Data Files

Currently, it is not smooth to update NexT theme from pulling or downloading new releases. It is quite often running into conflict status when updating NexT theme via git pull, or need to merge configurations manually when upgrading to new releases.

At present, NexT encourages users to store some options in site config file (hexo/_config.yml) and other options in theme config file (next/_config.yml). This approach is applicable, but has some drawbacks:

  1. Configurations are splitted into two pieces
  2. Users may be confused which place should be for options

In order to resolve this issue, NexT will take advantage of Hexo Data files. Because Data files is introduced in Hexo 3, so you need upgrade Hexo to 3.0 (or above) to use this feature.

If you prefer Hexo 2.x, you can still use the old approach for configurations. NexT is still compatible with Hexo 2.x (but errors are possible).

With this way, all your configurations locate in main site config file.
You don't need to edit theme config file or create any new files.
But you need to keep up indentation within theme_config option.

If there are any new options in new releases, you just need to copy those options from theme config file, paste into site config file and set their values to whatever you want.

Usage

  1. Check for no exists hexo/source/_data/next.yml file (delete it if exists).
  2. Copy needed NexT theme options from theme config file into site config file, then
    2.1. Move all this settings to the right with two spaces (in Visual Studio Code: select all strings, CTRL + ]).
    2.2. Add theme_config: parameter above all this settings.

Useful links

  • Hexo Configuration
  • Hexo Pull #757

With this way, you can put all your configurations into one place (hexo/source/_data/next.yml).
You don't need to edit theme config file (next/_config.yml).
But option may not accurately procces all hexo external libraries with their additional options (for example, hexo-server module options may be readed only in default hexo config).

If there are any new options in new releases, you just need to copy those options from theme config file, paste into hexo/source/_data/next.yml and set their values to whatever you want.

Usage

  1. Please ensure you are using Hexo 3 (or above).
  2. Create an file named next.yml in hexo/source/_data directory (create _data directory if it did not exists).

    After that steps there are 2 variants, need to choose only one of them and resume next steps.

    1. In next.yml override option must not be defined or set on false.
    2. Copy needed options from both site config file and theme config file into hexo/source/_data/next.yml.

    1. In next.yml set override option on true.
    2. Copy all NexT theme options from theme config file into hexo/source/_data/next.yml.

  3. Then, in main site config file need to define theme: next option (and if needed, source_dir: source).
  4. Use standart parameters to start server, generate or deploy (hexo clean && hexo g -d && hexo s).