Cool sites that run Hugo



(both sites get an awesome result on Lighthouse)

Interesting, but on a really old version of Hugo (0.55.6). Wonder why?

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The University of Bath uses Ruby on Rails in combination with Hugo:

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I don’t know if this is a cool site, but so far the user feedback has been good.

I am involved in a project called outlearn, which aims to support businesses providing outdoor-related activities across the UK.

We needed a business directory to list outdoor-related businesses and activities. I was aware of how expensive and bloated directory software can be, so we decided to build it from scratch.

The site now includes:

  • Standard and featured business listings
  • Search cities/businesses/activities
  • Slideshows (adapt based on number of images and listing type – css only)
  • Automated and custom business descriptions
  • Opening hours
  • Reviews and review responses (adapt based on listing status)
  • Maps (appear according to listing status)
  • Auto-optimised images

I would be interested to hear feedback.

Example listing with sideshow, video, map:

Special thanks to @lb13 for his search solution and for his support, and to @jmooring for his help troubleshooting the review code.

The people on this forum have been very helpful.


About two years ago now, I switched our agency over from being nearly strictly WordPress development to Jamstack first development with a focus on Hugo as continues to meet all our needs and keeps our builds lightning fast! We’ve since paired Hugo with CloudCannon for all client projects. Here is a collection of websites we’ve built.

These projects are all possible thanks to this great community and all the questions and answers that are already provided here. Thanks!


This is awesome! I will take some inspiration from these.

Thanks for pointing this out. I was forgetting to update the production version in my the Netlify config file. :sweat_smile:

For those interested, here are a few more sites I’ve built using Hugo:

And a few of my favourites from around the web:


Whoever designed this is a genius! I didn’t know they moved the site to Hugo (I read the site last when they were still on WordPress).

They moved some time ago. They were an inspiration for all of us currently on Hugo boat :slight_smile: - Source code. (The website is classic but the project is awesome)

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I love that these websites are complete websites for clients. They are more than just a boiler template. I saw You started just two years ago. I am in a similar situation with migration and wanted to know experience with migration. Did it take you two years to migrate all your sites and if so what kind of traffic fluctuation did you see during and after the migration. Also did you have a team and where there specifc metrics through screaming frog to make sue the site is intact with links as possible.

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So while there has been some migration, for us this wasn’t a complete migration of all our client websites, this would have been too costly with the time it would have required. This just marked the time in which we switched from WordPress to a Jamstack architecture and started pitching and building Jamstack websites for client builds.

For all migrations, we do use Screaming Frog and other tools like Semrush to ensure we have as smooth a transition as possible. This has led to very stable migrations with no negative change in traffic. We did have one recent project with a very positive traffic fluctuation. We had a Jekyll to Hugo migration where we saw an increase of about 30% in organic traffic so far after about three months. This was mostly due to fixing a long list of website errors during the migration process.

Hope that helps!


My favorite vps provider linode runs their docs on Hugo:


Source is here: GitHub - linode/docs: Linode guides and tutorials.


So, was for a long time built with Hugo. When I had a look at the site source a few months back, I noticed it was built with GatsbyJS. Tonight, looking at the source again, it’s back to Hugo.


Thanks for sharing the source. We did a quick run-down of some of the Hugo features Linode uses in a showcase article: Expansive developer documentation with Hugo — though they’ve probably updated a little since then!