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It’s time you pick a theme for your website. This will determine how the content will look to the users. Head over to themes.gohugo.io and choose one!

  • We suggest Academia Hugo as a simple theme for personal websites, where you can showcase your portfolio, resume, and research work.

Academia Theme

Wowchemy Academic

  • The Hugo Dot Theme for knowledge bases and documentation websites, for instance a thesis companion:

Hugo Dot

  • Our brand-new Hugo-TiU theme for open education classes. See below!

Install a Theme

Each theme will have specific installation instructions. However, generally speaking, these are the required steps to set up a theme for your Hugo website:

  1. You’ll need to place the theme folder inside yourwebsitename/themes, usually by cloning the theme repository there.
  2. You’ll need to specify which theme you wish to use in the config.toml, config.yaml, or config.json file that is in the project’s root directory.

This second step may seem unnecessary, but it is there because Hugo allows you to “install” more than one theme - which basically means that you can have more than a theme folder inside yourwebsitename/themes. This is very useful if you want to quickly swap a theme and see how your website would look with a new one.

As a consequence, you need to explicitly tell Hugo (in the configuration file) which theme to use when building the site.

Get Hugo-TiU

Meet Hugo-TiU, our new Hugo open education theme for Tilburg University, based on the original Hugo Book theme! The styling, fonts, and colors are inspired by the official Tilburg University website.



This theme is great for running open education classes. See, for instance, how Prof. Hannes Datta runs his course on Online Data Collection and Management with Hugo-TiU.

We may be biased, but we love our new theme and we encourage you to use it!

How to install Hugo-TiU

Installing Hugo-TiU is easy and similar to any other theme. However, being a custom-made theme, you won’t find it on the official Hugo themes list at themes.gohugo.io. Therefore, you can get it directly from its GitHub repository:

  1. Navigate to your Hugo project’s root directory and run:
git submodule add https://github.com/tilburgsciencehub/hugo-tiu themes/hugo-tiu
  1. Set theme = "hugo-tiu" or theme: hugo-tiu in your configuration file (in config.toml or config.yaml, respectively), either manually or from the command line:
echo theme = "hugo-tiu" >> config.toml
echo theme: hugo-tiu >> config.yaml

Alternatively, you can directly run Hugo and specify the theme as a flag:

hugo server --minify --theme hugo-tiu

That’s it! In the next section, you will learn how to add some content to your website.


A brief recap

Here’s a very short example on how to create a new website from scratch:

hugo new site mydocs; cd mydocs
git init
git submodule add https://github.com/tilburgsciencehub/hugo-tiu themes/hugo-tiu
cp -R themes/hugo-tiu/exampleSite/content .

And then:

hugo server --minify --theme hugo-tiu
Contributed by Andrea Antonacci