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Pelican-red is a pelican theme designed to be readable on every device. It is a responsive layout which utilizes the Foundation 4 framework. The theme was originally created for the blog VoltaicIdeas and has a few additional features in addition to the original design to make it more useful. Pelican-red is Licensed under the MIT-License.


The following is a list of features:

  • Responsive design view-able on mobile down to about 300px wide
  • Top-bar w/drop-down navigation & social links
    • Social links with Icons from Entypo by Daniel Bruce or Zocial by Sam Collins; currently supported ( icon font pack in parenthesis ):
      • Blogger ( Zocial )
      • Dribbble ( Entypo )
      • Facebook ( Entypo )
      • Flickr ( Entypo )
      • Github ( Entypo )
      • GrooveShark ( Zocial )
      • Google+ ( Entypo )
      • Instagram ( Entypo )
      • Lastfm ( Entypo )
      • LinkedIn ( Entypo )
      • Picasa ( Entypo )
      • Pinterest ( Entypo )
      • Rdio ( Entypo )
      • Reddit ( Zocial )
      • Skype ( Entypo )
      • SoundCloud ( Entypo )
      • Steam ( Zocial )
      • StumbleUpon ( Entypo )
      • Tumblr ( Entypo )
      • Twitter ( Entypo )
      • Vimeo ( Entypo )
      • YouTube ( Zocial )
  • Style-sheets built using sass & compass
  • zeptos.js used instead of jQuery when possible
  • Javascript files loaded via yepnope.js (part of modernizr) from CDN jsDelivr with local fallback
  • Analytics via Google Analytics ( new version ) or GoSquared
  • Disqus comments support
  • pygments code highlighting with responsive layout
  • Site Icons for Creative Commons Licenses, VCards, Tags, PDF download, Search, and Translation selection using Entypo by Daniel Bruce
  • Google Custom Search Support (works with overlay)
  • Open Sans used for style font
  • Source Code Pro used for code blocks
  • Vcards (hcards) and micro-formatting for articles, pages, and authors
  • Supports the following pelican-plugins (plus others):
    • multi_part
    • neighbors
    • related_posts


To install pelican-red first either clone the repository or download the zip of the current version to a destination of your choice ( ~/pelican-red used in example ):

git clone ~/pelican-red


mv pelican-red-master ~/pelican-red

The theme can then either be used by installing the theme or just by pointing to it.

Option 1 - Install

Using pelican-themes (~/pelican-red is path to the theme used in previous example):

pelican-themes --install ~/pelican-red

Then change the theme in the Pelican settings file for the site you want to use pelican-red:

THEME = "pelican-red"

Option 2 - Just Point to It

Edit your Pelican settings file for the site you want to use pelican-red (~/pelican-red is path to the theme used in previous example):

THEME = "~/pelican-red"


In addition the to general Pelican configuration variables pelican-red supports a few additional settings. All the variables are set in your Pelican settings file for the site you are using pelican-red with.

Variables are listed as variable : description


  • SITE_DESCR: Description of site used for meta if you want
  • SITE_KEY: Keywords for meta ex. "keyword1, keyword2, keyword3"
  • FAVICON: Path to favicon ex. images/favicon
  • PAGE_DESC : a dictionary of page descriptions used to generate unique description meta on articles.html, authors.html, index.html, tags.html, and categories.html pages; keyed on lowercase page name.
  • COPYRIGHTS: Copyright dictionary ['Abbreviation': ('name','url')]
    • using cc, cc-nc, etc will generate iconified copyright links
  • DEFAULT_COPYRIGHT : Default copyright to use is an abbreviation key from the COPYRIGHTS dictionary
  • COPYRIGHT_ARTICLE : Show default copyright on articles (over-ridable with article value)
  • COPYRIGHT_PAGE : Show default copyright on pages (over-ridable with page value)
  • COPYRIGHT_HOLDER : set the holder of the copyright, defaults to AUTHOR
  • COPYRIGHT_YEAR : set the copyright year, no default value


