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I used the Hydejack theme for this blog, built with Jekyll. The setup options below explain step-by-step how to set up the development environment on Windows.

Setup Option 1

Go through the steps here.

Setup Option 2

source ''
gem 'github-pages'
gem 'wdm', '>= 0.1.0' if RbConfig::CONFIG['target_os'] =~ /mswin/i
  • Start cmd, navigate to the repo and launch the site:

bundle exec jekyll serve

Setup SSL with Cloudflare, add NS and A records

Create an account or login at Cloudflare to setup SSL for your new site.

Cloudflare's name servers (NS) need to replace the default ones at the registrar site (GoDaddy):

GitHub's IP addresses need to be added as A records at the SSL provider site (Cloudflare):


Always use HTTPS (CloudFlare):


Hydejack is a pretentious two-column Jekyll theme, stolen by @qwtel from Hyde. You could say it was.. hydejacked.


Unlike Hyde, it's opinionated about how you are going to use it (as a blog!) Features included are:

  • Touch-enabled sidebar / drawer for mobile, including fallback when JS is disabled.
  • Github Pages compatible tag support based on this post.
  • Customizable link color and sidebar image, per-site, per-tag and per-post.
  • Optional author section at the bottom of each post.
  • Posts grouped by year on front and tag page.
  • Social media icons (github, twitter) on sidebar.
  • Optional comment section powered by Disqus.
  • Math blocks via KaTeX.


Hydejack is developed on and hosted with GitHub. Head to the GitHub repository for downloads, bug reports, and feature requests.


I love the original Hyde theme, but unfortunately the layout isn't as great on small screens. Since the sidebar moves to the top, the user has to scroll just to read the title of a blog post.

By using a drawer component I was able to retain the original two column layout. It's possible to move the drawer via touch input (with the help of a little JavaScript).

Since the background image contributes to the feel of the page I'm letting it peek over the edge a bit. This also provides a hint to the user that an interaction is possible.



You can configure important aspects of the theme via _config.yml. This includes:

  • the blog description in the sidebar
  • the (optional) author description and photo
  • default image and link color of the blog
  • the github and twitter usernames

How to Change the Image and Color of a Post

In the manifest of a blog post, simply add an url as image and a CSS color as color:

layout: post
title: Introducing Hydejack
color: '#949667'

How to Add a New Post

Simply add a new post to the _posts folder with the following title format:


How to Add a New Tag

Tags are not meant to be used #instagram #style: #food #goodfood #happy #happylife #didimentionfood #yougetthepoint, as each tag requires some setup work. I tend to think of it as categories that can be combined.

  1. Add an entry to _data/tags.yml, where the key represents a slug and provide at least a name value and optionally image, color and description.

    Example /_data/tags.yml:

      name: My Tag
  2. Make a new file in the tag folder, using the same name you've used as the key / slug and change the tag and permalink entries.

    Example /tag/

    layout: blog_by_tag
    tag: mytag
    permalink: /tag/mytag/
  3. Tag your blog posts using the tags key (color and image will only depend on the first tag).

    layout: post
    title: Introducing My New Tag
    tags: [mytag, othertag]
  4. (optional) Add the tag to the sidebar, by adding it to sidebar_tags in _config.yml. They will appear in the listed order.

    sidebar_tags: [mytag, othertag]


A developer's notes.




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