Hugo Paradigm


Hugo Paradigm

Our most flexible theme yet. Create dynamic pages using a library of repeatable front-matter sections which can be placed in any order.

  • Hugo Version: 0.80.0
  • Theme Version: 1.3
  • Updated: Mar 20, 2021
  • License: Pro
  • Price: $79 USD

Theme features

Built from the ground up, Hugo Paradigm provides a completely new way of building pages using front-matter sections.

Section Builder

Below is a code excerpt (trimmed down) of the front-matter. Notice each of the - template sections. The sections are designed to be reusable sections and can be placed in any order. Each section comes with configuration dozens of options.

title: Home
date: 2020-03-22
headerTransparent: false
- template: hero
    theme: base
    heading: "Hugo Paradigm"
    subHeading: "A premium Hugo theme with a flexible layout system."
  alignHorizontal: left
    image: "/images/nastuh-abootalebi-yWwob8kwOCk-unsplash-800.jpg"
    borderRadius: true
    shadow: true
- template: grid
  contentType: partners
  sortBy: weight
  align: center
  columns: 2
    partial: card-image-only
- template: info
    theme: base-offset
  heading: "Repeat, reorder and insert sections anywhere"
  description: "Use info sections to place configurable image, text and button blocks.
    Alternate image alignment or hide the image altogether, it still looks great."
  align: right
  image: "images/freddy-do-hgbyl2H0zRU-unsplash-800.jpg"

Key Theme Features

  • Page builder like functionality using front-matter sections
  • Fully responsive design
  • Dark mode
  • Fully themeable, edit the themes.json to add new themes
  • 100 Speed / 100 SEO / 100 Best Practices / 100 Accessibility scores in Google Lighthouse
  • SEO Optimised
  • Configure dozens of settings in the config.toml and data/layout.yaml

Content Types

  • Custom Page (Markdown + Front-matter Sections)
  • Homepage (uses Custom Page)
  • Blog (Markdown)

Section Types

Insert these sections anywhere in a Custom Page

  • Hero (Front-matter section)
  • Info (Front-matter section)
  • Grid (Front-matter section)
  • CTA (Front-matter section)
  • Content (Front-matter section)


  • SCSS (Hugo Pipelines)
  • Includes all SCSS files which are well structured and cleanly written
  • Responsive design
  • Bootstrap 4.3+ grid and media queries are used. The rest of the Bootstrap library is not imported. You can easily uncomment the @imports in the style.scss if you want to use more of the Bootstrap library.


  • 100/100 Google Lighthouse Performance score
  • Under 90KB without images ⚡
  • Minified JS under 29KB
  • Minified CSS under 27KB
  • No JQuery
  • No Boostrap JS


  • Configure SEO settings in seo.yaml
  • Google Analytics included
  • Set the Google Analytics ID using Netlify environment variables
  • 100/100 Google Lighthouse SEO score
  • 100/100 Google Lighthouse “Best Practices” score
  • Configure custom meta tags for the homepage and individual pages
  • Auto generates meta title for each page, but can be overridden on a per page basis
  • Semantic HTML document structure, h1, h2, p etc
  • Header animation on scroll
  • Transparent header over hero images and backgrounds, turns white on scroll
  • Main Menu managed in config.toml
  • Nested dropdown menu compatible with Hugo menus
  • Responsive menu using simple vanilla JS code
  • Animated hamburger and mobile overlay
  • 3 Footer menus which are configured in config.toml


  • Robust example content included out of the box


  • Full blog. Contains categories, tags and author profiles


  • Uses Google fonts, edit the font in the theme.yaml and the theme automatically imports the Font from Google fonts!


  • Theme is ready to deploy to Netlify and contains a netlify.toml

Forestry CMS

  • This theme ships with an extensive .forestry configuration which strictly defines its content schema. All front-matter fields are specified using the correct field types, default options etc. Uses Forestry blocks and front-matter templates to replicate page builder functionality correctly in Forestry


Version 1.3 (Released March 20 2021)

  • Fixed bug where google analytics ID was not being set correctly
  • Improved Google Fonts support. Now supports font weights. Now uses the new snippet and preconnect. Google fonts load even faster (But control yourself, dont add to many! 👻 - Besides large images, Fonts are the biggest asset which will slow your site down)
  • Added transparent header mode, but not enabled by default
  • Improved example content in /custom-page-1
  • Dark mode toggle is now inside the hamburger menu on mobile. Previously it was in the header on mobile and took up to much space.
  • Ability to disable the hamburger menu and mobile menu. You can disable this in data/layout.yaml > header.disableHamburgerMenu: false. This is for people who are builing 1 page sites. The hamburger menu and mobile menu are enabled by default.
  • Ability to configure the header height if you are not happy with the auto sizing. You can set this in data/layout.yaml > header.headerHeight: '60px'.
  • Social media icons now use font-awesome. Icons change color between light/dark mode.
  • Added hugo archetypes for each content type
  • Improved blog card layout
  • Improved pagination on blog
  • Added Forestry

Version 1.2 (Released March 03, 2021)

  • Update SEO meta tags. Improved the default meta tags and OG metadata. Meta tags now use the pages .Title, .Params.description and .Params.image. You can override the meta tags in any template using {{ define “meta_tags” }}{{ end }} and {{ define “title” }}{{ end }}. See the Blog layout for an example layouts/posts/single.html
  • Dark mode now detects users OS system preference.
  • Fix bug where if dark mode was disabled in data/layout.yaml the preference stored in sessionStorage was still used.

Version 1.1 (Released September 13, 2020)

  • Ability to disable dark mode toggle from data/layout.yaml
  • Remove custom color overrides in favour of themed colors
  • Dark Mode improvements
  • Header bug fixes and refactor
  • General cleanup of theme colors and themes.json
  • Improve default card layouts, bug fixes
  • Add more card configuration options in grid section
- template: grid
  contentType: features
    partial: card
    border: true
    padding: true
    shadow: true
    showThumbnail: true
    showThumbnailLink: true
    showFooter: true
    showTitle: true
    showTitleLink: true
    showDate: false

Version 1.0 (Released August 02, 2020)

  • Initial release.


Pro License

This License grants you, the purchaser, an ongoing, non-exclusive, worldwide license to make use of this theme. You are licensed to use this theme to create one single end product for yourself, your company or for one client.

The full license is included with the theme files.


Hugo Paradigm Documentation

Premium documentation is available for this theme online, you may view the documentation before you purchase the theme.



Hugo Paradigm was created by Robert Austin. We keep our premium themes up to date with fixes and new features, and provide direct 1-to-1 support – just send us a message.