Hugo is a fast static site generator, with a lot of enterprise features. If you’re building a large business, publication, or community website Hugo is likely the right choice due to features likes localization, RSS Feed & Sitemap generation, and much more.
Choose Hugo if you:
- Are building a site that requires a lot of enterprise features, such customizable as RSS Feeds, Sitemaps, AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), etc.
- Have a site with more than 500 pages, as Hugo is blazingly fast
- Feel learning a new language to build your theme templates isn’t a challenge for you.
- Know building a custom theme is something you’re interested in.
Don’t choose Hugo if you:
- Are only experienced with HTML & CSS and have never worked with a programming language like JS, PHP, Ruby, Golang, etc.
- Are not comfortable learning a completely new language to build your HTML templates with.
- Are not comfortable implementing complex features like Sitemaps, RSS Feeds, etc.
To get started developing for Hugo, you’ll need a basic understanding of HTML and Golang, Hugo’s default templating language. You’ll also likely want to set up your local development environment.
We also recommend that you set up a Git repository to manage development of your site. Doing so offers you free backups, enables content sync with the CMS, and enables you to use continuous deployment.
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