Documentation for Unico, a Jekyll template

This is the documentation for Unico, a clean and responsive Jekyll template featuring image covers and a grid layout. Unico is available in Themeforest. You can find a live demo here.


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

~ $ gem install jekyll bundler
~ $ cd unico
~/unico $ bundle install

When you are in the unico 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 three sections in unico/_config.yml in YAML format; every time you change this file you will have to restart Jekyll with jekyll serve.

System settings

This 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.

Site settings

Global informations and layout configuration:

  • the title will be shown at the top of the page and as the page title in your browser;
  • the description is shown as meta tag in the HTML head and in the footer of each page;
  • set a baseurl if your site will be placed in a subfolder of your server root;
  • url is your website’s address; please note that some features (e.g. social network sharing buttons) could not work as long as this line is not correctly set;
  • paginate sets the number of the posts in the home page; because of the grid layout, for best visual results this number should be in the form 3n+1 (e.g. 1, 4, 7, 10 etc.).

User settings

Comments and social media settings:

  • 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;
  • if disqus_enabled is set to True, disqus_username sets the username you choose for your Disqus account;
  • social_buttons decides whether to display or not the share buttons (Twitter, Facebook and Google +) for each article;
  • the lines social_twitter, social_facebook and social_googleplus control the share buttons individually, provided that social_buttons is set to True.

Build settings

This section contains the Jekyll add-ons used to make Unico work; you probably won’t need to change anything in there.

Layout and usage

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"
category: category
image: image_file_name

The image tag must indicate the name of an image file placed in the directory unico/images/covers, as shown in the sample posts. The category line can contain at most one entry.

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; a link for each page will be shown in the main menu, in the site header.

The posts in the main page and any following page will be displayed as following:

  1. the most recent post will occupy all the width of the window;
  2. the list of the categories will be right below the first article;
  3. the next posts will be shown in a 3-column grid layout.


The deployment options for any website built with Unico are the same provided by Jekyll; please refer to the deployment page in the Jekyll documentation for a complete guide.


2016-09-23: first version (1.0)