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What to know before you adopt Hugo

I’ve written a blog post about what to know before you adopt Hugo, going through what maintaining a Hugo website entails.

I wrote the post with R users in mind, but I hope it can be relevant to other Hugo users. :slightly_smiling_face:

Comments are welcome there (and here, obviously).

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  • Hugo itself which you could think of as R;

What does that mean? I don’t use R, so I don’t understand the reference.

  • Any other idea? Maybe involving GitHub Actions, Dependabot, something else? Maybe just a reminder to have a coffee date with your theme repo once in a while?

I mirror repos I use. I use gitea (I use a dedicated org), but most git hosting applications have a mirror feature. A bash script will do.

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What does that mean? I don’t use R, so I don’t understand the reference.

Yes that comparison is quite niche. R evolves as a language, and so do its “add-ons”, the R packages. In my analogy Hugo is R (even if Hugo isn’t a language), the themes are R packages.

I mirror repos I use. I use gitea (I use a dedicated org ), but most git hosting applications have a mirror feature. A bash script will do.

Thanks for sharing your setup! How do you notice changes in your mirrors that might break your themes/sites, do you regularly look through their commit history?

Well… the authentic answer is I don’t worry, because I roll my own everything. I’m cool like that. :sunglasses:

However! I do reference a lot of data sources, sometimes from git repos imported as go modules/git sub-modules/filesystem, and sometimes run into this issue. The reason I lean on git as VCS is because I can then pin to a tag or other release marker, to a version that I know works.

The reason I mirror is because git is meant for sharing, and syncing is surprising efficient. And from my personal experience: a repo is more likely to disappear from the origin repo than break something without me noticing.

Take my advice with a grain of salt, nearly everyone’s site is more complex than mine. I’ve no idea how folks track the various components they import and process and… :dizzy_face:

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Thanks, that’s very interesting!

Definitely something to keep in mind :open_mouth: