At least some of my readers know this site is built using Hugo. One of the ways I procrastinate from doing actual work is by making tiny improvements to the site. And in a recent round of improvements, I added a template to list other articles in the same series in order in a blog post. It looks like this:

Listing posts in a series
Listing posts in a series

See it in action here

The idea is to give the readers more context and make it easy to find other related articles. Most of the time, each new piece in a series builds on the previous ones. So it is essential that a reader needs to understand and access that easily.

I’m not a Hugo expert. I find solutions when and where I need them. This site is built on top of the work of others. I make it feel more personal to my tastes. So implementing this was not really that trivial. In this article, I will walk through how I added this feature, and it might be of use to you if you also have Hugo sites.

The Setup

My blog setup is relatively straightforward. The entire code is open source if you want to dig more into the site. But the key aspect here is that I use a “series” taxonomy to group content:

  category: categories
  series: series
  tag: tags

Taxonomies in Hugo let users define custom groupings of content. Each of the posts in the same series will have the same series name in the front matter as shown:

title: "Canary Release in Kubernetes With Apache APISIX Ingress"
date: 2022-10-21T08:41:04+05:30
draft: false
ShowToc: false
summary: "A hands-on, from-scratch tutorial on setting up canary releases in Kubernetes with Apache APISIX Ingress."
tags: ["ingress", "kubernetes", "apache apisix", "cloud-native"]
categories: ["API Gateway"]
series: ["Hands-On With Apache APISIX Ingress"]
    image: "/images/canary-in-kubernetes/roads-banner.jpeg"
    alt: "Aerial photo of city street and buildings in Kuala Lumpur."
    caption: "Photo by [Deva Darshan]("
    relative: false

With this configuration and proper templates, Hugo will automatically generate a page listing all series and individual pages to list posts in each series.

Updating the Template

Our goal is to mention the series the post is a part of and list other posts in the same series in order. To do this, we have to update the single page template. Mine is at layouts/_default/single.html.

The logic for doing this is trivial:

  1. Check if the post’s front matter has a series listed.
  2. Get the name of the series and link to the page that lists all articles in the series.
  3. Add a line that says, “This article is a part of the series,” and the series name.
  4. Get the list of other posts in the series and create a sorted list with the title and URL of the posts.
  5. If the post in the list is the current post, instead of linking it, highlight it so that a reader knows where they are.

We can add it to the single page template as shown:

{{ if .Param "series" }}
 {{ $currentPage := .Page.Permalink }}
 {{ $name := index .Params.series 0 }}
 <p><i>This article is a part of the series "<a href='/series/{{$name | urlize }}'>{{$name}}</a>."</i></p>
 <p>Other articles in the series:</p>
 {{ $name := $name | urlize }}
   {{ $series := index .Site.Taxonomies.series $name }}
   <ul class="series">
   {{ range sort $series.Pages "Date" }}
       {{ if ne $currentPage .Permalink }}
       <a href="{{.Permalink}}">{{.LinkTitle}}</a>
       {{ else }}<b>{{.LinkTitle}}</b>{{ end }}

You can find the entire template on GitHub.


The posts in the series are sorted by date in the list. This might not be ideal in cases where the posts in a series were not published in chronological order.

If you are implementing this feature, let me know how you have improved it, and I will try to improve my implementation as well. I will try to share more about how I am customizing and adding features to my Hugo site if you find these posts helpful.

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