Pixyll is a simple, beautiful theme for Jekyll that emphasizes content rather than aesthetic fluff. It’s mobile first, fluidly responsive, and delightfully lightweight.
It’s pretty minimal, but leverages large type and drastic contrast to make a statement, on all devices.
$ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:johnotander/pixyll.git $ cd pixyll $ gem install bundler # If you don't have bundler installed $ bundle install
If you don’t want to install anything in your local machine, you can create a free development environment for this Pixyll project in the cloud on Nitrous.io by clicking the button below.
In the IDE, start Pixyll via
Run > Start Pixyll and access your site via
Preview > 3000.
Verify your Jekyll version
It’s important to also check your version of Jekyll since this project uses Native Sass which is only supported by 2.0+.
Fork, then clone
Fork the repo, and then clone it so you’ve got the code locally.
_config.yml located in the root of the Pixyll directory contains all of the configuration details
for the Jekyll site. The defaults are:
# Site settings title: Pixyll email: email@example.com author: John Otander description: "A simple, beautiful theme for Jekyll that emphasizes content rather than aesthetic fluff." baseurl: "" url: "http://pixyll.com" # Build settings markdown: kramdown permalink: pretty paginate: 3
Then, start the Jekyll Server. I always like to give the
--watch option so it updates the generated HTML when I make changes.
$ jekyll serve --watch
Now you can navigate to
localhost:4000 in your browser to see the site.
Using Github Pages
You can host your Jekyll site for free with Github Pages. Click here for more information.
A configuration tweak if you’re using a gh-pages sub-folder
In addition to your github-username.github.io repo that maps to the root url, you can serve up sites by using a gh-pages branch for other repos so they’re available at github-username.github.io/repo-name.
This will require you to modify the
_config.yml like so:
# Site settings title: Repo Name email: firstname.lastname@example.org author: John Otander description: "Repo description" baseurl: "/repo-name" url: "http://github-username.github.io" # Build settings markdown: kramdown permalink: pretty paginate: 3
This will ensure that the the correct relative path is constructed for your assets and posts. Also, in order to run the project locally, you will need to specify the blank string for the baseurl:
$ jekyll serve --baseurl ''.
If you don’t want the header to link back to the root url
You will also need to tweak the header include
<header class="site-header px2 px-responsive"> <div class="mt2 wrap"> <div class="measure"> <a href="https://jeffparsons.github.io/">Jeff Parsons</a> <nav class="site-nav right"> </nav> </div> </div> </header>
A relevant Jekyll Github Issue: https://github.com/jekyll/jekyll/issues/332
The contact form uses http://formspree.io. It will require you to fill the form out and submit it once, before going live, to confirm your email.
More setup instructions and advanced options can be found at http://formspree.io
To configure Disqus, set up a Disqus site with the same name as your site. Then, in
_config.yml, edit the
disqus_shortname value to enable Disqus.
Customizing the CSS
All variables can be found in the
_sass/_variables.scss file, toggle these as you’d like to change the look and feel of Pixyll.
If you would like to add a fade-in-down effect, you can add
animated: true to your
enable_anchorjs. Because it offers many ways for customization, tweaks should be done in
_includes/footer.html. Default settings after turning AnchorJS on are:
<script> anchors.options.visible = 'always'; anchors.add('article h2, article h3, article h4, article h5, article h6'); </script>
See documentation for more options.
Put in a Pixyll Plug
Web analytics and search engines
- For Google Analytics set up the value for
google_analytics, it should be something like
- For Google Tag Manager set up the value for
google_tag_manager, it should be something like:
- Do not set both of above methods because this will cause conflicts and skew your reporting data.
- Remember that you need to properly configure the GTM container in its admin panel if you want it to work. More info is available in GTM’s docs.
Your website is, by default, set to be allowed for crawling and indexing by search engines. (Unless you made yourself a custom robots.txt file). You can use front matter settings on each page to control how search engines will it. Sometimes you may want to exclude a particular page from indexing or forbid Google to store a copy of your page in its cache. It is up to you. Use the
meta_robots frontmatter key and assign values based on this table. Some examples:
# exclude page from index meta_robots: noindex # allow indexing, disallow caching meta_robots: noarchive # allow indexing, disallow crawling links meta_robots: nofollow # disallow indexing, follow links meta_robots: noindex,follow
In order to get more information about your website’s status in search engines, you can register it in Google Search Console and/or Bing Webmaster Tools. Both these tools will ask you to authorize your website with them and there are couple of ways to do that. Pixyll supports verification via meta tags - just fill in values for
_config.yml, the verification strings and meta tags will then be added automatically.
If search engine optimization is your thing, you can also set up
meta_description values for each page/post. By default Pixyll uses
summary to populate the
<meta name="description" content="..."> tag and falls back to
summary is not present in page/post’s front matter. The
summary is also used for generating Open Graph tags. Why would you want to use a dedicated variable for meta description? Because character limit to properly display this description in search results (as a snippet) is way smaller than in Open Graph. It is recommended to keep it at 155-160 characters, for more in-depth info read this article.
And lastly - if you happen to write in language other than English be sure to change
_config.yml to reflect it.
I hope you enjoy using Pixyll. If you encounter any issues, please feel free to let me know by creating an issue. I’d love to help.
Pixyll is always being improved by its users, so sometimes one may need to upgrade.
Ensure there’s an upstream remote
git remote -v doesn’t have an upstream listed, you can do the following to add it:
git remote add upstream https://github.com/johnotander/pixyll.git
Pull in the latest changes
git pull upstream master
There may be merge conflicts, so be sure to fix the files that git lists if they occur. That’s it!
Thanks to the following
- Fork it
- Create your feature branch (
git checkout -b my-new-feature)
- Commit your changes (
git commit -am 'Add some feature')
- Push to the branch (
git push origin my-new-feature)
- Create new Pull Request