These two upstream projects have done awesome jobs to create a blog theme, what I’m doing here is porting it to Hugo, of which I like the simplicity and the much faster compiling speed. Some other features which I think could be useful, such as site search with algolia and proxy for Disqus access in China, have also been built in the CleanWhite theme. Other fancy features of upstream projects are not supported by this Hugo theme, I’d like to make it as simple as possible and only focus on blog purpose, at least for now.
While I created this theme, I followed the Hugo theme best practice and tried to make every part of the template as a replaceable partial html, so it could be much easier for you to make your customization based on it.
Go to the directory where you have your Hugo site and run:
$ mkdir themes
$ cd themes
$ git clone https://github.com/zhaohuabing/hugo-theme-cleanwhite.git
If your site is already a git project, you may want to choose to add the cleanwhite theme as a submodule to avoid messing up your existing git repository.
If you start from scratch, there is a working Hugo site configured with the CleanWhite theme in the exampleSite directory. You can use it as a starting point for your site.
For more information read the official setup guide of Hugo
First, let’s take a look at the config.toml. It will be useful to learn how to customize your site. Feel free to play around with the settings.
The optional comments system is powered by Disqus. If you want to enable comments, create an account in Disqus and write down your shortname.
disqusShortname = "your-disqus-short-name"
You can disable the comments system by leaving the disqusShortname empty.
Disqus in China
Disqus is inaccessible in China. To get it to work, we can set up a proxy with disqus-php-api in a host which sets between the client browser and the Disqus server. The idea is that if Disqus can be reached in the guest network, the blog page will show the original Disqus comments UI, otherwise, it will downgrade and use the proxy to access the Disqus, the UI will be a little different, but the visitors can still write their comments on the page.
The client side java script has already been integrated to CleanWhite them, but you need to set up a proxy server yourself.
Set the proxy server address in the site config file of your Hugo project.
disqus_proxy = "http://yourdisqusproxy.com"
Site Search with Algolia
Follow this tutorial to create your index in Algolia. The index is just the storage of the indexing data of your site in the the cloud . The search page of CleanWhite theme will utilize this indexing data to do the search.
Go to the directory where you have your Hugo site and run the following commands:
$ npm init
$ npm install atomic-algolia --save
Next, open up the newly created package.json, where we’ll add an NPM script to update your index at Algolia. Find “scripts”, and add the following:
Algolia index output format has already been supported by the CleanWhite theme, so you can just build your site, then you’ll find a file called algolia.json in the root, which we can use to update your index in Algolia.
Generate index file:
Create a new file in the root of your Hugo project called .env, and add the following contents: