A Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Static Website with Hugo

This tutorial describes how to use Hugo, a static site generator (SSG) written in Go. By “static site” we mean a website that consists of pages that are served directly to the client, without any additional server-side processing. SSGs are especially handy when you’re building not-too-complex sites like a personal blog, a product page, an informational resource, and so on.

Hugo boasts rich features, is very quick thanks to Go, and has lots of third-party themes, an active community, and detailed documentation. This guide covers the following topics:

  • installing and configuring Hugo
  • creating pages and adding content
  • providing meta information with the help of front matter
  • using archetypes and taxonomies
  • organizing content
  • creating a theme
  • internationalizing a website
  • deploying a project