Making multiple post types in Jekyll

Published: Oct 27, 2017 by C.S. Rhymes

Recently I decided to make a new section of my website for short stories. This presented my with a dilemma about how best to make multiple post types using Jekyll and GitHub Pages. I found a few different ways people have done it in the past, but I found Collections were the best way of doing it so I thought I would share how I did it.

Stories

The Collection Directory

Start with creating a new directory in your project, with the name starting with an underscore. I named my collection stories to I created a directory called _stories.

Configuration

Next, update your _config.yml file with a new collections section, and under that add your collection name, this time without the underscore, in my example stories. Then, assuming you want to output each of your stories as a separate page, add output: true.

The below shows what was added.

collections:
  stories:
    output: true

Creating Pages and a Layout

Now you can start creating pages within your collection directory (_stories). It looks like either html or markdown format works, but I created mine as markdown so I could make use of a template.

I created a new template for stories as I wanted them to be a bit different from standard blog post pages. I created a story.html file in the _layouts directory. This template can be as simple as you want, as all it really needs are the {{ title }} and {{ content }} placeholders. I added some front matter to the story.html in layouts so it inherited the default layout, but you can edit this to suit your site layout.

Below is an example of a simple layout for your collection pages.

---
layout: default
---

<h1>{{ title }}</h1>
{{ content }}

Now we get to your collection content pages. All you need to do is create a separate markdown page per content page with the following front matter, layout, title and description.

---
layout: story
title: Story Title Goes Here
description: "The story description text goes here"
---

Then write your content underneath in markdown as you would on a post.

Creating an Index Page

Lastly, you probably want a way of getting to your collection pages. I created a stories.html page in the site root to act as the index page for the stories. If you prefer you can create a directory called stories and put an index.html page in there instead.

The documentation says you can create a page in the _stories directory and give it a permalink but for me this made it appear in the loop below as well so it was linking to itself.

Anyway, you can loop through the pages in the collection using a simple for loop in your stories.html page as per below.

{% for item in site.stories %}
  <h2>{{ item.title }}</h2>
  <p>{{ item.description }}</p>
  <p><a href="{{ item.url }}">{{ item.title }}</a></p>
{% endfor %}

Hopefully this is all the information you need to start creating multiple post types using Jekyll and GitHub pages. My site is all set up. Now I need to do is to start writing some stories

Latest Posts

Streamlining your code deployment
Streamlining your code deployment

One of the scariest things as a developer is pushing new code live, hoping it all works as expected and remembering to do all the deployment steps and in the correct order too! But luckily there are some steps you can take to make it easier, which will probably have an unexpected side effect of allowing you to push your code more often.

Creating a simple report in Laravel
Creating a simple report in Laravel

Recently I was tasked with creating a report in a Laravel project and I thought I would share some of the things I learned along the way. I’m going to use a shop as an example with an orders table that contains the orders, but these principles should apply to pretty much any report. Firstly I want to get the number of orders for the previous week and then I want to get a count of orders by week and year so I can put this data into a report.

Introducing Mere Blog Theme
Introducing Mere Blog Theme

A few weeks ago I was reading an article about how everyone should write a blog. Writing can help you demonstrate your knowledge, but also help out others that are trying to learn the same thing. I write a blog on my own website, which was built with Bulma Clean Theme (a Jekyll website theme built with Bulma), but it’s a bit much if you just wanted to create a blog. So I decided to get my notepad out and start sketching some blog theme ideas.