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Green Web Template

This Jekyll template is a way to organize and publish your thoughts from Obsidian to the web, complete with backlinks, notes graph, and wikilink support. This template was modified by Megumi Tanaka in 2021. Here’s how to install this template. View this template on Github.

Based on the Jekyll digital garden template by Maxime Vaillancourt.

How is this different?

New Features

What makes this a green template?

  1. 🥬 The theme is literally green
  2. ♻️ Webhost and deployments run on renewable energy—green web hosting!
  3. 🚀 Jekyll is a flat file system, meaning pages load faster with less demand on server resources
  4. 🖥️ Obsidian is an offline Markdown editor. Your edits happen on your local computer instead of using cloud autosave functions, so writing content has a reduced computing cost
  5. 🪴 Borrowing from gardening as a metaphor, this publishing system is built with the principles of digital gardening in mind.

Why not Netlify?

I’m on a mission to build carbon-neutral websites, and unfortunately Netlify hasn’t made any statements on this front. I’m in the process of switching all my web projects to Krystal UK. Even though Netlify is really easy to use and I love their mission to make a faster, flat-file web, I’m going to go about it in a different way.

Green Web Hosting

Krystal UK is powered by 100% renewables, meaning 🌊 hydro, 😎 solar, and 🍃 wind powered energy. On top of that, they invest in tree replanting and other environmental campaigns.

DeployHQ is owned by Krystal UK and runs on the same 100% renewable cloud services. It’s very easy to connect Git Repositories to any server and automatically deploy.

Dreamhost is technically carbon neutral through purchasing carbon credits and sourcing some of its energy from renewable sources. I use them for domain registration.

Github hasn’t made a statement either, but parent company Microsoft’s Azure Cloud runs on 60% renewable energy and is committed to 100% renewables by 2025.

But you can still use Netlify

If you want to use this template on Netlify, just remove .htaccess and delete it from _config.yml

More great nerdy changes

See more about theme updates at Style & Theme.

PHP/Python Server Support

Powered by: Github –> DeployHQ –> Dreamhost

You can use this with any cheap Shared Hosting plan, since they mostly use LAMP servers (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl).

DeployHQ (free for 1 project) builds and serves this Jekyll site to the server via ssh or ftp. You can replace the server with whatever LAMP setup you want. I’ve configured .htaccess so that this template will work without the need for any extra configuration.

Here are the nerdy details:

Why not Wordpress?

You might be wondering why I don’t just use PHP based software on a PHP server. Well, Wordpress is a database system, so each post gets saved to a MySQL database and requires more computing power than a flat file system like Jekyll.

Wordpress also hinders my ability to write—not only because the editor is slow, but also the emotion I get when I open up a draft. Something about the process actually dampens my motivation to write down an idea.

I’m teaching myself Jekyll, Ruby, and Liquid to modify this digital garden template because I believe it’s the best organization system for the way my mind works. And it makes me excited to open Obsidian and write things!

Read more about digital gardening on Maggie Appleton’s repo.

Template Quirks

Interesting errors I’ve encountered:


Original Jekyll template by Maxime Vaillancourt is available under the MIT license. Buy Maxime a coffee! ☕️

This “Green” version by Megumi Tanaka is publicly available on Github and you are free to edit as you wish! Buy Megumi a tea! 🍵