Setting up a personal academic homepage

using academic theme for hugo

There are virtually unlimited options available for building a personal homepage. One can find several options based on the purpose, aesthetics, technologies and difficulty.

Some of the easiest options include Google Sites, WordPress etc. If one wants to have a bit more control and customizability, there are static site builders like Hugo, Jekyll, Gatsby, etc. which can be hosted on GitHub Pages, Netlify etc. For an academic portfolio, I found “Hugo Academic” to be perfect, both aesthetically and feature-wise.

“Hugo Academic” comes with an easy deployment option to Netlify, which doesn’t require the user to write any code. To deploy it to GitHub is not as straightforward and too many guides for too many versions might confuse a novice user. Here, I am listing down the steps I followed to setup this website.

Get Started using GitHub Template

  • Install Hugo
  • Go to “Hugo Academic” Starter Template
  • Click on Use this template to create a repository www (you may choose a different name)
  • Clone your repository locally git clone<your-username>/www.git www
  • cd www
  • git submodule update --init --recursive
  • Create an empty repository <your-username> on GitHub, if you haven’t already.
    • Note: If you do not have GitHub premium, this must be a public repository in order to use GitHub Pages
    • Set-up the GitHub Pages from repository settings.
  • Add the website repository as a submodule, git submodule add -f -b master<your-username>/<your-username> public
  • Edit content in the content directory
  • Test locally, hugo server
  • Generate public pages, hugo. This will generate the static website in the public/ directory.
  • Commit content to the submodule (website repository) first, cd public, git add . and git commit -m "Website"
  • Commit content to the base repository, git add . and git commit -m "Content"



Following are the contents of the sample post that come with the installation. I am keeping them here since they contain useful and detailed instructions.

Original Instructions


  1. The Wowchemy website builder for Hugo, along with its starter templates, is designed for professional creators, educators, and teams/organizations - although it can be used to create any kind of site
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Hrishikesh Terdalkar
Hrishikesh Terdalkar
Postdoctoral Researcher

My research lies in the intersection of Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, and Software Engineering with a particular emphasis on low-resource languages such as Sanskrit and other Indian languages. I am committed to pioneering NLP innovations that have a real-world impact. I enjoy building user-friendly GUIs and CLIs for various applications. My interests also include Information Retrieval, Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, and Machine Learning.