Any drawback to using Hugo server in production?

I know that Hugo is a static site generator, enabling me to host it on services on Netlify etc, but can I use the Hugo server to serve the files in production?

When I start the server on my home computer, it says ‘development’ for environment. Is there information available about how to use the Hugo server in production?

Sorry, I see there have been posts about this topic already.

Hopefully they all say, “Don’t do that.” :slight_smile:


What you should do is setup apache2 or nginx (seems to be preferred by many personal site owners now), and use that to host a copy of what hugo spits out in the public folder by default.

I followed Luke Smith’s (also in collab with his community) guides on, the one linked below goes to the nginx specific guide.