A simple Jekyll theme for academics
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Dumbarton is a Jekyll Theme developed by Tyler Butler. The theme is designed for academics and features a simple home page with an about me section, a blog, and an interactive highlights section to describe publications, coursework, courses taught, and projects. UI design with Bootstrap and Animate CSS.

A Note on Compatability

At this time, this theme is not compatible with GitHub pages because GitHub does not support jekyll-scholar.


Follow the following instructions to install the Dumbarton theme:

  1. Clone the repo.
    git clone
    cd Jekyll-Theme-Dumbarton
  2. Use Bundler to install dependancies
    bundle install
  3. Start the Jekyll development server
    bundle exec jekyll serve

Setting Options

There are many settings available to users to change how the theme looks. These settings can be changed in _config.yml. It's important to note that unlike previewing changes in other areas of the site, you must stop and restart the development server in order to see changes made in the config file.

Base Settings

Field Description Options
image Used in metatag as sites link preview or /assets/path/to/image.png

Site Settings

Field Description Options
profile_image Used on home page as authors profile image or /assets/path/to/image.png
social links, ex twitter Used to generate links in the nav and footer e.g. twitter: tbutler0x90

Blog Settings

Field Description Options
tags Used to generate tags widget on blogs page, seperated by spaces e.g. tags: post jekyll
comments Enable comments on blog posts using gitalk. Not Currently Working comments: false

Theme Settings

UI 2.0 Color Schemes 馃寛
The recent Dumbarton release supports Color Schemes! To pick a pre-configured color theme, change the ui-theme option in _config.yml . To create a new theme add a new entry in _data/themes.yml

    name: abyss
    nav-color: "#10292e"
    nav-text: "#149f98"
    title-font: "Noto Sans JP"
    link-font: "#272343"
    link-color: "#272343"
    link-font: "Poppins"
    font: "Poppins"
    font-color: "Black"
    social-color: "#CCCCCC"
    footer-social-color: "Black"
    button-color: "black"
    home-highlight-background: "#10292e"
    home-highlight-header-text: "#149f98"
    education-title-font: "Noto Sans JP"
    education-title-size: "18px"
    education-entry-font: "Noto Sans JP"
    education-entry-size: "18px"
    education-section-size: "15px"
    certification-title-font: "Noto Sans JP"
    certification-title-size: "18px"
    certification-entry-font: "Noto Sans JP"
    certification-entry-size: "18px"
    certification-section-size: "15px"
    highlights-tab-color: "White"
    projects-color: "Black"
    border-style: ""
    post-tag-size: "20px"
    post-title-size: "36px"
    post-author-size: "15px"
    post-font-weight: "700"
    default-button-color: ""
Field Description Options
nav-dIcon Used as the nav bar drop down icon on mobile or small screen view Select any fontawesome icon, e.g. "fas fa-caret-down"
animate When enabled, home page animations will be turned on and used upon first loading the page e.g. true, false
home_option Used to change the section below the 'about me' on the home page. Note that only option education is currently working e.g. education

Help Settings

Field Description Options
help_tips Used for demo purposes only. When enabled, a popup occurs on the homepage detailing information about the theme e.g. true, false

Jekyll Scholar Settings

Excerpt from Jekyll-Scholar

Jekyll-Scholar is for all the academic bloggers out there. It is a set of extensions to Jekyll, the awesome, blog aware, static site generator; it formats your bibliographies and reading lists for the web and gives your blog posts citation super-powers.

The Jekyll Scholar plugin is used on the publications page and the home page publications highlight section. Refer to the official documentation for setting options.

  last_name: Dumbarton
  style: apa
  locale: en
  source: /_bibliography/
  bibliography: papers.bib
  bibliography_template: bib
  replace_strings: true
  join_strings: true
  details_dir: bibliography
  details_layout: bibtex.html
  query: "@*"

CDN Settings

Field Description Options
font_awesome_id Used to generate fontawesome icons in the navbar. Register free to get your id at N/A

Meta Tag Settings

Several meta tag settings are optional. Refer to for a full list of options and explanations for the below configurations.

google-site-verification:                         #<meta name="google-site-verification" content="verification_token"><!-- Google Search Console -->
yandex-verification:                              #<meta name="yandex-verification" content="verification_token"><!-- Yandex Webmasters -->
msvalidate:                                       # meta name="msvalidate.01" content="verification_token"><!-- Bing Webmaster Center -->
alexaVerifyID:                                    # <meta name="alexaVerifyID" content="verification_token"><!-- Alexa Console -->
pinterestdomain_verify:                           #<meta name="p:domain_verify" content="code_from_pinterest"><!-- Pinterest Console-->
norton-safeweb:                                   # <meta name="norton-safeweb-site-verification" content="norton_code"><!-- Norton Safe Web -->
detectphone: yes                                  # yes or no. Disable automatic detection and formatting of possible phone numbers 
x-dns-prefetch-control: on                        # on or off. Completely opt out of DNS prefetching by setting to "off"
fbappid:                                          # Facebook OpenGraph 


Site favicons are located at /assets/img/icons. You can use a Favicon Generator to create a new set of icons using any image you'd like. Simply create a package from the aboved linked generator and replace the icons folder.


I borrowed concepts and assets from various other open source projects. A special thanks for everyone who contributed to Jekyll-Theme-Dumbarton.



Special thanks to the following individuals for their images