Hugo's main architectural goals (proposal for the top 5)

I look forward to feedback here. Thereby I was unsure if this is the right category for this post. But experienced Hugo developers can probably best assess this …

What is it about? I am starting on an architectural overview of Hugo (illustrations, tables and short text). In fact, I make a number of such portraits of prominent software systems. VS Code and the Go programming language are already done for instance. Mainly as examples for use in in software architecture workshops. But I also publish them on a blog.

Central to all these portraits is that the main architectural (or quality) objectives are matched with the key solution approaches of the software (here: Hugo).

To unlock the whole thing I need the top quality goals of Hugo, ideally the top 5. I use Hugo myself on several sites and I have also studied the documentation specifically. Here is my current work status for the top objectives (prioritized, each with a short description) as a proposal:

1. Build modern sites with ease
Technically skilled people build and maintain modern websites in no time and with a lot of fun. No matter if it’s a blog, a compelling marketing presence or extensive software documentation.
2. Ultra short processing time
Hugo shows very high processing speed both during the editing and development process as well as when generating a site for production.
3. Build and run secure websites
Websites built with Hugo are very hard to compromise. Connected background systems are safe from attacks of all sorts. It’s easy to comply with data privacy.
4. Can be operated everywhere.
Hugo runs on all relevant operating systems and platforms. This applies both to the development of a website and to its live production.
5. Easily extendable
The Hugo team and community can easily extend the software. This includes, for example, supporting new content types, connecting to third-party systems, and embracing new trends in user experience or visualization.

Now my questions:

  • Are these important goals of Hugo from your point of view?
  • Which important aspects are missing in the list above?
  • If you want to change the order (the most important goal on rank 1), what would yours be?

Your opinion on this would help me a lot! Thanks in advance. And many thanks to all who have made Hugo happen. Best regards from Hamburg.


Hugo seems to be a large collection of useful tools built on a powerful (and fast) foundation provided by Go and Go Templates. Since the latter are well-documented, for starters it might be helpful to bootstrap by explaining how these tools have been leveraged, in what ways are Hugo templates different, and what were some of the early design goals. I suspect that already existing and well-documented architectures for Jekyll and Wordpress played some role in shaping these goals, and it might be helpful to compare and contrast.