Documentation for Old Times, a Jekyll template

This is the documentation for Old Times, a Jekyll template featuring a pseudo-newspaper style I just uploaded on Themeforest.

Old Times preview


Assuming you don’t have Jekyll installed on your computer yet, extract the package in the folder old-times, then open a terminal and write:

~ $ gem install jekyll bundler
~ $ cd old-times
~/old-times $ bundle install

When you are in the old-times folder, the commands jekyll server or bundle exec jekyll serve will start your website’s server; you can open a browser and test your site on http://localhost:4000. To stop the server, press CTRL+C in the terminal window.

For more detailed instructions about Jekyll installation, please refer to Jekyll’s installation documentation.


All configuration options can be found in old-times/_config.yml in YAML format; every time you change this file you will have to restart Jekyll with jekyll serve.

The System settings section only contains the host option: set it to to let other users in your local network access your site or delete it to deny access.

The Site settings section contains these lines:

  1. the title will be shown at the top of the page and as the page title in your browser;
  2. the description is shown as meta tag in the HTML head;
  3. set a baseurl if your site will be placed in a subfolder in your server root;
  4. url is your website’s address;
  5. if you want to use Disqus to display comments, set disqus_enabled to True - the option is disabled by default; note that you should create a Disqus account manually;
  6. if disqus_enabled is set to True, disqus_username sets the username you choose for your Disqus account;
  7. social_buttons decides whether to display or not the share buttons (Twitter, Facebook and Google +) for each article;
  8. excerpt_separator sets the command used in a post to set the end of an excerpt; it should always have the form of an HTML comment (e.g. <!--some text here-->). The default string is <!--break-->;
  9. paginate sets the number of articles in the home page; for best visual results in all browsers and screens you should choose a number between 3 and 7.

The Build settings section contains the Jekyll add-ons used to make Old times work; you probably won’t need to change anything in there.


Each post must be a Markdown file in the _posts directory; its name will have to be in the form date-alias.markdown, where date is the YYYY-MM-DD date of publication, as prescribed in Jekyll’s post writing documentation; please refer to the same page for a more detailed guide.

In the markdown file, the text of the article must be preceded by a YAML front matter, containing one or more of these tags:

layout: post
title:  "The title of your article"
excerpt: >
	"The excerpt of your article, usually a summary,
	an introduction or the first lines"

The excerpt will be shown in the main page; however, the latest article will always be shown entirely (except on mobile devices, which will show a different layout). The excerpt can be alternatively limited by placing a <!--break--> tag in the text of the article (the actual tag can be modified in the configuration file).

Similarly, static pages (such as this one or the About page) must be Markdown files put in the website root directory; the text of the file must begin with a YAML front matter similar to this:

layout: page
title: "Title of the page"
permalink: /alias-of-the-page/

followed by the text of the page; the pages will be shown in the main menu, in the site header.


2016-09-09: first version (1.0)