Hello fellow hugo-ers.
I’m experimenting with making my draft posts public (for easier unadvertised sharing), and thought I’d writeup my workflow, on the off chance it’s useful.
All feedback is welcome. Also, thanks to @davidsneighbour for early review
From the summary:
I sometimes pass around blog post drafts to friends and family for review. It’s usually by email or text, which is fine. Yet it would be cool if I could give them a real link. A discreet draft , if you will.
I did a bit of searching on the Hugo Discourse forums, and of course, I was not the first person with this idea. A few others had implemented custom solutions, but I didn’t see a writeup of how to do it from scratch. When encountering a knowledge gap like this, my tutorial-spidey-sense tingles, and I knew it was time to take a stab.
The sitemap would be the next place that might show these posts (depending on the used template). As far as I understand the default template might show these draft posts due to the
I will play around with the system tomorrow, no time now But we might want to add to the internal templates, that drafts are never included explicitly.
@davidsneighbour Thanks for bringing that up. I’ve addressed it, as well as a few other cleanup items.
I think, we should amend
robots.txt as follows:
Otherwise the drafts may show up on search results, which can be terrible.
Or add a
noindex meta tag to draft posts via header-layout file.
@Sid / @davidsneighbour - thanks for pointing that out and for the ideas. Will play with this and let you know.
Have a look at GitHub - dnb-org/dnb-hugo-robots - I will add disallows via frontmatter by post/page in a bit and also check for frontmatter-draft properties. I did modify dnb-hugo-sitemap to check for draft status already earlier. The idea in general is great for publishing workflows without too much hassle or “external websites helping”.
I went with the noindex meta tag.
Hi @zwbetz, hi all,
I’m using these solutions with PaperMod and published a branch.
Thanks for sharing, cheers!
Update: a post was just published about an implementation based on the theme Papermod:
Major issues were fixed, if you faced failure during a first test, please give it another try! : Using Hugo to share private posts - roneo.org