How I am blogging with Hugo

Apr 11, 2017 | 2 minutes read

In case you didn’t notice, this blog and all other parts of this site is made by Hugo. If you want to know more, click here.

In this article i will describe my posting process.

Writing post

It all starts with creating a post. It is very easy achievable by following comand:

hugo new blog/<article-name>.md

New file contains this:

 date = "2017-04-11T17:38:52+05:00"
 title = "<article-name>"  

That stuff inside triple plusses called Front Matter. I don’t want to go deeper in this, this all described very well in docs.

Next thing is to humanize title, add taxonomies or categories, if you are using any (I am not using taxonomies or categories at the moment, but I will think about it and maby categorize my blogposts in future)

The last thing is to write post itself. Hugo uses markdown (I am not sure if there are other options, but I am totaly happy with markdown)


Hugo makes it really easy to update your site.

Docs provide you with ready-to-use script which will make all the work for you. I am using Github Pages as my hosting, so my deployment script looks like this:

    echo -e "\033[0;32mDeploying updates to GitHub...\033[0m"
    # Build the project.
    hugo # if using a theme, replace by `hugo -t <yourtheme>`
    # Go To Public folder
    cd public
    # Add changes to git.
    git add -A
    # Commit changes.
    msg="rebuilding site `date`"
    if [ $# -eq 1 ]
      then msg="$1"
    git commit -m "$msg"
    # Push source and build repos.
    git push origin master
    # Come Back
    cd ..

Make this file executable and simply run it. I don’t even have to type username and password for my Github account, because I am pushing with SHH. That’s all!


I decided to keep both raw and compiled site in one repo. It is much easier to maintain.

So now deployment is as easy as:

  1. Run hugo. This command compiles your site to clear html
  2. Commit changes and push them to Github