Jekyll generates your static site to the
_site directory by default. You can
transfer the contents of this directory to almost any hosting provider to get
your site live. Here are some manual ways of achieving this:
Rsync is similar to scp except it can be faster as it will only send changed parts of files as opposed to the entire file. You can learn more about using rsync in the Digital Ocean tutorial.
If you want to host your site in Amazon S3, you can do so by using the s3_website application. It will push your site to Amazon S3 where it can be served like any web server, dynamically scaling to almost unlimited traffic. This approach has the benefit of being about the cheapest hosting option available for low-volume blogs as you only pay for what you use.
Most traditional web hosting provider let you upload files to their servers over FTP. To upload a Jekyll site to a web host using FTP, run the
jekyll build command and copy the contents of the generated
_site folder to the root folder of your hosting account. This is most likely to be the
public_html folder on most hosting providers.
If you have direct access to the deployment web server, the process is essentially the same, except you might have other methods available to you (such as
scp, or even direct filesystem access) for transferring the files. Remember to make sure the contents of the generated
_site folder get placed in the appropriate web root directory for your web server.