Simplistic jekyll portfolio-style theme for writers.


Installation on Github Pages

Add this line to your site's _config.yml:

remote_theme: samarsault/plainwhite-jekyll


Add this line to your Jekyll site's Gemfile:

gem "plainwhite"

And add this line to your Jekyll site's _config.yml:

theme: plainwhite

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install plainwhite


The "plainwhite" key in _config.yml is used to customize the theme data.

  name: Adam Denisov
  tagline: Developer. Designer
  date_format: "%b %-d, %Y"

    twitter: samarsault
    github: samarsault
    linkedIn: in/samarsault # format: locale/username

Updating Placeholder Image

The placeholder portfolio image can be replaced by the desired image by placing it as assets/portfolio.png in your jekyll website, or by changing the following line in _config.yaml

  portfolio_image:  "assets/portfolio.png" # the path from the base directory of the site to the image to display (no / at the start)

To use a different image for dark mode, e.g. with different colors that work better in dark mode, add a portfolio_image_dark entry in addition to the portfolio_image.

  portfolio_image:      "assets/portfolio.png"
  portfolio_image_dark: "assets/portfolio_dark.png"

Comments (Disqus)

Comments on posts can be enabled by specifying your disqus_shortname under plainwhite in _config.yml. For example,

  disqus_shortname: games

Google Analytics

It can be enabled by specifying your analytics id under plainwhite in _config.yml

  analytics_id: "< YOUR ID >"


It can be toggled by the following line to under plainwhite in _config.yml

  sitemap: true


Excerpts can be enabled by adding the following line to your _config.yml

show_excerpts: true


  • Home
  • Page
  • Post


Navigation can be enabled by adding the following line to your _config.yml

    - title: My Work
      url: "/my-work"
    - title: Resume
      url: "/resume"


By default, Plainwhite places the sidebar (logo, name, tagline etc.) above the content on mobile (narrow screens). To condense it (moving some things to the bottom of the page and making the rest smaller) so it takes up less space, add the following to your _config.yml:

    - home
    - post
    - page

This chooses which layouts (types of page) should be condensed on mobile screens. E.g. if you want everything but the landing page to be condensed, remove home from the list. This option does not affect rendering on wider screens.

Dark mode

Dark mode can be enabled by setting the dark_mode flag in your _config.yml

The website will check the OS preferred color scheme and set the theme accordingly, the preference will then be saved in a cookie

  dark_mode: true

Multiline tagline

Tagline can be multiline in this way

  tagline: |
  First Line. 

  Second Line. 

  Third Line.


Search-bar can be enabled by adding the following line to config.yml

  search: true

Search is powered by Simple-Jekyll-Search Jekyll plugin. A search.json containing post meta and contents will be generated in site root folder. Plugin JavaScript will then match for posts based on user input. More info and search.json customization documentation can be found in plugin repository.

Base URL

You can specify a custom base URL (eg. by adding the following line to _config.yaml. Note that there is no trailing slash on the URL.

baseurl: "/blog"


You can set the lang attribute of the <html> tag on your pages by changing the following line in _config.yml:

  html_lang: "en"

See here for a full list of available language codes


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


To set up your environment to develop this theme, run bundle install.

Your theme is setup just like a normal Jekyll site! To test your theme, run bundle exec jekyll serve and open your browser at http://localhost:4000. This starts a Jekyll server using your theme. Add pages, documents, data, etc. like normal to test your theme's contents. As you make modifications to your theme and to your content, your site will regenerate and you should see the changes in the browser after a refresh, just like normal.

When your theme is released, only the files in _layouts, _includes, _sass and assets tracked with Git will be bundled. To add a custom directory to your theme-gem, please edit the regexp in plainwhite.gemspec accordingly.


If this project help you reduce time to develop, you can give me a cup of coffee :)


The theme is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

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