Hugo and Wrangling Hyde-Hyde

So I’m just getting started with Hugo, and decided to go with, and tweak, a classic theme: hyde-hyde. Off the bat, while the hugo docs are good - here’s a few things that helped things click for me.

  1. When you just run hugo - it creates a public directory, and this is where your files are served from (and what you would upload to a host). If things seem off or just weird, look for this directory and if exists, delete the whole thing - it’s easy to recreate by just running hugo again.

  2. If you run hugo server it does NOT create that directory.

  3. Of course you’ll probably want to add your css, this is how you can do it (if your theme doesn’t do it already). That post probably applies to js as well.

  4. Your theme probably has an exampleSite folder in it - check out the config.toml file in there for what your theme can do. You may just want to copy this into your config.toml file and edit it.

  5. Use git. Whenever your site is in a a good place while you’re figuring things out, make a commit you can revert back to before trying new stuff.

  6. While it’s not hard to override theme files (which the link in point 3 goes into), it prevents you from easily switching themes. If you’re tinkering with themes, consider just editing the theme itself until you’ve settled on one. Then git revert/stash your changes (assuming you installed your theme as a submodule) or re-download it. Then turn those changes into theme overrides (assuming you want to get theme updates).

  7. Check out a theme’s your-site/themes/hyde-hyde/archetypes/ for what your can setup in your own your-site/archetypes/ file, for what front matter gets setup when you run hugo new

  8. Aaaaand…

Treat Your Homepage as Both a Page and a Post Listing

Hyde-hyde’s home page is a post listing by default - but I wanted to also have a message before the listing. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Under your content directory, create an entry and put what you want in there.

  2. Copy hyde-hyde’s your-site/themes/hyde-hyde/layouts/index.html file into: your-site/layouts/index.html

  3. Then edit your new file, before the post-list - enter this:

  <main aria-role="main">
    <header class="homepage-header">
      {{ with .Params.subtitle }}
      <span class="subtitle">{{.}}</span>
      {{ end }}
    <div class="homepage-content">
      <!-- Note that the content for index.html, as a sort of list page, will pull from content/ -->

And now you have your new home page with a custom message as well as a post listing.