Blog themes are the perfect Jekyll themes to use if you're looking to start your own blog, they're optmized for readability, so you can focus on writing.
Free themes are perfect if you're just starting out with Jekyll. Since they're free, you don't have to worry about choosing the wrong theme.
Github Pages Theme
These Jekyll themes all work great with Github Pages, allowing you to quickly get your site live without any hassle.
Mickey is a minimal one-column, responsive theme for Jekyll.
It’s inspired by Hyde, Medium, and Squarespace.
See Mickey in action with the demo site or my personal blog.
Mickey requires Jekyll 2.x. and Gulp for workflow automation.
Make sure to run
gem update jekyll if you aren’t on the latest version or
gem install jekyll if this is your first time installing it.
If you want to use Mickey, please follow these steps:
- Fork the Mickey repo.
- Clone the repo you just forked and rename it.
npm install to install the dependencies for the theme contained in
_config.yml with your own info and replace demo posts and pages with your own. Full details below.
Mickey includes some customizable options:
Post front matter
By default, we use the following:
title: "your post title"
date: 2015-02-11T13:04:19+05:45 # XML Schema Date/Time
last_modified_at: 2015-03-15T05:20:00+05:45 # last page modified date/time
excerpt: "for meta description" # Optional for overwriting content excerpt
categories: your post categories # ["category1"] - best is to have one category in a post
tags: your post tags # ["tag1", "tag2", "tag3"] - you can have several post tags
feature: your post featured image file name # image.jpg, suggested size: 2000x700px
topPosition: 0px # top position for featured image if needed
bgContrast: dark # Featured image contrast
bgGradientOpacity: darker # darker or lighter - control featured image opacity
To replace logos with your own, simply update the following files in
Vertical rhythm and spacing are mostly handled by typebase.css. If you want to change any settings related to typography (e.g. fonts, type scale…etc), please do it in
We have two types of blockquote design:
// For large featured quote
// For normal quote
// Use 'u--startsWithDoubleQuote' class only when the quote starts with a double quote
If a paragraph starts with a quotation market, please add the following to support hanging quotes:
To maintain vertical rhythm and spacing, I suggest using the following CSS class (e.g.
img--16xLeading) to control the image height:
<div class="img img--fullContainer img--14xLeading" style="background-image: url();"></div>
You can reference
_scss/_images.scss for details.
Mickey has two branches, but only one is used for active development.
master for development. All pull requests should be submitted against
gh-pages for our hosted landing page. Please avoid using this branch.
During development, simply run
gulp in terminal and it will compile the jekyll site, compile Sass, create post thumbnails, launch BrowserSync & watch files for changes and recompile.
Source Sass files are located in
_scss/, included into
main.scss, and compile to
Post thumbnails are automatically resized via Gulp’s image resize package, and moved to
assets/images/thumbnails. Any featured images you put in
assets/images/hero will be automatically created
Open sourced under the MIT license.
Disclaimer: This Jekyll theme is not affiliated with Disney. Obviously :)