Version 4.5 (WIP)

Release Notes tell you what’s new in Academic. As always, we welcome your feedback. You can also file a bug report. Want to update to this version? Refer to the update guide in conjunction with the parameter changes mentioned in the Breaking Changes section below.

This version is currently in development! It corresponds to the latest master branch on GitHub. Check back here for the final notes once it is released.

See what’s new in Academic!

Welcome to the v4.5 release of Academic. There are a number of exciting updates in this version that we hope you will like, including:

  • Commento, a fast, privacy-focused commenting platform is now supported in addition to Disqus
  • Improved the Progressive Web App for mobile devices with a splash screen and your theme colours
    • As an example, view the demo on a mobile device, touch the three dots to access the web browser menu, and then touch Add to Home screen. Instructions will vary slightly depending on browser.
  • More flexible Tag Cloud widget: choose the taxonomy (tags/categories), number of tags, and font size
    • To use, set the new options in your Tag Cloud section - example

Breaking changes

Here are some considerations to make when updating Academic from the previous version, v4.4:


Add to the bottom of config/_default/params.toml:

# Comments.
  # Comment provider:
  #   0: Disabled
  #   1: Disqus (
  #   2: Commento (
  engine = 0

  # Which page types are commentable?
  commentable = {page = true, post = true, docs = true}

  # Configuration of Disqus.
    shortname = ""  # Paste the shortname from your Disqus dashboard.
    show_count = true  # Show comment count in page header? (true/false)

Editable in config/_default/params.toml can now be set to allow visitors to edit more page types - Page and Post have been added:

edit_page = {repo_url = "<USERNAME>/<REPO>", repo_branch = "master", editable = {docs = true, page = false, post = false}}

Change the [outputs] section in your config/_default/config.toml from:

  home = [ "HTML", "RSS", "JSON" ]
  section = [ "HTML", "RSS" ]


  home = [ "HTML", "RSS", "JSON", "WebAppManifest" ]
  section = [ "HTML", "RSS" ]

  suffixes = ["webmanifest"]

  mediaType = "application/manifest+json"
  rel = "manifest"


If overriding icon.png, rename it to icon-32.png and add icon-512.png.

Improvements to page front matter for pages, posts, and docs page types:

  • To override the global setting to enable or disable commenting on a page: commentable: true
  • To override the global setting to enable or disable editing of a page: editable: true


  • style: fix aside to appear same as alert
    • To try, set markup: mmark in front matter and add A> Some text to a Markdown file’s body
  • feat(shortcode): enable figure lightbox by default - hover your mouse over a figure to enlarge it
  • feat: add Xing option to Page Sharer
  • feat: add image to RSS feed
  • refactor: renamed edit_page.html to page_edit.html
  • feat: add git branch option for editing pages
  • style: fix category icon and language icon spacing when Hugo’s --minify is used
  • fix: HTML of author page when there is no authored content

Language Packs

  • Updated German

Thank you

Last but certainly not least, a big Thank You to all the folks that helped to make Academic even better.

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