Edit configuration

Now you can start building your website: you’ll have to define a project name and other settings. To do this, you must:

  1. Browse to the settings file: To do so, enter your repository and search for the file named “_config.yml”.

  2. Click on the file’s name to open it.

  3. Click on the “edit” button on the upper-right corner.

  4. Start changing values. This file is on a YAML format, which means it’s composed of a series of variables and its values. Each line starts with a variable name, and a colon (:) followed by a value.

    variable: value

    Don’t change the names of the variables, only make changes after the “:”.

    • Begin by changing the title variable. It defines your site’s name in different places, such as browser’s tabs, search results and the header of the site. For this, search where it says:
    title: "TowerBuilder"

    and replace the text between quotation marks with your site’s title:

    title: "South road's contracting analysis".
    • Other important values to change are:
    image: tb-logo.png -> change for the project logo, or leave it empty, it's optional.
    description: >-
     Modify the existing text and put your project's description here.
     - To enable or disable the top menu, toggle the following variable between true or false:
    top_menu: true
    • To change the title of the top menu item (appears when there are several items in the menu or when the window is adjusted to smaller screens):
    menu_button_title: More information

    To change the logo, follow these instructions.

    • To display the main name of your graphic on the Visualization slider, edit the following variable:
    graphTitle: "Graphic name"
    • Jekyll has a Plugins system that allows executing the customized code without a need to modify the Jekyll’s source. In the TowerBuilder’s configuration page, it’s represented in the following way:
      - jekyll-feed
      - jekyll-sitemap

    In this link, you can find more advanced information about the plugins.

    • To exclude any file, add it to the exclude section.
      - Gemfile
      - Gemfile.lock
      - node_modules
      - vendor/
      - docs/
    • Collections are an excellent way to group related content. This is how our configuration file shows TowerBuilder’s collections:
    collections_dir: collections
        output: true
        output: true

    Important: This collections directory shouldn’t be edited. Collections can be added, but without deleting the default ones.

    For more information about collections, visit this page.

    • The last variables shown into “_config.yml” file are related to the options TowerBuilder has in order to show the articles:
    show_excerpts: true
    future: true

    If you want to know more about these options, visit this link.

If you want to learn about more advanced options of this configuration file, visit Jekyll’s official documentation.

To add analytics to the site, you can add one of these options:

# Analytics Configuration
  GoogleAnalytics:          # Add, if you want to track with Google Analytics
    id: UA-123-456          # Required - replace with your tracking id
    anonymizeIp: false      # Optional - Default: false - set to true for anonymized tracking

  Matomo:                   # Add, if you want to track with Matomo (former Piwik Analytics)
    url: matomo.example.com # Required - url to Matomo installation without trailing /
    siteId: "1234"          # Required - replace with your Matomo site id (Write id as string)

  Piwik:                    # Add, if you want to track with Piwik
    url: piwik.example.com  # Required - url to Piwik installation without trailing /
    siteId: "1234"          # Required - replace with your Piwik site id (Write id as string)

  MPulse:                   # Add if you want to track performance with mPulse
    apikey: XXXXX-YYYYY-ZZZZZ-AAAAA-23456   # Required - replace with your mPulse API key

    domain: 'example.com'   # The domain configured in plausible
    source: 'https://plausible.example.com/js/plausible.js' # The source of the javascript