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Gem Version

Welcome to your new Jekyll theme! In this directory, you'll find the files you need to be able to package up your theme into a gem. Put your layouts in _layouts, your includes in _includes, your sass files in _sass and any other assets in assets.

To experiment with this code, add some sample content and run bundle exec jekyll serve – this directory is setup just like a Jekyll site!

DEMO with full functions.

A simple blog demo


home layout blog layout
layout: home Demo layout: blog Demo
post layout page layout
layout: post Demo layout: page Demo
archive layout slides layout
book layout chapter layout
* layout: book Demo * layout: chapter Demo

The layout with red * relied on a jekyll books generator plugin: jekyll-books


Add this line to your Jekyll site's Gemfile:

gem "jekyll-theme-persephone"

And add this line to your Jekyll site's _config.yml:

theme: jekyll-theme-persephone

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install jekyll-theme-persephone



Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at 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 bundle install.

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 _layouts, _includes, _sass and assets tracked with Git will be bundled. To add a custom directory to your theme-gem, please edit the regexp in jekyll-theme-persephone.gemspec accordingly.


The theme is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.