Tech Friday: Playing with HUGO, a fast static site generator (SSG)

Posted By on October 30, 2020


While doing some “self” tech-oriented education this past week, I ended up distracted after a friend tweeted and shared some information on “static site generators (SSGs)” .. so off down the “HUGO” rabbit hole I went (thanks A LOT Scott, #sarcasm – LINK to his Hugo powered Bilik.Family website).    

I’ve never really worked with any SSGs, but have admired just how efficient websites using them can be. HugoDemoI’ve either created basic websites a page at a time or worked with Content Management Systems (CMS) … so found the information interesting. What is particularly attractive is just how fast, security and efficient they are in servings up the static web pages once generated. Coming from the pre-high speed Internet days, I’ve always work to keep coding clean, image sizes down and video compressed. I’ve worked with, and mostly tinkered with, different cache options on my CMS sites … so making pages faster is right up my alley.

Anyway, after installing HUGO on one of my Linux boxes (HugoDemo), I started thinking about how these static sight generators might be one of the better options for a Raspberry Pi as a home-based webserver. No real purpose for customers yet, but for me it is still a geeky kind-of fun.


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.