Steam is a minimal and customizable theme for bloggers and was developed by Tommaso Barbato. He created it as a slightly adapted version of the Vapor Ghost theme by Seth Lilly. Noteworthy features of this Hugo port are the integration of a comment-system either powered by Disqus or Google Plus, the customizable appearance by changing theme colors, support for RSS feeds, syntax highlighting for source code and the optional use of Google Analytics. Enough to read. Let’s take the first steps to get started.
- The config file
- Add links to the navigation
- Customize theme colors
- Nearly finished
Inside the folder of your Hugo site run:
$ mkdir themes $ cd themes $ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:digitalcraftsman/hugo-steam-theme.git
For more information read the official setup guide of Hugo.
The config file
To use it, copy the
config.toml in the root folder of your Hugo site. Feel free to change strings as you like to customize your website.
Add links to the navigation
You can add custom pages like this by adding
menu = "main" in the frontmatter:
+++ date = "2015-08-22" title = "About me" menu = "main" +++
If no document contains menu = “main” in the frontmatter than the navigation will not be shown
Customize theme colors
This theme features four different theme colors (green as default, blue, red and orange) that change the appearance of you Hugo site slightly. Just set the
themeColor variable to the color you like.
Furthermore you can create your own theme. Under
layouts/partials/themes you’ll find a stylesheet template called
custom-theme.html. Customize the colors as you like and save the new theme with the schema
<myNewColor>-theme.html within the same folder. As you can see, the color is the prefix of the stylesheet template. Therefore you just need to set
themeColor in the
configs) to that self-defined prefix.
This theme features a comment system that’s either powered by Disqus or Google Plus. Enable one of those services by setting the
comments variable in the the
googleplus. In order to use Disqus you need to enter your shortname in disqusShortname at the top of the configuration file too.
In order to see your site in action, run Hugo’s built-in local server.
$ hugo server -w
localhost:1313 in the address bar of your browser.
This theme is released under the MIT license. For more information read the License.
Thanks to Steve Francia for creating Hugo and the awesome community around the project.