CrimsonTome's blog

Making your own blog

Please note that I will be updating this as I go along. This is my first time using Netlify, as such I lack a lot of experience using the service so far. I have been using GitHub consistently since September 2021 so I am still relatively new to how everything works. If there are any issues you can log them here, ping me on Discord: CrimsonTome427#7459 or send me and email at crimsontome427@gmail.com

Still here?

Please note that this guide assumes you're working in a browser rather than a terminal/command line.

Well, let's begin.

First of all, if you want to use GitHub as the source for your code you'll need a repository(repo). If you're reading this then you may be new to GitHub like I was not so long ago.

Creating the repo

You can either create your own from scratch and setup a framework later

OR

You can create your repo using a template (what I did) e.g Eleventy's base template

Netlify config

GitHub will then generate your repo using the eleventy base blog template. There will be a list of files generated, an important one being README.md. As the README states, you will need to Edit _data/metadata.json. You will find this at https://github.com/your-github-name/your-repo-name/blob/master/_data/metadata.json. But first, make sure you commit your changes if you've made any and let's head over to Netlify.
You can use your email or GitHub login (I'd recommend using GH as that is what I did). Once logged in go to https://app.netlify.com/start, choose GitHub as the option for Continuous Deployment then select your repo you have created with the elventy template. Then click Deploy site. Head to https://app.netlify.com/sites/user-name/settings/general#site-details. For now Netlify provides you with its own subdomain at subdomain.netlify.app but you can change it by presssing Change site name.

Back to GitHub

Remember metadata.json? You'll need to fill that in now to customise the template to match you.

{
"title": "Blog title",
"url": "https://subdomain-you-chose.netlify.app/",
"language": "en",
"description": "add a description here",
"feed": {
"subtitle": "add a subtitle here",
"filename": "feed.xml",
"path": "/feed/feed.xml",
"id": "https://subdomain-you-chose.netlify.app/"
},
"jsonfeed": {
"path": "/feed/feed.json",
"url": "https://subdomain-you-chose.netlify.app/feed/feed.json"
},
"author": {
"name": "your-name",
"email": "your-email,
"url": "https://subdomain-you-chose.netlify.app/about-me/"
}
}

Make sure to commit your changes and then netlify should automatically rebuild your site. It shouldn't take more than a minute to do so.
You can add an about me page by editing about/index.md. Leave the front matter (stuff surrounded by):

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Now then, you'll probably want to make some blog posts, this is a blog repo that you're maiking after all right?
The Eleventy base blog template comes with a few in /posts, I'd recommend leaving the layout section in the front matter, change everything else as you please. Oh and you can rename the file, just keep at as something.md
If you know how to work with CSS then you can change the main stylesheet at css/index.css