Hugo provides the functionality to quickly get a site, theme or page started.
Want to get a site built quickly?
$ hugo new site path/to/site
Hugo will create all the needed directories and files to get started quickly.
Hugo will only touch the files and create the directories (in the right places), configuration and content are up to you… but luckily we have builders for content (see below).
Want to design a new theme?
$ hugo new theme THEME_NAME
Run from your working directory, this will create a new theme with all the needed files in your themes directory. Hugo will provide you with a license and theme.toml file with most of the work done for you.
Follow the Theme Creation Guide once the builder is done.
You will use this builder the most of all. Every time you want to create a new piece of content, the content builder will get you started right.
Leveraging content archetypes the content builder will not only insert the current date and appropriate metadata, but it will pre-populate values based on the content type.
$ hugo new relative/path/to/content
This assumes it is being run from your working directory and the content path starts from your content directory. Now, Hugo watches your content directory by default and rebuilds your entire website if any change occurs.