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Deploying and Managing Your Jekyll Site

Learn about various deployment options for your Jekyll site and best practices for site maintenance.

By Kevin McAleer,    2 Minutes


Deploying and managing a Jekyll site efficiently are crucial aspects of web development. This lesson will guide you through various deployment options and provide insights into maintaining and updating your site.

Part 1: Deployment Options

Jekyll sites can be deployed in several ways, depending on your preferences and needs.

GitHub Pages

  • A convenient and free way to host Jekyll sites.
  • Automatic build and deployment process when you push to your GitHub repository.


  • Offers more customization options than GitHub Pages.
  • Provides features like continuous deployment, serverless functions, and form handling.

Traditional Web Hosting

  • For complete control, you can host your Jekyll site on any traditional web hosting service.
  • Requires manual build and upload process.

Part 2: Integrating with GitHub Pages

GitHub Pages is a popular choice for hosting Jekyll sites due to its simplicity and integration with Git repositories.

Setting Up

  • Create a repository for your Jekyll site on GitHub.
  • Push your site’s content to the repository.
  • Enable GitHub Pages in the repository settings.

Custom Domain

  • You can link a custom domain to your GitHub Pages site in the repository settings.

Part 3: Site Maintenance and Updating

Regular maintenance ensures your site runs smoothly and remains secure.

Keeping Jekyll Updated

  • Regularly update Jekyll and dependencies to their latest versions.
  • Use bundle update to update Gems in your project.

Backups and Version Control

  • Regularly backup your site.
  • Use version control (like Git) to track changes and rollback if necessary.


Deploying and maintaining a Jekyll site is straightforward but requires attention to detail. By following best practices, you can ensure your site remains secure, up-to-date, and performs well.

Additional Resources


Deploy your Jekyll site to GitHub Pages. Then, perform an update, like adding a new post or changing the theme, and push the changes.

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