Jekyll is my favorite static site generator because it is very non-opinionated. The folder structure is super simplistic and feels natural.

However, there is one major problem with Jekyll: The build time. If you have a small site, this may not be a problem, but once you start accumulating many posts, installing a variety of plugins and using many files that should be preprocessed, your build time will skyrocket.

The aims of this project is to allow Jekyll-Bliss to do all of the heavy-lifting (Markdown, JS, Sass/SCSS, Pug, etc) and allow Jekyll to do the smallest amount of work possible - compiling HTML files.


To install: npm install jekyll-bliss -g


The command is bliss.

  Usage: bliss [options]


    -V, --version  output the version number
    -h, --help     output usage information


    build          Build your site
    serve,server,s Serve your site locally w/ livereload
    clean          Remove build directory
    config         Display the current configuraton


Here are the default values Jekyll-Bliss uses. You can override these in your _config.yaml

source: ''
destination: _site
exclude: []
  build-folder: _build
  delete-build-folder: true
  source: .
  debug: false
  livereload: false
  watch: false

Note: If you enable livereload, watch will automatically be enabled too.

Deploying to Various Platforms


First, create a file called Makefile with the following content:

  npm install jekyll-bliss -g
  bliss build

Now, log into Netlify, go into your site settings, go to the "Build & deploy" section. Now, under "Deploy settings" click "Edit settings" and finally change your build command to make netlify.

You're all set! Enjoy!

Github Pages

I recommend checking out this insightful thread for a viable solution to use Jekyll-Bliss with Github Pages. Ortonomy explains his solution later on in the thread.

Results from using Jekyll-Bliss

I gave Jekyll-Bliss a test on my personal site,

Keep in mind that a lot of optimization is yet to come and the build times will only shrink.


bundle exec jekyll build 5.27s user 0.34s system 101% cpu 5.516 total


UPDATE 05/12/2018: bliss build 2.03s user 0.18s system 132% cpu 1.662 total

~bliss 3.96s user 0.22s system 112% cpu 3.715 total~

Using Jekyll-Pug? How to migrate from Jekyll-Pug to Jekyll-Bliss

Jekyll-Bliss is nearly a drop-in replacement!

First, remove Jekyll-Pug from your Gemfile.

Then, you have to prefix all of your Pug includes with the name of your include folder (_includes/ by default).

Note, if you used Liquid includes for Pug ({% include nav.pug %}) you should change that to include an HTML file instead, which Jekyll-Bliss will generate. ({% include nav.html %})

That's it! Enjoy!


For the time being, Jekyll-Bliss will remain a wrapper that goes over the top of Jekyll.

In the future, I would like to either:

  • Fork Jekyll, strip it of its unneeded features when in pair with Jekyll-Bliss to decrease build times further. Package the fork with Jekyll-Bliss
  • ..or create a minimal clone of Jekyll right in Node

Let's see where this project takes us!

Development usage

If you'd like to tweak around with this project, do the following to set up an awesome dev environment.

git clone this repo. Cd into its directory and run npm link. Now you should be able to use the bliss terminal command anywhere.

cd into a Jekyll project somewhere else on your computer and then run bliss to test.

I like to have split terminal windows open. One in the Jekyll-Bliss project directory with index.js opened and another in a test jekyll site project directory.


If this project helps you out, I'd greatly appreciate a donation of any size.