Thoughts become things

Jekyll sites on github and git submodule fun

While creating the opensource section of this site, and another (to be announced) section of this site it just came to me - why am I duplicating the same template page and also having to change the template all the time.

Granted I haven’t changed the template yet, however I want to add some improvements to it later (mostly for mobile). The thought of having to update it N times (where N is the number of subsites I have) wasn’t too appealing. More room for error too. So my solution, work smart not hard!

I figured, hey lets make use of the git submodule for the _layouts folder and move all the layouts to a separate project.

I did this, and as a result all works well so far. So essentially, with github you can have a main site and subsites which share the same template. The more you know when you discover problems to be solved!

The Process

  • Set up a new git repository
  • Copy all the layouts to that repository
  • Then do a git submodule add against that repository
  • git commit the new changes
  • push it and make sure you haven’t broken anything

The End Result

This repository which is basically the templates for this entire site.

This site’s own repository which has a submodule of the abovementioned repository.

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Who am I?

I write codes, work on projects when inspiration strikes or when the opportunity happens, I am passionate about usability / user interaction (UX), I love new technology and trends (right now blockchain and Cannabis is hot), I enjoy being homeless, and I blog (ocassionally, but try to be regular)