Lily Chen — Notes on Using Ajax Content in Jekyll

Lily is a Product Designer based in San Francisco.
Currently, AngelList. Previously, IBM.

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Notes on Using Ajax Content in Jekyll

I recently overhauled my portfolio and as part of doing so, I explored how to incorporate ajax calls when loading my content. Almost immediately, I found Jekyll-AJAX, which was very easy to understand and set up. However, I did run into some things that may help to keep in mind.

The .content container cannot be an immediate child to body.

Because otherwise, $(data).find('.content') returns empty and .content wouldn’t receive anything.

Insert html into $('.content').parent() instead to avoid nested .content elements.

Not only to keep the code DRY but also because I use the id on the element to keep track of what page I’m on.

Scroll position back to the top.

This is more of a general reminder to scroll back to the top once you’ve swapped the content because since technically you’re still on the same page, you won’t automatically be back to the top of the page (which would be bothersome if it’s longer than the window height).

Set target anchor exceptions, if any.

The default configuration of the code provided in the README assumes an ajax call for any anchor targets within the same site url. However, I have a bunch of PDF files on my portfolio so I don’t want ajax to be called:

function _handleDelegate(e) {
  var siteUrl = document.location.hostname||;
  if (this.href.includes(siteUrl)) {
    if (this.pathname.includes('pdf')) {;
    } else {
      History.pushState({}, '', this.pathname);
  } else {;


Of course, I assume the author of the repo intended the code to be very barebones, which I appreciated a lot. But, maybe these tiny adjustments can be useful to someone who might be looking to use the same method.