Rapid External Theme Development


I have a site and a theme - I own both but they are separate. I like the clean separation but the speed of development is too slow as I have to restart the jekyll process every time to get it to pick up theme changes.

Is there a better way? I’d love to be able to tweak styles much faster.


Use a task runner like Gulp or Grunt. You can watch for CSS changes, build (if you’re using a preprocessor like Sass or Less), and then use browsersync to inject those changes instantly into the browser.

Search around, there’s a lot of ways to approach it depending on what tools you’re most familiar with.