Configure Your Hexo Website

There are some simple configuration options you can set for your hexo project, especially setting your website name, blog author, website address and comments via Disqus.

Giving the website a name, blog author, email, etc

Edit the site section of the hexo-project/_config.yml file and set the title and an specific blog post author.

# Site
title: jr0cket
subtitle: community developer
description: Clojure, Community and developer tools
author: John Stevenson
language: en-GB

Configuring a public web address (URL)

Assuming you are going to publish your hexo site somewhere on the Internet you will need to set the web address (URL) for your site.

For this site I am deploying it on Github pages as my main website,, so there is no child path except /

You can also set the default path to for all your blog posts, the permalink. I drop the day in the path and just use year/month/title

## If your site is put in a subdirectory, set url as '' and root as '/child/'
root: /
permalink: :year/:month/:title/

Enabling comments

Hexo blog sites use Disqus for managing comments. Disqus is a common service use to manage comments for lots of different blog platforms, so its a lot more universal than using something like Google Plus.

# Disqus
disqus_shortname: communitydeveloper

Other project configuration

I leave all other configuration options as their default settings. You can however change the following:

  • Set a default blog post filename, default layout and other options
  • Posts per page
  • Date format

Creating navbar items

Should you wish to add extra navigation links to the top navbar of the hexo site, edit the configuration file for the theme itself.

Configuration of the hexo project is done by editing the well documented file hexo-project/_config/yml.

Here is an example of configuring the top navbar within the default Landscape theme for Hexo. As well as creating links to pages created within Hexo, this example also has navbar items that link to external pages too.

# Header
  Home:      /
  Archives:  /archives/
  Workshops: /workshops
  Clojure:   /clojure
rss: /atom.xml

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