This is an example of how to set up a static site with Hugo on Kinsta’s Static Site Hosting services from a GitHub repository. Alternative methods, such as using CircleCI to deploy Hugo on Static Site Hosting, are also available.

Hugo is one of the fastest static site generators. It focuses on amazing speed and flexibility, and it’s built using GO. More information is available on the website.

You can also use this quick start template on Kinsta’s Application Hosting without any additional configuration. If you use Application Hosting, the Start command can be left blank for the web process as Kinsta automatically detects the required command during the first deployment.

During the deployment process, Kinsta automatically installs dependencies defined in your package.json file.

  1. Log in to GitHub and create a new repository from this template (Use this template > Create a new repository): Kinsta – Hello World – Static Site With Hugo
  2. In MyKinsta, add a static site with the Hello World Hugo repository. The Build settings may auto-populate; check that they match the following and change them if necessary:
    • Build command: npm run build
    • Node version: 18.16.0
    • Publish directory: public

The site is available as soon as the build finishes, and the PaperMod example page loads at your site’s URL.

PaperMod example page after successful deployment of Hugo.
PaperMod example page after successful deployment of Hugo.

Deployment Lifecycle

Whenever a deployment is initiated (through creating a static site or re-deploying due to an incoming commit), the build command is run, followed by the deployment of the Publish Directory content.

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