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The Minimal Light Theme

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[Demo the theme] [简体中文 | 繁體中文 | Deutsche]

Update: the latest version of my homepage is available here.

This is the source code of my homepage. I build this website based on minimal.
Feel free to use and share the source code anywhere you like.


  • Simple and elegant personal homepage theme
  • Jekyll theme, deploy automatically by GitHub pages
  • Basic Search Engine Optimization
  • Mobile friendly
  • Support Markdown
  • Support dark mode


Using on GitHub

To use this theme, add the following to your repository's _config.yml:

remote_theme: yaoyao-liu/minimal-light

Please note that adding the above line will directly apply all the default settings in this repository to yours.

If you hope to edit any files (e.g.,, you still need to copy them to your repository.

You may also fork this repository (or use this repository as a template) and change the name to

Then you need to enable the GitHub pages for that repository following the steps here.

Using a custom domain on GitHub

Add a CNAME DNS record to your domain as follows:

Host: whatever you want. e.g., "www" 
Target / Canonical name:
TTL: 10 min

You may also add an A DNS record instead of the CNAME record as follows:

Host: whatever you want. e.g., "www" or "@"
TTL: 10 min

Then, change the contents of the CNAME file in this repository to your domain.

Using Locally with Jekyll

You need to install Ruby and Jekyll fisrt.

Clone this repository:

git clone
cd minimal-light

Install and run:

bundle install
bundle exec jekyll server

View the live page using localhost: http://localhost:4000. You can get the html files in _site folder.


Configuration variables

The Minimal Light theme will respect the following variables, if set in your site's _config.yml:

# Basic Information 
title: Your Name
position: Ph.D. Student
affiliation: Your Affiliation
email: yourname (at)

# Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
# The following information is used to improve the website traffic from search engines, e.g., Google.
keywords: minimal academic
description: The Minimal Light is a simple and elegant jekyll theme for academic personal homepage.

# Links 
# If you don't need one of them, you may delete the corresponding line.

# Images (e.g., your profile picture and your website's favicon) 
# "favicon" and "favicon_dark" are used for the light and dark modes, respectively. 
avatar: ./assets/img/avatar.png
favicon: ./assets/img/favicon.png
favicon_dark: ./assets/img/favicon-dark.png

# Google Analytics ID
# Please remove this if you don't use Google Analytics
google_analytics: UA-111540567-4


Create and add your personal information (e.g. publications, research).


If you'd like to add your own custom styles:

  1. Create a file called /assets/css/style.scss in your site

  2. Add the following content to the top of the file, exactly as shown:

    @import "{{ site.theme }}";
  3. Add any custom CSS (or Sass, including imports) you'd like immediately after the @import line


If you'd like to change the theme's HTML layout:

  1. Copy the original template from the theme's repository
    (Pro-tip: click "raw" to make copying easier)
  2. Create a file called /_layouts/homepage.html in your site
  3. Paste the default layout content copied in the first step
  4. Customize the layout as you'd like


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Zero v1.0 Universal License.


Our project uses the source code from the following repositories: