Integrating Bootstrap into my Website

Bootstrap is a CSS and JS library that makes it a lot faster to build websites. Similar to how python packages reduce code redundancy and allow for more complexity in less time, Bootstrap packages functionality into a set of class namespaces. This post documents the integration of Bootstrap into my website.

Dec 30, 2018


I figure some of the boilerplate that I’m writing in SASS right now is almost certainly included in Bootstrap. Now that I understand SASS and CSS better, I’m going to switch over to Bootstrap and try to refactor my code to take advantage of the Bootstrap formatting.

Jan 3, 2018

Library CDN ref commit

I’m using the bootstrap CDN, so I made the files bootstrap/bootstrap.css.html and bootstrap/bootstrap.js.html, which contain the code to load the bootstrap assets from the CDN.

<!-- src/_includes/bootstrap/bootstrap.css.html -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="" integrity="sha384-MCw98/SFnGE8fJT3GXwEOngsV7Zt27NXFoaoApmYm81iuXoPkFOJwJ8ERdknLPMO" crossorigin="anonymous">

<!-- src/_includes/bootstrap/bootstrap.js.html -->
<script src="" integrity="sha384-q8i/X+965DzO0rT7abK41JStQIAqVgRVzpbzo5smXKp4YfRvH+8abtTE1Pi6jizo" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
<script src="" integrity="sha384-ZMP7rVo3mIykV+2+9J3UJ46jBk0WLaUAdn689aCwoqbBJiSnjAK/l8WvCWPIPm49" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>
<script src="" integrity="sha384-ChfqqxuZUCnJSK3+MXmPNIyE6ZbWh2IMqE241rYiqJxyMiZ6OW/JmZQ5stwEULTy" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>

These files are included in the layout base.html and the include head.html, which are used by all pages in the site:

<!-- head.html -->
    {% include bootstrap/bootstrap.css.html %}

<!-- base.html-->
    {% include bootstrap/bootstrap.js.html %}

January 5, 2018

Rewriting HTML & CSS ref commit

I used the Bootstrap Grid Documentation and a tutorial by sentdex to help me refactor my original HTML based on Bootstrap standards. The whole page is put in a container-fill div with style="height:100%", which represents the container for everything, including the header and footer.

Within this container, the site is laid out in 3 rows:

<div class="container-fill" style="height:100%;">
    <div class="row header" id="header">
        <!-- Header content -->
    <div class="row main {{ page-title }} {{ extra }}" id="main-content">
        {{ content }}
    <div class="row footer" id="footer">
        <!-- Footer content -->

The values in {{curly brackets}} get filled according to page attributes.

  • extra - If the page has the short keyword set to true, then this evaluates to ` short-page, a class which has been styled with height: 100%;` to cause shorter pages to fill the whole screen.
  • page-title - equivalent to a lowercase, hyphenated version of the page title with -page appended to the end.
  • content - Content of the page.

Additionally, the formatting of the content row div element changes based on attributes of the page. Unless the page has the raw keyword set to true (or another truthy value), the main row renders a little differently:

<div class="row {{ extra }}" id="main-content">
        <div class="col" id="left-col">
            {% include {{ page.left }} %}

        <div class="col-8 main {{ page-title }}" id="main-col">
            {{ content }}

        <div class="col" id="right-col">
            {% include {{ page.right }} %}

The new variables evaluate to include file names:

  • page.left - the file name to an include to insert at the left of the site. Actual source also includes error catching.
  • page.right - the file name to an include to insert at the right of the site. Actual source also includes error catching.

Regardless of whether raw: true is set, the page object’s CSS styles are applied to the div element that its content is inserted into.

Rewriting SASS ref commit

This stuff is pretty minimal. For the most part I just removed lines that are covered by the bootstrap formatting. In addition though, I changed the shadow mixin: now it doesn’t have a $code argument. Besides that, it shouldn’t be much more complicated.