Editing the site
In the spirit of computational literacies, all members of the lab are invited to
contribute to the lab site by adding profiles, news items, developing descriptions
of projects you're working on, and even improving the site's layout and style.
This documentation explains how to get started editing the site.
To contribute to the site, you need a few skills. If you don't know how to do any
of these, ask Chris. They're not too hard.
- Writing in markdown, for editing the site's content.
- Running commands in the terminal.
- Managing source code with git
- HTML and CSS, if you're planning to edit the site's templates or style.
Clone the site repo:
This is a private repository. If you don't have access, ask Chris.
Install Zola. Zola is a static site generator which
assembles a site from source code. The basic idea of a static site generator
is that you should be able to write the site content in markdown, and the generator
will take care of all the fancy work of building the site's webpages. All the site
content lives in the
In the terminal, navigate to the
site directory within the repo and run
zola serve. You should see:
Repos/computationalliteracies/site % zola serve
Checking all internal links with anchors.
> Successfully checked 4 internal link(s) with anchors.
-> Creating 40 pages (0 orphan) and 51 sections
Done in 194ms.
Web server is available at http://127.0.0.1:1111
This terminal session is now running a web server.
Open http://127.0.0.1:1111 in your web browser,
and you'll see a locally-built version of the lab site.
The server is also watching all the source code files, and will
rebuild the local site every time you save changes to a file.
Now you can edit files in the project source code, and you'll immediately
see their effect on the site.
Your first edit
A good first edit is adding your profile to the site. All the site content
lives in the
content directory. Look in
content/people and you'll see
directories for each member of the site.
Copy an existing folder, rename it with your name, and edit the files inside.
Use the local build of the site to make sure things look the way you want them
When you finish, commit and push your changes.
Profile front matter should look like this:
title = "Chris Proctor"
weight = 10
roles = ["PI"]
image = "people/chris/chris.jpg"
- Weight defines the order in which profiles appear on the site. Your profile's weight should
be based on the first role which matches you:
- PI is a leader of the lab. Currently just Chris.
- Affiliate is a faculty member who collaborates with lab members.
- Postdoc is a postdoctoral scholar working in the lab.
- GRA is a graduate research assistant, funded to work on a lab project.
- Advisee is a student whose advisor is a PI in the lab.
- Alum is someone who's not an active part of the lab anymore.
roles taxonomy lists one or more of your roles in the lab.
- Every profile should have an
image, specifying the path to a picture of you. Pictures
will be cropped to square.