That leaves the majority of the planet who may never realize the totally awesome benefits of Hugo.
How can they be included?.
May I step forward as a representative of "the majority of the planet" who would very much like to be "included"?
My aim is in the first instance to make a blog that is fully built and tweaked client-side, so I can carry it about either on my laptop, on a flash drive, or both, and put it on my website using FTP. I'm offline a lot of the time and when I do go online it's usually not for long, and I do not want to have to write the articles, or even cut-and-paste them, when online. I expect a fair amount of traffic and I do not want to have to rely on the ridiculously slow model of server-side generation on each reader request, which would also be completely out of my control and for that reason alone is out of the question. Since I want to be able to say here is my blog folder, and here are the articles in it, here are the images etc., without dealing with a "database" and PHP or SQL, the option of running WAMP portably doesn't appeal either. (Why do people even use the word "database" in this context? It's not something that gets queried. Not as I understand it, anyway.) The articles will usually be lengthier than the average blog article. They'll mostly be of an academic-type character and I will probably tweak old ones as time goes on. It's far far easier for me to keep a file of them which is a file of how they actually appear online (or as drafts being worked on, but in the same format). Easier for me and also easier if I want to send someone one or several of the articles, rather than saying "go to my blog". I'd like the site to show up on search engines when people do the right searches, as most site owners would, but I am not especially bothered with SEO. Frankly I am acquainted with the smell of snake oil.
So I'll be using a static site generator, to generate a blog in the first instance, on blog.[mydomain], and then perhaps some other parts of the site.
Hugo appeals more than the alternatives, because it doesn't require Python or Ruby. But unfortunately some of the documentation and requirements do assume a fair amount of geekiness.
Here are the needs of someone like me. Forgive me for not using the right geeky terminology.
1) Set the template up with 2 or 3 columns, and so that the UI works OK both on proper monitor screens and the small ones that people have on their phones. Make it easy to play about with column width, number of columns, etc, and of course all the flimflam such as background colours, fonts, text size, etc. I'll want to be able to see all of this happening in the source code, whether HTML or CSS.
2) Be able to have lists of links to "most recent x articles", "most recommended y articles", lists by categories, etc., and lists ordered by variables that I define and can assign to each article. In addition to "most recent 10 articles in reverse date order" let me do something a bit less mind-numbing than "archive".
3) Commenting is an issue with static blogs. Disqus is out because it relies on a third party. A form that visitors can use to send me email, with emails autotagged to say which article they're commenting on, will be fine. It shouldn't necessarily say "click to send email". It should rather say "Click to send a comment. All comments are subject to moderation". But the functionality is the same. I'd also like to be able to change the email address at will, just in case I get hit with too big a spam problem.
That's about it really.
I wouldn't touch Wordpress or Blogger with a bargepole, and of the static blog generators the best one for my needs appears to be Hugo, perhaps followed some way behind by Jekyll. Dreamweaver is also an option, or at least it may turn out to be one if its templating can give me what I want.
I'm not a total newbie. I can code in raw HTML, and while I don't know much CSS, I could learn it fast. I'm just putting my needs up here for those of you good fellows in geekland to know that decent non-geeky documentation on how to use Hugo to achieve points 1-3 above would be very welcome.