So with making this site using Hugo I have really come to appriciate the idea
of generating a static site based off of local templates, and then just
hosting the static pages. I have found that this is a lot easier than using
something like WordPress (tried it multiple times) and it has a smaller
Easy to use. This could be that I am a
developer, but I find using Hugo a lot easier that using WordPress. I
would suggest this to friends and family that are not techinically
Simple but full of features. It is really easy
to get up and going with a new site, and if you are using a pre-built
template then you can get away without ever touching a line of HTML/CSS.
There are a lot of features that can be used for a site with just adding a
little bit of configuration and templating.
Fast, and I mean fast! When using the Hugo
Server for local modifications your page in the browser refreshes with the
new content the moment you save your changes.
Super cheap sites. Combining your Hugo
generated site with a service like Surge means that you can get away with
just paying for your domain name, and everything else is free.
Content is Local. All of your site content is
local, and you can work on it off-line easily, and you only need an
internet connection when you are uploading it to the internet
Timed post release. If you want to be able to
set it up so that a post only becomes available after a specific
date/time, you will need to generate the site after that date/time for it
to be available, and then upload it again. While you can set pages and
posts to not be available, this just means that Hugo will not generate
them when you build from the templates.
False barrier of entry. Hugo feels like there
is a barrier of entry when you first start looking at it, but this is an
Content is Local. All of the content for making
your site is local, so it is up to you to put the content somewhere that
you can easily sync it between mutiple devices.
Updating with Mobile. If you want to use a
mobile device to update your site, then it is not going to be easy. There
are no easy ways to generate and upload changes made, not to mention that
it can be hard to edit or create files on the mobile device.
For this site I did not use a template, though I have looked around for ideas
and to get a better understanding of how things work with Hugo. You can look
at my About page to see more information about what I was looking at and what
I used when making this site.