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Nginx config for jekyll static websites

Posted by Marius Voila on December 22, 2015 in London, U.K . — 0 comments This post contains 403 words

Because jekyll doesn’t have a specific index.html file and each blog post will look something like fix-atom-linter-puppet-lint-path-error.html we will need to instruct Nginx to look for this kind of files too and not only for index.html.

Without any further ado this is how your site config should look like:

server {
       listen         80;
       server_name    www.example.com example.com;
       return         301 https://www.example.com$request_uri;

}

server {
    listen 443 ssl;
    server_name www.example.com example.com;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/example.com_access.log;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/example.com_error.log;

    ## Root and index files.
    root /var/www/example.com/;
    default_type "text/html";
    try_files  $uri $uri.html $uri/index.html index.html;
    autoindex off;

    ## See the blacklist.conf file at the parent dir: /etc/nginx.
    ## Deny access based on the User-Agent header.
    if ($bad_bot) {
        return 444;
    }
    ## Deny access based on the Referer header.
    if ($bad_referer) {
        return 444;
    }

    ## If no favicon exists return a 204 (no content error).
    location = /favicon.ico {
        try_files $uri =204;
        log_not_found off;
        access_log off;
    }

    ## Don't log robots.txt requests.
    location = /robots.txt {
        allow all;
        log_not_found off;
        access_log off;
    }

        ## All files/directories that are protected and unaccessible from
        ## the web.
        location ~* ^.*(\.(?:git|svn|htaccess|pot?))$ {
            return 404;
        }

        ## Static files are served directly.
        location ~* \.(?:css|gif|htc|ico|js|jpe?g|png|swf)$ {
            expires max;
            log_not_found off;
            ## No need to bleed constant updates. Send the all shebang in one
            ## fell swoop.
            tcp_nodelay off;
            ## Set the OS file cache.
            open_file_cache max=1000 inactive=120s;
            open_file_cache_valid 45s;
            open_file_cache_min_uses 2;
            open_file_cache_errors off;
        }

        ## Keep a tab on the 'big' static files.
        location ~* ^.+\.(?:ogg|pdf|pptx?)$ {
            expires 30d;
            ## No need to bleed constant updates. Send the all shebang in one
            ## fell swoop.
            tcp_nodelay off;
        }
        } # / location

Please bare in mind that $bad_bot and $bad_referer are defined in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf and you can find them here. Also this config assumes you have an SSL cert and if you don’t please use Let’s encrypt and get one as they are free.