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This is the Github repository for my website,

I use GatsbyJS as the static site generator, because it allows for doing lots of cool things in the future, like interweaving React and Markdown with MDX.

This site started from the gatsby-starter-minimal-blog starter, which implements the @lekoarts/gatsby-theme-minimal-blog Gatsby theme. This means that the default style can be overridden bit by bit by shadowing (overwriting) individual files from the theme.

Theme Features

  • MDX
  • Fully customizable through the usage of Gatsby Themes (and Theme UI)
  • Light Mode / Dark Mode
  • Typography driven, minimal style
  • Tags/Categories support
  • Code highlighting with prism-react-renderer and react-live support. Also allows adding line numbers, line highlighting, language tabs, and file titles.
  • RSS Feed for blog posts
  • Google Analytics Support
  • SEO (Sitemap, OpenGraph tags, Twitter tags)
  • Offline Support & WebApp Manifest


Note: The central branch for development is source not master, because Github will only build a top-level user page from the master branch, and won't let me build it from the gh-pages branch. So I use source in place of master, and master in place of gh-pages. Travis CI builds the site to master automatically. Any pull request should be taken towards the source branch.

Fork the repository, then clone it

git clone

# install dependencies

# start hot-reloading server
gatsby develop

After gatsby develop, the site is now running by default on http://localhost:8000.

Modifying the theme

The base theme is installed as an NPM dependency. To overwrite parts of the theme, you use Gatsby shadowing (Guide: Shadowing in Gatsby Themes).

To overwrite parts of the theme, add files in this repository at


that take effect instead of the default files from the theme.

So for example, to replace the "hero" text that shows up at the front of the homepage, add the file:


overriding the original hero.mdx file from the theme.

The Theme UI config can be configured by shadowing its files in src/gatsby-plugin-theme-ui/.

Code Highlighting

Since the underlying theme ships with prism-react-renderer and react-live certain additional features were added to code blocks. You can find an overview / usage example in the example repository! If you want to change certain code styles or add additional language tabs, you need to shadow the file src/@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-minimal-blog/styles/code.js.

Language tabs:

When you add a language (such as e.g. js or javascript) to the code block, a little tab will appear at the top left corner.

// code goes here

Code titles:

You can display a title (e.g. the file path) above the code block.

// code goes here

Or without a specific language:

// code goes here

Line highlighting:

You can highlight single or multiple (or both) lines in a code block. You need to add a language.

```js {2,4-5}
const test = 3
const foo = 'bar'
const harry = 'potter'
const hermione = 'granger'
const ron = 'weasley'

Hide line numbers:

If you want to hide line numbers you can either globally disable them (see Theme options) or on a block-by-block basis. You can also combine that with the other attributes.

// code goes here


Add react-live to the code block (and render the component) to see a preview below it.

```js react-live
const onClick = () => {
  alert("You opened me");
render(<button onClick={onClick}>Alohomora!</button>);

Adding content

Adding a new blog post

New blog posts will be shown on the index page (the three most recent ones) of this theme and on the blog overview page. They can be added by creating MDX files inside content/posts. General setup:

  1. Create a new folder inside content/posts
  2. Create a new index.mdx file, and add the frontmatter
  3. Add images to the created folder (from step 1) you want to reference in your blog post
  4. Reference an image as your banner in the frontmatter
  5. Write your content below the frontmatter

Frontmatter reference:

title: Introduction to "Defence against the Dark Arts"
date: 2019-11-07
description: Defence Against the Dark Arts (abbreviated as DADA) is a subject taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  - Tutorial
  - Dark Arts
banner: ./defence-against-the-dark-arts.jpg

The fields description and banner are optional! If no description is provided, an excerpt of the blog post will be used. If no banner is provided, the default siteImage (from siteMetadata) is used.

The date field has to be written in the format YYYY-MM-DD!

Adding a new page

Additional pages can be created by placing MDX files inside contents/pages, e.g. an "About" or "Contact" page. You'll manually need to link to those pages, for example by adding them to the navigation (in navigation option of the theme). General instructions:

  1. Create a new folder inside content/pages
  2. Create a new index.mdx file, and add the frontmatter
  3. Write your content below the frontmatter
  4. Optionally add files/images to the folder you want to reference from the page

Frontmatter reference:

title: About
slug: "/about"

Changing the "Hero" text

To edit the hero text ("Hi, I'm Lupin...), create a file at src/@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-minimal-blog/texts/hero.mdx to edit the text.

Changing the "Projects" part

To edit the projects part below "Latest posts", create a file at src/@lekoarts/gatsby-theme-minimal-blog/texts/bottom.mdx to edit the contents.

Change your static folder

The static folder contains the icons, social media images and robots.txt. Don't forget to change these files, too!


The old Jekyll-based <> is on the Jekyll branch.


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