Deploy your Jekyll website to a Laravel Forge managed server
I had been using Github Pages to host this site until a few weeks ago when I transferred the site to a new Linode powered server. I was in the process of launching ZoneWatcher and wanted more control over my domain. Mostly, I wanted to power the SSL/TLS with LetsEncrypt instead of using the shared CloudFlare certificate.
Installing Jekyll on the Server
The first step is to install Jekyll on the server you want to host it. That can be done through a few easy steps. In these command I'll assume you're using Ubuntu 16.04.
Do yourself a favor and update your packages to avoid pulling down an old version of the pagages we are about to install.
apt update apt upgrade
apt install ruby ruby-dev
Install Jekyll's CLI
gem install jekyll bundler
Now that we are all set with installing packages, we can proceed to configure Forge to serve & auto-deploy our Jekyll based site.
Step 1: Provision your site & select your jekyll repository you'd like to serve
Step 2: Set your public Web Directory to __/_site__
Step 3: Modify your deployment script to include
Step 4: Enable quick deploys to auto-publish your site after each change is made (optional). This can be done with the toggle on the Forge interface.
Manually trigger a deployment and your site should now be live!