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My new(ish), personal, static website built with Hugo, SASS, ACE Templates, Bootstrap, and a bunch of other stuff.

NOTE: Hugo stopped supporting Ace templates in version 0.62 If you need/want to upgrade hugo beyond this version, you will have to port all the templates to Go Templates.


  1. Sym link the homepage headshot to the one in the Contact folder (to save some space... not sure this is reallly necessary) ln -s content/contact/head3.jpg content/head3.jpg


Using Docker

The last version of Hugo which supports Ace template is 0.50. To support sass compilation, we need the "extended" version of hugo so klakegg/hugo:0.50-ext

docker run --rm -it -v "$(pwd)":/src -p 1313:1313 klakegg/hugo:0.50-ext server --disableFastRender --navigateToChanged --bind= --gc --noHTTPCache


Copy secrets.sample.env to secrets.env Add your AWS ID and secret key. Verify the bucket name in Run ./ to generate the site and deploy it.

Deploying without Docker

You can install s3cmd locally and run the following:

s3cmd sync  -r --delete-removed -P --exclude=.git* public/ s3://

Creating new content (posts, etc.)

docker run -v "$PWD":/src klakegg/hugo:0.50-ext new blog/<POST-TITLE>/

Adding cover images

Unsplash has great, free images.

  • Find a picture...
  • Download it into the blog post folder
  • Copy the "Photo by..." line they give you.
  • Paste it into the front matter.
  • Then click on it, and click the "Share" button Copy the URL they give you and put this in the "link" attribute in the front matter.


Want to browse from your mobile device? Assuming your local IP (found via ifconfig) is you could start the server as follows docker run --rm -it -v "$PWD":/src -p 1313:1313 klakegg/hugo:0.50-ext server -D --bind --baseURL and navigate to from your phone.

Contact form

Uses Formspree.


The and domains are both registered on GoDaddy but using Route 53 name servers (AWS).

The domain uses GoDaddy's "Domain forwarding" feature to forward requests to is hosted from an Amazon Cloudfront instance using an S3 Bucket as the origin. A few times now, I've had to log into GoDaddy and "re-enable" the domain forwarding to make forward properly. What a PITA.

HTTPS Certificates

Use AWS Certificates. I'm no longer using Lets Encrypt. Too much hassle...

Other stuff...

Git workflow

#create a new 'working' branch for experimentation
git checkout -b working

#auto-commit to this new branch every 2min
watch -n 120 git commit -am autosave

#ready to merge & commit to master?

#switch back to master
git checkout master

#squash all commits from the "working" branch into changes on this one
git merge --squash working

#commit these changes with a meaningful commit comment
git commit -am "My useful comment about this new feature"

# delete the old working branch
git branch -d working

Converting SVG to JPG

cat infile.svg | docker run -i dbtek/librsvg rsvg-convert -f png -w 1600 > outfile.png

Image manipulation

This isn't necessary anymore now that I'm using the built-in resource (image cropping) tools within hugo. But in case you ever need to do it with ImageMagick, here you go:

  • Resize images for web use:
convert infile.png  -quality 80 -define jpeg:extent=150kb -resize "1920x1920>" outfile.jpg
  • Keep full size images in the "big_pics" folder.

  • To resize them for web use, copy them to a folder, then from within the folder try something like this:

    cp -r raw_pix static/images/big_pics cd static/images/big_pics find . | grep -E "g$" | xargs mogrify -quality 80 -define jpeg:extent=150kb -resize "960x960>"

This will find all the jpg and png images (anything ending with "g") and resize the ones which are bigger than 960 square.

Bulk renaming stuff...

You could do this to replace .png.jpg with .jpg extensions.

find . | grep -E ".png.jpg$" | sed -e 'p;s/png.jpg/jpg/'| xargs -n2 mv

but perl regexes are more powerful...This removes dates (e.g. 2014-25-2...) from in front of post-names (e.g. if you exported from WordPress)

ls * | perl -pe 's/^[\d-]+?//g'


My new(ish), personal, static website built with Hugo, SASS, Bootstrap, ACE templates, and more.



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