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Memoir Writer & Blogger Jekyll Theme

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Install the dependencies with Bundler:

bundle install

Run the following to generate your site:

bundle exec jekyll serve

You can find more on Deployment Methods page on Jekyll website.


Site and author details

Add your site and author details in _config.yml:

# Site title and description
title:              Momoir - Jekyll Template for Story Tellers
description:        Hi, I'm Memoir, an awesome Jekyll bloging theme.

# Permalink URLs structure, for permalink style options see:
permalink:          /:title/

# Site logo, image or text
logo:               # e.g. logo.png, upload logo image file to /assets/img/ folder
logo_text:          Memoir      # if the above "logo:" image variable  is not set, this text logo is displayed instead

# Author settings, displayed on about page
    name:           John Smith
    bio:            Hi, I'm John, a web designer, father, human and the author of this blog.

# Social share buttons
twitter_username:   username
github_username:    username

Set in the main navigation links in _data/navigation_header.yml:

- title: About
  url: /about/

Edit copyright notice in _config.yml:


Set in the navigation links in _data/navigation_footer.yml:

- title: About
  url: /about/

Enabling comments (via Disqus)

Optionally, if you have a Disqus account, you can tell Jekyll to use it to show a comments section below each post. To enable it, add the following lines to your Jekyll site:

    shortname: my_disqus_shortname

You can find out more about Disqus’ shortnames here.

Comments are enabled by default and will only appear in production, i.e., JEKYLL_ENV=production. If you don’t want to display comments for a particular post you can disable them by adding comments: false to that post’s YAML Front Matter.

Google Analytics

To enable Google Anaytics, add the following lines to your Jekyll site:

  google_analytics: UA-NNNNNNNN-N

Google Analytics will only appear in production, i.e., JEKYLL_ENV=production

Google Map

To display Google map on contact page, add the following in your page content, replacing latitude, longitude and zoom values:

{% include map.html latitude="40.6700" longitude="-73.9400" zoom="16" %}

Contact Form (via FormSpree)

Submit the form and confirm your email address at FormSpree. Then add the following lines to contact page YAML Front Matter, replacing the email address:

    redirect: /thanks/

Update favicon

You can find the current favicon (favicon.png) inside the theme /assets/img/ directory, just replace it with your new favicon.


To create a new post, you can create a new markdown file inside the _posts directory by following the recommended file naming format:


Where YEAR is a four-digit number, MONTH and DAY are both two-digit numbers, and MARKUP is the file extension representing the format used in the file. For example, the following are examples of valid post filenames:

Post requires front matter, everything in between the first and second — are part of the YAML Front Matter, and everything after the second — will be rendered with Markdown and show up as “Content”. The following is a post file with different configurations you can add as example:

layout: post
title: How To Travel On Low Budget
subtitle: China and Nepal
categories: [Travel, Photography]
    image: ocean.jpg    # local image e.g oceam.jpg or remote e.g
    align: top          # e.g. top, center or bottom
    text: dark          # e.g. dark or light

You can rebuild the site in many different ways, but the most common way is to run bundle exec jekyll serve, which launches a web server and auto-regenerates your site when a file is updated.

To keep things more organized, add post images to /assets/posts/ directory, and add theme images to /assets/img/ directory.

Adding images

To add an image to a post or page use the following codes: Local image from /assets/posts/ directory:

{% include image.html img="girl.jpg" alt="Alt for image" caption="Girl on a rock" %}

External wide image with lightbox:

{% include image.html img="" style="wide" lightbox="true" alt="Alt for image" caption="Wide image in lightbox" %}

Adding slideshow

To add a slideshow to a page or post, create a slideshow directory in /assets/posts/ directory e.g. /assets/posts/slideshow-1/ and add all slideshow images inside. Then add the following code to page or post:

{% include slideshow.html gallery="slideshow-1" %}

Responsive Videos

Embed local videos:

<video controls playsinline uk-video="automute: true">
    <source src="" type="video/mp4">
    <source src="" type="video/ogg">

Embed YouTube videos:

<iframe src=";showinfo=0&amp;rel=0&amp;modestbranding=1&amp;playsinline=1" width="600" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen uk-responsive uk-video="automute: true"></iframe>

To create a draft post, create the post file under the _drafts directory, and you can find more information in Working with Drafts.


To create a new page, just create a new markdown file inside the root directory. The following is a YAML Front Matter example for a page:

layout: contact
title: Contact
subtitle: Get in touch
permalink: /contact/
    image: ocean.jpg    # local image e.g ocean.jpg from /assets/posts/ folder or remote e.g
    align: top          # header image alignment e.g. top, center or bottom
    text: dark          # text color e.g. dark or light


To modify the primary color, open /assets/css/main.scss and replace the #d40c3c color value:

// Primary template color
$global-primary-background: #d40c3c;

Further style customisation can be done in the following files:



Install UIkit font end framework dependency via Npm:

npm install

Enable live browser reload with the following:

bundle exec jekyll s --livereload


Customer support is provided through our Envato item support tab for up to six months from the purchase date and is provided Monday to Friday during the business week. We aim to answer all support requests daily, most are handled within 24h.

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