Dream Plus Theme for Hugo

An upgraded version of the Hugo "Dream" theme with tons of new features.

  • "Cards" and "Posts" views for the home page
  • twemoji rendering
  • Table of contents for posts
  • Hugo image processing for faster loading
  • Random image background
  • Multiple author support
  • Disqus
  • Sidebar
  • Share card below posts
  • Licenses for posts
  • Device detection, that is whether the client device is a PC or phone
  • About section can be written in MarkDown
  • Custom 404 pages can be written in MarkDown
  • Custom Favicon
  • RSS Button
  • Custom CSS and JS can be used without modifying the theme
  • More social icons
  • Shorte.st website script, and a lot of other minor improvements

This theme can be used for two purposes:

  1. If you're making a site which links to other sites and your stuff all around the internet, then you can switch to "Cards view" for that. I use this view for my home page here: UtkarshVerma's Site
  2. If you're simply making a blog or another website with a bunch of posts, then switch to the "Posts view" for that. I use this view for my blog: UtkarshVerma's Blog

This project adheres to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct. By participating, you are expected to uphold this code. Please report unacceptable behavior to [email protected].

Live Demo

Table of Contents


The theme can be installed by running the following commands inside your Hugo website folder.

cd themes
git submodule add https://github.com/UtkarshVerma/hugo-dream-plus dream-plus
git submodule update --init --recursive

Getting Started

Once the theme has been successfully installed, you'll have to do a bit of tuning of the theme to meet your taste.

Configure Dream Plus

Within the exampleSite folder, you'll find the config files, cards.toml and posts.toml which can be used to tweak the theme.

You must use these config files as a basis for your site, since they take care of the necessary variable declarations, which you may edit according to your needs.

Describe yourself

Define yourself through the following config variables in params under the author table as shown:

	author = "<name of the author>"
	description = "Short description of the site"
	motto = "author's motto or short description"

	#Leaving the avatar variable unset displays svg avatars
	avatar = "<absolute path to avatar>"

After that, fill up the social variables at the end of the config file. This theme suports the following social sites: (The examples are given)

Social Link Variable Example Initialization
GitHub github github = "username"
Email email email = "[email protected]"
Twitter twitter twitter = "username"
Facebook facebook facebook = "username"
YouTube youtube youtube = "username"
Medium medium medium = "username"
LinkedIn linkedin linkedin = "username"
StackOverflow stackoverflow stackoverflow = "number/username"
CodePen codepen codepen = "username"
Reddit reddit reddit = "username"

These variables have to be in the [social] table of config.toml or its equivalent for YAML or JSON.

	github = "UtkarshVerma"

Once this is done, write up the "About Me" section of your website in Markdown as directed here:Error and About Pages.

Toggling the views

As stated earlier, this theme has two views, Cards view and Posts view. The type of view rendering depends on the type of content you feed to Dream Plus.

  • Having cards folder in /content folder activates Card view.
  • Having posts folder in /content folder activates Post view.

The contentType variable has now been deprecated.

One clear distinction between both the view is that Card view doesn't support posts, instead it redirects to the specified link, while Post view does.
You may test them out yourselves by visiting my sites(stated above) which use them.
Also, post/card creation is done differently for both the views. It is as follows:

hugo new cards/example.md		#Card creation
hugo new posts/example.md		#Post creation

After this, just open your MarkDown card/post and provide the parameters for the card/post.

The background

There are two different ways to configure the background of this theme. These settings are mutually exclusive to each other.

Colors as background

To set a specific background color, do it through the color variable. If you want to set a random combination of colours as your background instead, just leave the color variable unset.

	color = "#13547A"			#Provide a color as hex or rgb equivalent

Images as background

Specify the image which you want to set as the background through the images array. If you prefer a single image background, then simply give a single value to the array. For example:

	images = ["/images/bg1.jpeg"]							#Single image as background
	images = ["/images/bg1.jpeg", "<some other image>"] 	#Multiple images as background

Providing multiple images to the images array enables the random image background feature of Dream Plus, which cycles the background within the given array every time the site is reloaded.
You may also blur the background to a certain extent through the blur variable.

All the background-configuring variables are to be placed inside the backround table under params

	#Random backgrounds
	images = ["/images/bg1.jpeg", "/images/bg2.jpeg", "/images/bg3.jpeg"]
	#Blur the background
	blur = "0.2"

Card covers

The covers for each post-card or card are processed by Dream Plus using Hugo Image Processing for faster website loading times. The lookup paths for the cover file are as stated below:

  • Cards: In the bundle. For example, /content/cards/<card>/cover.<any-extension>
  • Posts: In the images folder inside the bundle. For example, /content/posts/<post>/images/cover.<any-extension>

Specifying the cover image through the frontmatter has now been deprecated.
Card covers can now be defined through the frontmatter through cover key. However image processing won't be applicable on such covers. Also, frontmatter covers are prioritized over image resources, therefore, to make the image resource covers render, you'll have to remove the cover key from the frontmatter first.

You may also modify the image processing process through coverArgs variable in [params.features]. The arguments passed must be for the .Resize function since that's what Dream Plus utilizes. For example,

	coverArgs = "400x300 q50"		#Specify resolution and quality of output image

Device detection

You may configure your website based on the client device by using the isMobile JS variable. It is true when the client device is a mobile and vice versa.

Error and About pages

This theme supports total customization of about and error pages. These pages may be customized through the about.md and 404.md files. Dream Plus reads the above stated files as plain Markdown text and then renders them. Once you've finished writing the files and modifying them according to your needs, paste them in the content folder of your Hugo site.
If you don't want these pages to be built by Hugo and served with their own links such as <website>.<domain>/about or <website>.<domain>/404. Then you can tell Hugo to ignore these through ignoreFiles variable in your config.toml file as follows:

ignoreFiles = ["content/404.md", "content/about.md"]

Custom favicon

You may also set a custom favicon for your website through the favicon config variable under params. For example,

	favicon = "/images/defaultFav.ico"

Shorte.st website script

The Shorte.st website script has been implemented in this theme. To use it, you'll have to configure it through the shortest table under params.

	enabled = true		#Enable shorte.st
	apiToken = ""		#The API Token you received from shorte.st
	domains = [""]		#The domains you want to define

Some other configurations

If you'd like to control the amount of posts/cards a page has, then you may do so using the paginate config variable.

paginate = 4		#Defaults to 10

Also, the tags, when enabled, won't all be displayed on the header and sidebar by default. Only the top 8 tags(article-count-wise) are displayed there to avoid congestion. However it can be overriden using tagLimit variable of [params.tag] table.

	enabled = true
	tagLimit = 10		#Top 10 tags will be displayed
	tagLimit = 0		#Display all tags

There are some other minor configurations as well. You may set them up by referring to the comments inside the config file.


The documentation for this repository is currently under work and is added to this repository's wiki.
Wiki contributions are most welcome. Feel free to ask me about this theme's features for that.

Nearly Finished

After finishing the configurations, you're good to go. So, test your website using:

hugo server

Your site should now be locally available at http://localhost:1313 for testing purposes.

For testing the example site, you'll have to explicitly specify the config file to Hugo. This is done as follows:

#For posts view demo
hugo server --config posts.toml

#For cards view demo
hugo server --config cards.toml