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Sidey is a simple and minimalistic jekyll blogging theme.


SideySidey is a simple and minimalistic jekyll blogging theme. It offers a range of features that make it ideal for bloggers who prefer a clean and responsive design.


  • Responsive design: Ensures that the theme looks great and functions well across various devices and screen sizes.
  • Inline CSS: Allows for easy customization of the theme's styling without the need to edit external CSS files.
  • Anchor headings: Automatically generates anchor links for headings, making it easier for readers to navigate through the content.
  • Search: Includes a built-in search functionality that enables users to quickly find specific blog posts.
  • Tags & tag pages: Allows bloggers to categorize their posts using tags and provides corresponding tag pages for easy navigation.
  • Security headers: Specifically designed for Netlify hosting, the theme includes security headers to enhance the security of the website.
  • 404 page: Provides a customized 404 error page to improve the user experience when encountering a broken link.
  • Compressed CSS and HTML: Optimizes the theme's code to reduce file sizes and improve loading speed.
  • 100/100 score on Lighthouse, Page Speed Insights & Webpagetest: The theme has been optimized to achieve high scores on popular performance testing tools.
  • Robots.txt: Includes a robots.txt file to control search engine indexing and crawling.
  • Atom & Json feeds: Provides feeds in Atom and JSON formats for subscribers to stay updated with new blog posts.
  • Sass: Utilizes Sass, a popular CSS preprocessor, for easier and more efficient styling.
  • SEO optimized: Implements various SEO techniques, such as Twitter cards, Facebook Open Graph, and, to improve the website's visibility in search engine results.
  • Ultra fast: The theme is lightweight, with a CSS file size of only around 5kb, ensuring fast loading times.
  • Sidebar navigation: Offers a convenient sidebar navigation menu for intuitive browsing.


To install the SideySidey theme, follow these steps:

  1. Clone the repository:
git clone <repository-url>
  1. Navigate to the theme directory:
cd sideysidey-theme
  1. Install the required dependencies:
bundle install
  1. Customize the theme to your preferences:

    • Update _config.yml with your blog's information.
    • Edit the _data/nav.yml file to modify the navigation menu.
    • Customize the _sass/_theme.scss file to change the theme's styling.
  2. Build your site using Jekyll:

jekyll build
  1. Start the local development server:
jekyll serve
  1. Open your browser and visit http://localhost:4000 to see your blog with the SideySidey theme applied.


SideySidey is a minimalistic and responsive jekyll blogging theme that offers various features to enhance the blogging experience. Its key features include a responsive design, inline CSS for easy customization, anchor headings for better navigation, a built-in search functionality, and tags for categorization. It also provides security headers for Netlify hosting, a customized 404 page, compressed CSS and HTML, and optimized performance. With its lightweight and fast nature, SideySidey is an ideal choice for bloggers seeking simplicity and efficiency.


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