🦎 Mabuya


Mabuya is a minimal Zola theme focused on helping you build an elegant, fast, lightweight, and SEO-ready blog. Put your work front and center with Mabuya as the base of your project.

Check out the live demo of the theme.


Website Screenshot

Start of Mabuya

While searching for themes, I came across Zola Tale. Sadly, the project's last update was on Dec 4, 2021. Shortly after, I decided to fork the project and add my own touches to it.

Where The Name Comes From

The name Mabuya comes from the Mabuya hispaniolae, a possibly extinct1 species of skink endemic to the Dominican Republic, my home country.

Features and Improvements

While working on the theme, I have added new functionality and many quality of life improvements. Here's a short non-inclusive list:

Running the Site Locally

Tips that will help you develop and preview the site locally.


Before using the theme, you need to install Zola ≥ 0.18.0.

Quick Start

# clone the repo
git clone git@github.com:semanticdata/mabuya.git
# change directory into the cloned folder
cd mabuya
# serve the site locally
zola serve
# open in the browser

For more detailed instructions, visit the Documentation page about installing and using themes.

Useful Commands

A short list of commands that will help you develop your own version of the theme.

zola init <my-repo>Initiate new Zola site
zola buildBuild only
zola serveBuild and Serve


You can changed the configuration, templates and content yourself. Refer to the config.toml, and templates files for ideas. In most cases you only need to modify the contents of config.toml to customize the appearance of your blog. Make sure to visit tyhe Zola Documentation.

Custom CSS Styles

Adding custom CSS is as easy as adding your styles to sass/_custom.scss. This is made possible because SCSS files are backwards compatible with CSS. This means you can type normal CSS code into a SCSS file and it will be valid.

Reporting Issues

We use GitHub Issues as the official bug tracker for Mabuya. Please search existing issues. It’s possible someone has already reported the same problem.

If your problem or idea is not addressed yet, open a new issue.


We'd love your help! Please see CONTRIBUTING to learn about the kinds of contributions we're looking for.

Please read and be aware of the Code of Conduct before conttributing.

Acknowledgements and Attributions

Mabuya is a fork of Tale, which is a port of the Jekyll theme Tale—a now Archived repository.

The icons used throughout the site are kindly provided by UXWing. Read their license.

Other icons used come from Remix Icon. Check out their license.


Source code in this repository is available under the MIT license. You are free to use this code however you like. That said, some acknowledgement would be well received.


Mabuya hispaniolae's conservation status is Critically endangered, possibly extinct.