Moving to Jekyll 28th June 2015
I’ve used WordPress as my blog/portfolio CMS for quite a few years now and decided to mix it up a little bit. I researched several blogging platforms such as Ghost, Hugo and Middleman but came to the conclusion Jekyll is the one I would get into.
Jekyll transforms your plain text into static websites and blogs without the need for databases. This really appeals to me as WordPress has become rather bloated and I wanted to minimise the amount of unnecessary files and a database. I understand needing these for bigger sites, not for my portfolio though.
Setup was massively simple, on the Mac at least. I’ve not looked into Windows as yet.
Then browse to http://localhost:4000. That really is it. It even installs a starter template for you so you can get stuck right in. For someone familiar with HTML, SASS and templating, Jekyll really is a stroll in the park once you’ve spent about half an hour playing around with it. I wouldn’t recommend it for non-developers though as even writing a post requires some kind of coding. But if you’re looking to learn, then it’s definitely a hell yeah.
I’m currently transferring my WordPress site over to Jekyll and the process is really quick and enjoyable, although I won’t be using the default install method. I’ll post how I did it, when I’m done.
Rest in peace WordPress, for my personal website anyway.