Edit your site
This quick tutorial will explore how to customize the Academic starter template. You may also find it useful for customizing other templates.
Table of Contents
Choose the right color theme for you
Check out the color themes and have fun choosing a style you love.
Once you have settled on a color theme, edit your
config/_default/params.yaml file in a text editor, such as the online GitHub editor, and set the
theme option to the name of the chosen theme.
Your theme comes with a font set to style your titles and text, but you may choose to override it by specifying one of the available font sets with the
- Minimal (modern)
- Classic (original Academic v1 style)
- Rose (traditional serif)
- Mr Robot (futuristic)
The font size may be adjusted from XS (extra small) to XL (extra large) with the
Don’t worry if you are not 100% happy with the colors or font yet, as these can be fully customized later.
Choose the right layout for you
Wowchemy has a layout for you whether you are you creating a website for your CV, academic research, blog, course, lab, business, photography, portfolio, or restaurant!
What kind of content would you like to publish? Wowchemy supports:
- Pages: any general content
- Widget Pages: pages that can consist of numerous widgets, such as the homepage
- Posts: blog posts or news
- Publications: import your research publications from BibTeX
- Online Courses: share knowledge online
- Projects: publish your portfolio or projects
- Notes: collaborate on content across notebooks, sections, and pages
- Software Documentation: document your software projects
- Talks/Events: publish any talks which you are presenting
- Slides: write slides very efficiently with Markdown, present them at your talk, and share them online
Once you have decided on the type of content that you would like to publish, take a look at the available homepage widgets and consider which ones would be most relevant to you.
Then, open your
content/home/ folder and set the
active parameter to either
false for each widget depending on if you wish to display it or not. Widgets that you don’t need can alternatively be deleted rather than setting
false. You can also add more instances of widgets, such as to show blog posts or publications with specific tags, or to add more Blank widgets with your own custom content and design.
Next, let’s position the widgets according to your preference. To move a widget up or down, increase or decrease the value of the
weight parameter in each widget which you activated. The widgets will be ordered in ascending order of these weights and there is no need for the weights to be consecutive numbers.
content/home/folder is empty, populate it from the example site.
After selecting a theme and a layout, make it your own.
The core parameters for the website can be edited in the
Edit your personal/business details under the Contact Details section:
- Any details entered here will be displayed in the Contact widget (if used)
- For organizations, some contact details (such as phone) may be used to enrich search results (such as on Google)
- To hide a contact field, simply clear the value to
""or comment the line out by prefixing it with a hash (
- The contact form can be configured separately in the front matter of the Contact widget itself
If you are an organization or project,
- edit your
site_typeto reflect the nature of your business
- add your organization or project name under
- save your logo image as
logo.pngand upload the image to the
assets/media/folder, creating the
mediafolders if they don’t already exist at the root of your site
Enable rich content for your site under the Site Features section. If you write technical content, consider enabling the following options, otherwise set these options to
- Code syntax highlighting with
highlight = true
- LaTeX math with
math = true
- Mermaid diagram drawing with
diagram = true
privacy.md file in your
content folder and remove any
draft option from the front matter to publish it.
Similarly, to add Legal Terms, create a
terms.md file. Links to these documents will automatically appear in your site footer.
By default, a superuser is created with the username admin and corresponding user profile located at
content/authors/admin/_index.md. Let’s open this file in a text editor and edit this file to make it your profile:
- Add your display name (typically your full name) to the
- Add your role/position or tagline to the
- Write a brief sentence to describe yourself in the
biofield - this can appear in the list of authors after the page content
- Edit the
organizationsthat you are affiliated with, or set this to
to hide it
- List your interests or hobbies in
interests, or set this to
to hide it
- List your main qualifications using the
- These blocks can be created or deleted as required
- To hide qualifications, delete these blocks or comment out the lines by prefixing them with a hash (
- Add your social or academic networking links
- These are defined as instances of
socialand can be created or deleted as required
- These are defined as instances of
Now let’s add a biography or some fun facts about you after the front matter (i.e. after the last
--- line). You can utilize Markdown and shortcodes for formatting.
