Thoughts on Netlify

Hung, Jonathan jhung at
Tue Dec 11 22:36:23 UTC 2018

Hi everyone (specifically "Hi Avtar" since he asked for this feedback),

I spent a couple minutes exploring Netlify and here are my incoherent thoughts (you've been warned).

The interface only allows editing or creating content. It doesn't seem to allow you to do much more than that.

If the site maintainers wanted to change some colours, add a logo to the footer, or adjust some layout - they would still have to use the traditional method of modifying the code.

Netlify is not a full-serve "user-friendly" interface for administering and maintaining Hugo sites - it seems to me to be more of an interface for data entry with a bit of workflow control. You still need someone capable of maintaining a traditional Hugo site.

Depending on who will be using Netlify + Hugo once deployed, there may need to be some training or documentation covering capabilities of Netlify (including can not be done) and typical workflows. Some documentation about the custom shortcodes would be useful too.

Hope that helps.

- Jon.

Jonathan Hung, Inclusive Designer
Email: jhung at
OCAD University
Inclusive Design Research Centre

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