WordPress to here and translate it while I am at it. So there will be a German and an English version of articles.
Once I am done with that, I have many, many ideas on what to do with my webspace. Stay tuned!