Plugins and Themes for Jekyll to create App Portfolio for Developers

Appolo is a set of plugins and themes for Jekyll to create a static portfolio website for app developers to showcase their work. Its minimalistic theme and playful animations make it perfect to display the amazing apps you have made. The responsive design looks perfect in desktop or mobile. It also comes with a set of plugins to remove the hassle of formatting your apps' pages.

Made by a developer. For developers.

There are so many single page landing page for showcasing a single app. But I need a theme to showcase multiple apps and I couldn't find it. And since I've been using Github with Jekyll and Octopress to blog, I figured it'd be nice to have a Jekyll theme for apps showcase. This theme is based on a Zoom Slider demo in Codrops. Appolo also comes with custom Liquid tags to help writing an app's page easier. Check out my apps' website to see it in action.

Quick start

  1. Clone this repo.
  2. Install Jekyll if you haven't. gem install jekyll
  3. Go to repo's directory and run jekyll serve from Terminal.
  4. Open http://localhost:4000 in browser.

Adding a new app

To add a new app, simply create a markdown file in _posts directory or just duplicate sample the markdown file in _posts/2015-12-26-appolo.markdown. Set the variables in the YAML Front Matter block with your app's parameters.

Key Description
layout Always use post.
title title appears on the top of the app's page.
subtitle subtitle appears after the title in the app's page.
description Used in the head's meta.
date Published date.
categories Not used currently.
permalink NEEDED. This sets the app's URL to baseurl/permalink.
device Type of device to use for this app in the landing page. Available options: imac, macbook, iphone, ipad, and apple-watch.
name Name of the app that is shown on the landing page.
tagline Shown under name on the landing page.
external_url OPTIONAL. If you want to open external URL when user clicks on the app, set this variable.

Writing a new app page

Appolo comes with some custom Liquid tags to make it easy writing an app page.

Tag Description
{% section_title Section Title Here %} Use this tag to render a section title.
{% img alignment | relative_path_to_image | alt %} Use img tag to render an image with an assigned alignment. You can use one of the four alignments: center, right, left, or fill-width.
{% textalign center %} Use textalign block to set the paragraph alignment.
{% youtube youtube_id %} Use youtube followed by the id of the video to show a responsive YouTube frame.
{% features %} Use features block to list the features of your apps.
{% download type | url %} Use download tag to render a button to download your app. Available options for type are app_store, play_store, direct, and coming_soon.

App's Images

When adding a new app, there are some images you need to prepare. You need to put these images in images/app_name folder.

Image Name Size Description
preview.png 321 x 193 px This preview image is used on the landing page. It is positioned inside the device you chose for the app.
icon.png 512 x 512 px Icon of the app.
fb.png 1200 x 630 px The image for Facebook Open Graph.

Known Issue

  • If you got "Your site is having problems building: The tag img in _posts/2015-12-20-deep.markdown/#excerpt is not a recognized Liquid tag", check out the workaround here.
  • If you're using Appolo for a Github Project Page, set the baseurl in _config.yml to /<project_name>/. So if you're project's URL is http(s)://<username><projectname>, the baseurl should be /<projectname>/. Check out the Appolo-demo repository and its corresponding page.






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