Mainroad is a responsive, simple, clean and content-focused Hugo theme based on the MH Magazine lite WordPress theme by MH Themes.


  • Hugo internal templates (Open Graph, Twitter Cards, Disqus, Google Analytics)
  • Responsive menu
  • Secondary menus
  • SVG icons
  • Theme options (Sidebar position, Author Box, Post Navigation) available through config.toml file parameters
  • Table of Contents
  • MathJax

Browser support:

  • Desktop: IE11+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari
  • Mobile: Android browser (on Android 4.4+), Safari (on iOS 7+), Google Chrome, Opera mini

Other browsers (like Opera on Blink engine) are also supported, but not tested.


In your Hugo site themes directory, run:

$ git clone

Next, open config.toml in the base of the Hugo site and ensure the theme option is set to mainroad:

theme = "mainroad"

For more information read the official setup guide of Hugo.


Config.toml example

baseurl = "/"
title = "Mainroad"
languageCode = "en-us"
paginate = "10" # Number of posts per page
theme = "mainroad"
disqusShortname = "" # Enable comments by entering your Disqus shortname
googleAnalytics = "" # Enable Google Analytics by entering your tracking id

[Author] # Used in authorbox
  name = "John Doe"
  bio = "John Doe's true identity is unknown. Maybe he is a successful blogger or writer. Nobody knows it."
  avatar = "img/avatar.png"

  subtitle = "Just another site" # Subtitle of your site. Used in site header
  description = "John Doe's Personal blog about everything" # Site description. Used in meta description
  #copyright = "John Doe" # copyright holder, otherwise will use site title
  opengraph = true # Enable OpenGraph if true
  twitter_cards = true # Enable Twitter Cards if true
  readmore = false # Show "Read more" button in list if true
  authorbox = true # Show authorbox at bottom of pages if true
  toc = true # Enable Table of Contents
  post_navigation = true # Show post navigation at bottom of pages if true
  post_meta = ["date", "categories", "translations"] # Order of post meta information
  #mainSections = ["post", blog", "news"] # specify section pages to show on home page and the "Recent articles" widget
  #dateformat = "2006-01-02" # change the format of dates
  #mathjax = true # Enable MathJax
  #mathjaxPath = "" # Specify MathJax path
  #mathjaxConfig = "TeX-AMS-MML_HTMLorMML" # Specify MathJax config
  customCSS = ["css/custom.css"] # Include custom CSS files

  home = "right" # Configure layout for home page
  list = "left"  # Configure layout for list pages
  single = false # Configure layout for single pages
  # Enable widgets in given order
  widgets = ["search", "recent", "categories", "taglist", "social", "languages"]

  recent_num = 5 # Set the number of articles in the "Recent articles" widget
  tags_counter = false # Enable counter for each tag in "Tags" widget (disabled by default)

  # Enable parts of social widget
  facebook = "username"
  twitter = "username"
  instagram = "username"
  linkedin = "username"
  telegram = "username"
  github = "username"
  gitlab = "username"
  bitbucket = "username"
  email = "[email protected]"

A good idea is not copy double check all the Configuration settings of Minimo.

Front Matter example

title: "Example article title"
date: "2017-08-21"
description: "Example article description"
thumbnail: "img/placeholder.jpg" # Optional, thumbnail
lead: "Example lead - highlighted near the title"
comments: false # Enable/disable Disqus comments. Default value: true
authorbox: true # Enable authorbox for specific post
toc: true # Optional, enable Table of Contents for specific post
mathjax: true # Optional, enable MathJax for specific post
  - "Category 1"
  - "Category 2"
  - "Test"
  - "Another test"
menu: main # Optional, add page to a menu. Options: main, side, footer

For more information about front matter variables read Hugo Front Matter from Hugo official documentation.

Mainroad comes with a configurable sidebar that can be on the left, on the right, or disabled. The default layout can be specified in the [Params.sidebar] section of the configuration. The position can be specified for home, list and single pages individually. Use the keys home, list and single with values "left", "right" or false. The layout can be configured per page, by setting the sidebar parameter with one of the same values in the page's front matter.

The sidebar consists of multiple widgets. Widgets can be enabled individually using the widgets key with a list of widget names as value. You can add your own widgets, by placing a template under layouts/partials/widgets/<name>.html. The list of widgets can be overwritten from a page's front matter.

Some widget respect optional configuration. Have a look at the [Params.widgets] and [] sections in the example configuration above.

Mainroad supports multiple menus. The main menu is fully responsive and displayed right under the site header. The secondary menus side and footer are displayed in a sidebar widget and the page footer. In order to add a page to a menu, add a menu = <menu> parameter to the pages frontmatter. You can also add a page to many menus by providing a list, e.g. menu = [main, side, footer]. Don't forget to enable the sidemenu widget in the widget configuration if you want to use the side menu.

Sidenote: Please keep in mind that Mainroad menus don't support nested items (submenus).