Introduction theme for Hugo

Introduction is a minimalist, highly-versatile theme for Hugo. It can be configured as a single page, or as a full-featured site with multiple sections. It is multilingual, responsive, and includes a light and dark theme.


  • Multilingual - supports side-by-side content in different language versions
  • Custom index page sections from Markdown files
  • Projects and Blog sections
  • Page load fade-in CSS effect and smooth scrolling to anchor links
  • Straightforward customization via config.toml
  • Styled Markdown throughout with syntax highlighting


  • Sass files included with instant compiling to CSS thanks to Hugo Pipes and PostCSS
  • Thoughtful use of Sass variables makes creating new colour schemes easy

Getting started


  • Extended version of Hugo (latest version recommended)
  • To make changes to the theme CSS:

Get the theme

Run from the root of your Hugo site:

$ git clone themes/introduction

Alternatively, you can include this repository as a git submodule. This makes it easier to update this theme if you have your Hugo site in git as well:

$ git submodule add themes/introduction

Preview the theme

Introduction ships with an fully configured example site. For a quick preview:

cd exampleSite/
hugo serve  --themesDir ../..

Then visit http://localhost:1313/ in your browser to view the example site.

Add content

The following explains how to add content to your Hugo site. You can find sample content in the exampleSite/ folder.

Introduction section


hugo new home/

The title frontmatter will be the first large heading.

The content of will be shown as a subtitle line.

You might want to set headless to true in the frontmatter. See headless bundles for more information.

Home page

Content for the home page lives under content/home/. You may add as many files as you want to in markdown format.

Each markdown file will show as a section on the home page and can be ordered by the weight value in the file's frontmatter. You can set image to show an image on the left side of the section. The image file must be in the content/home/ folder.

You may add a contact section by creating

hugo new home/

This will always be shown as the last section on the home page.

Projects section

Introduction provides an easy way to showcase your projects. Each project can even have its own gallery, shown as an image carousel.

Start by creating an index file for the projects section:

hugo new projects/

Add a title and some optional content to the file.
Add an optional weight for ordering projects section.

To create a project, run:

hugo new projects/YourProjectName/

The frontmatter of your new file contains some comments to help your configure your project.

You can set external_link to make the project link to another website.

Add images to your project by placing image files in the YourProjectName/ folder. If you add more then one photo, they will display as a carousel gallery. Images will be ordered by filename. The first image will be shown as the project preview image. You can change the order of your images by adding a weight to that resource's parameters:

    - src: NameOfYourImage.jpg
          weight: -100

Blog section

Create an index file for the blog:

hugo new blog/

Add an optional weight for ordering blog section on your homepage

Create a new blog post with:

hugo new blog/

Posts will also display in the Blog section of the home page.

Configure your site

From exampleSite/, copy config.toml to the root folder of your Hugo site and change the fields as you like. Helpful comments are provided.

Multilingual Mode

Introduction currently ships with support for English, German, Spanish and French. Contributions for other language translations are welcome.

To create a new language translation, add the .toml file to the i18n/ folder. See the existing files for the necessary fields.

See the hugo documentation for more details.

Introduction contains a default menu. If you want to override this, you can do so by defining a menu.main in config.toml.

Google Analytics

Set googleAnalytics in config.toml to activate Hugo's internal Google Analytics template.


Set disqusshortname in config.toml to activate Hugo's internal Disqus template.

Custom css

You can add custom css files by placing them under assets/ and adding the path to the file to customCSS in config.toml.


If you have a question or get stuck, please open an issue for help and to help those who come after you. The more information you can provide, the better!