Migrating from Jekyll/Github to Hugo/Netlify

I recently migrated my Jekyll Github Page to Hugo, deployed on Netlify. I jotted down a few things that will save me (or someone running into similar issues) time in the future.

Build v. deploy environments

In netlify.toml, make sure that HUGO_VERSION is set to the correct version you're building with locally. I'm building with locally with R, so I use:

blogdown::hugo_version()
[1] ‘0.61.0’

Creating a custom theme

An annoying error that took me a while to figure out was caused by a custom theme I created in /themes/academic/data/themes/my_custom_theme.toml.

9:31:27 AM: ERROR 2019/12/29 17:31:27 Transformation failed: SCSS processing failed: file "stdin", line 14, col 15: Invalid CSS after "$sta-primary:": expected expression (e.g. 1px, bold), was "<no value>;"

Moving the theme to /data/themes/ solved the problem. For future reference, this is where user-defined themes live.


Featured posts

I also wanted to include a featured posts section for my blog, but hide the overall blog from the main page, and link to it from the featured posts page. To accomplish this, I created a featured widget, /content/home/featured-posts.md, with page_type = "post". Then I added a bit of CSS after the front matter:

<style>
  div.absolute {
    position: absolute;
    width: 100%;
    bottom: 0px;
  } 
</style>

And a link to all the posts on the posts page (inactive):

<div class="absolute"><a href="http://www.richpauloo.com/post/">SEE ALL POSTS >></a></div>

And a corresponding menu link in menus.toml:

[[main]]
  name = "Blog"
  url = "#featured-posts"
  weight = 40

Image gallery captions

According to the docs (at the time of writing), captions for gallery items in a page bundle are specified at the end of the TOML:

gallery_item:
- album: <ALBUM FOLDER>
  image: <IMAGE NAME>.jpg
  caption: Write your image caption here

When in fact, this is the form that works:

[[gallery_item]]
  album = "<ALBUM FOLDER>"
  image = "<IMAGE NAME>.jpg"
  caption = "My caption."

Helpful link here.

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Rich Pauloo, PhD
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My interests include data science, hydrology, geology, physical simulation, building simple solutions to complex problems, and expedition behavior.