About Upcoming Versions of Hydejack

About Upcoming Versions of Hydejack

It’s time to post an update on upcoming versions of Hydejack, in part to get me back into the mood for writing, as missing documentation is what’s holding it up.

I think it’s time to post an update on upcoming versions of Hydejack, in part to get me back into the mood for writing. Missing documentation is, as always, what’s holding up the release. There are currently plenty of features that would be useful to many people that simply aren’t documented, including everything that is work in progress for v9. It’s both the least fun and most valuable part of the project.

Service Release 8.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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