Convert HTML site to Hugo
GX Anshu | Mon Jul 03 2023
In this blog post, we will explore the process of converting a static HTML theme, template, or site into a fully functional Hugo website. Hugo is a powerful static site generator that allows you to build fast and efficient websites. By following the steps outlined below, you’ll be able to seamlessly migrate your HTML site to Hugo and take advantage of its numerous benefits.
Folder Structurelink $Folder Structure
Let’s start with the initial folder structure of the HTML site template. Assume we have the following files and directories:
Creating the Hugo Sitelink $Creating the Hugo Site
To begin the conversion process, you need to generate a new Hugo site. Open your command line interface and run the following command:
hugo new site siteName
This command will create the necessary folder structure for your Hugo site.
Copying Assetslink $Copying Assets
assets folder. Simply copy the entire contents of the
assets folder in the HTML template and paste them into the
static folder of your Hugo site. This ensures that all the necessary assets are available for your Hugo site to function correctly.
Creating the Index Pagelink $Creating the Index Page
index.html file in the HTML template serves as the main page. To replicate this in Hugo, you need to create an
_index.md file inside the
content folder. Follow the folder structure given below:
Template Creationlink $Template Creation
Next, you’ll need to create templates for the
_index.md files. Navigate to the
layouts folder in your Hugo site. Inside the
layouts folder, you’ll find the
index.html file, which will automatically render the content of the
_index.md file located in the main content folder.
To render the HTML pages for the about and contact sections, you need to create corresponding folders. Inside the
layouts folder, create
contact folders. Within each of these folders, paste the respective HTML files from the HTML template. For example, place
about.html in the
layouts/about folder and
contact.html in the
layouts/contact folder. Rename these HTML files to
Final Folder Structurelink $Final Folder Structure
After completing the template creation step, your folder structure should look like this:
- index.html (automatically renders _index.md from the main content folder)
By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can successfully convert an HTML template into a fully functional Hugo website. This process allows you to leverage the power and efficiency of Hugo’s static site generation while retaining the design and structure of your original HTML site.
Migrating your HTML site to Hugo offers numerous benefits, including faster load times, easy content management with Markdown, and the ability to take advantage of Hugo’s extensive ecosystem of themes and plugins. Start converting your HTML site to Hugo today and unlock the full potential of static site generation.
Remember to optimize your Hugo site further by optimizing images, implementing responsive design, and utilizing Hugo’s built-in SEO features. Happy converting!