Hugo’s default RSS template publishes an unlimited number of items and shows a summary rather than full content. Also, the feed URL and the content Hugo generates vary depending on the active page’s content type – post, page, section, category or tag.
After nine years on a self-hosted WordPress platform, I’m now running this site on Hugo, an open-source static site generator. I’ve migrated the blog posts and static pages, removed obsolete material along the way, and updated the post categories. I dropped featured images from blog posts, mainly to save time in the content migration, so the site does look, well, minimal. Colour and imagery may return in the future but I’m happy with the stark feel for now.
Earlier this week, when sharing a post from The Perfect Twang to Facebook, I noticed that none of the post images appeared in the link preview.
Learning a blogging platform outside the WordPress domain has been on my mind for a while. I’ve been working with WordPress sites as an author, editor or general maintenance man, for ten years now and I felt it was time to expand my horizons. I researched static site generators and settled on Hugo as a new platform to learn. Aside from learning a new technology, another reason for moving the blog to a static site generator is that my WordPress sites just seem so slow these days, despite optimising and aggressively caching where I can.