UP: A Jekyll theme

Joinville · December 16, 2012

After a while using Jekyll Bootstrap, I just realized that it was so much bloated. Then, few days ago, I forked the old Zach Holman's blog, and started to tweak my own theme based on theirs (that now is opensource). At first, I like it, but after a while, I just start thinking that it had a “old style” design.

So, I decided to work in my own layout, and then, up was born.

Up is a clean and beautiful Bootstrap based layout for Jekyll.

It's designed to be an easy layout to modify for your own blog. It was based on zachholman's blog themes: the “old” one, now opensourced as left and in his actual theme, that's not opensource (I believe), but I steal some ideas anyway. I also took something from jekyll-bootstrap, and, of course, I'm using bootstrap as a base for all the thing.

An image from Notion

It's fully-responsive (open it in your phone and/or tablet and you will see), with no JS at all (except twitter button, but you can remove it, of course), with a custom bootstrap build, compiled and minified with custom CSS in a very small CSS file (that's why it's really fast). Oh, I almost forgot: it also have an atom feed.

I also steal-and-tweak a Rakefile to made you able to easily create new posts and start server in preview mode.


Up installation is not that hard. Just do this:

You should have a server up and running locally at http://localhost:4000.


Next you'll want to change a few things. The list of files you may want to change is the following:

Create new posts

Well, that's simple. Just type rake post title="My awesome new post title".

BOOM, your all new post markdown file is created under _posts folder.


You should deploy with GitHub Pages- it's just easier.

All you should have to do is rename your repository on GitHub to be username.github.com. Since everything is on the gh-pages branch, you should be able to see your new site at http://username.github.com.


If you made a awesome kick-ass change, and believe it would be awesome to up, made a pull-request in up repository!

I'll be proud to accept your contributions.


This is MIT with no added caveats, so feel free to use this on your site without linking back to me or using a disclaimer or anything silly like that.

If you'd like give me, holman (from left), plusjade (from jekyll-bootstrap) or fat and mdo (from bootstrap) credit somewhere on your all-new blog or tweet a shout out to us, well hey, sure we'll take it.