A Bulma theme for Zola. See a live preview here

Zulma Screenshot



First download this theme to your themes directory:

cd themes
git clone https://github.com/Worble/Zulma

and then enable it in your config.toml:

theme = "Zulma"

That's it! No more configuration should be required, however it might look a little basic. Head to the Options section to see what you can set for more customizability.



All the source javascript files live in javascript/src. Following is a list of the javascript files, their purpose, and their sources. All files are prefixed with zulma_ to avoid any name clashes.


The JavaScript files are transpiled by babel, minified by webpack, sourcemaps are generated and then everything placed in static/js. The repo already contains the transpiled and minified files along with their corrosponding sourcemaps so you don't need to do anything to use these. If you would prefer to build it yourself, feel free to inspect the js files and then run the build process (please ensure that you have node, npm and optionally yarn installed):

cd javascript
yarn webpack

Github warnings

You may get warnings about vulnerabilities from the JavaScript dependencies. These shouldn't be an issue since we only have dev-dependencies and none of the them reach the end-user, but if you don't want to run the buld process yourself, and to stop Github pestering you about security warnings, feel free to delete the top level javascript folder when committing.



Zulma makes no assumptions about your project. You can freely paginate your content folder or your taxonomies and it will adapt accordingly. For example, editing or creating section (content/_index.md) and setting pagination:

paginate_by = 5

This is handled internally, no input is needed from the user.


Zulma has 3 taxonomies already set internally: tags, cateogories and authors. Setting of any these three in your config.toml like so:

taxonomies = [
    {name = "categories"},
    {name = "tags", paginate_by = 5, rss = true},
    {name = "authors", rss = true},

and setting any of them in a content file:

categories = ["Hello world"]
tags = ["rust", "ssg", "other", "test"]
authors = ["Joe Bloggs"]

will cause that metadata to appear on the post, either on the header for the name, or at the bottom for tags and categories, and enable those pages.

Making your own taxonomies is also designed to be as easy as possible. First, add it to your cargo.toml

taxonomies = [
    {name = "links"},

and make the corrosponding folder in your templates, in this case: templates\links, and the necessary files: templates\links\list.html and templates\links\single.html

And then for each, just inherit the taxonomy master page for that page. Before rendering the content block, you may optionally set a variable called title for the hero to display on that page, otherwise it will use the default for that taxonomy.

In single.html:

{%/* extends "Zulma/templates/taxonomy_single.html" */%}

In list.html:

{%/* extends "Zulma/templates/taxonomy_list.html" */%}

{%/* block content */%}
{%/* set title = "These are all the Links"*/%}
{{ super() }}
{%/* endblock content */%}

In extra, setting zulma_menu with a list of items will cause them to render to the top menu bar. It has two paramers, url and name. These must be set. If you put $BASE_URL in a url, it will automatically be replaced by the actual site URL. This is the easiest way to allow users to navigate to your taxonomies:

zulma_menu = [
    {url = "$BASE_URL/categories", name = "Categories"},
    {url = "$BASE_URL/tags", name = "Tags"},
    {url = "$BASE_URL/authors", name = "Authors"}

On mobile, a dropdown burger is rendered using javascript. If the page detects javascript is disabled on the clients machine, it will gracefully degrade to always showing the menu (which isn't pretty, but keeps the site functional).


In extra, setting zulma_brand will cause a brand image to display in the upper left of the top menu bar. This link will always lead back to the homepage. It has two parameters, image(optional) and text(required). image will set the brand to an image at the location specified, and text will provide the alt text for this image. If you put $BASE_URL in a url, it will automatically be replaced by the actual site URL. If image is not set, the brand will simply be the text specified.

zulma_brand = {image = "$BASE_URL/images/bulma.png", text = "Home"}

Zulma provides search built in. So long as build_search_index is set to true in config.toml then a search input will appear on the top navigation bar. This requires javascript to be enabled to function; if the page detects javascript is disabled on the clients machine, it will hide itself.

The search is shamefully stolen from Zola's site. Thanks, Vincent!


In extra, setting zulma_title will set a hero banner on the index page to appear with that title inside.

zulma_title = "Blog"

If you want to get fancy with it, you can set an image behind using sass like so:

.index .hero-body {
  background-image: url(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f6/Plum_trees_Kitano_Tenmangu.jpg/1200px-Plum_trees_Kitano_Tenmangu.jpg);
  background-position: center;
  background-size: cover;
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
  background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
  background-blend-mode: overlay;

This will set the image behind the hero, and darken it so the main text can still be easily read.


In extra, setting zulma_theme to a valid value will change the current colour scheme to that one. All themes were taken from Bulmaswatch. Valid theme values are:

All valid themes can also be found under the extra.zulma_themes variable in the theme.toml. Choosing no theme will set default as the theme. Setting an invalid theme value will cause the site to render improperly.

zulma_theme = "darkly"

Additionally, in extra, you can also set the zulma_allow_theme_selection boolean. Setting this to true will allow a menu in the footer to allow users to select their own theme. This option will store their theme choice in their localstorage and apply it on every page, assuming zulma_allow_theme_selection is still true. This requires javascript to be enabled to function; if the page detects javascript is disabled on the clients machine, it will hide itself.

Each theme contains the entirety of Bulma, and will weigh in at ~180kb. If you're running on a server severely limited on space, then I'd recommend you delete each theme you're not using, either from the source or from /public. Obviously, doing this will cause zulma_allow_theme_selection to work improperly, so make sure you either override extra.zulma_themes in config.toml to only show themes you have left or to not enable this option at all.

zulma_allow_theme_selection = true


This template is based on the blog template over at Free Bulma Templates. All themes were taken from Bulmaswatch. The code behind from originally adapted from the after-dark zola template.

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