AJonP Hugo Ionic Template



Alex Patterson


Last Updated: 3/24/2021

Just a little donation reminder as Hugo says "Hugo stands on the shoulder of many great open source libraries", as does many of my tutorials. Brew Hugo

Hugo Getting Started

Checkout the guide at gohugo.io. My guides will always be on a Mac, but I will always try to provide a link for additional operating systems.

Lesson Steps

  1. Install Hugo
  2. Create new Hugo site
  3. Start Using AJonP Template

Lesson 2 (required for Algolia)

Please chekcout Lesson: Hugo Ionic for the next set of features 1. Victor Hugo 1. Deploy

Install Hugo


If you are like me and just bought a new Mac, you probaly are taking brew for granted and think it is just there right ????! Well first you can head over to brew.sh they will tell you to run

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)" 


brew install hugo 

Create new Hugo site

hugo new site 4-hugo-ionic cd 4-hugo-ionic 

At this point you will notice that the project remains pretty empty in a generic skeleton.

Hugo Skeleton

It only has two files config.toml and archetypes/default.md

If you run hugo serve right now, you will see a blank screen as there is no content to show.


Adding this to the base of our site will be used for setting up the Home Page. This is the only required page you will ever need to build a Hugo based site. Please keep in mind that this is still a


You could make an entire site here if you wanted. 

Again if you run hugo serve right now, you will see a blank screen as there is no content to show.



This is markdown for the Homepage 

I know this is getting a little frustrating! Again if you run hugo serve right now, you will see a blank screen as there is no content to show.

Update Index.html

This will be the first page that will show anything in the browser!


 {{ .Content }} 

Now run the command hugo serve and you will see a page that has

First markdown sample

Making a Point

Now I wanted to walk you through all of that to show 1. The steps really necessary to make a Hugo site 1. Prove that laying out a site from scratch is time consuming

Start Using AJonP Template

Theme Download Location

You can find the link on Hugo's Theme site https://themes.gohugo.io/ajonp-hugo-ionic/

Directly from github

Git integraiton

Clone (Easy, not updated)

git clone https://github.com/AJONPLLC/ajonp-hugo-ionic themes/ajonp-hugo-ionic 

Submodule (Better, updated)

git submodule add https://github.com/AJONPLLC/ajonp-hugo-ionic themes/ajonp-hugo-ionic 

Adding the submodule will allow you to receive all of the updates that you want, or lock into a specific commit to run your site from. Then later you are able to run

git submodule update --remote --merge 

Theme Benefits

Now you should have a new folder in themes/ajonp-hugo-ionic. This has the full theme including an example site found in themes/ajonp-hugo-ionic/exampleSite


Ionic Theming

Taking things a step further you can change any of the colors on the site by using Ionic's Color Generator.

Here is a Hugo inspired look.

Color Generator

Just copy the CSS Variables it produces into static/css/custom.css

:root {
  --ion-color-primary: #ff387d;
  --ion-color-primary-rgb: 255, 56, 125;
  --ion-color-primary-contrast: #ffffff;
  --ion-color-primary-contrast-rgb: 255, 255, 255;
  --ion-color-primary-shade: #e0316e;
  --ion-color-primary-tint: #ff4c8a;
  --ion-color-secondary: #0d171f;
  --ion-color-secondary-rgb: 13, 23, 31;
  --ion-color-secondary-contrast: #ffffff;
  --ion-color-secondary-contrast-rgb: 255, 255, 255;
  --ion-color-secondary-shade: #0b141b;
  --ion-color-secondary-tint: #252e35;
  --ion-color-tertiary: #2cb286;
  --ion-color-tertiary-rgb: 44, 178, 134;
  --ion-color-tertiary-contrast: #000000;
  --ion-color-tertiary-contrast-rgb: 0, 0, 0;
  --ion-color-tertiary-shade: #279d76;
  --ion-color-tertiary-tint: #41ba92;
  --ion-color-success: #10dc60;
  --ion-color-success-rgb: 16, 220, 96;
  --ion-color-success-contrast: #ffffff;
  --ion-color-success-contrast-rgb: 255, 255, 255;
  --ion-color-success-shade: #0ec254;
  --ion-color-success-tint: #28e070;
  --ion-color-warning: #ffce00;
  --ion-color-warning-rgb: 255, 206, 0;
  --ion-color-warning-contrast: #ffffff;
  --ion-color-warning-contrast-rgb: 255, 255, 255;
  --ion-color-warning-shade: #e0b500;
  --ion-color-warning-tint: #ffd31a;
  --ion-color-danger: #f04141;
  --ion-color-danger-rgb: 245, 61, 61;
  --ion-color-danger-contrast: #ffffff;
  --ion-color-danger-contrast-rgb: 255, 255, 255;
  --ion-color-danger-shade: #d33939;
  --ion-color-danger-tint: #f25454;
  --ion-color-dark: #222428;
  --ion-color-dark-rgb: 34, 34, 34;
  --ion-color-dark-contrast: #ffffff;
  --ion-color-dark-contrast-rgb: 255, 255, 255;
  --ion-color-dark-shade: #1e2023;
  --ion-color-dark-tint: #383a3e;
  --ion-color-medium: #989aa2;
  --ion-color-medium-rgb: 152, 154, 162;
  --ion-color-medium-contrast: #ffffff;
  --ion-color-medium-contrast-rgb: 255, 255, 255;
  --ion-color-medium-shade: #86888f;
  --ion-color-medium-tint: #a2a4ab;
  --ion-color-light: #f4f5f8;
  --ion-color-light-rgb: 244, 244, 244;
  --ion-color-light-contrast: #000000;
  --ion-color-light-contrast-rgb: 0, 0, 0;
  --ion-color-light-shade: #d7d8da;
  --ion-color-light-tint: #f5f6f9;

Theme updates

I usee the theme for AJonP so it may change (you can always stay at a commit), but please contact me on Slack or Pull request on Github.