Matthew Cantelon


Hugo has a way of creating views for content types that can be rendered anywhere on the site. Today I learned that if a template cannot be found, then no error occurs. Frustrating to debug but a useful feature once figured out. Using this knowledge, I have created a way to show only certain types of content in my homepage feed without complicated logic.

Current solutions

I currently have three content types: blogs, projects, and quotes. On my feed, I only want to highlight the blog posts and quotes. Suggestions online required additional logic that I think would get complicated over time.

One of the solutions is to only render if a certain type is found:

{{ range .Site.Pages.ByPublishDate }}
    {{ if or (eq .Type "blog") (eq .Type "quote")}}
   <li>{{ .Title }}</li>
{{ end }}

As I start adding more post types then I think I will struggle to maintain this list of types.

My solution

Using the ‘no error’ feature to .Render a specific content view means that I can create a folder structure that determines rendering. We’ll call the view we want to render summary. We can then update the layouts folder for each content type to have a summary.html template.

├── _default
│   ├── single.html
├── blog
│   ├── single.html
│   └── summary.html
├── projects
│   ├── single.html
├── quote
    ├── single.html
    └── summary.html

Now that the blog and quote types have a summary template, we can update the logic from the Current Solution example.

{{ range .Site.Pages.ByPublishDate }}
    {{ .Render "summary" }}
{{ end }}

What happens when this runs? All of the content pages are loaded into the range but only the blog and quote types are actually rendered.

Render Multiple Content Types in One Loop with Hugo by Matthew Cantelon is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.