My first post using Hugo, Github, and Netlify

A programmer's approach to creating websites

Fixing my old website and perhaps writing more frequently had been on my to-do list for a while now. A friend of mine, Danny Guo, told me about Netlify a few weeks ago and I started reading about it and then about Hugo and got hooked. And here we are, my first post, written in markdown, powered by Hugo, and deployed by Netlify.

I can keep my source under git and can easily publish a post by a pushing to Github, and if that excites you too, we have enough in common to hold a conversation or two! The steps needed for creating a website like mine:

  • Create a Github (or Gitlab) account.
  • Create a Netlify account and connect it to your Github (or Gitlab) account.
  • Read through the getting started guide of Hugo.
  • Choose a theme from the huge list of themes Hugo provides.
  • Make your website work locally.
  • Push your website and watch as Netlify builds and publishes your website.
  • Change your domain’s DNS to Netlify’s and set up TLS.

Deploying via Netlify was the easiest part of it. Creating TLS certificates using Let’s encrypt (donate to them if you can!) was literally as easy as pressing a button and my website was up in a matter of minutes after I had something basic working locally. Hugo is also designed very logically and once you get used to its directory structure, you can make progress quickly. I suggest you find a theme you like and build on top of it. I am using the blackburn theme and you can find the source code of my website in my Github.

Seeing how easy it is to create new posts, I am hopeful that I will write more, probably about the topics found in about me.

 
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