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Project Files & Directories

Any typical file, starting at the top of your site tree, may be interpreted as a template. Any unrecognized file type will be copied verbatim to the output tree. Directories will be copied and the files within them will be interpreted as templates, or copied verbatim if the file type is not recognized for filtering.

Any file or directory whose first character is an underscore _ will be ignored. All files starting with a dot, for example, .gitignore will likewise be ignored, except for any file named .htaccess, which will be copied verbatim into the output tree.


The stylesheets/ directory will contain a starter template based on the framework specified, if any, when the project was created. Place your .css, .scss or .sass files in here. Straight CSS will be copied verbatim to the output tree, while .scss and .sass files will be interpolated through the Compass-enabled Sass engine.

Special Files & Directories


The _layouts/ directory contains Haml templates to be used as layouts (or skins) for content pages.

Layouts should be named using double extensions, indicating the output type of the layout. The base extension will be used in locating layouts referenced from pages.

For instance, a page named index.html.haml specifying a layout of default (without extension), the file _layouts/default.html.haml will be used.

Another page, named news.xml.haml specifying a layout of default (without extension) would be wrapped in the layout in _layouts/default.xml.haml.


Directory containing site-specific state in the form of YAML files.

Each YAML file is loaded, converted into an OpenStruct-based tree as much as possible, and assigned to a similarly-named property on the site variable.

For instance, if you had a a file _config/authors.yml with the following contents

- name: Bob McWhirter
  email: bob@mcw...
- name: Lance Ball
  email: lance@lan...

Then from within templates, site.authors would provide access to an OpenStruct-converted tree of information. This allows templates such as

- for author in site.authors
    #{} can be reached via #{}


Unlike all other YAML files, the contents of site.yml are added directly to the site object. One property, base_url is always available, and defaults to localhost or other appropriate value.

Additionally, specific conditional profiles may be defined to affect property values easily from the commandline.


Directory containing site-specific Ruby extensions. This directory is automatically added to the $LOAD_PATH.


File defining the pre-render pipeline of extensions. Extensions are executed, in order, and provided the site variable.


The generated files are placed under the _site/ directory. When you use --server mode, the server simply serves from this directory.


A temporary directory is created for extensions to cache things, if necessary. It's available as site.tmp_dir.