Creating layouts

Overview on writing nice templates for hyde

Hyde is designed to support more than one template language for creating layouts. However, hyde currently only supports jinja2. This section of the documentation will focus on creating templates using jinja2.

If you are not familiar with jinja2 its a good idea to go through the most excellent jinja2 documentation.

Site structure

Hyde encourages separation of content from layout. The following shows a typical structure of a hyde website.

- content
- media
- css
- js
- images
- blog
- projects
- portfolio
- layout


A good objective is to have all the files in content contain as little layout as possible and be written with a text oriented markup language like markdown. While its not always possible to achieve 100% separation, hyde provides several nice tools to get very close to that goal.

Context Variables

Hyde by default makes the following variables available for templates:

  • site - Represents the container object of the entire site
  • node - The node (folder) where the current file resides
  • resource - The resource (file) that is currently being processed
  • Context Variables - All variables defined under the context section of the site configuration are available to the templates.

Read more information about site, node & resource variables in site model documentation.

Read more information about context variables in the configuration documentation.