Best Jekyll CMS

A list of some of the best Jekyll CMS that are feature rich and mostly free. Many have a paid plan which are not that great compared to some of the opensource ones.

By Jekyll-Themes

Basic Git Editors

  • Github VS code integration - Go to any repository on GitHub and press . on your keyboard
  • Prose - Git content editor

Jekyll CMSs

1. Jekyll Admin

A Jekyll plugin that provides users with a traditional CMS-style graphical interface to author content and administer Jekyll sites.

I think this is so far the best offline Jekyll CMS among all. This is built by the Jekyll team and works amazingly well.

The setup is easy. You will have to add one or two extra gems to your jekyll site. That’s all.

Jekyll admin CMS

You can follow the installation instructions here -

2. Strapi Jekyll CMS

Strapi is the leading open-source headless CMS. It’s 100% JavaScript, fully customizable and developer-first.

It runs well in local environment. It also has a nice GUI.

Head over to and run the following command to get the backend running.

# Using Yarn
yarn create strapi-app backend --template

# Or using NPM
npx create-strapi-app backend --template

This will clone a directory called backend, installs dependencies, runs it, and opens it in a new browser tab. Keep this running.

Strapi Best Jekyll CMS

Now clone the repo to get the frontend. git clone`

After the clone, go to frontend directory and try running bundle install. If it throws an error then delete the Gemfile.lock file and try the command again.

Once all the required gems are installed, run bundle exec jekyll serve

Strapi Best Jekyll CMS

Make sure frontend and backend are in the same directory.

Notable CMS

  • Netlify Jekyll CMS
  • CloudCannon
  • Siteleaf