Creating a theme is exactly like creating a normal site with Zola, except you will want to use many Tera blocks to allow users to easily modify it.
As mentioned, a theme is just like any site; start by running
zola init MY_THEME_NAME.
The only thing needed to turn that site into a theme is to add a
theme.toml configuration file with the
name = "my theme name"
description = "A classic blog theme"
license = "MIT"
homepage = "https://github.com/getzola/hyde"
# The minimum version of Zola required
min_version = "0.4.0"
# An optional live demo URL
demo = ""
# Any variable there can be overriden in the end user `config.toml`
# You don't need to prefix variables by the theme name but as this will
# be merged with user data, some kind of prefix or nesting is preferable
# Use snake_casing to be consistent with the rest of Zola
# The theme author info: you!
name = "Vincent Prouillet"
homepage = "https://vincent.is"
# If this is porting a theme from another static site engine, provide
# the info of the original author here
author = "mdo"
homepage = "http://markdotto.com/"
repo = "https://www.github.com/mdo/hyde"
A simple theme you can use as an example is Hyde.
Working on a theme
As a theme is just a site, you can simply use
zola serve and make changes to your
theme, with live reload working as expected.
Make sure to commit every directory (including
content) in order for other people
to be able to build the theme from your repository.
Submitting a theme to the gallery
If you want your theme to be featured in the themes section of this site, the theme will require two more things:
screenshot.png: a screenshot of the theme in action with a max size of around 2000x1000
README.md: a thorough README explaining how to use the theme and any other information of importance
The first step is to make sure that the theme meets the following three requirements:
- have a
screenshot.pngof the theme in action with a max size of around 2000x1000
- have a thorough
README.mdexplaining how to use the theme and any other information of importance
- be of reasonably high quality
When your theme is ready, you can submit it to the themes repository by following the process in the README.