Introducing chalk

Chalk is a high quality, completely customizable, performant and 100% free blog template for Jekyll.

October 17, 2016 - 2 minute read -
web jekyll

Chalk intro

Download Chalk here!


  • About page.
  • Automatic RSS feed.
  • Automatic sitemap.
  • Automatic time to read post indicator.
  • Cross browser support (supports all modern browsers).
  • Custom 404 page.
  • Custom code highlighting.
  • Customizable pagination.
  • Dark and Light theme.
  • Easy setup and deploying.
  • Enlarge images on click.
  • Filter on tags.
  • Frequently updated with new versions.
  • Many social media links supported.
  • Media embed for videos.
  • PageSpeed optimized.
  • Proper sharing links for posts on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
  • SEO optimized.
  • Support for local fonts.
  • Support for emoji’s.


Used tools

Enlarge image feature


If you haven’t installed the following tools then go ahead and do so (make sure you have Homebrew installed):

brew install ruby
brew install npm

On windows, install Ruby and Node with the installers found here:

Next setup your environment:



Run Jekyll:

bundle exec jekyll serve

Deploy to GitHub Pages

Before you deploy, commit your changes to any working branch except the gh-pages one and run the following command:


Important note: Chalk does not support the standard way of Jekyll hosting on GitHub Pages. You need to deploy your working branch (can be any branch, for users: use another branch than master) with the bin/deploy script. Reason for this is because Chalk uses Jekyll plugins that aren’t supported by GitHub pages. The bin/deploy script will automatically build the entire project, then push it to the gh-pages branch of your repo. The script creates that branch for you so no need to create it yourself.

You can find more info on how to use the gh-pages branch and a custom domain here.

View this for more info about automated deployment with Circle CI.

If you have any questions about using or configuring Chalk please create an issue here!