If you don’t know what Jekyll is or you are curious about how it can help you, Jekyll is one of the most popular SSGs (static site generator) with a large user base and directory of plugins. It takes your content, renders Markdown and Liquid templates, and spits out a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache, Nginx, or another web server. It is more flexible than a CMS like WordPress.
Does it sound nice to you?
Why use Jekyll for your blog?
The great thing about a Jekyll blog is that you can write your content in a text editor, and it gets converted into a website. So no css knowledge is required, just focus on your content. With Jekyll, you don’t have to worry about databases, updates, and comment moderation while preserving permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts. The simplicity of Jekyll’s theming layer and writing workflow is amazing; setting your Jekyll blog will take less than expected.
Another advantage is that you get free hosting of your website on GitHub. Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host sites right from your GitHub repositories. Get cracking to write your content in a few minutes, and you get a readymade good looking website!
If you want to take advantage of this static site generator’s simplicity, you should start with these amazing Jekyll themes that will help you build a faster, beautiful website or blog.
Argon Jekyll Theme is a brand new Jekyll version of our beloved premium Bootstrap design system, Argon Design System Pro. We’ve partnered with Jekyll Themes to bring you this powerful Jekyll theme which can be used as a blog on its own, or get creative and build a whole website. It features over 1100 individual elements, 43 sections, and 17 example pages – giving you the freedom to choose and combine.
Skinny Bones is a fresh and minimalistic Jekyll blog starter with a variety of flexible layouts and components. It focuses on the content point of view, and it was designed to focus on you and your writing. Headers, navigation, sidebars, and footers have been purposely deemphasized.
Minimal Mistakes is a clean Jekyll theme designed to build a personal site, blog, project documentation, or portfolio. As the name implies — styling is purposely minimalistic to be enhanced and customized by the developer. It has nine different skins (color variations) and several responsive layout options (single, archive index, search, splash, and paginated home page).
Basically Basic is a Jekyll blog theme meant as a substitute for the default Minima, with a few enhancements thrown in for good measure. It has a clean, responsive design with six customizable skins, a Curriculum Vitæ/Resume layout powered by JSON data, and Disqus Comments & Google Analytics support.
Hyde is a brazen two-column Jekyll theme that pairs a prominent sidebar with uncomplicated content. It is a theme built on top of Poole, which provides a fully furnished Jekyll setup. You just download and start the Jekyll server. It has eight optional color schemes and two orientations for content & sidebar.
Lanyon is an unassuming Jekyll blog theme that places content first by tucking away navigation in a hidden drawer. It’s based on Poole, the Jekyll butler. It provides a fully furnished Jekyll setup. All you have to do is download and start the Jekyll server. Lanyon ships with eight optional themes.
Neumorphism is a cool Jekyll theme designed for personal websites, portfolios, and resumes. It is based on the new Neumorphism design trend and was developed with a mobile-first approach. This can be used by developers who want to showcase their resume and portfolio.
Memoirs is a free minimalist Jekyll theme, designed for those who love the beauty of simplicity. It is compatible with Bootstrap 4 and is free for personal and commercial use.
Hamilton is a minimal and classy (as the name suggest) Jekyll theme designed for writing and note-taking purposes.
YAMT (Yet Another Minimal Theme) is a minimal Jekyll blog theme with a clean design focused on simplicity and ease-of-use. It has great modularity, allowing developers to decide what they actually want on their website easily.
Serif is a beautiful Jekyll theme designed for small businesses. It contains content types for the archetypical small business website. The theme is fully responsive, blazing-fast, and artfully illustrated.
TeXt is a super customizable Jekyll theme for a personal site, team site, blog, project, documentation, etc. Similar to iOS 11 style, it has large and prominent titles, round buttons, and cards.
If speed, simplicity, and security are what you need, this static site generator might be what you are looking for. Check out this article to see how you can quickstart and launch your website using Jekyll.
I hope this collection of Jekyll blog and website themes will help you save time during the development of your personal and commercial projects.