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So long and thanks for all the fish

I used Wordpress almost for 10 Years now ( For memories click here ). It was comfortable, set up pretty quick, for everything you could find a plugin and there were a lot of gorgeous themes around.

I never had serious problems - well, even then, I was able to fix them since it's documented very good and the code is not that hard to read.

Wordpress has grown a lot. It's still growing from Blogplatform to become a CMS. I had increased problems with overall speed and it felt not that responsive anymore.

Why the Jekyll ?

Jekyll is nothing like Wordpress or any other popular Blogsoftware out there. It is essentially a "generator" for good old static html files. And yes, it kinda feels like a step backwards. No database, no "shortcodes", no Uploader, no Filebrowser, no Search, no Login ( I could continue ).

Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory [...] and spits out a complete, static website suitable for serving with Apache or your favorite web server. This is also the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host your project’s page or blog right here from GitHub.

Why would anybody choose that?

  • For somebody who spends most of his time between a terminal, vi and git this is quite appealing.
  • Have you ever tried 'hacking' a static html page?
  • Try a benchmark. I dare you

Downside

  • "No dynamic content" (1)

    • => Nowadays Javascript is always an option.
    • => Static HTTP Pages can be included in every "dynamic" application
    • => (NodeJS, Ruby (on rails), PHP etc.)
  • More work

    • => Yeah. No. Id say "more control"
  • Not for beginners.

    • => Beginners are still reading this? Get lost. Seriously

If anybody wonders, this is the "Hyde"-Theme. Modified a bit

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