My Blog Setup - Bootstrap Blog Repository and CI/CD
As explained in my previous blog post, I have to chose Gitlab Page as it offers seamless experience on setting up my preferred Static Site Generator: Hugo and the necessary CI/CD. The CI/CD is necessary here since the public site is in HTML format, but my blog content will be in a mix of Markdown, HTML, and some templating format stuff. The CI/CD is using Gitlab CI, invoking specific Hugo command to generate all my content to HTML format.
Now, about Gitlab Page itself, this is a feature offering by Gitlab, so everyone can put static content and publish it publicly accessible from:
https://<user>.gitlab.io/<repo-name>, if you chose the Project Site, or
https://<user>.gitlab.io, if you chose the User or Organisation Site
I chose the first option due to the fact I maybe in future will introduce another Gitlab Page and I don’t want to mess my another blog if I chose the second option, since it has common subdomain and prefix.
The public content can be set from certain branch, I chose the default:
Okay, that’s enough for the intermezzo part. So here’s how easy it is to setup Gitlab Page
- Create Gitlab account
Select New Project, and chose Create from Template and chose Pages/Hugo
Set the Project Name to
my-blog. Note that it’s not my blog setup, I chose another project name, and I won’t disclose that information 😛
You can set the repository as private if you want. Then hit “Create” repo button
Now let’s see how it goes
The site is accessible from
https://<user>.gitlab.com/my-blog. In this case, mine is https://bangau1.gitlab.com/my-blog. At the time I write this post, I get 404 not found error.
This is expected by the way, since there’s one specific configuration that needs to be done, that is to change the
config.tomlfile from the template. Change it to the site url, in my case it’s
Normally the CICD pipeline will be triggered and here’s mine
Once the CICD is finished executing, the site is accessible
That’s it, easy right? What do you think about the process overall? Feel free to add any comment/suggestion below 🙏
Next post, I will explain some important Hugo configuration settings, (e.g: change the avatar and favicon, the
frontmatter in Hugo, etc) and how to test it on local environment.