What will you need

Creating a GitLab Page

It is as easy as clone an example GitLab Page Hugo example as the base for your own blog or homepage.

  • Go to https://gitlab.com/pages/hugo and fork the project to your GitLab account


  • In your new repository, remove the fork relationship (Settings > General > Advanced > Remove fork relationship)

    remove fork

  • Make sure your have the Shared Runners enabled (Settings > CI/CD > Runners)

    shared runners

  • Trigger a build to check if everything is OK (Repositories > Files > README.md > Edit, change something in the file and Commit changes)

    trigger build

  • Check if a job executed with success (CI / CD > Jobs)


  • Check if the page is up and running using the link in Settings > Pages > Access pages

  • Rename the project name (Settings > General > Naming, topics, avatar > Project name)

  • Rename the repository (Settings > General > Advanced > Change path)


  • Check if the page url changed and it’s still working (Settings > Pages > Access pages)

Installing Hugo

In my case I’m using Arch Linux and it was as easy as:

yay -S hugo

Setup up your local environment

  • Clone your page
mkdir ~/www/mypage
cd ~/www/mypage
git clone https://gitlab.com/youruser/youruser.gitlab.io
  • Add the public directorie to your gitignore
echo "/public" >> .gitignore
git submodule add https://github.com/rhazdon/hugo-theme-hello-friend-ng.git themes/hello-friend-ng
  • Configure your site
vim config.toml
baseurl = "https://youruser.gitlab.io/"
title = "My homepage"

DefaultContentLanguage = "en"

theme = "hello-friend-ng"

PygmentsCodeFences = true
PygmentsStyle = "monokai"

copyright = '<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CC BY-NC 4.0</a>'

enableRobotsTXT = false
enableGitInfo = false
enableEmoji     = true
enableMissingTranslationPlaceholders = false
disableRSS     = false
disableSitemap = false
disable404     = false
disableHugoGeneratorInject = false

  posts = "/posts/:year/:month/:title/"

  name = "my name"
  avatar = "static/my_avatar.png"

  tag      = "tags"
  category = "categories"

  dateform        = "January 2, 2006"
  dateformShort   = "Jan 2"
  dateformNum     = "2006-01-02"
  dateformNumTime = "2006-01-02 15:04 +0000"

  lastModDisplay = "Modified:"
  disableReadOtherPosts = false

  description = "my description"
  keywords = "homepage, blog"
  images = [""]

  contentTypeName = "posts"

  defaultTheme = "dark"

  showReadingTime = false

    logoText     = "$ cd ~"
    logoHomeLink = "/"
    # logoCursorDisabled = true
    logoCursorColor    = "#5e81ac"
    logoCursorAnimate  = "1s"

    name = "email"
    url  = "mailto:me@mymail.com"

    name = "twitter"
    url  = "https://twitter.com/myuser"

    identifier = "whoami"
    name       = "whoami"
    url        = "/page/about"
    identifier = "posts"
    name       = "posts"
    url        = "posts/"
  • Run your new site in http://localhost:1313/
hugo server -D

Push your changes to GitLab

cd ~/www/mypage
git add .
git commit
git push

How to create new posts

  • Create a new post using Hugo
cd ~/www/mypage
hugo new posts/my-first-post.md
  • Add your text, and don’t forget to change to ‘draft: false’ after finising
vim content/posts/my-first-post.md
title: "My first post"
date: 2020-04-13T21:19:55+01:00
draft: false
toc: false
  - tag1
  - tag2
## A header


How to create other pages

  • Create markdown files in content/page
cd ~/www/mypage
mkdir content/page/
vim content/page/about.md
  • In you config.toml you can add the page (no need for the .md extension)
    identifier = "about"
    name       = "about"
    url        = "/page/about"

Using your own domain

  • Add you domain name (Settings > Pages > New Domain)


  • Follow the given instructions to add the DNS and Verification records in your domain registrar