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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.

Getting Started

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.

Once you’re ready, feel free to use a Hugo starter site, which walks you through Forestry’s core features and provides a great starting point for your own website.

Last updated on July 24, 2013