CSS not reflected in localhost page after -build, -serve, using Jekyll and Bootstrap

I have been following the tutorial here -> https://www.andrewmunsell.com/tutorials/jekyll-by-example/tutorial to build my first site learning both Jekyll and Bootstrap. I am new to CSS, and a beginner with HTML.

I am on the step that begins with the bold subject line "Liquid Template System".

The problem is my site is not reflecting the CSS.

In the tutorial code, he references , however in the Bootstrap-3.2.0-dist from www.getbootstrap.com, there is no longer a bootstrap-responsive.css. There are only the following:

  • bootstrap-theme.css
  • bootstrap-theme.min.css
  • bootstrap.min.css
  • bootstrap.css

My code is below; which I have cycled through referencing all four css files listed and they aren't reflected when I jekyll build then jekyll serve. Currently I am only local hosting during this development, once finished I will push to my site. I have the css directory in my _site directory, which is also where my index.html file is located.

Any one have an experience with Jekyll not reflecting CSS changes in Bootstrap?

Based on other searches on StackOverflow, I have tried clearing my cache, rebuilding and serving with no joy. Advice is appreciated here. Thank you.

<!DOCTYPE html>     
<html lang="en">
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>{{ site.name }}</title>
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
<meta name="description" content="{{ site.description }}">
<link href="/css/bootstrap.css" rel="stylesheet">
body {
padding-top: 60px;
<link href="/css/bootstrap.css" rel="stylesheet">

<!-- HTML5 shim, for IE6-8 support of HTML5 elements -->
<!--[if lt IE 9]>
<script src="http://html5shim.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/html5.js"></script>

<div class="navbar-inner">
<div class="container">
  <a class="btn btn-navbar" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".nav-collapse">
    <span class="icon-bar"></span>
    <span class="icon-bar"></span>
    <span class="icon-bar"></span>
  <a class="brand" href="#">{{ site.name }}</a>
  <div class="nav-collapse collapse">
    <ul class="nav">
      <li class="active"><a href="/">Home</a></li>

<div class="container">

 {{ content }}



The OP was referring to Bootstrap 2. The latest version, 3, does not have a separate file for responsive elements, because it assumes responsiveness from the off. If you just want to follow along with the tutorial then you can download Bootstrap 2 here.


I have the css directory in my _site directory, which is also where my index.html file is located.

Is your _site directory the ServerRoot for your localhost? If not, drop the initial forward slash from the link attribute, as it's currently pointing to your ServerRoot.

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