What Steve and company have done with Hugo is awesome. After doing plenty of head butting on other static site builders choosing Hugo was a no brainer. BUT like many great pieces of code being written it’s mostly in the purview of other coders themselves or like me a kinda a “middleperson” who knows enough about coding to bash through issues, configurations and problems, but is not capable of writing GO code.
That leaves the majority of the planet who may never realize the totally awesome benefits of Hugo.
How can they be included?.
Clearly even the BEST documentation would not be the answer. Hugo’s is decent and getting bettter but no matter how wonderful it gets documenation is still the purview of geeks.
I’ve been contemplating how to allow all the noobs of the world access to all this cool stuff like Hugo and git etc for doing what they really desire which is getting out their content on the internet, collaborating and managing it without having to get “geek” help nor spending much $$. There are already lots of anemic “site builders” out there for the clueless that honestly are not very functional. My idea is not to cater to the clueless but to convince suitablely motivated clueless into upping their game by providing well thought out and useful resources, training and working environments.
I have a few ideas which I am currently working on and share below. But in making this post what I looking for is those of us “middlepeople” learning/using Hugo interested in getting it into the hands of as many “normal” folks as we can. This clearly goes outside the focus of this discussion board since it involves things like creating a complete user editing environment, tutorials(video) and creating full blow hugo sites (beyond just themes) that can be molded easily to the bottom line (getting someone’s content online and easily edited).
So anyone on this discussion board interested in joining me in this endeavor?
----------- what I have been working on so far ----------------
Putting together a suite of applications and scripts (of which hugo is central) that provides a turnkey to creating/maintaing hugo based websites including version control/collaboration via git and serving them via AWS. After coming up with a system to install this identical suite on any OS I not only have have a recent college grad in literature using this “suite” on a MAC to do Hugo editing (was easy to train a 20 something!) but get this an 80 year old director of a non-profit using Hugo within Windows. I am thinking the ultimate solution is to create a fully configured virtual machine to distriubte that folks can run on their desktop.
Creating a zurb foundation based hugo site(s) that provides a FULL functioning quickstart (not just a theme) and is easily customizable (e.g. I use a sass palette file and users set their colors via paletton.com). This is has been my grip of all these frameworks even commerical templates based on them. You couldn’t really just run with them. I envision folks simply editing the md files in the content directory to get “their version” with maybe a few tweeks to the pallette and maybe a few choices for layouts and with taxonomies already set to go both for editing and display. As some here agreed before a single “killer” (well-documented) example would be worth all the standard documentation.