This is my statically-generated Jekyll/Liquid/Bootstrap-based website. I started with the Allan lab webpage and modified it into a personal academic webpage that met my requirements. I worked in a unique set of the features that I desired and could not find in publicly available templates elsewhere. Some examples are:
I encourage the use of this webpage as a template for your own academic website. The remainder of this document describes how to do this. Broadly speaking, there are three steps:
forkbutton in the top-right corner of its Github page.
$ bundle exec jekyll servein the repository root directory
localhost:4000, which you can access with your web browser.
_data/*.yml, as appropriate
_pages/*.md, as appropriate
The pages listed in the top navbar are located in
The typical options are already included or commented, though additional pages can be created and listed here.
All pages are located in the
Pages generally load information from YAML databases located as
Creating new pages can be done by using existing pages as a template.
All pages require header information. Example header data for the ‘Talks’ page is below.
--- title: "Talks" layout: gridlay sitemap: false permalink: /talks/ ---
layout variable corresponds to HTML layouts in the
The differences between most layouts is subtle and
gridlay can generally be used.
The permalink must be unique for each page, and corresponds to the directory that will store the page in the compiled HTML.
Refer to your pages in
_config.yml via the
All pages are written in Markdown as
HTML commands and CSS styles can be directly used in a markdown files.
_data/publist.yml contains the paper database loaded on the ‘Publications’ page.
Items in this database can be used as examples for new entries.
The publication page itself obeys the follow rules:
arXivcategory is present, then an additional button will be placed next to the entry on the publications page.
papers/directory. The name of this file (with no .pdf extension!) should be placed in the
urlcategory of its entry in
makebib.py(Python3 required) will create bibliography files for all publications that have DOIs or arXiv identifiers. If this is done, an additional drop down to show it will be placed next to its entry on the publications page.
Once your site has been modified to fit your needs, you should host it somewhere so others can access it.
A simple way to host your site for free is via Github Pages.
This will provide you a free domain name at your_github_username.github.io.
Instructions on how to do this are available on their page.
They generally involve creating a repository on your Github titled
your_github_username.github.io and uploading your files there (everything excepted the
_site/ directory, which the Github Pages service will generate using its own version of Jekyll).
Then, Github will automatically rebuild your site every time you push a commit to the repository (no bundle/jekyll commands required).
You can use a standard domain service (e.g. GoDaddy) to purchase a domain name.
Then, using the
CNAME file and modifying the DNS settings of the domain service, you can direct your custom domain to the Github Pages-generated site.
Detailed instructions for doing this for GoDaddy domains are available here, though analogous instructions apply to other services.
If you already have a hosting service for a static HTML webpage, such as some universities provide, you can build your website locally using
bundle exec jekyll serve.
Then, upload the resulting files located in the
_site/ directory via SSH or FTP to this server.
Be sure that the
site.baseurl are set appropriately in the
A list of static webpage generators is available here. For academic purposes, I believe most people use Jekyll or Hugo. I am mostly unaware of their relative merits. However, both are relatively easy to use and offer many templates to base your ideas off of. This, in combination with their large user bases, make them particularly attractive. This site is built with Jekyll.
Other Jekyll templates are of course available. Some of these are viable for very simple academic pages with little tuning:
However, they do not natively include many of the features I list at the top. For this reason, I decided to build my own theme.
I credit the Allen Lab for creating a beautiful academic research group webpage. Many parts of this site were adopted or copied from their laboratory webpage.
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