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Up is a clean and beautiful Bootstrap based layout for Jekyll.

This is designed to be an easy layout to modify for your own blog. It is based on zachholman's blog themes: the "old" one, now opensourced as left, and also in his actual theme, that's not opensource (I believe), but I stole some ideas anyway. I also took something from jekyll-bootstrap, and, of course, I'm using bootstrap as a base for whole thing.

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  • Fork this repository
  • Rename it to
  • Clone it: git clone
  • With Ruby, bundler, Node.js and NPM previously installed, run the init script bundle && rake init;
  • Start it up in watch mode: foreman start -f

You should have a server up and running locally at http://localhost:4000.


Next you'll want to change a few things. The list of files you may want to change is the following:

  • _config.yml: Put your config there, almost everything will be up and running.
  • about/index.html: Well, that's about you, I would change it if I were you... OH WAIT!
  • CNAME: If you're using this on GitHub Pages with a custom domain name, you might want to change this to be the domain you're going to use. All that should be in here is a domain name on the first line and nothing else (like:
  • favicon.ico: This is a smaller version of my gravatar for use as the icon in your browser's address bar. You may change it to whatever you like. Updating your icons.
  • apple-touch-icon.jpg: Again, this is my gravatar, and it shows up in iOS and various other apps that use this file as an "icon" for your site. Updating your icons.

Custom CSS/JS

Assets are now managed by bower. You could simply run grunt whenever you want to update your assets. grunt watch will also watch everything for changes.

Note: I'm not using any Jekyll asset pipeline because it's not supported by GitHub Pages, so, I prefer to do it by myself.

Update favicon and apple-precomposed icons based on gravatar

First, be sure you have the author email configured in _config.yml, then, just run:

rake icons

The script will generate your email hash and get your gravatar, then, using RMagick, it will create all needed icons.


You should deploy with GitHub Pages- it's just easier.

All you should have to do is to rename your repository on GitHub to be Since this is a Jekyll project, you should be able to see your new site at


This is MIT with no added caveats, therefore feel free to use this on your site without linking back to me or using a disclaimer or anything silly like that.

If you'd like give me, holman (from left layout), plusjade (from jekyll-bootstrap), fat and mdo (from bootstrap) credit somewhere on your all-new blog or tweet a shout out to us, well hey, sure we'll take it.


You can also thank me doing a donation =)