Hugo: Add Handy Css Classes to the Body Tag

It is so handy to have some css classes on the <body> tag. When working in Drupal, I like to at least have the content type as a css class, “article” or “page” or whatever. In Hugo, I also put the content type as a class on the <body>, as well as the filename/path, like so:

<body class="{{ .Type }} {{ with .File }}{{ .TranslationBaseName }}{{ end }}">

In the hyde-hyde theme this is done in the baseof.html file in the _default folder, so I just copied that into: my-site/layouts/_default/baseof.html and made the above change. Now if you inspect the source of this page, you’ll see:

<body class="posts hugo-add-handy-css-classes-to-body-tag">

The posts comes from the top-level content folder name (content/posts/2019/, but you can also declare “type” in your front matter if you wanted something different:
type: "pancake"

Likewise, if I had a post inside a top-level folder called “music” - then .Type would be music, no need to put that in the front matter if you are happy with it (it’s certainly the easier, automated way of assigning type).

I originally sought this out because I wanted to hide the meta front matter on all “pages,” but not “posts” - and with this and some css you can now do that very easily. However there’s a better way in hyde-hyde as well as other themes, just set showpagemeta to false in your front matter. You can hide Disqus/comments in the same way with showcomments - I added these to my my-site/archetypes/ file, so it now looks like this and these handy variables are ready to assign:

title: "{{ replace .Name "-" " " | title }}"
date: {{ .Date }}
tags : [ "dev" ]
draft: true
showpagemeta: true
showcomments: true

If you want to hide something, try digging around your theme first and you might find a very easy way to do it!

Also checkout the page variables Hugo provides.