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I created a Jekyll Theme in 375 Minutes πŸ”₯

Last week I set up a Jekyll site with Github Pages (And wrote a tutorial too). Today, I thought it would be awesome to create a Jekyll theme.

It only took 375 minutes (About 6 hours) to learn from zero to create a minimal Jekyll theme.

It's now live! πŸ”₯
It's free! πŸ†“
I named it Leaf πŸƒ

πŸ‘‰ Github Repo
πŸ‘‰ Live Preview


Time Management

To create this, I used tomatoes - the POMORODO technique.

1 TOMATO = 25 Minutes

It took 15 tomatoes for me to complete the task. Here's what I did in each tomato.

Tomato Number What I did
1 Learned how to create Jekyll Theme (Tutorial 1)
2 Continued learning. There were many concepts to understand than I expected. (I'm new to Jekyll) - And, here's the 2nd Tutorial I referred. Those two articles showed how to get started.
3 Still Learning and trying to get started with building the theme
4 Officially started creating the theme ;) and finished basic markup (page, posts)
5 Started Styling and finished 25%
6 Set up Github Repo (jekyll-theme-leaf)
7 Got stuck! Finding how to run Jekyll theme on Github Pages when it resides in a repository. Finally, found it. Styling... Adding Hyvor Talk.
8 Going very nicely... Added comments with a customized color palette. Finished 50% styling.
9 Styling header
10 Still header (I got some distractions. Yeah, youtube)
11 Styling Pages
12 Styling Posts
13 Designing Home
14 Footer
15 Checked responsiveness and finished!

After that, I worked without POMODORO for these steps.

  • Pushing to Github Repo
  • Setting up Github Pages for the repo.
  • Publishing the theme to

Tools I Used.

  1. Code Editor - My default code editor is VSCode. However, I started this project in Sublime Text for one reason: I just needed to try sublime text. However, after a few minutes I switched back to VSCode mainly because it's what I'm used to. (And, it has an inline command line which I love)

  2. Timer - A timer is needed when you are working with a POMODORO schedule. I used my phone to do that. Another option is

  3. SVG Background
    This beautiful SVG is taken from Such a nice website! There are many other options too.

  4. Icon
    Leaf Icon
    The leaf icon is taken from

  5. Screenshots and Editing -

    I used Hyvor Talk for the comments for the Jekyll theme (I'm totally biased in this decision because I'm the creator of Hyvor Talk). However, I chose it because I can customize the colors of the plugin as I needed with a color palette. And, it's free up to 40k page views per month.

// in _includes/hyvor-talk-comments.html
    url: '{{ page.url | absolute_url }}',
    id: '{{}}',
    palette: { // <-- setting palette
        accent: "#86bb48", 
        accentText: "#080808",
        footerHeader: "#171616",
        footerHeaderText: "#656363",
        box: "#3A3A38",
        boxText: "#E0E0E0",
        boxLightText: "#AAAAAA",
        backgroundText: "#E0E0E0"
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  1. Analytics - Google Analytics because why not?

Final Thoughts

So, this theme is very minimal but powerful and beautiful. The technical things are inspired by the minima theme, and I created the design (No, design tool used. Just writing HTML + CSS and testing 😊).

If you like to use this theme, head over to the Github Repo. All the installation instructions are there.

I'd like to know your thoughts on this simple project.

Top comments (5)

sunilaleti profile image
Sunil Aleti

That reaction's on post pages are really cool, how did u do that ?

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Supun Kavinda

Hey Sunil,

Reactions comes with the Hyvor Talk Comments Plugin

sunilaleti profile image
Sunil Aleti

Thanks ❀

irishgeoff10 profile image

If you want to add Jekyll forms to your template in won't take more that 10th of a tomato in time :)