  • MENUITEMS: Custom Links to place in the menu e. (('Item', 'Link'))
  • DISPLAY_PAGES_ON_MENU: Show pages on the menu; has three options False - do not display, Compact - display as dropdown with 'Pages' Heading, and Expanded - display each as a seperate top level item.
  • DISPLAY_CATEGORIES_ON_MENU : Show the categories on the menu; has same options False - do not display, Compact - display as dropdown with 'Categories' Heading, and Expanded - display each as a seperate top level item.
  • DISPLAY_ARCHIVE_ON_MENU : True / False Show a link to the archive on the navigation menu


  • INCLUDE_TAGS_LINK : True / False Include link to tags page on sidebar.
  • INCLUDE_CATS_LINK : True / False Include link to categories page on sidebar.
  • INCLUDE_ARCH_LINK : True / False Include link to archives page on sidebar.
  • INCLUDE_AUTH_LINK : True / False Include link to authors page on sidebar.


  • SOCIAL: List of the social links and urls ex. (('Network','url'),), supported w/icon listed below:
    • Blogger : ('blogger','')
    • Dribbble : ('dribble','')
    • Facebook : ('facebook','')
    • Flickr : ('flickr','')
    • Github : ('github','')
    • GrooveShark : ('grooveshark','')
    • Google+ : ('gplus','')
    • Instagram : ('instagram','')
    • Lastfm : ('lasstfm','')
    • LinkedIn : ('linkedin','')
    • Picasa : ('picasa','http://')
    • Pinterest : ('pinterest','')
    • Rdio : ('rdio','')
    • Reddit : ('reddit','')
    • Skype : ('skype','skype:username?chat')
    • SoundCloud : ('soudcloud','')
    • Steam : ('steam','')
    • StumbleUpon : ('stumbleupon','')
    • Tumblr : ('tumblr','')
    • Twitter : ('twitter','')
    • Vimeo : ('vimeo','')
    • YouTube : ('youtube','')

Index Page

  • ARTICLES_ON_INDEX : number of recent articles to show
  • PAGES_ON_INDEX : True / False

Comments ( Disqus )

  • DISQUS_SN: Disqus Shortname of site ( VoltaicIdeas )
  • COMMENTS_PAGE: Include Comments on pages set True/False
  • COMMENTS_ARTICLE: Include Comments on articles set True/False

Authors ( vcards / hcards ) w/ microformats

  • AUTHORS : a dictionary of authors
    • vcard : a tuple of tuples of author vcard values support includes (not limited though ):
      • fn : Full Name
      • email :
      • photo : url to an image about 150px
      • title : Awesome Person, Blog Writer, etc
      • org : some company
      • notes : this can be a bio / anything really
    • social : (('network','link'),) same as SITE_SOCIAL parameters

Analytics ( Google Analytics and GoSquared )

  • GOOGLE_ANALYTICS: Google Analytics Code and Domain ex. ( UA-xxxxxxxx-x' , '' )
  • GO_SQUARED: GoSquared Code ex. 'GSN-xxxxxx-x'
  • GOOGLE_SEARCH: set to the unique search id number "var cx = 'this value' "

Per Article / Page Variables

In addition to the additional configuration variables the theme supports the following variables in articles / pages.

  • comments: show comments True/False overrides the site comments setting
  • copyright: copyright to display at bottom of page / article overrides the site DEFAULT_COPYRIGHT value
  • modified : a modified time
  • image : a cover image for the article also used as icon in listings path relative to static directory


A live preview of the theme can be seen on the blog VoltaicIdeas.

Previews of the site main page are shown below as desktop and mobile (bonus print preview of article).

Desktop Previews

Index Page


Mobile Previews

Mobile Index

Mobile Article

Print Preview (print layout to be improved & disqus hidden)

Print Article


  • Allow for multilevel MENUITEMS
  • Migrate some template hacks into pelican plugins

Change-log ( Major Details )

  • v0.1.0 First Release <- Current