Shokunin Quick Start Guide: Get up and running quickly

Leverage the simplicity and power of Shokunin, a cutting-edge Static Site Generator (SSG) created for speed and flexibility.


4 easy steps to build a website with Shokunin

Let’s learn how to build a website with the Shokunin Static Site Generator (SSG) in 4 easy steps:

1. Download the Kaishi starter template

First let’s download Kaishi, a simple starter template based on Bootstrap ⧉. This guide will show you how to set up Kaishi, from creating a website to deployment on your server.

Download the Kaishi Starter Template from our website ⧉ or directly via Github ⧉.

2. Unzip the package

Unzip the package and rename the kaishi folder to your project name.

mv kaishi mysite

Understanding the Kaishi folder directory

The Kaishi Starter Template is organised in a way that allows for simple content management and website organisation. It has the following folders and files inside:

β”œβ”€β”€ content
β”‚Β Β  β”œβ”€β”€
β”‚Β Β  β”œβ”€β”€
β”‚Β Β  β”œβ”€β”€
β”‚Β Β  β”œβ”€β”€
β”‚Β Β  β”œβ”€β”€
β”‚Β Β  β”œβ”€β”€
β”‚Β Β  └──
└── template
    β”œβ”€β”€ contact.html
    β”œβ”€β”€ index.html
    β”œβ”€β”€ main.js
    β”œβ”€β”€ page.html
    └── sw.js

3 directories, 13 files

The content and presentation are separate, so you can change the site’s look and feel without changing its content. The content directory stores Markdown files, while the template directory holds HTML and Javascript files. This template should be used as a starting point for your website and can be modified to suit your needs.

Change to the project directory

cd mysite

3. Generate the new site

ssg  -n=docs -c=content -t=template -o=output -s=public

The ssg command will generate a new site in the docs directory using the content from the content directory and the template from the template directory. The generated site will be stored in the docs directory. The public and the output directories are used during the build process and can be safely ignored. The ssg command will also start a local web server on port 8000 to serve the generated site.

You can now look at the generated site by opening the following url in your browser:

4. Deploy the site (optional)

You can deploy the site to your server by copying the docs directory to your server. You can also use a CI/CD pipeline to automate the deployment process. For example, you can use GitHub Pages ⧉ to host your site for free.

Congratulations! You have successfully created your first website with Shokunin. If you would like to contribute to Shokunin, please check out our instructions on how to contribute.