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Academic Kickstart

Academic is a framework to help you create a beautiful website quickly. Perfect for personal, student, or academic websites. Check out the latest demo of what you'll get in less than 10 minutes or view the documentation.

Academic Kickstart provides a minimal template to kickstart your new website by following the simple steps below.


Getting Started

The following two methods describe how to install in the cloud using your web browser and how to install on your PC using the Command Prompt/Terminal app.

Quick install using your web browser

  1. Install Academic with Netlify
    • Netlify will provide you with a customizable URL to access your new site
  2. On GitHub, go to your newly created academic-kickstart repository and edit config.toml to personalize your site. Shortly after saving the file, your site will automatically update
  3. Read the Quick Start Guide to learn how to add Markdown content. For inspiration, refer to the Markdown content which powers the Demo

Install on your PC


  1. Clone (or Fork or download) the Academic Kickstart repository with Git:

    git clone My_Website

    Note that if you forked Academic Kickstart, the above command should be edited to clone your fork.

  2. Initialize the theme:

    cd My_Website git submodule update --init --recursive

  3. View your new website:

    hugo server

    Now you can go to localhost:1313 and your new Academic powered website should appear.

  4. Read the Quick Start Guide to learn how to add Markdown content, customize your site, and deploy it.


Copyright 2017 George Cushen.

Released under the MIT license.


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