I don’t personally see the draw for a desktop CMS for Hugo. I think that’s why there isn’t so many/high quality ones. What I like about Hugo is the lack of dependencies, focusing on raw Markdown, and managing everything with git through GitHub. That’s the space it lives in.
I’m not saying your wrong or anything like that btw. Everybody has their needs. I just wonder why you don’t use WordPress or Drupal if you want a GUI CMS?
The hosting/CDN requirements of the platforms you mentioned, (so that a site can load within an acceptable time frame) as well as the constant security updates are not for me.
Hugo is super fast in generating a site. And a static site can be hosted anywhere without a lot of costs and load at an acceptable speed.
Also Hugo is very simple (once one grasps its concepts) and the customization options are endless without having to use too many scripts or hacks (if any at all), unlike the aforementioned platforms that are very opinionated.
Now about my need for a CMS/GUI for Hugo…
Handling that many images is a bit cumbersome with just a text editor -even an amazing one like Sublime Text-.
I need a way to preview the images while I type captions in a WYSIWYG editor.
Sure I can have Hugo Server running in parallel while I edit in Sublime Text -that’s what I am doing right now- but still it’s not that convenient switching windows all the time.
So that’s why I’m looking for a GUI for Hugo or even a Markdown WYSIWYG editor that can accept Hugo shortcodes while giving an image preview (there is none that I know of).
And there are some good frontends for Hugo and other static site generators out there, (the term is Headless CMS) BUT these are hosted solutions and they cost something around $120 per year.
Also I have found out the hard way to never (EVER) trust hosted solutions again.
Anyway I’m still looking at my options and what I can do with existing tools.
A few hours ago I discovered the amazing Dropbox Paper Editor and I’m already thinking of ways I could implement it in my workflow.
About Lipi . I thought I should give it a try after all. (even though its repo hasn’t been updated in like 8 months).
So I installed Java 8 on Ubuntu 16.04.
Downloaded Lipi 0.5.3b.jar and gave it permission to execute.
I saw a Welcome to Lipi screen
Clicked open Open Old Blog (that’s Open Hugo Site in Lipi’s interface).
And that was it…
It crashed and burned faster than I can say sayonara.
Today I had 2 frontend tools removed from the official Hugo Docs. 3 is perhaps too many.
And I definitely don’t want to acquire a Hugo Frontend Slayer reputation, or something.
So I leave Lipi for someone else to test and hopefully run.
Maybe @digitalcraftsman (since he manages the docs) should take a look and see if Lipi deserves to be in the Frontend Tools Section of the Docs after all.
So that leaves only 2 more frontend tools in the Docs.
I can say that Caddy deserves to be in the Docs. It may be slightly limited but at least it WORKS.
Can’t vouch about the frontend that works with Evernote though (and I don’t plan to test it, since I’m not an Evernote user).
Oh I agree with the benefits of Hugo, that’s why I use it myself.
I guess I understand your point. Would a plugin for Sublime help or is that still not enough? I’m not a fan of Sublime only because it’s a paid for product (though a very good one). I much prefer Atom on the GUI side, though I use Vim myself. I wondering if a Sublime or Atom plugin for Hugo would be useful here.
I wouldn’t mind helping with a product to help users with your needs though building something 100% from scratch would take a lot of time, hence my focus on plugins.
Hosted solutions can be great, but when you’re in control. I stay away from closed off hosted solutions but I love VPS providers like Linode for example. GitHub is one of the few closed hosted solutions I support.
I haven’t really experimented with Atom. Vim seems like overkill for my needs. But who knows? I’m always looking for ways to make my workflow more efficient so I might look into the other editors. Also thanks to your comment I just realized that there is some kind of an internal image preview for Sublime. I’m looking into this right now.
I’m going to try to configure Pen so that it can live under /static/ for my site. My plan is to hack my way into making a live WYSIWYG frontend to create content on the fly.
I’m thinking of having a menu with different md archetypes. With pre-filled frontmatter. With the ability to upload images that are wrapped around different shortcodes (like hero images for the top of the page and images that will be lazy loaded later on scroll etc)
I prefer this solution over other ones I’ve seen. I like working in the browser and save .md files for Hugo locally or in my Dropbox.
If I manage to do this I will share it in the form of a tutorial or something. Don’t think I’ll go all the way into forking Pen and maintain a repo as I very much doubt I have the chops to handle other people’s issues etc.
I tried Lipi in my windows PC yesterday.
then works full.
no error , no warning.
Do you have windows PC?
pls check it.
If there are some mistakes in English, I’d like to apologize.
java version "1.8.0_131"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_131-b11)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 25.131-b11, mixed mode)
When I’m doing lengthy edits, I’m doing this “split fullscreen window” thing on macOS with editor on the left and browser with live-reload on the right. And to me, having a preview that is the actual rendered page beats any CMS preview I can imagine.
I am running Hugo locally, ie "hugo server --verbose"
I have the hackMD desktop running locally under Win10.
It does display my content…
How do I actually EDIT the content? I do not see any toolbars, ala hackmd.io
OK, I wasted more time fiddling with this, and there are 3 things one can do:
Custom server, which is what I did first… This omits the hackMD editor stuff… as hugo only serves raw html. But I do not want a server local, just something that works…
Load from URL, pointing to localhost, this uses the hackmd built-in js resources, and its own webserver to create the editor page, and pulls in a file from a URL. OK, but hugo does html files… and we have hackMD and md editor, not going to work.
HackMD running local, using File/Open to load a .md file from my local windows file system. This is better, I can EDIT! but then md vs yaml etc.
Further Hugo seems to have a default markdown language. Yet HackMD has YAML as its preferred markup. How to bridge this? When I save a local file with the exported YAML, it looks very different after hugo processes it… I want the collaboration stuff hackMD, as I work with a team.
I only have about 20 pages now. I want ONE and only one markdown format.
Is there something similiar to hugo, a file system watcher, that sees changes to only yaml files, then outputs a hugo compatible .md file?
Or a plugin for hugo that does this?
The way I work with HackMd is to open a post directly from my /content/ folder while having Hugo Server running in the background. That way while editing a post in HackMd I can review my website if I feel like it.
Also HackMd is a markdown editor. Meaning it uses PLAIN markdown and it outputs .md files. The YAML is for your Hugo posts frontmatter. And that’s all there is to it really.
If you need to output html then you should look at a different WYSIYG editor