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Goodbye WordPress, welcome Jekyll

26 January 2014 1 comment

Blog moved to: http://jeroendoggen.github.io/

I started this blog a couple of years ago to share my thoughts, ideas and projects. At that time is was using Mercurial on Google code for some software projects but I was not really using version control systems for my day to day work.

When I switched to Git (Github & Bitbucket) about two years ago, I got more and more used to text based document formatting, trying to avoid bloated GUIs when possible.

Currently, I am using LaTeX to write presentations, reports and articles. I like the text based approach because this allows you to focus on the content and not on the layout.

The last GUI that I was using for my personal content was WordPress. In my search for a decent replacement I found Jekyll, a simple, blog-aware, static site generator written in Ruby.

How it works:

  1. You write a website skeleton and define some settings. This is similar to the LaTeX approach where you select some packages and define some settings up front.
  2. You write your content locally using Markdown formatting and commit it to a git repository. When adding content later on this is the only thing that you have to do.
  3. The server runs some ruby code to generate a static website based on your content (you can also run the same generator locally)
  4. The website is hosted for free on the Github servers

All my future posts will be located at my new Jekyll-based website and this blog will stay here in “archive mode”.

http://jeroendoggen.github.io/

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