Mere is a minimal and simple blog theme, and nothing more, for use with Jekyll and GitHub Pages. It has been built with the Bulma frontend framework.
It has a homepage which displays the latest 6 posts and a paginated blog page used to list out all blog posts.
Mere Blog Theme uses Jekyll 3.9 for compatibility with GitHub Pages
Add this line to your Jekyll site's
And add this line to your Jekyll site's
And then execute:
Or install it yourself as:
$ gem install mere-blog-theme
As of 0.4, the blog posts will be displayed on the homepage including pagination, instead of in a separate blog page.
The homepage page needs to be called index.html for the blog pagination
Set the paginator up in the
_config.yml file with the posts per page and the path to the blog.
paginate: 6 paginate_path: "/page:num"
Posts should be created in the _posts directory as per standard Jekyll usage. The front matter should contain the layout of post, the image to use in the header and the homepage / blog page, the title of the post and the author of the post. You can also set a subtitle for the post if you want to.
layout: post title: First Post image: /img/home.jpg author: C.S. Rhymes
Wide images will work best, with a minimum width of 1400px.
Version 0.3 allows you to provide a intro and an intro image in your frontmatter. When creating your post add a short
intro text an
intro_image as a path to an image and then specify the
intro_image_ratio which should be a Bulma image class.
layout: post title: Post with Intro author: Guest Author intro: This is the introduction text for this post. It appears large and bold at the top of the post intro_image: /img/home.jpg intro_image_ratio: is-16by9
Only the intro is required if you want to display it. If you don't want an image then don't specify one and just the intro text will display.
Finally, configure the homepage by creating an
index.html page and configure the frontmatter with the layout of homepage, the title, subtitle (optional) and the image. You can set the hero_height to is-large if you want to make the homepage header a bit larger.
layout: homepage title: Mere Blog Theme subtitle: This is the demo site for the Mere Blog Theme image: /img/home.jpg hero_height: is-large
To enable the authors section, create a directory named
_authors and create a page for each author within it. The author pages should have front matter in the following format.
NOTE The author name should match the author name in their posts exactly.
layout: author title: The authors page title name: Author Name position: Web Designer description: The short description of the author avatar: /img/avatar.png website: https://www.csrhymes.com
The website and avatar are optional, but if you are stuck for author images, why not try https://getavataaars.com. Square images work best. You can then write about the author in the page content.
Next, create an
authors.md page in the root of your site and set the layout to authors.
layout: authors title: Authors description: The authors page
Add authors as a collection in your _config.yml file with output set to true so the pages are generated.
collections: authors: output: true
When you build your site, the authors link will appear in the navbar. The authors page will display the authors you have added. You can then click on their name or image to view the author page, along with a list of their 4 latest posts.
There will also be a link back to the authors page at the bottom of the post.
Author Social Profiles
**New in 0.2.1 **
You can add links to an author's social profile pages by adding the profile name and link to the front matter in the author's page (such as _authors/chris.md). The below social profiles are available.
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ github: https://www.github.com/ gitlab: https://www.gitlab.com instagram: https://www.instagram.com linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/ medium: https://www.medium.com/ stack_overflow: https://stackoverflow.com/
To enable Google Analytics add
google_analytics: UA-xxxxxxxx to your
_config.yml replacing the UA-xxxxxxxx with your Google Analytics property.
Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at https://github.com/chrisrhymes/mere-blog-theme. This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.
To set up your environment to develop this theme, run
Your theme is setup just like a normal Jekyll site! To test your theme, run
bundle exec jekyll serve and open your browser at
http://localhost:4000. This starts a Jekyll server using your theme. Add pages, documents, data, etc. like normal to test your theme's contents. As you make modifications to your theme and to your content, your site will regenerate and you should see the changes in the browser after a refresh, just like normal.
When your theme is released, only the files in
assets tracked with Git will be bundled.
To add a custom directory to your theme-gem, please edit the regexp in
The theme is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.