Featured Content, Page Summary, Link Texts with Hugo

Promoting certain articles on the front page of your Hugo managed site will be the next step after creating some content. You will need a summary for each such page, and a text that will appear in links – a link title.

Yes, a page can have more than one title. There are linkTitle and title front matter parameters, and there are corresponding {{.LinkTitle}} and {{.Title}} template variables. Always define a title in the front matter, and always use {{.LinkTitle}} in templates for the link text. If linkTitle is not defined, {{.LinkTitle}} will fall back to the value of title. {{.Title }} template variable should be used for HTML <title> tag only.

This way, you can have different link text and HTML <title> for a page, if need be.

Summary (or Summaries)

Typically, you need a summary of an article – to feature it on your front page. Using page bundles allows for a flexible solution. Decide, what you would call the summary files in your project (summary.md sounds particularly creative), fetch it as you would fetch any other page resource, and include its content where needed:

{{- with .Resources.GetMatch "summary.md" -}} 
{{- .Content -}} 
{{- end -}} 

The translations will be picked according to the language of the page, of course, so for index.ru.md the summary.ru.md will be looked up.

This approach also allows to even have multiple summaries if need be.

Hugo docs on summaries suggests a few other approaches, but I like mine better.

Selecting What to Feature

You need a way to select a few articles for the front page. I find using tags and weights the simplest solution.

By default, Hugo creates two taxonomies : categories and tags. We shall make use of tags in this example. You can create any number of tags for any page in the front matter. For our particular purpose, we need to agree on some special tag names, and then use them as filters. If we agree that featured means exposure as a big box on the front page, then in the front matter of the page include:

- featured
# ... other tags

Since taxonomies have their own listing pages, we can get our ‘featured’ articles by fetching a list page for the tag ‘featured’, and then iterating over the included pages, which will be first ordered by their weight, unless you define otherwise .

{{- with .GetPage "tags/featured" -}} 
{{- range .Pages  -}} 

... deal with a featured page ...

{{- end}}

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