I am embarking on an ambitious project to rebuild a vast business directory website using Hugo. The website will function as a lookup service where each row is an article. The directory is structured as follows: States → Cities → Specialties of the Business → Businesses specializing in that niche in that city. I aim to create a website that displays links to all the states and a list of the top 50 businesses based on ratings. When someone clicks on a state, a new page will open with a list of cities in that state and the top 50 businesses in that state. The state page will also have a Specialty Listing leading to the top 50 specialist businesses in that niche in that state.
The ideal website structure will look something like this: State (with top 50 list) → Cities → Business Specialty → List of businesses with that specialty in that specific state and city.
My Main Concern
My main concern is the sheer scale of the project as it involves five million businesses. Will Hugo be able to generate this website with all its taxonomies and hierarchy relationships? Can Hugo scale up to handle this project? Time is not a problem as I’m willing to wait for complete website generation on my local machine, even if it takes 10-12 days (I use a normal 16GB PC with 4 Intel cores).
In conclusion, I want to know if it is possible to generate a big static directory website with Hugo. Can Hugo handle this project or is it better suited for smaller projects with only 10-20 thousand pages?
I already have this website up and running in WordPress, It is basically a static website and consuming too much resources as it runs on Database.