Example Blog Layout and Tutorial

Starting a blog to share your new coding knowledge with the world? Use this tutorial to get started.

Made with:

Other Technologies Used



  • Node and NPM installed.
  • I recommend brew install nvm on Mac OS X instead of brew install node. See the nvm README for more details.
  • Yeoman and Grunt installed: npm install -g yo grunt-cli

How I made this app

Grab my copy of generator-browserify (until this pull request is closed).

npm -g install ivanoats/generator-browserify.git

Generate the app skeleton

mkdir blog && cd blog
yo browserify
  • Choose Grunt as the build system.
  • Choose Foundation as the front-end framework.
  • Yes, you’d like to include Modernizr to support your grand-dad on IE8.
  • No, let’s skip Jade templating for now.
  • Choose Libsass as the Sass compiler so that you don’t need a Ruby dependency in your project

You’ll see a lot of text scroll by, and on my system I saw the last lines like this:

grunt-sass@0.9.0 node_modules/grunt-sass
├── async@0.2.10
└── node-sass@0.7.0 (node-watch@0.3.4, colors@0.6.0-1, mkdirp@0.3.5, optimist@0.6.1, mocha@1.13.0)

Your directory listing should look something like this:

total 80
drwxr-xr-x   13 ivan  staff    442 Apr 17 12:40 .
drwxr-xr-x  256 ivan  staff   8704 Apr 17 12:36 ..
-rw-r--r--    1 ivan  staff     42 Apr 16 15:14 .bowerrc
-rw-r--r--    1 ivan  staff    214 Apr 16 15:14 .editorconfig
-rw-r--r--    1 ivan  staff     11 Apr 16 15:14 .gitattributes
-rw-r--r--    1 ivan  staff     65 Apr 16 15:14 .gitignore
-rw-r--r--    1 ivan  staff    390 Apr 16 15:14 .jshintrc
-rw-r--r--    1 ivan  staff  11094 Apr 17 12:40 Gruntfile.js
drwxr-xr-x    7 ivan  staff    238 Apr 17 12:40 app
-rw-r--r--    1 ivan  staff    213 Apr 16 15:14 bower.json
drwxr-xr-x    2 ivan  staff     68 Apr 17 12:40 dist
drwxr-xr-x   32 ivan  staff   1088 Apr 17 12:40 node_modules
-rw-r--r--    1 ivan  staff   1277 Apr 17 12:40 package.json

Now type grunt serve to launch the app in a web browser. You should see something like this:

Foundation Default Screen

That’s great but let’s start with a simpler blog layout: Go to Foundation HTML Templates and download the blog layout HTML. Put that in the body tag of app/index.html in your project.

You can now start customizing your blog with the following files:

  • app/index.html
  • app/scss/app.scss
  • app/images

Here’s what I did:

Ivan's Blog home page

Go to town! This generator also includes BackboneJS so you can even make your blog a single-page app.


Tested Pull-Requests welcome! I will list you as a contributor.

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