Starting a github pages site from an existing project
by Sam Selikoff April 29, 2015
If you already have a project and want to create a
github-pages branch to start writing documentation, I find it best to start out with a clean branch with no history. Here's how you do it:
git checkout master git checkout --orphan github-pages
This gives you a clean branch, but preserves the working files in your directory. Run this command to remove them:
git rm -rf .
Now you can
jekyll new .
Add a new .gitignore file (for
node_modules etc.). Also, be sure to
exclude any dirs like
bower_components that may be hanging around from your project's master branch, or else Jekyll will watch + build them. (docs).
Next time you push, your docs site will be up and running!