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Hello Friend NG-HZ

A good way to see the capabilities of this theme is this site.

General information

This theme was highly inspired by the excellent hello-friend, hermit and hello-friend-ng themes.


  • Theming: dark/light mode, depending on your preferences (dark is default, but you can change it)
    • Includes colors for external (purple) and internal links (blue)
    • Alert class styles ({info,success,warning,error}-alert)
    • Uses dart-sass (needs hugo with dart-sass-embedded) for math
  • Great reading experience
  • Hugo native code highlighting
  • An easy way to modify the theme with Hugo tooling
  • Fully responsive
  • Support for social icons
  • Supports multiple authors and listings
  • Includes Liberapay
  • Codefolding
    • Has a dependency on Readmore, opt-in in config
  • Copy to clipboard in pure JS
  • Author specific pages to support multiple authors
  • Categories and tags with word-clouds
  • Nix build system for hermetic builds
  • Webmention support (TBD)
  • Various Comment systems
  • Multiple Analytics Trackers
  • Multiple Search Back-ends
  • Netlify spoiler (optional)
  • Zotero embedded blog-post parsing (via spoofed content generator)
  • Not-by-AI badge (optionally)
    • Needs one to have the Written-By-Human-Not-By-AI-Badge-white.svg file in static/images
    • Also the showHumanAuthorBadge parameter

How to start

You can download the theme manually by going to and pasting it to themes/hello-friend-ng-hz in your root directory.

You can also clone it directly to your Hugo folder:

$ git clone themes/hello-friend-ng-hz

If you don't want to make any radical changes, it's the best option, because you can get new updates when they are available. To do so, include it as a git submodule:

$ git submodule add themes/hello-friend-ng-hz

Stork Search

In order to use the stork search the build system needs to generate the file.

# exampleSite
cd exampleSite
stork build --input index.toml --output

Where the stork installation instructions are here.

Fuse Search

The search is adopted from this gist, along with these subsequent blog posts by eddturtle and lonelydev.

Note that though this requires less setup; it adds some additional weight (like jquery). However, it also includes some fuzzy searching logic.

How to configure

The theme doesn't require any advanced configuration. Just copy the following config file. Note: There are more options to configure. Take a look into the config.toml in exampleSite.

baseurl = "/"
languageCode = "en-us"
theme = "hello-friend-ng-hz"

  dateform        = "Jan 2, 2006"
  dateformShort   = "Jan 2"
  dateformNum     = "2006-01-02"
  dateformNumTime = "2006-01-02 15:04 -0700"

  # Set disableReadOtherPosts to true in order to hide the links to other posts.
  disableReadOtherPosts = false

  # Metadata mostly used in document's head
  description = "My new homepage or blog"
  keywords = "homepage, blog"
  images = [""]

  # Directory name of your blog content (default is `content/posts`)
  contentTypeName = "posts"

  # Default theme "light" or "dark"
  defaultTheme = "dark"
# Needed for search
mediaType = "application/toml"

  home = ["HTML", "RSS", "TOML", "JSON"]

  tag      = "tags"
  category = "categories"
  author   = "author"
  search   = "search" # Necessary!

  enable = true
  backend = "fuse" # can be stork or fuse

    title = "Hello Friend NG HZ"
    subtitle = "A simple theme for Hugo"
    keywords = ""
    copyright = ""
    readOtherPosts = "Read other posts"

      logoText = "hello friend ng hz"
      logoHomeLink = "/"
    # or
    # path = "/img/your-example-logo.svg"
    # alt = "Your example logo alt text"

  # And you can even create generic menu
    identifier = "blog"
    name       = "Blog"
    url        = "/posts"

How to run your site

From your Hugo root directory run:

$ hugo server -t hello-friend-ng-hz

and go to localhost:1313 in your browser. From now on all the changes you make will go live, so you don't need to refresh your browser every single time.

More things

Built-in shortcodes



  • src (required)
  • alt (optional)
  • position (optional, default: left, options: [left, center, right])
  • style


{{< image src="/img/hello.png" alt="Hello Friend" position="center" style="border-radius: 8px;" >}}



  • src (required)
  • alt (optional)
  • position (optional, default: left, options: [left, center, right])
  • style (optional)
  • caption (optional)
  • captionPosition (optional, default: center, options: [left, center, right]),
  • captionStyle (optional)


{{< figure src="/img/hello.png" alt="Hello Friend" position="center" style="border-radius: 8px;" caption="Hello Friend!" captionPosition="right" captionStyle="color: red;" >}}

Code highlighting

Supported languages: Take a look here

By default the theme is using PrismJS to color your code syntax. All you need to do is to wrap you code like this:

``` html
  // your code here


Use RealFaviconGenerator to generate these files, put them into your site's static folder:

  • android-chrome-192x192.png
  • android-chrome-512x512.png
  • apple-touch-icon.png
  • favicon-16x16.png
  • favicon-32x32.png
  • favicon.ico
  • mstile-150x150.png
  • safari-pinned-tab.svg
  • site.webmanifest

Available Social Icons:

If you need another one, just open an issue or create a pull request with the desired icon. :)

Known issues

There is a bug in Hugo that sometimes causes the main page not to render correctly. The reason is an empty taxonomy part. Related issue tickets: !14 !59.

Either you comment it out completely or you write the following in

  tag      = "tags"
  category = "categories"

How to edit the theme

If you really want to edit the theme, you need to install Node dependencies. To do this, go to the theme directory (from your Hugo root directory):

$ cd themes/hello-friend-ng

and then run:

# For setting the right path
ln -s $NODE_PATH node_modules

Third Party


Copyright © 2020--present Rohit Goswami

Copyright © 2019-2020 Djordje Atlialp

The theme is released under the MIT License.