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How to build your website in 1 hour
Nov 21, 2018
3 minutes read


You want a personal website, but you don’t want to spend days designing, coding and making it perfect: simply because you have more important stuff to do now.

Fair enough.

You know there are plenty of products you could use to build your own website.

Simple and straightforward - some of them are CMS such as Wordpress - or others as with wonderful user experiences built in.

I wanted something minimal enough to provide content first.


Do not mess around with hosting.

Create the simplest and cheapest Digital Ocean droplet, which is just $5/month and that is enough for now. Of course, we talk of Linux servers - Ubuntu is ok.

There is a quicker and easier alternative in which you wouldn’t need any hosting.

Services like Netlify manage static sites building, publishing and replication throughout CDN for free.

I haven’t still integrated this site with Netlify, though, because they aren’t supporting the latest version of Hugo.

I have pushed a bit for this update on Netlify github repo - upvote or leave a comment if you want to use it too.

Domain name

I recommend Namecheap because it regularly includes 1 year subscription of WhoisGuard for not more than 9 €.


Use some existing technology which makes your life easier.

Searched a bit, and since I wanted to deploy my website easier and faster, I knew I needed to use Docker technology for that.

In addition, using Hugo technology makes your life easier when it comes to publish content.

How to

I’m assuming you are familiar with the technologies described above, so that you don’t have to struggle much to use them productively.

  1. Clone this github repo in your personal website development folder.
  2. Access your droplet and generate a Let’s Encrypt certificate so you could have https right away.
  3. Write your info in the docker-compose.yml
version: "2.1"


    image: davidpelayo/nginx-unit-hugo:0.30.2
      - NGINX_UNIT_HOSTS=<your_domain_name>
      - HUGO_REPO_URL=<the_cloned_repo_url>
      - HUGO_THEME=cocoa
      - data:/opt/container/shared

    image: davidpelayo/nginx-host:1.12.2
      - hugo
      - "443:443"
      - "80:80"
      - data:/opt/container/shared
      - /etc/letsencrypt:/etc/letsencrypt
      - /home/me/dhparam.pem:/etc/ssl/dhparam.pem
  1. For quicker releasing, for now, access your droplet via SSH and sync your cloned repo in a concrete folder.
  2. Run the docker-compose.yml and you must be live.

Once you complete these steps, take care about other topics on your droplet.

Digital Ocean provides with tons of guidelines on how to setup your droplet. For instance, this is a good one.

This site’s repo

If you want to collaborate with this website, or just ask a doubt or raise an issue, find the code on this repo and participate!

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