Start Bootstrap - Clean Blog - Official Jekyll Version

Clean Blog is a stylish, responsive blog theme for Bootstrap created by Start Bootstrap. This theme features a blog homepage, about page, contact page, and an example post page along with a working contact form powered by Formspree.

This repository holds the official Jekyll version of the Clean Blog!


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Installation & Setup

Using RubyGems:

When installing the theme using RubyGems, demo images, posts, and pages are not included. Follow the instructions below for complete setup.

  1. (Optional) Create a new Jekyll site: jekyll new my-site
  2. Replace the current theme in your Gemfile with gem "jekyll-theme-clean-blog".
  3. Install the theme: bundle install
  4. Replace the current theme in your _config.yml file with theme: jekyll-theme-awesome.
  5. Build your site: bundle exec jekyll serve

Assuming there are no errors and the site is building properly, follow these steps next:

  1. Create the following pages if they do not exist already (or change the extension of exsiting markdown files from .md to .html):
    • index.html - set to layout: home
    • about.html - set to layout: page
    • contact.html - set to layout: page
    • posts/index.html - set to layout: page (you will also need to create a posts directory)
  2. Configure the index.html front matter. Example: ```

layout: home background: '/PATH_TO_IMAGE'

3. Configure the `about.html`, `contact.html`, and `posts/index.html` front matter. Example:

layout: page title: Page Title description: This is the page description. background: '/PATH_TO_IMAGE'

4. For each post in the `_posts` directory, update the front matter. Example:

layout: post title: "Post Title" subtitle: "This is the post subtitle." date: YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS background: '/PATH_TO_IMAGE'

For reference, look at the [demo repository]( to see how the files are set up.

5. Add the form to the `contact.html` page. Add the following code to your `contact.html` page:


Make sure you have the email setting in your _config.yml file set to a working email address! Once this is set, fill out the form and then check your email, verify the email address using the link sent to you by Formspree, and then the form will be working!

  1. Build your site: bundle exec jekyll serve

Using Core Files

When using the core files, the demo images, posts, and pages are all included with the download. After following the instructions below, you can then go and change the content of the pages and posts.

  1. Download or Clone the repository.
  2. Update the following configuration settings in your _config.yml file:
    • baserul
    • url
    • title
    • email (after setting this setting to a working email address, fill out the form on the contact page and send it - then check your email and verify the address and the form will send you messages when used)
    • description
    • author
    • twitter_username (Optional)
    • facebook_username (Optional)
    • github_username (Optional)
  3. Build your site: bundle exec jekyll serve

Bugs and Issues

Have a bug or an issue with this template? Open a new issue here on GitHub!


Start Bootstrap is an open source library of free Bootstrap templates and themes. All of the free templates and themes on Start Bootstrap are released under the MIT license, which means you can use them for any purpose, even for commercial projects.

Start Bootstrap was created by and is maintained by David Miller, Owner of Blackrock Digital.

Start Bootstrap is based on the Bootstrap framework created by Mark Otto and Jacob Thorton.

Copyright 2013-2017 Blackrock Digital LLC. Code released under the MIT license.

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