April 26, 2018

Introducing Koga (Hugo Theme)


“Koga” is a Hugo theme that I, Yu Koga created from scratch (Don’t judge me for naming it after myself).

So this article is not an introduction about myself, but instead it is a basic tutorial on how to use the Koga theme.


Initial Steps

Install Hugo

If you have not installed Hugo yet, do that now by running the following commands:

brew install hugo

To check that you have successfully installed it, run

hugo version

and it should return the version of hugo you have installed.

Create New Site

hugo new site example

Replace “example” with whatever directory name you like.

Add Theme

cd example
git init
git submodule add https://github.com/yuk0ga/koga.git themes/koga

Again, replace “example” with the directory name you decided to use.


Edit config.toml

Replace the content of config.toml with the following:

theme = "koga"
baseURL = "https://example.com"
languageCode = "en-us"
title = ""
MetaDataFormat = "toml"
pygmentsCodeFences = true
pygmentsUseClasses = true

    tag = "tags"
    category = "categories"
    archive = "archives"

    emailHash = "enter your email hash for gravatar"
    fullName = "your full name here"

      Github = "your github username"
      Facebook = "your facebook username"
      Twitter = "your twitter username"
      Instagram = "your instagram username"


    name = "Home"
    url = "/"
    weight = 1

    identifier = "post"
    name = "Posts"
    url = "/post/"
    weight = 2

    identifier = "categories"
    name = "Categories"
    url = "/categories/"
    weight = 3

    identifier = "tags"
    name = "Tags"
    url = "/tags/"
    weight = 4

    identifier = "archives"
    name = "Archives"
    url = "/archives/"
    weight = 5

Set your baseURL, title, email hash for your Gravatar icon, full name, and social media usernames.

Delete _default.md in archetypes

Run the following command:

rm -rf archetypes/_default.md

Create Directory “static/images”

mkdir static/images

Put any image you use inside static/images, and refer to any of them using the url: “static/images/image.png”

Add CNAME file (For custom domains)

vi static/CNAME

Creating Contents

Add your bio

hugo new about.md

In about.md, set the archetype title to whatever catchcopy you wish to use, and add a short bio of yourself as the content.

Add a Project

hugo new project/whatever.md

In the project markdown file, set the following:

All fields are predefined as a frontmatter, so all you have to do is fill in the blanks.

Create an Article

hugo new post/whatever.md

Table of Contents

If you wish to enable table of contents for your post, be sure to delete

toc = false

from the frontmatter.


Use the figure shortcode to add images to your Article. For example:

# surround this code with another set of curly braces {}
{< figure class="img-80" src="https://media-cdn.mag2.com/p/news/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/20171103_katsudon-650x401.jpg" title="美味しそうなカツ丼" >}

Will result into:



To include some code snippets, simply surround the code with triple backticks like this:

cat config.toml

This will be rendered as:

cat config.toml