Jekyll requires the following:

  • Ruby version 2.5.0 or higher
  • RubyGems
  • GCC and Make

See Requirements for guides and details.


  1. Install all prerequisites.
  2. Install the jekyll and bundler gems.
gem install jekyll bundler
  1. Clone this repository.
git clone
  1. Change into your new directory.
cd watery
  1. Install gems from the Gemfile.
bundle install
  1. Build the site and make it available on a local server.
bundle exec jekyll serve
  1. Browse to http://localhost:4000

If you encounter any errors during this process, check that you have installed all the prerequisites in Requirements.

If you still have issues, see Troubleshooting.

Getting Started

Once you have Jekyll up-and-running, there are only a few steps needed to make this theme your own:

  1. Fill out the _BLANK_config.yml configuration file and replace the current _config.yml
  2. Remove the example_posts folder in _posts and start writing your own!
  3. Modify or remove the pages in _pages to however you see fit.
  4. (Optional) Modify or remove this with information about your own project or blog.
  5. (Optional) Modify the CSS files in the assets folder to customize the site.


There are several features that I’m still planning to create and integrate, including:

  • Create a Theme Gem
  • Add easy and automatic buttons to “Deploy to Neflify”, Heroku, etc.
  • Add Travis continious integration checks
  • Add additional documentation for creating custom collections and auto generated pages

See the open issues for a list of proposed features (and known issues).


Contributions are what make the open source community such an amazing place to be learn, inspire, and create. Any contributions you make are greatly appreciated.

  1. Fork the Project
  2. Create your Feature Branch (git checkout -b feature/AmazingFeature)
  3. Commit your Changes (git commit -m 'Add some AmazingFeature')
  4. Push to the Branch (git push origin feature/AmazingFeature)
  5. Open a Pull Request


Distributed under the MIT License. You can use this project however you see fit without needing to give attribution.

See LICENSE for more information.