Service Release 8.5

Service release 8.5 includes a number of obvious improvements made possible by changes in the way the web works.

Service release 8.5 includes a number of obvious improvements made possible by changes in the way the web works.

Improving Hydejack's Build Speed

Hydejack 8.3 introduces new options to bring Hydejack’s build time in line with other Jekyll themes.

Hydejack was designed with personal sites in mind, i.e. sites with around 100 pages. Because of this, build speed hasn’t been a major concern during its development. When attempting to use Hydejack with thousands of pages this becomes very apparent, as build times go from seconds, to minutes, to hours.

Introducing Dark Mode

The PRO version of Hydejack now includes an optional Dark Mode, making it the first Jekyll theme to include this feature.

Like many people, I’m a sucker for is dark UI themes, whether it’s Twitter, macOS, or code editors. I even built an addon for Atom that automatically switches between light and dark based on sunset and sunrise.

Introducing Hydejack 8

Hydejack 8 is the best version of Hydejack yet. It introduces Cover Pages, Offline Support, and soon… Dark Mode.

After a long wait, Hydejack 8 finally sees the day of its release. It makes Hydejack look more elegant (no more super bold headings) and introduces features that make your site more impressive to first time visitors, while loading faster for repeat visitors.

Example Content III

A page showing Hydejack-specific markdown content.

Hydejack offers a few additional features to markup your markdown. Don’t worry, these are merely CSS classes added with kramdown’s {:...} syntax, so that your content remains compatible with other Jekyll themes.

Example Content II

A page showing how regular markdown content is styled in Hydejack.

There should be whitespace between paragraphs. We recommend including a README, or a file with information about your project.

Hydejack's New Design

This post introduces Hydejack’s now background image, color palette and logo.

While v7 brings an insane amount of new stuff, the most notable change is the new background image. It is no longer anti-selling the theme. The old image was a blurred version of Napoleon Bonaparte, which was just… weird. I could tell the story of how this came to be, but I’d rather show you the new and improved background image.

Better Gem Support (v6.5)

Hydejack v6.5 includes various quality-of-life improvements, especially when using the gem-based version of the theme.

This maintenance release includes various quality-of-life improvements, especially when using the gem-based version of the theme. These changes come in handy when using Hydejack for a quick (project-) page: The home layout, which is used when using jekyll new, is now a proper layout that displays a few posts/pages below the regular content, and it is again possible to define an author in _config.yml without setting up a _data directory (for more, see blow).

Related Projects and Data Tables (v6.4)

In Hydejack v6.4 I’ve added a “Other Projects” section to the bottom of each project page, making it easier for users to navigate through your collection and discover other projects.

In this release I’ve added a “Other Projects” section to the bottom of each project page, making it easier for users to navigate through your collection and discover other projects. Also, it’s now possible to display larger (data-) tables that were previously cut off (especially on mobile devices).

Third Party Scripts (v6.3)

Hydejack v6.3 makes including third party plugins easier.

This release makes including third party plugins easier. Until now, the push state approach to loading new pages has been interfering with embedded script tags. This version changes this by simulating the sequential loading of script tags on a fresh page load.

JavaScripten (v6)

Hydejack v6 adds a layer of JavaScript, effectively turning the whole site into a single page app.

Hydejack has always featured a JavaScript-heavy sidebar, but other than that, JS has been used sparingly. This changes with this release, which adds a ton of (optional) code that changes the feel of the theme dramatically.

The Fast One (v5)

Hydejack v5 dramatically increases page load speed which matters to Google and visitors with slow connections alike.

This major release increases page load speed dramatically. The page now scores roughly 90/100 on Google’s PageSpeed Insights (up from ~50) and has a high score on similar tools.

Social Media Impocalypse (v4)

Hydejack v4 adds a lot of social media icons and introduces a new default layout. It also breaks things, hence a new major release number.

Hydejack v4 adds a lot of social media icons and introduces a new default layout. It also breaks things, hence a new major release number.

Breaking

  • Structure of _config.yml has changed
    • Social media usernames are now located under author: social: <platform>: <username>.
    • disqus is now a top-level entry (moved from author).
    • Now has font, font_accent and google_fonts fields that are mandatory.
  • Now defaults to the blog layout, old style is available via blog-by-tag layout, see archive.html.

Introducing Hydejack (v3)

Hydejack is a pretentious two-column Jekyll theme, stolen by @qwtel from Hyde. You could say it was.. hydejacked.

Unlike Hyde, Hydejack is very opinionated about how you are going to use it.

Features

Features include:

  • Touch-enabled sidebar / drawer for mobile, including fallback when JS is disabled.
  • Github Pages compatible tag support based on this post.
  • Customizable link color and sidebar image, per-site, per-tag and per-post.
  • Optional author section at the bottom of each post.
  • Optional comment section powered by Disqus.
  • Layout for posts grouped by year
  • Wide array of social media icons on sidebar.
  • Math blocks via KaTeX.

Introducing Hyde

Hyde is a brazen two-column Jekyll theme that pairs a prominent sidebar with uncomplicated content.

Hyde is a brazen two-column Jekyll theme that pairs a prominent sidebar with uncomplicated content. It’s based on Poole, the Jekyll butler.

Example content

Howdy! This is an example blog post that shows several types of HTML content supported in this theme.

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What's Jekyll?

Jekyll is a static site generator, an open-source tool for creating simple yet powerful websites of all shapes and sizes.

Jekyll is a static site generator, an open-source tool for creating simple yet powerful websites of all shapes and sizes. From the project’s readme:

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