To display an avatar, place a square cropped portrait photo named
avatar into your profile folder at
content/authors/admin/, overwriting the example image. Alternatively, if you have an existing Gravatar/Wordpress avatar, you can use it by setting
config/_default/params.yaml and entering your associated
content/authors/admin/_index.md. Note that you can delete the example
avatar image to disable the avatar feature.
Once you have setup your account, your username can be referenced in the
authors field in the front matter of content, as per the demo post.
Your display name, entered in your user profile, will then automatically appear in the page metadata. You can also enter additional names in the
authors field of pages, with the option to create a user profile for them too if you wish. If a user profile doesn’t exist for an author, their name will appear exactly as you entered it in the front matter.
adminfolder. Usernames must be lowercase with any spaces replaced with hyphens (
authorfield of the About widget (
content/home/about.md) and the
authorsfield in the front matter of any pages which reference that user.
The navigation menu can be edited in the
[[main]] entries define the navigation links at the top of the website. They can be added or removed as desired, based on the layout which you chose above.
To link to a section of the homepage, use the form
<section-filename> is the filename (without .md extension). For example,
#posts references a section with filename
posts.md. You can rename your section files in
content/home/, just remember to use a dash (
-) instead of spaces in the filename.
identifier = "a-unique-reference"to the parent item and
parent = "a-unique-reference"to the child item, replacing
a-unique-referencewith a unique reference of your choice.
Read more about the underlying Hugo menu system here.
Add your content
Refer to our guide on managing content to create your own content such as blog posts, publications, online courses, talks, and projects etc.
Remove any unused example pages
Tidy up your site by deleting any unused pages leftover from the example template.
_index.mdfiles (notice the underscore prefix) as they configure the archive page for each content type (e.g. an index of all your blog posts).
Your Markdown-based site structure will be similar to:
- 📄 LICENSE.md
- 📄 README.md
- 📄 academic.Rproj - (optional) For RStudio users, otherwise can be deleted
- 📁 assets
- 📁 config
- 📄 config.yaml - (optional) a dummy file for RStudio compatibility - non-RStudio users can delete
- 📁 content
- 📁 authors - user profiles
- 📁 home - your homepage - personalize the homepage with widgets
- 📁 post
- 📄 _index.md - (optional) an archive of blog posts
- 📁 publication
- 📄 _index.md - (optional) an archive of publications
- 📁 talk
- 📄 _index.md - (optional) an archive of talks
- 📄 terms.md - (optional) your site’s terms and conditions
- 📁 data
- 📄 page_sharer.toml - (optional) customize social sharing buttons
- 📄 netlify.toml - (optional) defines Hugo version for deploying with Netlify
- 📁 scripts - (optional) scripts to maintain the template repository - can be deleted
- 📁 static
- 📁 admin - (optional) your Netlify CMS admin panel
- 📄 update_academic.sh - (optional) a script to help update Academic
- 📄 view.sh - (optional) a script to view your site locally
View your site
If you installed on your computer with Git or ZIP, view your new website by running the
hugo server command.
If you installed using RStudio, run
blogdown::serve_site() to preview your site in your web browser. We recommend previewing your site in your normal web browser as the in-built RStudio web browser is outdated and buggy.
Now visit localhost:1313 and your new Academic powered website will appear. Otherwise, if using Netlify, they will provide you with your URL.
Deploy your site
Before deploying your site, there are some final options we can set in
titleto your desired website title, such as your name or business name
baseurlto your website URL (this can be provided by your host such as Netlify)
- You can make a great impression on your visitors with your own custom domain name
- If you don’t have your URL/domain yet, come back to add it later - some features may not fully function until it is added
Publish your site to the world by following the deployment steps.
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