A very simple and minimal but fully functional template

gem, jekyll, jekyll-theme
gem install jekyll-simple-template -v 0.0.13


Simple Template - Jekyll

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Demo: https://st.argp.in/jekyll/

This is Jekyll Version of Simple Template. The template is designed to look and stay minimal for the viewer but at the same time be fully featured for the author. The template use the fact that barebone HTML is already responsive, and hence, no CSS Framework is used at all. In fact for styling there is not even a CSS file, the necesarry CSS is embedded into HTML itself, to reduce the number of HTTP requests.


Instead of inventing the wheel, I used the following popular plugins for Jekyll, to add features to the template:

  • jekyll-archives: Generates Archive pages for Year, Month, Day, Tags and Categories
  • jekyll-feed: Generates the Atom (RSS like) Feed for Blog Posts
  • jekyll-seo-tag: Adds necesarry SEO information in the head tag
  • jekyll-sitemap: Generates sitemap.org compliant sitemap for the website


The template is available as Ruby Gem. To add the Gem to the website do the following:

  • Add the Gem in the Gemfile.
source "https://rubygems.org"
  • Add the Theme in _config.yml.
theme: jekyll-simple-template


The template expects following variables in the _config.yml.

  • lang: Langauge of the Website (for html tag)
  • title: Title of the Website (for SEO and Header)
  • author: Author of the Website (for SEO and Footer)
  • url: Url of the website (for SEO)
  • baseurl [Optional]: Baseurl of the Website (for relative URL)
  • logo: Logo of the Website (for SEO)



For navigation links, the template looks for _data/navigation.yml file. The links should be added to the file in following format.

- title: "Link Name"
  url: "http://example.com"

Note: url can be external or relative.


Social Links

For social links in footer, the template looks for _data/social.yml file. Following is the supported social networks and format in which it should be added.

facebook : username
twitter  : username
github   : username
youtube  : channel
instagram: username
linkedin : username



If you want to link the blog/site with Micro.blog, add following in _config.yml.

micro_blog: username

This will generate a link tag in head (to verify site) and add a link to follow on Blog page.


As mentioned above, the template uses jekyll-seo-tag for adding SEO information. All the options from that can be used. For more information read its Usage.

Sitemap and Feed

As mentioned above, the template uses jekyll-sitemap and jekyll-feed for sitemap and feed respectively. By default sitemap is available at /sitemap.xml and feed of posts is available at /feed.xml. For more information about the plugins, check out there repositories and read the documentations.


The template provides following layouts:

  • default: The default layout
  • home: For Homepage
  • blog: For Blog page
  • page: For Page
  • post: For post
  • archive: For Year, Month, Day and Tag archives
  • redirect: For redirection pages

To override any of the built-in layouts, just create the file with same name in _layouts/ directory.


test-mobile-google google-page-insight pingdom gmetrix


The template is Open Sourced and is Licensed under BSD 3-Clause License.