How to Add Blog Posts to FHBig

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FHBig’s website is powered by GitHub and Jekyll and hosted on the gh-pages branch in our GitHub repo. The site contains both static pages (About, Resources and Events) and blog posts. The markdown files (*.md) of the former live on the main directory and that of latter on the _posts folder.

Note. Alougth the gh-pages branch is protected from being deleted and force-pushing, you can, unlike the master branch, freely push items without creating push request and waiting for approval.

Get started

To create a new post, you need to create a markdown file in the _posts folder. The name of the file must follow the following format:


The post file must have a YAML Front Matter as the first block of the content. The file with YAML Front Matter will be processed by jekyll. Here is an example:

title: How to Add Blog Posts to FHBig
tags: your_tag
author: your_name

Now Action

You can create the post and commit directly on the _post repo:

Create new file -> Name your file -> Edit new file -> Commit

The new post will appear on the Blog’s year-archieve page, and only the first 180 characters will be displayed. Click the title of the post to view the whole content.

Author sidebar (optional)

To attribute author profile to a post:

  1. Append author’s profile to /_data/authors.yml, if not already, using the following format. Anything variables found under author in _config.yml can be used (e.g. name, bio, avatar, links, etc.).
# /_data/authors.yml

Meow Good:
  name        : "Meow Good"
  bio         : "Cat behavioral Scientist at Fred Hutch"
  github      : TapscottLab
  avatar      : "/assets/images/avatar-unknown.png"
    - label: "Email"
      icon: "fas fa-fw fa-envelope-square"
      url: ""

  1. Make sure include author: xxx in the post’s YAML front matter and enable author_profile, i.e.,
title: How to be a Good Cat
tags: Technical_Note
author: Meow Good
author_profile: true
  1. Optional. Add author’s avatar image to /assets/images folder.


Alternatively using git to commit and push

Alternatively, you can create the post from your local repo.

  1. Install Jekyll and Bundler through RubyGems.
    • Requirement: GNU/Linux, Uix, or macOS. Ruby version 2.2.5. RubyGems.
      > sudo gem install jekyll bundler

      Havng troubles installing jekyll? Find GitHub help document here.

  2. Clone the repo to your local machine.
    > cd my_path
    > git clone

    If your have a SSH key on your GitHub account, you can clone the repo this way

    > git clone
  3. locate the gh-pages branch.
    > git checkout gh-pages

    To check which banch you are working on, run > git branch

  4. Create a markdown file in the _posts folder, as describe above.
  5. Preview the post locally. Run bundle exec jekyll build and visit the designated port.
  6. Stage and commit the post.
    > git add
    > git commit
  7. Push to the gh-pages branch.
    > git push origin gh-pages

If you want to avoid typing username and password everytime you push, you can add an SSH key to your GitHub account.