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exampleSite build


If your in a hurry and like to skip the words, let's just get in and out quickly

hugo new site <your-site>
cd <your-site>
git init
# install theme
git submodule add themes/ryder
# copy configs from exampleSite
cp -r themes/ryder/exampleSite/config/ ./config
# copy archetypes from example site if you want to use the themes archetypes
# TODO exapand on this
cp themes/ryder/exampleSite/archetypes/*.md ./archetypes
# Delete the line: `themesDir = "../.."` from your new `/config/_default/hugo.toml` file.
# install npm dependencies
cp themes/ryder/exampleSite/package.json .
npm install
# create a home page
hugo new content
# start the server (with drafts so you see that new page)
hugo server -D

the ryder theme

v0.1 - This theme is pretty barebones, with a few additions to get things setup quickly.

I decided to name it after my late friend and companion, the rhodesian ridgeback / mastiff dog named Ryder. ryder

Demo Site

Github Pages hosted demo site


  • Notification shortcode and partial
  • Dark Mode
  • Featured Item blocks on home page can display summary of any page on site
  • Special hidden-home template to display only a short message and a large background image cover
  • tailwindcss setup and pre-configured with simple copy config setup
  • fontawesome icons setup
  • toc setup as partial to be included from front matter param
  • alpinejs setup configured for use
  • super simple photogallery using alpinejs
  • custom xslt stylized rss feed
  • social data file
  • hugo debugger template


Get Hugo!

If you don't have a hugo site setup yet

This starts from the very top with no hugo website yet created.

hugo new site <your-site>
cd <your-site>
git init

As Git Submodule

Inside the folder of your Hugo site run:

git submodule add themes/ryder

For more information read the official setup guide of Hugo.

Getting started

After installing the theme successfully you need to follow a few steps in order to get your site running.

The config files

Hugo's config.toml

Take a look inside the exampleSite folder of this theme. You'll find a file called hugo.toml.

Depending on your deplpoyment setup I recommend using layered config directories. Instead of putting hugo.toml into the root directory, create a new directory config, with a subdirectory _default and place the config.toml file in there. When it comes time to deploy, create a subdirectory production which will contain things like a google analytics configuration setting or a different title in development and production, so it is easy to see where you are, any things you want to only be active in production or production-like environments. Any other environment may be added in this layered way. _default is always used, and anything in the environment folder is layered over, not merged. See more about this setup

# this will also get you a production config directory 
cp -r themes/ryder/exampleSite/config/ ./config


Delete the line: themesDir = "../.." from your new /config/_default/hugo.toml file. Update the baseURL= "" to point to your own URL

NPM package installation

Next you will need to install the packages that are used for this theme. These are all nodejs modules which are installed from the npm package registry. These are all open source files. This is defined in the package.json file

cp themes/ryder/exampleSite/package.json .
npm install

tailwind and postcss have their own config files, copy them over

cp themes/ryder/exampleSite/*.config.js .


  • TODO: Finish Documenting all the variables
    Defined in /config/_default/hugo.toml
  # show the global site banner, must set params.alphaAlert to configure.
  isAlpha = true
  # dark mode switch defaults to hidden, remove this line or set to false to hide
  # alternatively, and probably more useful, use system dark mode by removing darkMode: 'class', from tailwind.config.js
  showDarkToggle = true 
  headerGradientClasses = "bg-gradient-to-r from-rose-500 to-rose-800" 
  alertType = "danger"
  alertTitle = "Global Banners"
  alertMessage = "This theme is a work in progress! <a href='/posts/alerts' class='underline'>learn more about them!</a>"
  alertIconClass = "fa-solid fa-camera-retro"
  alertType = "info"
  alertTitle = "2 Global Banners are possible"
  alertMessage = "This theme is a work in progress! <a href='/posts/alerts' class='underline'>learn more about them!</a>"
  alertIconClass = "fa-solid fa-camera-retro"
  faClasses = "fa-solid fa-envelope"
  title = "Email me"
  url   = ""
  target= "_blank"
  weight = 30 
  faClasses = "fa-brands fa-github"
  title = "GitHub"
  url   = ""
  target= "_blank"
  weight = 20


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For the help I found on the internet thank you to these pages: