About the Handbook

Contribute to the Handbook

Follow the steps below to work locally with this project.

  1. Make sure you have a Ruby environment set up locally. You’ll need the Ruby version specified in the Dockerfile.
  2. Fork, clone or download this project.
  3. Install ruby dependencies: bundle install
  4. Install node dependencies: npm install
  5. Build and preview: bundle exec jekyll serve
  6. Preview the site at
  7. Make changes to the content of the site and preview them at the link above.

Note: Changes to _config.yml require you to stop the Jekyll server (^C) and restart it with bundle exec jekyll serve.

Add a New Page

You can add .md and .html files to this project to be rendered. Most handbook pages are written in Markdown.

  1. Go to the _src folder and locate your team’s handbook section.
  2. Create a new file called my-page.md. Use dashes as spaces in your file name.
  3. Add front matter to your new file.
  4. Add your Markdown content.
  5. If you’ve set up a dev environment, you can preview your new page on

Front Matter

All pages require front matter to render properly. At a minimum you will need to specify:

  • layout: The template file to use when rendering the content. For handbook pages use page. Custom templates can be created and placed in _layouts.
  • title: The title of the page.
  • weight: This controls how pages are displayed in menus and lists. The first file in each handbook section should be named index.md and have a weight of 1. All other pages within a handbook section should have a weight of 2.
  • Optional permalink: This allows you to set this page’s URL. You can use this to override Jekyll’s automatically generated URLs. Ex. /marketing/brand
  • Optional toc: Set this to true to include a Table of Contents on the page. By default this is disabled and should be added manually to pages that need it.


layout: page
title: Meltano Brand Kit
permalink: /marketing/brand
weight: 2
toc: true

Add a New Section

  1. Create a folder named _yourdepartment in the src directory.
  2. Create a new file called index.md. Set the weight: of this page to 1 – it’ll be the home page for this handbook section.
  3. Add your Markdown content. Since this is an index page it may be helpful to add some information about this new handbook section. Create additional pages for team policies and procedures and link to them from this page.
  4. Update collections: in _config.yml. Ex:
    output: true
    icon: "fa-cogs"

icon: Refers to a Font Awesome icon.

Add Images

  1. Create an images folder in your handbook section.
  2. Add photos to this folder.
  3. You can refer to them with images/filename.jpg in your pages.

Add Table of Contents to a Page

The TOC is managed through the jekyll-toc gem. You can read about its configuration here.

This is added to all pages by default. It can be turned off by setting toc: false in the front matter of the document.

Add/Remove/Edit an Announcement

You can edit the announcement and CTA under the announcement section in _config.yml.

  • display - Set this to true to display an announcement or set it to false to hide it.
  • text - This is the announcement text. Keep it short and sweet (~140 characters or less) so it’s not intrusive on the page.
  • cta - This prompts readers to do something. Make it engaging!
  • cta-link - This is the link folks will be directed to. It opens in a new page so readers don’t lose their place in the docs.
  display: true
  text: Meltano v2.0 is almost here!
  cta: See what's on the roadmap.
  cta-link: https://handbook.meltano.com/product/roadmap#2022-q2

Testing Announcements Locally

If you’re running docs locally, you will need to stop the Jekyll server (^C) and restart it with bundle exec jekyll serve in order to see updates to announcements. It’s not ideal but it prevents folks from having to edit raw HTML to make changes to announcements.

Builds will fail to deploy if links are broken. You can check for broken links locally with this command before pushing changes:

bundle exec jekyll build && bundle exec htmlproofer --log-level :debug ./_site --assume_extension --http_status_ignore 503 --url-ignore "/www.linkedin.com/,/www.dell.com/,/www.optionimpact.com/"