This is an example of how to set up a static site with Jekyll on Kinsta’s Application Hosting services from a GitHub repository.

Jekyll is an open-source static site generator that uses dynamic React components to produce a customized static site without the need for a database. More information is available on the Jekyll website.

Kinsta automatically installs dependencies defined in your Gemfile file during the deployment process.

  1. Log in to GitHub and create a new repository from this template (Use this template > Create a new repository): Kinsta – Hello World – Static Site With Jekyll.
  2. In MyKinsta, add an application with the Hello World Jekyll repository. The Start command can be left blank for the web process as Kinsta automatically detects the required command during the first deployment.

The app is available as soon as the build finishes, and the Kinsta Welcome page loads at your application’s URL.

Kinsta Welcome page after successful installation of Jekyll.
Kinsta Welcome page after successful installation of Jekyll.

Web Server Setup


Kinsta automatically sets the PORT environment variable. You should not define it yourself or hard-code it into the application.

Start Command

When you deploy the application, Kinsta automatically creates a web process based on the content of Procfile as the Start command.

Deployment Lifecycle

Whenever a deployment is initiated (through creating an application or re-deploying due to an incoming commit), the bundle install command is run.